Oscar season is a time when everybody in Hollywood (and movie lovers around the world) get ready for the Oscar awards ceremony in Los Angeles. Many excellent movies are released, and everybody talks about them online. Most of these people are speaking in English, so this is a great opportunity to study practice IELTS Listening & grammar in English.

Movies & English

Movies are a great way to improve your English. It can be difficult to watch a long movie in English, but not impossible. There are 3 ways to improve your English with a movie:

1. Watch a movie with English sound, but subtitles in your language;
2. Watch a movie with English sound and subtitles in English;
3. Watch a movie with English sound and no subtitles!

Of course, number 1 is the easiest. You will probably learn the most with number 2, but you’ll know you’re an advanced English speaker when you can do number 3!

Sometimes, though, we don’t have the time to watch a full movie in English. So why not read about the movies or listen to news reports about them?
Here, we’ll listen to a short report about a 2013 movie called 12 Years a Slave. Get ready to answer 4 questions and then study some quick grammar!
This is a perfect exercise if you’re an Intermediate English learner or if you want to get ready for the IELTS exam. (Find more free exercises like this on our IELTS page!)

Practice IELTS Listening / grammar in English

Listen to the text about 12 Years A Slave .
Press Play and try to listen just once.
Below the MP3 file, you’ll see 4 questions. Each question has 3 options. 1 option is correct – it matches information which you hear in the text.
Choose the correct answer (a.,b., or c.) for each question. (We’ll tell you if you’re correct or not, and we’ll explain each answer.)
Then get ready for a quick grammar quiz about the text.

Listen to the text about 12 Years A Slave .
Press Play and try to listen just once.
Below the MP3 file, you’ll see 4 questions. Each question has 3 options. 1 option is correct – it matches information which you hear in the text.
Choose the correct answer (a.,b., or c.) for each question. (We’ll tell you if you’re correct or not, and we’ll explain each answer.)
Then get ready for a quick grammar quiz about the text.