The TED video site has a wide range of excellent presentations. It is particularly useful for non-native speakers of English as interactive transcripts are provided. The presentations are drawn from the fields of Technology, Entertainment and Design, Business, Science and Global Issues. The online interactive transcripts give you the opportunity to 'read along' with the speaker and imitate their pausing, stress and intonation. The audio can be stopped and repeated and this is an excellent opportunity to practise the speech techniques used by each speaker. Note: transcripts must be viewed on the website.
For an overview of the presentations go to the:
http://www.ted.com/talks/list (opens an external site)
Excellent model presenters on the TED site include:
Hans Rosling reveals new insights on poverty (opens an external site)
Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity (opens an external site)
Richard St. John talks about the Secrets of Success (opens an external site)
ComCoach Video Tutorial
This website contains an introduction to essential presentation skills and video clips illustrating effective and ineffective practices. Each page has up to 4 videos illustrating a section of a speech, questions for analysis of the speech sample and feedback.
http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~comcoach/ (opens an external site)
ABC radio national
ABC radio national has a wide range of Australian programs including documentaries, news, interviews and lectures on subjects such as current affairs, science and technology, education, the media, health, law, the arts and religion:
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/ (opens an external site)
You can listen online, and download podcasts and transcripts.
Radio Australia has an interesting selection of programs based on Australia, Asia and the Pacific. Topic areas include the news, current affairs, business, science, technology, education, health, the arts, social issues and sports. Free mp3 downloads and RSS web feeds are available.
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/ (opens an external site)
BBC world service learning English
The BBC World Service Learning English websites have some excellent resources for practising listening and the pronunciation of English.
Has explanations and models for listening and practice of the sounds of English and features of connected speech, mp3 downloads are available:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/grammar/pron/ (opens an external site)
Features 12 programs in which well-known, fluent non-native speakers of English talk on a variety of topics, a trainer analyses the features of their speech and gives tips on improving pronunciation and speaking skills, mp3 downloads are available:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/webcast/tae_betterspeaking_archive.shtml (opens an external site )
Words in the news
Features news items (including an archive) with listening and practice of key vocabulary items, transcripts and downloads are available:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/language/wordsinthenew/ (opens an external site )