Unit 6
Listening Practice



UN Decade for Literacy

Part 1

Listen to Two Radio broadcasts:

Broadcast 1
International Year of Languages 2008
“The Speaking Tables”:  An initiative of the Language and Communications Programme, under the direction of Javier Zanon (who is interviewed in the broadcast)

Click here to listen to a UN radio programme about “The Speaking Tables” an initiative to celebrate the ‘UN International Year of Year of Languages”.   Listen as New York Headquarters staff comment on the first of the “Speaking Tables” events — which encourage staff to practice a second UN language during their lunch hour.

Click for a complete transcript of the UN radio programme

UPDATE: Click here for a news article on progress at the Kitengesa Community Library

Broadcast 2
UN at 60: supporting Literacy in Uganda
Click to listen to a radio broadcast about a visit to a literacy project in an Ugandan village. This broadcast was part of a programme titled "UN at 60: staff members share their memorable experiences with the Organization: Supporting Literacy in Uganda"

Click for a complete transcript of the UN radio programme

Click for comprehension exercise

To listen to the webcasts, you may need to download Real Player:
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Part 2
More than One English

Directions: The link below takes you to a site where you can hear people reading a passage in a variety of accents of English around the world: 

Listen to the passage below read in 268 different accents!
(Click here to visit site)

Below is the passage you will hear:

"Please call Stella.
Ask her to bring these things with her from the store: six spoons of fresh snow peas, five thick slabs of blue cheese, and maybe a snack for her brother, Bob. 
We also need a small plastic snake and a big toy frog for the kids. 
She can scoop these things into three red bags, and we'll go meet her Wednesday at the train station."

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Reading Passage Unit 1 Grammar Exercise Unit One