For more advanced learners, listening to online radio stations can be a really effective way to develop your English listening skills by getting used to the speed, intonation and varied accents of native English speakers. What's more, it's something you can do while you're sitting at the computer or doing household chores. I've got an internet radio and usually listen to BBC Radio 4 if I'm eating alone (sad, I know) or washing up, but a Bluetooth speaker connected to a PC or a phone app can work just as well if you're not in front of your computer. And if you have a pair of Bluetooth headphones, that's even better. All you need now are some resources you can use to find suitable listening material …
- TuneIn — Provides listeners access to over 100,000 real radio stations and more than four million podcasts streaming from every continent. Available as a desktop application or an app.
- BBC iPlayer Radio — I'm sure the BBC needs no introduction. BBC World Service is good for news and current affairs, while BBC Radio 4 has an impressive range of spoken word programmes. Many programmes are available as podcasts. You can watch a video showing how to download them here.
- NPR is the closest American equivalent to the BBC. You'll find a wide variety of programmes in the Podcast Directory.
- EnglishWaves is a great resource for any English learners interested in what's happening in France. A whole range of subjects are covered in programmes dealing with topics such as news, cooking, tech, and health. The live radio and the latest weekly shows are free as are the apps available for iOS, Android and Windows.
- VOA News is Voice of America's news channel for English learners worldwide. The audio programmes are read one-third slower than normal English speed, which makes them accessible for lower-level learners.
- VOA Newscasts provide an hourly five-minute summary of the latest news in Simple English.
Fluent U's excellent blog post on learning English with the radio.