Korean students are already used to reading English since they’ve studied English for a long time. However, when it comes to communicating with foreigners, listening skill is the most important. Most Korean students are lack of listening skill since they don’t have enough opportunities to listen to English. For these reasons, we are willing to introduce one site that many Koreans received help in studying English, especially in listening. It's VOA.< Copyright © The Gachon Herald All rights reserved >
VOA(Voice of America) is the broadcasting managed by American USIA(United States Information Agency) as an external publicity activities throughout the world. It supplies easy and systematic learning method to foreigners who want to learn American English. Most of the articles are provided with audio and video. Especially VOA gives powerful services for audio learning.
It is easy to use this site. First, click the English Learning page in the VOA and choose the article you want to listen to. Second, download mp3 files attached to the article. Third, study listening in your own ways such as dictation, re-listening or arranging vocabulary, etc.
VOA has many advantages in studying English. Used vocabularies are limited and speed is suitable to comprehend. And since specialized voice actors read the articles, it's not difficult to study English. Every article has mp3 files. Furthermore, articles deal with a diversity of themes and subjects. You can choose what you are interested in, and through listening and dictation you will be able to learn useful sentences and idioms. It also helps to widen common sense by reading current American news and to understand American culture and life. Therefore, you can study English profoundly. There is VOA application for smart phone users. So it would be very helpful to use the site in subway or bus.