BBC has launched a range of BBC Learning English programmes as free downloadable podcasts. The fun weekly programmes ‘How to...’, ‘Grammar Challenge’ and ‘Talk about English’ are available in bite-size formats and show students how to tackle tricky aspects of the English language.
Andrew Thompson, Head of BBC World Service English Learning, said, “A really good way to improve your English is to listen to short and sharp, user-friendly tips and suggestions. That is what we have prepared for learners, in accordance with BBC standards of quality.”
In addition to the audio programme and downloadable transcript, the units feature a guided presentation and analysis of a language structure. Each unit is accompanied by various practice activities and is wrapped up with a consolidation quiz.
‘How to...’ is a series of practical six-minute audio programmes intending to help students discover and practise phrases and expressions, which they can use in all kinds of situations. ‘Grammar Challenge’ comes in six-minute units featuring real learners in live situations grappling a tricky English grammatical structure. ‘Talk about English’ is a topical 20-minute audio programme that features quizzes, debates, interviews and discussions with native and non-native speakers both in the studio and on location. It also offers vocabulary support, downloadable programme scripts, word facts, etc.
All BBC Learning English programmes can be accessed via bbclearningenglish.com.