Posted by Randall Davis at 9:23 AM
Perhaps one of the least enjoyable things for anyone is doing chores around the house. This is particularly true for kids who want to spend time outside or play video games. In this conversation, I tell my son, Josh, what chores he has, and you can find out how he reacts. Enjoy:
Posted by Randall Davis at 7:41 AM
Many times, beginning learners need a lot of practice on how to start and sustain a good conversation. For this reason, I created this listening activity. Give it a try:
Posted by Randall Davis at 11:49 AM
Physical and emotional abuse in relationships is often a difficult topic to talk about because many people suffer in silence because of it. In my newest conversation, I try to address this with the hope that people can seek out help or provide support to those who are suffering.
Please share your thoughts and opinions on this topic. What are the warning signs of physical and emotional abuse? What can family and friends do to help someone who is suffering from such abuse?
Posted by Randall Davis at 7:06 AM
In many cities of the world, traffic can be terrible, and finding a parking space can be almost impossible. In this conversation, a man tries to park illegally and get around the law. Give it a try:
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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:
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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.
Posted by Randall Davis at 7:27 AM
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:
Posted by Randall Davis at 7:26 AM
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:
Posted by Randall Davis at 7:11 AM
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:
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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:
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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:
Posted by Randall Davis at 9:58 AM
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:
Posted by Randall Davis at 5:59 PM
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:
Posted by Randall Davis at 5:23 PM
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:
Posted by Randall Davis at 8:26 AM
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:
Posted by Randall Davis at 7:50 PM
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
Posted by Randall Davis at 8:24 AM
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.
Posted by Randall Davis at 7:48 AM
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:
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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.
Posted by Randall Davis at 8:17 PM
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.
Posted by Randall Davis at 6:29 PM
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.
Posted by Randall Davis at 8:25 AM
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:
Posted by Randall Davis at 8:46 PM
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:
Posted by Randall Davis at 8:41 PM
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:
Posted by Randall Davis at 6:22 PM
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:
Posted by Randall Davis at 11:54 AM
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:
Posted by Randall Davis at 8:43 PM
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:
Posted by Randall Davis at 7:16 AM
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?
Posted by Randall Davis at 7:54 AM
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:
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.
Posted by Randall Davis at 9:22 AM
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:
Posted by Randall Davis at 7:08 AM
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:
Posted by Randall Davis at 7:25 AM
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.
Posted by Randall Davis at 8:07 PM
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.
Posted by Randall Davis at 7:41 PM
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.
Posted by Randall Davis at 8:20 AM
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.
Posted by Randall Davis at 5:48 PM
1. Read and/or listen to the learning tip or idea.
2. Think about these questions: What is the topic? What are two or three main ideas about the topic? Do you agree or disagree with these points and why? How does the point relate to you or other learners?
3. Write and post a comment in English about the topic and questions listed above. Comments are moderated for appropriateness. Please include your first name and country so we can get to know you better.