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Daily listening and reading practice with BBC 6 minute English

It has been some time since I updated the Daily Exercises section of this site. Here is a perfect place for IELTS candidates to get reading and listening practice on a daily basis. The 6 minute English section of the BBC Learning English site provides:

  1. a weekly podcast you can download
  2. a tapescript to read
  3. help with topic vocabulary
  4. a link to related site so that you can read further

How it works

This week the podcast is on the theme of superstition and you get this listening question:

According to British folklore, eggs from which bird are meant to improve your eyesight? Is it:

a) Ducks

b) Owls

c) Swans

which as you can see is very similar to IELTS listening questions. You are then given help with these words and phrases that relate to the topic of superstition:

  • touch wood
  • an old wives tale
  • a lucky charm
Then once you have done the listening, you can read further on the topic by going to a related link on superstition.

How to use it

You can subscribe to the weekly podcast but my best suggestion is:

  • go to the archive page where you will find 100s of listening exercises on different topics -plenty for one a day
  • choose one that interests you and listen on
Other activities you can think of doing are:
  • reading and listening at the same time to improve your reading speed
  • making notes of the vocabulary they give you


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