Thursday, July 2, 2015

Suicide Prevention

In 2012, our son, Joshua, died by suicide (see joshuascottdavis.org), and we know that so many people around the world have known family or friends who have ended their lives. To provide help and open discussion, I created listening activity (Suicide Prevention). Feel to share your thoughts and comments on these questions:

  • What are some of the reasons why people consider taking their own lives? 
  • What are some warning signs of suicide?
  • What are three things friends and family can do to help someone who might are thinking about suicide?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Grocery Shopping

While grocery shopping might seem like an easy task, doing it right can be a challenge, particularly when you have your eyes on the wrong thing. Listen how this man can't seem to make the best decisions and how his wife tries to help him see this:

http://esl-lab.com/supermarket/supermarketrd1.htm

Friday, May 29, 2015

New Listening Topics

So, what activities am I working on now? Well, this summer, I am creating listening conversations on some more serious topics including suicide, cyber bullying, and dating violence. I hope this will not only give students additional language practice, but equally important, get us thinking about issues that face all of us. With positive discussion, we can, as a world community, seek solutions to these problems so all can live better, healthier, and safer lives.

Listening activities at esl-lab.com

I've updated my lists of listening activities on my site, so you can find specific types including conversations with children's voices, serious and complicated topics, and those that simply just make me laugh. Take a look:

http://esl-lab.com/lists.htm

Monday, May 18, 2015

Movie Stars

If you like movie stars, you might like my newest listening activity on introductions. My wife does an excellent job in the part. Enjoy:

http://esl-lab.com/actingschool/actingschoolrd1.htm

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

ESL Vocabulary Lessons

Students and teachers are often looking for short activities to practice pronunciation and build useful vocabulary. For this reason, I created my 20-minute Vocabulary Lessons. Actually, you can do them much quicker depending upon your needs and interest. Give them a try:

http://esl-lab.com/vocab/index.htm

Friday, May 1, 2015

Baseball

Perhaps one of the most popular sports is baseball, but what can be difficult is understanding a radio announcer as he or she describes the action. For this reason, I created this listening activity with plenty of background noise. Give it a try and test your listening skills:

http://esl-lab.com/base/baserd1.htm

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Texting and Driving

A surprise to some, celebrating birthdays isn't a tradition for many families and cultures around the world. However, it is something special for many others, including in our family. Usually, we take our kids out to their favorite restaurant, then celebrate with cake, ice cream, and some gifts. In this conversation, my son and I talk about his birthday. Give it a try:

http://esl-lab.com/birthday/birthdayrd1.htm

Saturday, April 11, 2015

English Pronunciation

From time to time, English students ask me how they can learn how to improve their pronunciation and understanding of natural speech. For this reason, I created a number activities on this Web site. Give it a try:

http://www.trainyouraccent.com/

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Meeting People

Meeting new people can be difficult if you don't know what to say to start and keep a conversation going. Today, please share how you say, "How are you today?" in your language. I want to see how many phrases from different languages we can post here. Thanks. Then, try this listening activity on meeting people on my site:

http://esl-lab.com/invite/inviterd1.htm

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Radio Stations

Radio announcements can be hard to pick up, and in this recording, I play the role of a disc jockey at a radio station. Give it a try:

http://esl-lab.com/music/musicrd1.htm

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Trail Running

My newest listening activity is fun, painful, and challenging at the same time. Give it a try. Share an experience that helped you learn about yourself and the difficulties of life:

http://esl-lab.com/trailrunning/trailrunningrd1.htm

Monday, March 9, 2015

Meeting New People

Do you have problems meeting new people, especially when you are using a new language (English) and in a new place? Well, try watch my video on this topic. Feel free to share your experiences? What are some appropriate questions/topics to ask and questions you should avoid? Give it a try:

http://esl-lab.com/invite/smalltalk-video.htm

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Audio Vocabulary Activities

Some visitors to my sites are not aware of my audio vocabulary lists with practice questions. Give them a try:

http://esl-lab.com/vocab/index.htm

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab - First Recordings

Some people ask how long my website has been online, and they are surprised by the answer: 16 years! I still Iove the work, and here is one my earliest recordings with my daughter back in the 1990s. Enjoy!

http://www.esl-lab.com/enviro1/enviro1.htm

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Visiting a Zoo

Some of my English students say little children speak a different language, and they don't sound anything like the people in their textbooks. I agree. For that reason, I've added recordings of my children over the year to expose students to this NATURAL speech. In this conversation, my son (at the time, 4 years old) and I were talking about our visit to the zoo. Give it a try:

http://esl-lab.com/zoo/zoord1.htm

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Snow Skiing

Snow skiing can be a fun activity unless you run into a guy like the one in my newest listening conversation. I feel sorry for the woman, but the man is in worse trouble. Give it a try:

http://esl-lab.com/snowskiing/snowskiingrd1.htm

Friday, January 23, 2015

Wedding Plans

Here is my newest listening activity on wedding plans. This man certainly has some unique ideas on how to plan a wedding and a honeymoon. Give it a try and leave your thoughts or impressions on this topic:

http://esl-lab.com/weddingplans/weddingplansrd1.htm

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Private Language Tutors

In many situations, students often look for extra help in the language studies, for example, from a private tutor, but you have to be careful who you choose. In this conversation, a private tutor finds himself in a very difficult situation with a woman for an unusual reason. Give the conversation a try:

http://esl-lab.com/privatetutor/privatetutor-rd1.htm

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New Year's Resolutions

So, how are your new year's resolutions or goals coming? Many people want to exercise more, but without good planning, people can't keep things going. Here are my tips in this video:

http://esl-lab.com/health/health-video.htm

Friday, January 2, 2015

New Year's Resolutions

At the beginning of the new year, people often set goals or new year's resolutions. In this video, I talk about the simple secrets of being successful. Watch and share your ideas on this topic:

http://esl-lab.com/seasons/newyear-video.htm

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Happy New Year 2015

I want to wish everyone a joyous new year. May you have the courage and strength to face any challenge that comes your way this year. Feel free to post your own message here.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas is Coming!

Christmas is almost here, and for many children, it is an exciting time. Listen to this recording I did years ago with my own children on their hopes for Christmas:

http://www.esl-lab.com/santa/santard1.htm

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Winter Sports

What winter activity combines excitement and slight danger? Watch this video and find out:

http://esl-lab.com/kinder/wintersports-video.htm

Monday, November 10, 2014

Smoking: Kicking the Habit

Here's my newest listening activity on the issues of smoking and its effects on ourselves and those around us. Share your opinions on this topic:

http://esl-lab.com/smoking/smokingrd1.htm

Friday, September 12, 2014

Marriage Preparation

For me and my wife, marriage has been a central and wonderful part of our lives, but all too often, people simply plan for the wedding and honeymoon and don't realize the work it takes to build a life together. I mean, marriage isn't like fishing: you make a big catch and then you sit on the bank of life with little care and effort. In my newest listening activity, I plan the role of a man who absolutely has no idea about marriage and doesn't seem to listen to his sister's advice. Give it a try:

http://esl-lab.com/marriage/marriagerd1.htm

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Class Reunions

So, do you want to know what happened to your classmates from years ago? Well, in my newest listening activity, two old friends run into each other and plan to attend the next class reunion. Give it a try:

http://esl-lab.com/classreunion/classreunionrd1.htm

Monday, September 1, 2014

Health Clubs

Have you ever had trouble meeting new people? Well, in my newest conversation, a man gets into trouble at a health club as he tries to impress a woman. Give it a try:

http://esl-lab.com/healthclub/healthclubrd1.htm

Friday, August 22, 2014

Diet Plan

So, have you every heard of the Wafu Diet? In my newest listening activity, I play the role of a man who leads a very unhealthy lifestyle and what advice he receives to change his life for the better.

http://esl-lab.com/dietplan/dietplanrd1.htm

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Culture Videos - esl-lab.com

I now have 75 culture videos on my Web site, esl-lab.com, and I always appreciate your comments about them. Now, I am looking for more ideas on future culture videos, so please share your suggestions. They are fun to create:

http://esl-lab.com/videoclips.htm

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Swimming and Learning English

Watch me describe how swimming in a cold mountain lake is like learning English -

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Animal Care in Public

Many people around the world enjoy caring for their animal companions, but how should you care for them out in public? Watch my newest video activity on the topic and share your ideas. Here are some of our pets on a walk in the mountains.

http://esl-lab.com/family1/animalcare-video.htm


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Alcoholics Anonymous

Although most people remember the humorous listening activities on my Web sites, I have a number of topics that deal with serious issues including drinking and the effects it can have on families. Here is one example:

http://esl-lab.com/dui/duird1.htm

Thursday, July 10, 2014

World Cup Soccer



The Soccer World Cup has been exciting to watch over the past few weeks, and now we are down to Germany and Argentina in the final. However, what if they were to play IN THE SNOW? My son and I have played soccer under such conditions, but you might ask why. Take a look at this video activity on my site.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Living in Utah

I always enjoy sharing information about the state of Utah in the United States, and here is my newest video on one aspect of this unique place:

http://esl-lab.com/trip1/utahdesert-video.htm


Monday, May 12, 2014

Drivers with Disabilities

Providing services for people who deal with different disabilities is an important issue in society today. One of situations that faces many is the ability to drive and get to where they need to go. In my newest video, I discuss this specific issue as it pertains to life in Utah.

http://esl-lab.com/drive/parking-video.htm


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Learning English Faster

Above all else, I have been asked about 232,432 times (somewhat joking here) by students on the best and fastest way to learn English. Some students are frustrated by their lack of progress or want to pass a test to enter a good university. There is no single answer, but I have some suggestions on what has worked for me and for my own students. Don't be looking for any easy answer. It takes work, but here are my ideas. Share what has worked for you, too.

http://esl-lab.com/faq.htm#english

Friday, May 2, 2014

Reaching Your Goals

No matter where we currently are in life, we often want to reach higher goals (what I call, "rising to higher ground). This includes learning English. However, just with running in the mountains, you often have to pass through deep valleys to reach the summit or top of the mountain. Life can be very hard, but hard times are really what define and make us who we are. Without the hard times, we don't progress. Here is a video I created while running in the mountains of Utah on the topic.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Life Changes

At times, people often make bad choices that lead to negative consequences. So, how can people repair their lives when things go wrong? Watch my newest video on the topic:

http://esl-lab.com/parenting/lifechanges-video.htm

Monday, April 28, 2014

Commuter Train - esl-lab.com

So, you might wonder: Does Randall drive in a nice, fancy car to work every day? Huh, guess again! I take the train just like so many people. Watch my newest video on the topic and learn more about my trip to work. How do you get to school and work? Share your own experiences:

http://esl-lab.com/train/commutertrain-video.htm

Friday, April 25, 2014

Unique School Classes - esl-lab.com

What? Modern dance? Marching band? Floral design and auto mechanics? Many international students are often surprised at the unique types of classes sometimes offered in schools in the United States. In my newest video, I introduce a class that you may never see in some places, but it is popular for many students. Give it a try. Do schools in area or country offer something similar? Share your comments:

http://esl-lab.com/grades/schoolclasses-video.htm

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Good Neighbors

Have you ever had problems with neighbors ? Well, developing good friendships doesn't happen overnight, and there can be cultural differences from country to country and place to place. Watch my newest video on the topic:

http://esl-lab.com/live/neighbor-video.htm

Monday, April 14, 2014

Children's Voices in Language Learning

One of the main reasons I started my Web site (esl-lab.com) was to provide students opportunities to hear children's voices. You don't usually hear young voices in most English textbooks. Here is one of my original recordings made many years ago, but it is still one of my favorites:

http://esl-lab.com/elem/elemrd1.htm

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Private Language Tutor

Have you ever had a bad day? Well, in my newest listening activity, a man has an unusual encounter at the front door. Something very unexpected. How would you feel in his situation? Give it a try:

http://esl-lab.com/privatetutor/privatetutor-rd1.htm

Friday, March 21, 2014

Bus Travel Across America

Traveling in a new country can be a WILD experience, and even in your own country, you can meet a lot of interesting people. In my newest listening conversation, join this woman on the ride of her life with her new friend. How would you feel in this situation? What would you do?

http://esl-lab.com/bustrip/bustrip-rd1.htm

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Smart Phones

A common topic of discussion is the use of cell phones in our daily lives. In my newest listening activity, meet a young man who has an interesting perspective on cell phones and why he wants one. Do you know anyone like him? Enjoy:

http://esl-lab.com/smartphone/smartphonerd1.htm


What are your thoughts on the topic? Is a cell phone a necessity in today's life for all people? How about children under 10 years old? Should teenagers pay some of the expense?  Share your ideas.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Airline Safety

Here's my newest listening activity. If you have ever had a terrible day at an airport, then you might understand how this man feels . . . except he caused his own problems. He didn't think and prepare ahead. Give it a try:

http://esl-lab.com/airline/airlinerd1.htm

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Dinner Recipes at Home

So, what do families in the US really eat for dinner? Well, join me in our kitchen to find out the Davis family does for this meal:

http://esl-lab.com/cook/dinnertime-video.htm

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day - esl-lab.com

Happy Valentine's Day! Having only been married 25+ years (which seems like a short time), keeping a relationship alive requires a lot of patience, selflessness, and compassion. And yes, love in a marriage only gets better with effort. You don't have to be perfect; just willing to understand. Here is a video I created on the topic:

http://esl-lab.com/anniversary/familyrelationships-video.htm

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Valentine's Day

With Valentine's Day around the corner, I thought I would share some of my favorite listening activities on the topic. And some advice to men: don't just give flowers one time a year. Make every day special.

http://esl-lab.com/flowershop/flowershoprd1.htm

Saturday, January 11, 2014

New Year's Resolutions

At the beginning of the new year, many people try to make changes in their lives with new goals. Watch my video on the topic to get you started with ideas on how to be successful:

http://www.esl-lab.com/seasons/newyear-video.htm
 
 
 
Randall

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas 2013 - esl-lab.com

To everyone around the world, our family would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a joyous holiday season. May our hearts be turned to those in particular who are in need of love and a kind word during this season and every day of the year.

Randall


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Day

Happy Thanksgiving Day in the US! I am sure many countries around the world have a similar holiday in which people remember the things that they are most thankful for. For me, I am grateful for every breath I take, the sun coming up in the morning, and most importantly, my family. What about you? What are you most thankful for? Share your thoughts.

http://www.dailyesl.com/thanksgiving-day.htm

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Black Friday Shopping

Black Friday is quickly approaching in the United States (this year, on November 29th). But what is it? Watch my video on the topic and share any experiences you have had on this day. Personally, I never go because I don't want to fight the crowds, and my sanity is worth more than cheap electronics. Instead, I often run in the mountains. It's much more peaceful.

http://esl-lab.com/shop1/shopping-bf-video.htm

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Christmas is Coming!

Because Christmas is only a month away, I thought I would start suggesting listening activities on my Web sites that deal with this topic. Here is the first one. I enjoy it because it has the voices of some of my children when they were much younger. Good practice of young, natural speech: http://esl-lab.com/tradition/traditionrd1.htm

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween - esl-lab.com


Happy Halloween! So, what do we do in the Davis family to celebrate the day? Take a look at this video:

http://youtu.be/v446tmpuTAo

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Saving the Environment

I started my Web site 14 years ago at the end of 1997. So, what is the oldest listening activity on my site? Well, one of them is certainly one of my favorites called "Saving the Earth." I recorded with my daughter. My kids have contributed their voices over the years to make the site interesting to users.

http://esl-lab.com/enviro1/enviro1.htm

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

College Roommates - esl-lab.com

Having a bad roommate can be an awful experience. Imagine someone who every cleans up, holds wild parties until the early morning hours, and eats all of your food. What would you do? How do you work through such situations? 

In my newest video activity, you can meet such a guy. Watch and then share your ideas on this.

http://esl-lab.com/roommates/roommatesrd1.htm



Friday, October 11, 2013

Homestay in the USA (esl-lab.com)

Do you want to SMILE a little? My newest video activity is on homestay experiences, but this video is CERTAINLY different than any other I have created. I am experimenting with video puppet shows, and in this one, you hear my voice AND see me sleeping on the sofa as the unusual roommate. Tell me if you think these are useful. I might create more.

- http://esl-lab.com/homestay/homestayrd1.htm



Saturday, October 5, 2013

Huntsville Marathon 2013

Last weekend, my wife and I completed another marathon, and at the mile 23 (37km) point in the race, we jumped in the air to celebrate the accomplishment (and to forget the pain). Just like in life, we all encounter and pass through difficult times (and this includes learning another language like English). However, if we are persistent and never give up, we can see progress in our lives. You can see a full report of the race at http://www.hikinginutah.com/huntsvillemarathon-2013.htm.


Monday, September 16, 2013

A New School Year

Now that many students are back to school around the world, I often students and teachers take a look at my self-study guide at http://esl-lab.com/guide.htm. This page lists most of listening activities by topic, so you can find exactly the type of practice you need. Take a look, and I wish you all the best in your study this year.

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