Here are some suggestions on how to use the SALC to practice and learn languages.

SALC - Here are some suggestions on how to use the SALC to practice and learn languages.

Listening Comprehension Intermediate or Advanced Level

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Listening comprehension exercises
with trailers of English-language movies

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 Blood diamond  (Edward Zwick)
 Braveheart   (Mel Gibson)
 Cashback   (Sean Ellis)
 Fantastic beasts and where to find them  (David Yates)
 Girl with a pearl earring  (Peter Webber)
 Keeping mum  (Niall Johnson)
 The King’s speech  (Tom Hooper)
 The Martian  (Ridley Scott)
 The mission  (Roland Joffé)
 Perfume  (Tom Tykwer)
 Pirates of the Caribbean: On stranger tides  (Rob Marshall)
 The secret life of Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller)
 Shakespeare in love (John Madden)
 The sixth sense (Night Shyamalan)
 Titanic (James Cameron)

Listening Comprehension through movie trailers


Learning through media (movies, music, etc.) is one of the best ways to learn a new language.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Click on the video you want to watch below.

  2. Watch the video, and pay attention to it! (You can pause and rewind the video.)

  3. Answer the listening comprehension questions below the video.

  4. Check your answers.

Anger Management

500 Days of Summer
500 Days of Summer

Shutter Island

A Beautiful Mind


Reading Comprehension Advanced

Endurance Athletes


Have you ever wondered why children always seem to have bags of energy and never run out of steam? Researchers have discovered that children have the stamina and levels of recovery of endurance athletes. In fact, scientists say children’s muscles recover from “high-intensity exercise” a lot quicker than athletes. A study looked at the performance levels of children when they were cycling, and compared their fitness to that of athletes. Researcher Dr Sebastien Ratel said: “We found the children used more of their aerobic metabolism and were therefore less tired during the high-intensity physical activities. They also recovered very quickly – even faster than the well-trained adult endurance athletes.”

The researchers hope that their findings will help scientists better understand how the human body changes with age. It could lead to advances in the fight against diabetes and other diseases. Dr Ratel said the research was particularly important as more children were become less active. He warned: “With the rise in diseases related to physical inactivity, it is helpful to understand the physiological changes with growth that might contribute to the risk of disease.” He added that children should maintain their fitness as they grow up and play as much as they could so they remain healthy as adults. He said: “Children seem to have the ability to play and play and play, long after adults have become tired.” 

Click on the following links to do exercises related to the passage:

20 questions

4-speed reading


Reading Comprehension Intermediate

No purchase needed to sit in Starbucks cafes

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The cafe chain Starbucks has made a new policy about who can use its cafes. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has announced that anyone can enter a Starbucks cafe in the USA without needing to make a purchase. That means people are free to sit in the cafe or use the restrooms. Mr Schulz has asked all Starbucks staff to treat every person entering the cafe as a customer. He said: “Any person who enters our spaces, including patios, cafes and restrooms, regardless of whether they make a purchase, is considered a customer.” This means people can simply use Starbucks to sit down, relax and use the Internet. The new policy applies to more than 8,000 cafes in the United States.

The new policy will also make it easier for store managers and baristas to do their job. There have been high-profile cases recently of managers asking real customers to leave a cafe or telling them they cannot use the bathroom. On April 12, two black men were arrested and escorted out of a Philadelphia Starbucks in handcuffs for waiting for a friend to arrive before they ordered. A week later, another black man was told he could not use the bathroom because he hadn’t bought anything. He posted a video online of a white man using the bathroom in the same cafe without buying anything first. Mr Schultz said he didn’t want to make Starbucks a public bathroom, but the new policy was “the right thing” to do.

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Reading comprehension Starters

Read the story then click on the links to do exercises related to The Swimmer.

The Swimmer

Karen is on the swim team. She is on the swim team at school. She is a good swimmer. All the swimmers on the swim team are good swimmers. She swims every day. She goes to the pool after her last class. Her last class is her English class. After English class she walks over to the pool. She changes into her swim suit. She dives into the water. She swims for two hours. Her coach watches her swim. He gives her advice. He tells her how to swim better. Her coach is her swim instructor. He is a good instructor. She will win a race one day. 


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