Listen and put the sentences in the correct order
This is a great way to painlessly improve your vocabulary and listening skills. A 60-second bulletin of world news, updated throughout the day. Listen once and see how much you can understand. Listen again and make notes. And if you’re really keen, use it as a dictation – listening and pausing as necessary.
A useful video from the British Council LearnEnglish Teens page. Watch the video of students describing a photo and use their tips to help you improve this skill.
This is a great site for extra listening practice. Videos of famous speeches with transcripts.
Read and listen to some classic American short stories which have been specially adapted for learners of English. If you need to practice summary writing (riassunti) for school you can use these as original texts.