While I was looking for a better way to practice American English I found a website, where you can find radio channels from all over the world. Do you think it is a good idea to practice your listening skills of American English in this way?

The website is onlineradiobox.

  • Are you affiliated with the linked resource?
    – Tommi
    Dec 16, 2018 at 12:24
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    @TommiBrander I have account
    – simon
    Dec 16, 2018 at 15:28
  • I edited the question for clarity. Please verify I did not change the meaning.
    – Tommi
    Dec 17, 2018 at 10:47
  • There are many internet radio sites and apps, I suggest to remove the link.
    – Carsten S
    Dec 17, 2018 at 18:37
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    why do you think that @CarstenS?
    – simon
    Dec 18, 2018 at 16:38

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Whether it is a good idea or not to listen to a specific radio programme depends on the difficulty level of the language. If the programme's level is at your level or just a little bit higher, you will be able to understand most of it and you should be able to guess the meaning of many other words and expressions. The type of input you get is known as comprehensible input.

If the radio programme's level is much higher than your own, you will probably understand very little and perhaps even misunderstand some of what is said. This means that you don't get enough comprehensible input to benefit from listening to it. You may even get frustrated.

The term comprehensible input was popularised by the American linguist Stephen Krashen. He has talked about this in numerous publications, interviews and videos. See for example the video Stephen Krashen: Language Acquisition and Comprehensible Input. In this video, demonstrates two types of lessons, one of which is an example uses comprehensible input. When demonstrating the use of comprehensible input (in a short German language lesson), he uses visual clues, such as pointing to part of his body and by drawing on a sheet of paper. This makes it easier to understand what he means by the German words he uses. Visual clues are not available when you listen to the radio, so it is very important to choose the radio programmes wisely: check that the speed is not too fast, that the subject is something you already know a few things about, and, above all, that the subject is interesting to you.

You can listen in two ways: passively or actively. By passive listening I mean simply listening, possibly why doing something else (while jogging, washing the dishes, ..). By active listening I mean doing certain things to remember some of the words, phrases and grammatical constructions used in the programme, e.g. taking notes, looking up things and possibly even relistening to a recording (if that is available).

So you can definitely benefit from listening to radio programmes if you bear the above things in mind.

  • thank you for you anwser I just asked that because I am not native speaker and I want to improve my listening with american people part my teacher english tell me : listen radio american it could improve you english better, what do you think about it ?
    – simon
    Dec 17, 2018 at 18:10
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    @simon You should try to find something that is not too difficult. Otherwise, you can also try News in slow English or Voice of America - Learning English.
    – Tsundoku
    Dec 17, 2018 at 18:14
  • Thank you so much for you help these website are very great for me :) so they are accent from american or Uk?
    – simon
    Dec 18, 2018 at 16:37
  • Yes, both sites definitely use American English.
    – Tsundoku
    Dec 18, 2018 at 16:41
  • thank you fro you helpul
    – simon
    Dec 18, 2018 at 16:59

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