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The sculptor worksheet: Argentinian English

This video is part of our Active Ears series to understand different accents from around the world. Step 1 Download the lesson worksheet here. Step 2 Watch Art Biennale’s video about artist Adrián Villar Rojas: Step 3 Watch our ‘active ears’ video about Argentinian English and download the answer key here. I will give you...

Fashion and nature worksheet: French and German English

This video is part of our Active Ears series to understand different accents from around the world. Step 1 Download the lesson worksheet here. Step 2 Watch Chanel’s interview with Karl Lagerfeld: Step 3 Watch our ‘active ears’ video about French / German English and download the answer key here. I will give you my answer to...

The writing process worksheet: Turkish English

This video is part of our Active Ears series to understand different accents from around the world. Step 1 Download the lesson worksheet here. Step 2 Watch the Big Think’s interview with author Orhan Pamuk: Step 3 Watch our ‘active ears’ video about Turkish English and download the answer key here. I will give you my...

Cosplay worksheet: Brazilian English

This video is part of our Active Ears series to understand different accents from around the world. Step 1 Download the lesson worksheet here. Step 2 Watch Yokoso News’ interview with the Brazilian team at the World Cosplay Summit: Step 3 Watch our ‘active ears’ video about Brazilian English and download the answer key here. I will...

Cafe language worksheet: Malaysian English

This video is part of our Active Ears series to understand different accents from around the world. Step 1 Download the lesson worksheet here. Step 2 Watch The Ming Thing’s video set in a cafe in Malaysia: Step 3 Watch our ‘active ears’ video about Malaysian English and download the answer key here. I will give you...

App of the future worksheet

This video is part of our Active Ears series to understand different accents from around the world. Step 1 Download the lesson worksheet here. Step 2 Watch Team NullPointException’s video for their entry in Accenture’s App of the Future competition: Step 3 Watch our ‘active ears’ video about Filipino English and download the answer key here. I...

Cooking at home: Korean English

This video is part of our Active Ears series to understand different accents from around the world. Step 1 Download the lesson worksheet here. Step 2 Watch Seonkyoung Longest’s video about cooking Tteokbokki: Step 3 Watch our ‘active ears’ video about Korean English and download the answer key here. I will give you my answer to...

#NoMuslimBan

This lesson is a symbol of protest against Trump’s temporary ban on immigrants and visa holders from seven Muslim-majority countries. My English Voice is about embracing diversity and using English to bring people together. The videos collected here are a celebration of the people, landscapes and cultures of the seven countries affected by the ban:...

Women’s March 2017 – Vienna

My English Voice is all about helping people to make their voices heard. So we were very excited to join in the protests on Saturday, 21st January 2017; it was a historic day for people around the world who feel their voices are not being heard. Up to 2 million people took part in protests...

Lotta Schelin: Swedish English

This video is part of our Active Ears series to understand different accents from around the world. Step 1 Download the lesson worksheet here. Step 2 Watch FifaTV’s interview with footballer Lotta Schelin: Step 3 Watch our ‘active ears’ video about Swedish English and download the answer key here. I will give you my answer to the discussion...

Sushi worksheet: Japanese English

This video is part of our Active Ears series to understand different accents from around the world. Step 1 Download the lesson worksheet here. Step 2 Watch Buzzfeed’s video with a sushi chef reviewing cheap sushi: Step 3 Watch our ‘active ears’ video about Japanese English and download the answer key here. I will give...

The Green Wave: Iranian English

This video is part of our Active Ears series to understand different accents from around the world. Step 1 Download the lesson worksheet here. Step 2 Watch DocPoint Festival’s interview with Iranian-German film-maker Ali Samadi Ahadi about The Green Wave: Step 3 Watch our ‘active ears’ video about Iranian English and download the answer key...

Independent fashion designers worksheet: Chinese English

This video is part of our Active Ears series to understand different accents from around the world. Step 1 Download the lesson worksheet here. Step 2 Watch ArtInfo’s video about independent fashion designers in China: Step 3 Watch our ‘active ears’ video about Chinese English and download the answer key here. I will give you my...

I am International English: The business student

Claire Marc is a business student from France who studied abroad as part of her degree. In this video, we hear her tips for learning International English and speaking clearly. The lesson is part of a series called ‘I am International English’, featuring interviews with people who use English in their everyday lives to make connections around...

Writing letters worksheet: French English

This video is part of our Active Ears series to understand different accents from around the world. Step 1 Download the lesson worksheet here.   Step 2 Watch French actor Simon Frenay’s video about writing letters: Step 3 Watch our ‘active ears’ video about French English and download the answer key here. You will hear...

I am International English: The yoga teacher

Nadine McNeil is a yoga teacher who has students of all different nationalities. In this video, we hear her tips for speaking clearly using International English. The lesson is part of a series called ‘I am International English’, featuring interviews with people who use English in their everyday lives to make connections around the world....

Ubud Writers and Readers Festival

My English Voice is about building an identity in English, owning the language, speaking clearly, and being proud of your accent. We filmed eight people from around the world at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival talking about these topics. Watch the short videos below to hear their advice and experiences. Think about the reflection...

Dr Ha-Joon Chang on Free Markets

Dr Ha-Joon Chang talks about the meaning of Free Markets in this video from the Renegade Economist. The vocabulary focus is words that go together related to finance, e.g. sell shares, and suspend trading. This lesson also features a pronunciation section about sentence stress.

Meet Zhang Kaixi

In this video from Shell, Zhang Kaixi talks about her experiences at an event for engineering students to discuss energy solutions. She also explains why she wants to work in the energy industry. The vocabulary focus is on adjectives connected to solutions, e.g. promising, viable, inspirational etc.

Carlo Rovelli’s Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

Carlo Rovelli talks about his book, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, in this video from Penguin Books. The vocabulary focus is on nouns connected to big ideas, e.g. experience, knowledge, adventure, etc.

Doris Salcedo on Bogota

Doris Salcedo talks about the history of Bogota in Colombia in this video from the Guardian and the Tate. She explains how her art helps people to think about the past. The vocabulary focus is adjectives and nouns that go together, e.g. corrupt politicians, public space, and political violence. This lesson also features a new...

Education in Ghana

Ama Boateng talks to a volunteer teacher in Ghana in this video from Al Jazeera. The vocabulary focus is phrases connected to news reports, e.g. Critics say…, The worry is…, and He feels…

From fleeing South Sudan to running at Rio

South Sudanese athletes talk about preparing for the Olympics and escaping the war in their country in this video from the BBC. They talk about what it means to represent Team Refugee in the 2016 Olympics. The vocabulary focus is words connected to war and words connected to sports.

From swimming the Aegean Sea to the Rio Olympics

In this video from the BBC, swimmer Yusra Mardini talks about joining Team Refugee and escaping the war in Syria. The vocabulary focus is language for describing something important to you, e.g. inspiration, passion, focused etc.

Goliath – a robot survival game

In this video from Game Reactor TV, Nadya Zhuk talks about a computer game called Goliath with robots made out of scrap materials. She explains how the game works during an interview for Game Reactor TV. The vocabulary focus is on verbs to explain the rules of a game, for example, collect, switch, explore, etc....

Winter magic with Caroline de Maigret

Category: Fashion Level: Elementary Type of International English: French In this lesson, we learn about winter clothes in Paris – the fashion capital of the world! Caroline de Maigret is a French model. In this video, she tells us what she likes to wear in winter. The vocabulary focus is on clothes, fabrics, and colours....

Lillehammer Confidential

Category: Sports Level: Elementary Type of International English: South Korean (and Norwegian) In this lesson, we learn about the Olympic Village in Lillehammer, in Norway. We meet Yuna Kim, an Olympic figure skater from South Korea. We watch her get a tour of the Village from a Norwegian organiser of the 2016 Youth Olympic Games....

A day in the life of a software engineer

Moiz talks about life as a software engineer in this video from Texas Instruments . He explains what he does and why he likes his job. The vocabulary focus is on adjectives to describe a team of co-workers, for example, collaborative, enthusiastic, motivating, positive, etc.

The Black Arch

Category: Art Level: Intermediate Type of International English: Arabic In this lesson, we learn about an art installation by artists from Saudi Arabia, shown at the Venice Art Biennale event. In the video, they explain what the piece represents and help us to better understand their culture. The vocabulary focus is on the materials used...

Why be happy?

Category: Mind body and soul Level: Upper-intermediate Type of International English: Slovenian In this lesson, the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek explains why people do not really want what they think they want. The vocabulary focus is on adjectives to explain abstract concepts, for example conformist, ideological, excessive, complex, etc. Download the worksheet here and the...

TripAdvisor Singapore

Category: Going global Level: Elementary Type of International English: Singaporean In this lesson, we learn about working in the Singapore TripAdvisor office. We go on a tour around the office and we hear interviews with employees. They explain why they like working for TripAdvisor Singapore. The vocabulary focus is on adjectives to describe your job,...

O World Project

Category: Music Level: Pre-intermediate Type of International English: Taiwanese In this lesson, we learn how Lan Tung created her version of the O World song. Musicians from around the world have taken part in the O World project, to represent different musical genres and traditions by recording their own versions of the same song. The...

Young leaders for Indonesia

Category: Business Level: Pre-intermediate Type of International English: Indonesian In this lesson, we learn about an initiative which prepares Indonesia’s future stars to lead their generation. The vocabulary focus is phrases related to business problems and solutions, for example infrastructure, potential, and competitiveness. Download the worksheet here and the answer key here.

Taste of home

Category: Food Level: Pre-intermediate International English: Eritrean In this lesson, we learn about a small Eritrean restaurant in London which was briefly number 1 on TripAdvisor for the UK’s capital city! The owner is interviewed by the BBC. She explains how to make her most famous dish. The vocabulary focus is food words, for example,...

Furious 7 – Tony Jaa

Tony Jaa talks about acting in the Furious 7 film (Fast & Furious). He is interviewed on the ‘red carpet’ and performs a stunt in his suit! The vocabulary focus is on adjectives to describe feelings, for example, proud and amazing.

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Usha Rai – I am 70

Category: Real lives Level: Pre-intermediate Type of International English: Indian In this lesson, we learn about being a doctor in India. Usha Rai explains why she became a doctor and what she does in her job. The interview is part of a series by the United Nations. The vocabulary focus is abstract nouns, for example,...

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