Just like every year, I was asked to help some kids and teenagers who had to retake language examinations last summer (either in Dutch, English or German). I did help a young female cousin who had not achieved satisfactory results in Engish last June. Her teacher asked her to work on her listening and reading comprehension as well as on her writing skills over the summer.
We worked on that last August. I quickly noticed that my young cousin knew some appropriate vocabulary but she was shy and not confident in building long sentences in plain English. She was not used to watch TV programs or listen to podcasts in English language, etc. While it was rather easy to make my cousin write a few essays about topics studied at school or based on her course material, it seemed definitely more complicated to improve her listening comprehension skills in such a short time. I gave her a few tips to prepare effectively for the retake exam. The efforts made by my cousin eventually paid off and everyone (her, parents, relatives and myself) are now very happy about how it turned out.
Among the tips given to my young cousin last summer, there was a selection of useful links which has helped and still help her improve her listening and reading comprehension. I have also shared these links with my two sons, who should also improve their English language skills on a regular basis.
Here are the selected hyperlinks:
http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/skills/listening-skills-practice (a website created by the British Council);
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/multimedia/london/ (a website created by the BBC World Service);
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/ (a website created by the BBC-British Broadcasting Corporation);
https://www.englishclub.com/listening/ (EnglishClub, a free website for learners and teachers of English);
http://learningenglish.voanews.com/ (a website created by VOA-Voice of America).
http://www.thetimesinplainenglish.com/wp/ (a website created by The Times);
http://www.englishforeveryone.org/Topics/Reading-Comprehension.htm (a website created by the Read Theory team, a group of professional writers and educators);
https://www.newscientist.com/article_topic/teenagers/ (a website created by the weekly magazine New Scientist).
For adults who want to improve their comprehension skills and brush up their rusty English, these links also offer them a nice opportunity to do so.