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“An interesting and intelligent teacher”

Posted on February 9, 2009 by

Not such a bad idea to broaden your target group by teaching them the language you are broadcasting in, right? The British Broadcasting Company – BBC – offers several services to learn and improve your English. Besides the  “The Teacher” videos – who is in his own words “a very interesting and intelligent man” explaining idioms on a whiteboard -  there are episodes of “The Flatmates“, among other things. This programme offers you a new dialogue to listen to every week (mp3) along with background information on some terms related to the show’s subject, e.g. the economic crisis. You can take part in a quiz or vote for what happens next.

Comments

I think some of the best free resources for learning languages are from big, quasi-state broadcasters, perhaps for the reason you give (increasing their viewership). I’ve seen good stuff on the NHK website in Japan, and I there’s a smattering of others in Europe. I just wish there were Easy Japanese (or what have you) news–about the only language-learner-oriented news I’ve seen has been in English.

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