Those learning English — wherever they may be — can now access a range of BBC Learning English programs as free podcasts.
The BBC says the weekly programs, “How to …,” “Grammar Challenge” and “Talk About English,” come in bite-size formats and show students how to tackle tricky aspects of the English language, and are now available for downloading on demand.
“How to …” is a series of six-minute audio programs that help students discover and practice phrases and expressions. In addition to the audio program and downloadable transcript, the units feature a guided presentation and analysis of a language structure. Each unit is accompanied by practice activities and is wrapped up with a consolidation quiz.
“Grammar Challenge” comes in six-minute units featuring learners in live situations grappling a tricky English grammatical structure. For example, Fatima from Iran is challenged to use the Present Perfect verb form correctly to talk about the actor Tom Cruise. Each unit offers a downloadable grammar explanation, and learners also are offered English grammar practice material, which features personalized feedback by language experts.
“Talk About English” is a topical 20-minute audio program. It 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 program scripts and word facts.
Visit www.bbcworldservice.com/podcasts to download.