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BBC

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/

BBC Learning English provides multimedia English language teaching materials to meet learners’ needs offering free audio, video and text materials to learners around the world from the lower – intermediate to the upper-intermediate level. The materials are delivered as full length courses but each component of the course is standalone and can be studied on its own. This means the learner can choose the best way to study for them; by following a full course or by following the individual materials most appropriate to them.

Resource/Tool Description

Didactic Analysis

There are up to 30 units in the course with a certain number of sessions in each unit. A new Session is published every day from Monday to Friday, so there is new material every weekday.

Each unit is based around a particular topic and explores grammar and vocabulary related to the topic as well as helps to improve pronunciation. There are useful features as 6 Minute Grammar, 6 Minute Vocabulary, and News Report, as well as lots of interactive materials based on original BBC audio and video.

The website tools and resources can be used both for self-study or class courses.

The learner has to have a mobile, tablet or desktop computer. If you are using a desktop, you can download audio mp3 files and pdf transcripts and access to an internet connection. The free resources mainly help to improve vocabulary, grammar, listening and reading.

Tutors may use this website as an additional teaching material at the end of the lesson. The units are based on the use of English in multiple life-situations and so are well connected to the structure of a common English course. The tutor will need a projector and an internet connection. Students can learn new words with flashcards, watch and discuss videos about everyday life, discuss how to solve problems, learn some useful everyday phrases and play some games to practice what they have learnt. The students may also be divided in groups to do quizzes; in this way the tutor will improve the interaction in the class. Eventually specific quizzes may be used as homework for students to reflect and practice learning.

Pros and cons:
Multimedia English language teaching materials to improve grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and comprehension of written and spoken English. The lessons are well- planned. Lots of examples, quizzes and exercises to practise grammar and vocabulary. There is a transcript for each lesson. Language notes. Podcasts. Cultural and historical insight.
The website has a simple, well organised graphic so the navigation is very easy.
All content is available only in English

This interactive and attractive platform is very user friendly and is easy to use for both self-study and as additional tools in a class. The recourse is very comprehensive and offers a great amount of various multimedia teaching material on different topics. They will take students through the everyday English in a very interesting way. Easy to use by both students and trainers.

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Technical Analysis

 

Complexity of the development / implementation of the content High. The site is well developed. There are courses for lower to upper intermediate, it features news reports (with authentic news from BBC), the English we speak (words and phrases for everyday conversation), pronunciation (video presentation of every sound) or drama. There is a great amount of content, including free video, audio or texts.
Comfort of use Easy. At the top of the page there are two tabs: courses (where you can choose appropriate level) and features (with a type of course).
Skills and knowledge required Basic
Hardware requirements Computer
Software requirements No specific software requirements
Expected technological tendency/trend Medium.
Open Source Yes Access Online. There is a possibility to download audio and text in pdf format.
Mobile friendly No Registration required No

Additional Information

Language

English

Level

B1, B2

Access

Online. There is a possibility to download audio and text in pdf format.

Mobile friendly

No

Topic

Grammar, Listening comprehension, Reading comprehension, Vocabulary extension, Writing skills

url

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/

Target group

All Learners