"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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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?