a place for real beginners Mister Duncan on You Tube
a place to pick your own level - http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/
but this is good for listening skills http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/general/sixminute/index.shtml
... and for the more international American approach, with lots of idioms
for international news in very well written English - http://www.economist.com/
for the Biotech students - http://www.nature.com/
and for anyone at mother-tongue level who wants to feel clever
specific posts and articles may follow.