Listen to today’s story on National Public Radio (NPR) and try to answer the listening questions below. This is a tough listening exercise and focuses on listening to statistics. You may have to rewind and listen to it several times in order to get all the answers.

Answer the following questions and record what time in the radio story that the answer is presented.

1. How tall is Jack Taylor?
2. Who did they play against yesterday?
3. What was Taylor’s shooting average?
4. What was the final score?
5. How many points did Jack Taylor score in the recent game?
6. What records in basketball history?
7. How many points did he average last season?
8. How many points did the team average last night?
9. Do Grinell have any “set plays?”
10. What is Grinell’s ultimate goal?
11. What is their goal this year?
12. What country would he like to play?
13. What is his major?


I thought I would share one of the most popular websites in the world right now. This website is very influential for many reasons. 1) because it involves incredibly intellectual material, incredibly intelligent people and amazing idea’s. 2) because it is free, creative commons, “transparent” and open. 3) because it is free media available the internet (which is exploding through faster internet connections and hardware).

If you are interested in going to University abroad, this website is an amazing tool for improving your listening to public speaking. University professors are intelligent people, and listening to intelligent people helps you become more intelligent. That is a fact. At you will find amazing scientists and intellectuals giving speeches on a range of topics. There are subtitles and transcripts available.

If you are looking to develop skill as a public speaker, this website will show you how it is done… by the BEST. Confidence, precision, and clarity.

In short, this is one of my FAVORITE websites, and I hope you can follow, or learn to follow material like this. Here is an example of a presentation about the world’s English mania. If you have an interest in advanced cutting edge science, technology, and world changing idea’s. is your best friend. If you have a favorite video, share it with me, or everyone by writing a comment on this blog. If you want me to recommend some to watch you can ask, or start with these ones:

Here is the new lesson plan, and audio.  This story is tough, and has lots of difficult vocabulary and phrases.  Enjoy!

Obama Orders Treasury Chief to Try to Block A.I.G. Bonuses

Mp3 Audio

Here is a new lesson plan.  I am going to try out something new for a month and see what happens.  I will add an Mp3 file which includes a reading of the news story and also some added information for the definitions.  Hopefully they can help your listening practice as well!  I may add quizzes to these lesson plans as well in the future!

Should Cell Phone Jamming be Legal?

Mp3 Audio

During the news class on Saturday in Dali, we talked about watching the news in English.  This requires very good listening skills.  How can you improve your listening slowly, so that you can watch news in English?  Watching video’s designed to improve listening, and repetitively listening to the same video can help.  Some students recommend these sites for watching news video’s.

V.O.A. News – Voice of America – Special English. (Intermediate listening skills) I looked at this news website and it’s grate for improving your listening.  Each news story comes with a transcript of the spoken dialogue.  There are a many different stories to choose from and many different weekly and daily radio shows with transcripts.  The spoken English is slow and smooth so you can practice enhancing your listening skills.  Here is a description that talks about how to use the website:

Reuters – (Advanced listening skills) Reuters is one of the worlds largest and most trusted news sources.  Reuters stories are often used my newspapers around the world.  Their video news website is great because you can pick and choose from the new stories to create a playlist of only the stories you want, and then just sit back and watch them in the order you choose, or you can just watch random stories, or stories from a specific category.  I like this because it is similar to Television news because you don’t have to click a lot.  You can just relax and let the news stories play.

The Last Lecture – (Advanced listening skills) Here is a famous lecture given by a university professor who was dying of cancer.  This is Professor Randy Pausch’s last lecture at Carnegie Mellon.  It’s inspiring! – (Advanced Listening skills) has speeches by lots of different people on lots of different topics.