5 Excellent Free Podcasts for ESL and EFL Learners

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Here is a list of some wonderful free podcasts for ESL and EFL learners. Students can use them to improve their english language learning in both the written and spoken format. Th content provided varies from tips on how to enhance your  conversational English to lessons on Grammar, writing, punctuation, phrasal verbs, idioms and many more.

1- Better @ English

Lori’s podcast Better @ English providers EFL and ESL learners with “genuine unscripted conversations that feature informal vocabulary, slang, idioms, and more. And you can read along as you listen -- go to http:/ www.betteratenglish.com/transcripts for FREE transcripts and vocabulary notes.”

2- Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

“Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Whether English is your first language or your second language, these grammar, punctuation, style, and business tips will make you a better and more successful writer. Grammar Girl is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast. To download podcast episodes not shown here, visit QuickandDirtyTips.com”

3- Fun English Lessons (update: no longer working)

“A fun and interesting ESL podcast for intermediate to advanced students who want to learn useful vocabulary and culture. Two Canadian brothers discuss all kinds of topics and explain clearly any new vocabulary and phrases. Perfect for classroom discussion as well.”

4- Splendid Speaking

“Splendid Speaking supports advanced learners of English who want to develop their top-level speaking skills and communication strategies. Each podcast features a recording of non-native speakers of English carrying out short tasks individually or in pairs such as making presentations or taking part in discussions. Each recording contains expert feedback on the speaker's performance.”

5- Effortless English Podcast

“ Learn tips and strategies to improve your spoken English. Also learn about American language and culture. Be a successful English speaker and international leader!”