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Voice of America

Voice of America

The Voice of America site provides a variety of media news and programs. VOA produces and broadcasts over 900 hours of U.S., world, and regional news and information programs every week to a worldwide audience of 91 million. VOA reaches its audience in English and 52 other languages through radio, satellite television, the Internet and 1,200 affiliate stations around the world. VOA Special English is a news and information program created for listeners learning and practicing American English. VOA Special English uses a vocabulary of 1500 words and a slower pace of speaking. Special English broadcasts begin with ten minutes of international and national news, followed by a short report about science, agriculture, development, the environment, or American idioms. The half-hour broadcasts end with a 15-minute feature about American culture, history, science, space, short stories, or notable Americans.


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Sara Ferguson
Sara Ferguson (Faculty)
4 years ago
This website is good for high intermediate and advanced ESL-EFL listeners. Students can listen to current events from around the world, although the stories are generally U.S.-centric. The companion website,, is better for lower level ESL-EFL listeners. Since the focus is current events and the stories change daily or weekly, there are no stories with developed comprehension or vocabulary exercises, but the Learning English site does have some very basic glossaries and short quizzes with some of the stories. One disadvantage that I have encountered over time with this website is that it changes the interface frequently, so an instructor would need to change their assignment to match the new look of the website every semester or so.
Used in course? Yes