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Material:

Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab

Rating: 5 stars
Used in Course: Not used in course
Submitted by: Marie Iwasaki (Student), Mar 14, 2002
Comment: As I am a non-native speaker of English, I enjoyed listening to conversations in this
material and found this site excellent. Being in a foreign country it is hard
to encounter English speakers to communicate with. According to
students in Japan they need to go to a private English school to improve their
listening skills because of a lack of listening materials and less opportunities
to communicate with English speakers in Japan. Normally the tuition at the
English school is really expensive, more than academic at schools. As far as I
know, the
tuition cost is over $170 for eight hours for
group lessons and private lessons cost twice as much and its lessons are usually
less than five
hours. In addition at academic schools usually there is only a native speaker
and the native speaker speak in Japanese to students rather than in English.
Therefore students need to find
materials for their self-study. This site is
suitable for not only self-study but also group study. The students can
exchange information about conversations in the group. As long as learners have
access to use a computer, this site is free to use and computer skill is not
required. This site is appropriate for any
learners even though their listening skill is tremendous or considerable. In
the end, I
strongly recommend this site for international students or learners who need to
take TOEFL or TOEIC exam because the conversation in this material is basic for
listening skill and
questions are similar to the questions on these exams. I encourage learners to
visit this site and find interests.

Technical Remarks:

This site includes listening quizzes, text
completion quizzes, script of quizzes, and post listening exercises. On the
first screen, there are many listening topics that learners can
choose. The topics are separated into colloquial and academics listening
activities. After they choose a topic for their needs, they are able to know
how long the conversation will take place, and the number and gender of
speakers. The speech is recorded very clearly. There is no noise and speakers
don?t have strong accents so that learners can easily focus on the pronunciation
of the speakers. The varieties of levels help learners to choose the best for
their skill. When they answer questions they just need to click a circle to
select their answer. I would like to encourage many learners to use this site
to challenge their English listening skills and prepare themselves to able to
communicate with native speakers of English.