ESL Politics Listening

This ESL politics listening page has tasks for you to do where you need to listen to spoken politics words and answer questions. Getting experience listening is quite difficult, but this page will help as you can listen to the words being used in realistic situations.

These ESL politics listening tasks will help you get better at using the politics vocabulary.

In each of the exercises on this page you need to listen to politics vocabulary being used and spoken by a native English speaker. Then when you have understood the spoken vocabulary you will need to answer questions or write something about it. For each of the tasks you can listen to the recordings as many times as you need. There is also a recording of all the politics words being spoken by a native English speaker on the ESL politics vocabulary page.

This page has the following four listening exercises:

  • Identification of spoken word order.
  • Identification of spoken meaning.
  • Listening comprehension passage.
  • Dictation passage.

ESL Politics Listening Exercises

Exercise 1 – Identification of Spoken Word Order

In this ESL politics listening exercise you need to listen to the following recording and then decide which option (A-D) in each question has the words listed in the same order as they are spoken in the recording. When you have finished you can use the get score button to see the correct answers.



ESL Politics Identification of Spoken Word Order


Listen to the recording of the five groups of five words each given above and decide which option (A-D) in the five questions in this test has the correct order.

1) Which is the correct order for group of words one?
        A) Dissolution, By-election, Conservative, Dictator, Caucus
        B) Dictator, Dissolution, By-election, Conservative, Caucus
        C) Conservative, Dissolution, By-election, Caucus, Dictator
        D) Dissolution, Caucus, By-election, Dictator, Conservative
2) Which is the correct order for group of words two?
        A) Republic, Politician, Bill, Political party, Houses of Parliament
        B) Political party, Republic, Politician, Bill, Houses of Parliament
        C) Bill, Republic, Politician, Houses of Parliament, Political party
        D) Republic, Houses of Parliament, Politician, Political party, Bill
3) Which is the correct order for group of words three?
        A) Run, Minister, Big government, Conservative, Incumbent
        B) Conservative, Run, Minister, Big government, Incumbent
        C) Big government, Run, Minister, Incumbent, Conservative
        D) Run, Incumbent, Minister, Conservative, Big government
4) Which is the correct order for group of words four?
        A) Patriot, Referendum, Proportional representation, Regime, Politics
        B) Regime, Patriot, Referendum, Proportional representation, Politics
        C) Proportional representation, Patriot, Referendum, Politics, Regime
        D) Patriot, Politics, Referendum, Regime, Proportional representation
5) Which is the correct order for group of words five?
        A) Constituency, Poling station, Seat, Dictatorship, Independent
        B) Dictatorship, Constituency, Poling station, Seat, Independent
        C) Seat, Constituency, Poling station, Independent, Dictatorship
        D) Constituency, Independent, Poling station, Dictatorship, Seat

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Exercise 2 – Identification of Spoken Definition

In the next ESL politics listening task you need to decide which option (A-D) from each question has the word that matches the spoken definitions in the recording. Again you can see the correct answers using the get score button.



ESL Politics Listening Identification of Vocabulary Meaning


Listen to the recording of the meanings of the five vocabulary words given above and decide which word out of the options (A-D) in each question matches the meaning.

1) What is the meaning of the first definition in the recording?
        A) MP
        B) Republic
        C) Elect
        D) Ballot box
2) What is the meaning of the second definition in the recording?
        A) King
        B) President
        C) Delegate
        D) House of Lords
3) What is the meaning of the third definition in the recording?
        A) Vote
        B) Prime Minister
        C) Constituency
        D) By-election
4) What is the meaning of the fourth definition in the recording?
        A) Minister
        B) Ballot
        C) Regime
        D) State
5) What is the meaning of the fifth definition in the recording?
        A) Nominee
        B) Whip
        C) Poll
        D) Political party

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Correct answers:

Exercise 3 – Listening Comprehension

Now, for this ESL politics listening activity you need to listen to the recording of a spoken passage and then answer the questions that follow it. You can see the correct answers by clicking the get score button.

At the end of the page there is a link for you to use that will show the full text of the passage so you can read it and check your understanding of the recording.



ESL Politics Listening Comprehension


Listen to the recording of the passage about politics above and answer the following five questions.

1) What are two ways to become a head of state?
        A) To be elected and to be nominated.
        B) To be elected and to be born.
        C) To be born and to be nominated.
        D) To be nominated and to be killed.
2) Many hundreds of years ago, how many people ruled a country?
        A) Many people.
        B) Just one person.
        C) Three people.
        D) A small group of people.
3) Which of the following countries got rid of their kings and queens?
        A) France
        B) The United Kingdom
        C) Japan
        D) Thailand
4) Why can the role of a king or queen be passed on to their children?
        A) Because the family is very important.
        B) Because the children are well trained.
        C) Because it is what everyone wants to happen.
        D) Because it is not political.
5) For how long does a president become the head of state?
        A) One or two years
        B) Two or three years
        C) Four or five years
        D) For all their life

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Exercise 4 – Dictation

For the last ESL politics exercise you need to listen to the following recording of a spoken passage and then write it down. When you listen you need to try to understand each word and then write it down. The recording has the passage being spoken twice. The first time is at a slow speaking speed while the second time has pauses after every few words and the punctuation spoken as well.

At the end of the page there is a link so you can see the full text of the passage and check your answer.





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