Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Hi everyone. I just want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season. Feel free to leave a holiday or other end-of-year message for other visitors here. What holidays or other traditions do you, your family, or your friends celebrate during the month of December? What do you celebrate these days? Please share your thoughts on this topic.


You can listen to this Christmas listening activity to practice your English:




Saturday, December 24, 2016

Restaurant Orders

My oldest daughter does it again with another great listening activity. This one focuses on ordering at restaurants, and my other wonderful children (now adults) have been in many great conversations as well. Since I am fortunate to have had their voices in so many activities over the past 18+ years, it almost seems to some listeners that I must have 20 children. Give this one a try:

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Water Conservation

I often can't stop laughing when my daughter, Aubrey, is the voice in some of my listening conversations. In my newest activity, she plays the role of a woman who is trying to save water, but her brother (me) can't seem to get the message. Give it a try:

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Snow Camping

Camping can be a fun family activity, but it can be double "fun" or cold in the middle of winter. In this video, I talk about a camping trip I went on with my daughter. Give it a try:

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Black Friday is HERE!

One of the biggest shopping days of the year is almost here. Take a look at my video activity on the topic. Randall

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

MEXTESOL 2016 - Monterrey, Mexico

Last week, I attended and presented at MEXTESOL in Monterrey, Mexico, a convention for teachers of English. It was a wonderful experience to speak on vulnerability and courage, and I shared my own journey in making mistakes and learning from them. Here is the organization's Facebook page:

Friday, October 7, 2016

Clothing Styles

With fall upon us in Utah, I'm now wearing a jacket in the morning to work. I like this time of year because of the fall colors and great running weather. In this conversation, I talk about clothing styles. Give it a try:

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

ESL Learning Guide -

I've updated my topic guide on my Web site, so visitors can find conversations AND my videos by topic. This is very helpful in finding conversations, let's say, on travel, education, shopping, and so on. Give it a try:

Monday, September 19, 2016

Identity Theft

In my newest listening activity, a man is about to get into real hot water (real trouble) when his sister saves him from a huge mistake. Give it a try:

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Driving in the United States

I often have students who want to drive in the United States, and specifically Utah, but don't know the rules of the road. This is particularly true at the beginning of a new school year when everything is new to them. In this video, I talk about some basic rules of the road. Take a look:

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

First Day School Activities

Here is a helpful conversation about the first day of school. Often, teachers introduce themselves, the class, their grading systems, and their class policies. This might help you with your own class:

First Day at School

Here is one of my all-time favorite listening activities with our son, Josh. We recorded this over 17 years ago, but it is a fun one to learn about our son's experience at a Japanese elementary school.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Using Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab

At the beginning of every new school semester or year, it can be helpful to review what my site offers teachers and students. Here are some tutorials that might help.

Friday, August 26, 2016

ESL Listening Activities with Children's Voices

For many language learners, understanding the English of children can be very challenging because they aren't are so concerned about grammar, they don't slow down because they know that non-native speakers are listening to them, and they have their own unique vocabulary. To hep students practice this unique language, I have created a number of listening activities with children's voices, and you can see a list of these activities here:

Good luck!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Airport English -

Many students who travel to new countries have a difficult time finding their way through airports. This listening activity will help you practice some vocabulary and pronunciation on this topic.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

English Listening Activities by Topic

 Many teachers and students are beginning new classes as we enter the fall, and you might be looking for listening activities. Try using my Self-Study Guide. It lists my listening conversations by topic. Give it a try:

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Gourmet Cooking

Do you want to see how angry a woman can get with her husband? Well, try my newest listening activity and find out!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Summer Vacations

With summer here, I'd decided to make a new listening activity on travel plans. In this conversation, the man (me) is SOOOO boring when it comes to planning his vacation. The woman (my wife), on the other hand, has some great and exciting. Check it out. What type of person would you rather travel with in this situation?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Fishing Vacation

Announcing my newest listening activity . . . and certainly one of my new favorites. In the conversation, my wife and I go fishing, and she shows me up and humbles me to the core. Give it a try:

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Recycling Old Food

Do you "recycle" your food waste such as old banana peals, lettuce, and other old vegetables, or do you throw them in the trash? See what our family does in Utah:

Monday, July 4, 2016

Independence Day

Today is independence Day (July 4th) in the United States. Take a look at my video activity on how some people decorate their streets on this day.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Professional Babysitting

Summer is a time when many students in the US look for part-time job and for some people, babysitting might be option. Now, listen to this conversation and see how some people might take the job to the next level. My daughter does a great job at playing this role in the conversation.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is here in the United States, and here is my video activity on the topic:

Monday, May 2, 2016

Traffic Safety -

From time to time, I almost get hit by distracted drivers as I run, and in my newest video, I discuss how to stay safe:

Friday, April 29, 2016

Smart Phones

Smart phones: students love them, and some people (including teachers) hate them. However, other teachers find plenty of room for them in the classroom. So, how do we handle the relationship between phones and people? In my newest video activity, I discuss this issue. Enjoy and feel free to share you ideas on the topic:

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Speed Limits -

Over the years, I have seen some wild drivers in many different parts of the world, and people sometimes drive as if there weren't any speed limits at all. Sound familiar? In my newest video activity, I talk about speed limits where I live to save you the trouble of getting a speed ticket.
What are the speed limits in your country? Please share your ideas.

Monday, April 25, 2016

University Housing -

Here is my newest video activity on the living options for international students at universities in the United States. Give it a try:

Friday, April 15, 2016

Recycling and Composting

So, would you throw your trash into your garden to grow fresh vegetables? Well, we do. Watch this video and find out how.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Part-Time Jobs

With summer on the way, many high school students start looking for part-time jobs. Watch this video on our family experience:

Learning Through Difficulty

Life is sometimes wild and crazy, and when I participate in races, I just have to laugh, scream, and jump for the race photographers. It doesn't help me move any faster, but it let's me act out a bit in the middle of the pain. Here is a picture at the end of one of my races with my wife. So, if you ever feel a little frustrated with learning English, just jump and shout. It might feel good for a minute or two.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Weekly Plans: What are your days like?

What are some of the things you do throughout the week? Share your ideas.


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Security Systems

Sometimes, people do some of the craziest and most unbelievable things in the world. Some of these things are just plain stupid. In my listening conversation, Security Systems, I play the role of a bank robber in which nothing goes his way. Give it a try:

Friday, February 5, 2016

Winter Sports with Family

We had another good snowfall last night, and I spent the morning shoveling in front of our house. Fun, fun! This time of year is great for winter activities as shown in this DANGEROUS video (not really dangerous, but fun):


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Culture Videos at

One of the parts of my site that I enjoy the most is my culture videos section. I've tried to introduce different aspects of language and culture in these short clips. Do you have a favorite? Please suggestion ideas for future videos. Add love to add them if I can:

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

New Vocabulary Activities

I've been adding vocabulary activities to my Web site that work on portable devices such as the iPhone and iPad. Give these a try:

Happy New Year 2016