Listening Resources

“TED is a nonprofit company devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks.” Click on the following images for a selection of talks of less than 6 minutes, the talks are filtered towards the theme of the Arts, Architecture and Design, but there are plenty of interesting subjects at

Image result for ted talks logoA selection of short presentations on theme of art

Image result for ted talks logo A selection of short videos on theme of Design

Image result for ted talks logo A selection of short videos on theme of Architecture

Practice listening and reading

The BBC iPlayer is the online player for BBC TV content. It has a useful subtitle feature on much of its content. If you find listening to a Scottish accent challenging, why not try watching and listening to programmes on BBC Scotland? Watch and listen with subtitles off, then try again with subtitles on to check comprehension.

Turning subtitles on

The above example is for BBC iPlayer, but the process is the same for ITV Player4oD and Demand 5. Be aware that you will need a TV license to watch television in the UK. You must have a TV Licence if you:

  • watch or record BBC programmes on a TV, computer or other device as they’re broadcast
  • download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer – live, catch up or on demand

A TV Licence costs for both homes and businesses. You do not require a British TV license to watch any other non-BBC online content.