In these exciting videos, co-produced by the BBC and the British Council, learn how English works as the hosts explore British culture around the UK. Each lesson includes two essential Scenes accompanied by Language Focus sections in which Rob Lewis highlights the grammatical points. In addition, you can find a related bonus clip in the end. Transcripts and supportive activities have been provided in PDF files.
Improve your English through Reading Stories: Christmas at the Castle
Christmas at the Castle is a seasonal treat from Jenny Kane, featuring much-loved characters from her bestselling novel Another Cup of Coffee. When hotshot businesswoman Alice Warren is asked to organise a literary festival at beautiful Crathes Castle in Scotland, her ‘work mode’ persona means she can’t say no – even though the person asking is her ex, Cameron Hunter.
Charles Dickens is known not only for his novels, but also for his short stories, particularly "A Christmas Carol." In the latter genre, interestingly, these stories had a powerful commercial impulse, for they were serialized in magazines at the Christmas season."The Cricket on the Hearth," "The Battle of Life" and "The Haunted Man" were written for the Christmas market, and all lay emphasis on family love and the delights of home. But there is more to these stories than surface sentimentality: their eager anticipation by a whole nation tells us much about the age Dickens lived in. And these stories never would have survived without roots and power.
Rudolph the Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and the kid who just wants his two front teeth for Christmas all make an appearance in this goofy, upbeat collection of holiday songs for young children. In the tradition of Kidz Bop productions, children and adults alike sing the catchy classics, accompanied by plenty of jaunty rhythms, a horn section, and bells to set hands a-clapping.
BBC History Magazine aims to shed new light on the past to help you make more sense of the world today. Fascinating stories from contributors are the leading experts in their fields, so whether they’re exploring Ancient Egypt, Tudor England or the Second World War, you’ll be reading the latest, most thought-provoking historical research. BBC History Magazine brings history to life with informative, lively and entertaining features written by the world’s leading historians and journalists and is a captivating read for anyone who’s interested in the past.