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Learning English - Support material
In this section you will find a range of materials that you can download and print off to help you study and learn English. There are two areas so far, but look out for further additions in the future. Check out our new professional skills guide and worksheets booklet now
  • Study Guides - Ten guides on different ways to help you improve your English
  • Worksheets - Two booklets with many pages of worksheets, complete with answers
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These guides and worksheets are in PDF format. To view them, download the free adobe acrobat reader available from:
Study Guides
NEW Professional Skills
In this booklet, we look at some of the ways in which people use English at work and with colleagues.We show you how you can improve your professional skills in English, both in writing and in speaking.The booklet is designed both for people using English for work and students who are preparing to enter the workplace.
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Learning Circles
Around the world there are 800 Learning Circles (or English Clubs) where family, friends and colleagues meet to learn English together. This booklet gives advice on how to set up a learning circle and, for people who are already members of one, gives suggestions for new activities to try.
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Vocabulary Notebook
We all know how difficult it is to remember new words when learning English. So let BBC World Service help you with our Learning English Vocabulary Notebook. In the notebook, we show you eight ways of recording the new words and phrases you hear when you are listening to the BBC World Service. After each technique we give you space to record your own choice of new vocabulary. In this way, you can decide which techniques work best for you.
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Upgrade Your English
'Ideas which can give your confidence a boost'
Learning English takes time and patience, but there are some shortcuts which can help you make an almost instant improvement. This booklet gives ideas on how to widen your vocabulary, get out of a learning rut, give yourself time to think in conversations, change the tone of what you say, keep the conversation going and more.
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Better Speaking
'Improve your spoken English'
This booklet is designed to help you overcome some of the most common problems that people face when they are learning to speak English. Using extracts from a BBC World Service radio series, Better Speaking, we look at how you can become a more fluent speaker of English, and at some of the skills you need for effective communication.
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Effective Reading
'Reading literature in English'
Reading and listening to literature in English can support your English studies in many ways. The ideas and opinions you discover can give you insight into different countries and cultures. This booklet is designed to show you how you can use short stories, plays and abridged novels broadcast on BBC World Service to increase your understanding of English literature and to improve your own use of English.
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Learning Guide
'Build vocabulary, make phrases and correct your own errors'
This booklet is full of tips to help you improve your English and exercises to help you practise what you've learnt. The 8 sections are: How to build your vocabulary, How to make useful phrases, How to use past tenses correctly, How to use future forms correctly, How to choose the correct preposition, How to use phrasal verbs, How to compare and contrast things and how to correct your own errors.
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Self Study
'Make the most of your study time'
Using extracts from BBC World Service radio programmes the booklet will help you access English around you, set your own goals and see your own progress, make decisions about learning vocabulary, make the most of your dictionary, improve your pronunciation, make the most of the books you have, use the internet to improve your English and create networks of English learners in your own village, town or country.
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The Language of Study and Work
'Write better essays, give effective presentations - and get that job!'
The booklet looks first at some of the language skills which are necessary if you need to use English for academic study at college or university. The second part focuses on some of the language and skills you might need if you want a job which involves using English. The final topic deals with developing effective presentation skills - useful for both students and for people whose work involves using English.
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The Language of the Media
'News headlines, sports commentaries, arts reviews...'
This booklet is designed to introduce you to some of the styles of English you will hear when listening to BBC World Service. The aim of this booklet is to help you become a more effective listener in English. We have identified eight types of programmes or parts of programmes and have created tasks to help you recognise and understand them more easily.
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Radio worksheets
Worksheets and word knowledge - 2004
Business writing or txting? Literature and current affairs. Whatever you enjoy, test your understanding by trying out these worksheetss which are based on BBC World Service Learning English programmes.
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Worksheets and word knowledge - 2003
Are you into music? Or do you enjoy reading and always look for new authors and books in English? Or maybe you like talking about new technologies? If the answer to any of these is 'yes', then why not try these worksheets which are based on BBC World Service Learning English programmes.
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