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teaching professional people english

Easy online content – The English We Speak

‘Learning english expressions’ is on the language learning wish list of most of my adult students. The trouble is that short of arriving in class with a catalogue of them, no-one seems to have come up with a method for actually doing this. I never really had any material I was happy with until I discovered that the BBC website has an excellent library of podcast audio clips which can be accessed free of charge under the title ‘The English We Speak’ – url below


Each clip illustrates a common idiomatic expression through a humorous dialogue or sketch, and with one-line examples in a variety of accents. Some are a bit weak in the humour department but students take that in their stride in my experience. A full transcript is provided in each case which students can download and take away.

While it would be possible to construct an elaborate lesson around this type of content I have had great value from simply using these clips as fillers at the end of classes when we have time to spare but not really enough to start anything new. They have always gone down well, especially as the tone contrasts totally with the business english materials most courses are designed around.

If you have experience of similar material, or would like to recommend any of the BBC clips (or recommend any to avoid) please share your insight ..


About Catherine Kennedy

Second year undergrad (super-mature) at Sheffield Uni doing single honours Religion, Theology, and the Bible. (Formerly TEFL teacher in France)

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