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BBC Learning English is 70

In 1943, the Central Department of BBC World Service started broadcasting English language teaching programmes. This department was the forerunner of BBC Learning English. Over time, the department's name changed to, amongst other things, English by Radio (or ExR), English by Radio and Television and BBC English before becoming BBC Learning English.

This week, to celebrate the last 70 years of the department and to look forward to the next 70 years, we will be publishing a number of special programmes and materials. We have photo galleries and interviews with you, our audience, bi-lingual celebrities talking about what English means to them, English at Work returning for a 5 part special, The Teacher investigating the future of English language teaching and much more. There will also be our regular content; most with a special 70th birthday twist.

We hope that you like it.

However long you have studied English with us, we thank you and look forward to you being part of our English language learning community long into the future.

Now go and watch, listen or interact with some our content. Here are a few links to get you started:

1) Your story, shared by millions

2) 14 English words that come from other languages

3) Russian Ballerina Anastasia Volochkova talks about learning English

4) English at Work Special – Episode 62

5) Then and Now – how English language teaching has changed

6) Photos of You – A picture gallery of you

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