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Random Idea English: Vocab game - Food collocations (mainly British) quiz

Random Idea English: Vocab game - Food collocations (mainly British) quiz | British life and culture | Scoop.it
TEFL teacher explores grammar and language points with exercises, quizzes and some opinionated rants...
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The History of English in 10 Minutes

The History of English in 10 Minutes | British life and culture | Scoop.it

"Voiced by Clive Anderson, this entertaining romp through 'The History of English' squeezes 1600 years of history into 10 one-minute bites, uncovering the sources of English words and phrases from Shakespeare and the King James Bible to America and the Internet. Bursting with fascinating facts, the series looks at how English grew from a small tongue into a major global language before reflecting on the future of English in the 21st century.  From the Open University.


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Heather Lam's curator insight, November 25, 2013 11:24 PM

how English language has evolved

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English Listening - The Great North Run

English Listening - The Great North Run | British life and culture | Scoop.it

English Listening activity for Pre-Intermediate English language students and above about the annual BUPA Great North Run, which takes place on September 16 this year.


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The Soul of Scotland: photographs by Max Milligan - Telegraph

The Soul of Scotland: photographs by Max Milligan - Telegraph | British life and culture | Scoop.it
Max Milligan photographs the glens, lochs and peat bogs of his native land.
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Life in the UK: Spitalfields Market - Listening Comprehension Quiz

Spitalfields Market - Test your English reading and listening skills with this video listening activity for Intermediate English students and young learners.
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The Notting Hill Carnival - Listening

The Notting Hill Carnival - Listening | British life and culture | Scoop.it

Video listening activity for English language learners. Watch a short video about the Notting Hill Carnival, and complete a multiple choice quiz. (Level: Intermediate)


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English Lessons for Henry VIII

English Lessons for Henry VIII | British life and culture | Scoop.it
This lesson is great for those upper intermediate students with an interest in English history. Lots of historical expressions are used, and the viewer gets a fairly clear idea of the religious and social context in which these events took place.
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All about British Tea | Visual.ly

All about British Tea | Visual.ly | British life and culture | Scoop.it
This infographic was created to celebrate British teas.

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Falibo - Learn English As a Second Language - Homes in Britain

Falibo - Learn English As a Second Language - Homes in Britain | British life and culture | Scoop.it
This is a cultural material. It helps ESL students to learn more about British culture. It's a good opportunity to listen to the British accent. (This is a cultural material. It helps ESL students to learn more about British culture.
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Learn English Online at Englishtown. Learning English has never been this easy

Video recipe for roast beef

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The History of the English Language - Infographic

The History of the English Language - Infographic | British life and culture | Scoop.it

What we know as the English language today has evolved over thousands of years,  influenced by migrating tribes, conquering armies and peaceful trade. 


Via Damián Casado, Ricard Garcia, Terje
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The King under the Car Park

The King under the Car Park | British life and culture | Scoop.it
Some bones are found under a car park in Leicester. Are they those of King Richard III?
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Exploring British food | iStudyAbroad

Exploring British food | iStudyAbroad | British life and culture | Scoop.it
Through food, international student can learn about British culture as it become a more integrated piece of the local culture. Moreover, cooking and sharing a traditional meal from home country is a great way to make new ...
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"Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens

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Loudlit.org has a collection of audio books, many retrieved from Project Gutenberg with audio via Librivox.org.

 

Here you can read along to the audio of Dicken's Great Expectations.

 

Unless you're a big fan of classic fiction, this is going to seem like hard work for language learning, but it's a good resource for general language input for upper intermediate and advanced learners (listen regularly for a short period).  You can also work on a short section using the shadow reading technique, where you keep the volume quite low and try to read aloud with the reader; this helps fluency and intonation.  Otherwise you can just listen and note words which are not pronounced as you expected, and look for patterns there.

 

Loudlit also has children's literature and poetry sections.


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Jay Kay's curator insight, February 25, 2013 3:14 AM

Wonderful for that long flight, or that commute in traffic

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8 Quotes We Owe to William Shakespeare [infographic]

8 Quotes We Owe to William Shakespeare [infographic] | British life and culture | Scoop.it
William Shakespeare. Just seeing that name takes me to a place where coffee flows, procrastination runs rampant, and book reports come back marked down for tardiness.

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English Lessons with Sherlock Holmes - The Golden Pince Nez

English Lessons with Sherlock Holmes - The Golden Pince Nez | British life and culture | Scoop.it
In this episode we start with the most perplexing murder of Mr Willoughby Smith. The murder seems to be motiveless for Mr Smith had no enemies and led a rather quiet life as secretary to an old bedridden professor.
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Celebrating Britpop!

Celebrating Britpop! | British life and culture | Scoop.it

We've been gearing up for the Olympic Games Closing Cermony this week by adding a selection of brand new quizzes to learn English by some of our favourite British artists - why not visit our site and check them out?


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Culture lesson - Learn about Britain and take our 'British Quiz' - Hot English Magazine

Culture lesson - Learn about Britain and take our 'British Quiz' - Hot English Magazine | British life and culture | Scoop.it
Plus learn how to use "from" after a verb + listen to an Englishman's accent (Get your free free English lesson:

Social lesson - learn about British society & take our 'British Quiz' - very...)...
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How to Speak & Understand Glaswegian

Visiting Glasgow, Scotland? This video will help you to understand and communicate better with the locals of this wonderful city. The first of these lessons ...
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