A selection of recorded articles covering a wide range of topics of interest. They are suitable for intermediate to advanced learners.

  • Facts about the state of the global environment read like quotes on a poster for an epic Hollywood movie. However, many people feel that governments are not taking the environment seriously enough.

  • Student Power

    Who goes on strike? Is it factory workers? Miners? Bus drivers? How about... University or even school students?

  • In Britain, 1,207 people had to visit hospitals after accidents with chainsaws in 1999. However, in the same year, 16,662 people, more than twelve times as many, were injured by their sofa.

  • Find out some more about the traditional festival of Hallowe'en.

  • Tobacco is grown in more than one hundred countries. Tomatoes and tobacco are both members of the same botanical family. Tobacco smoke contains about 4,000 chemicals.

  • A new concept in old people's homes in France. The idea is simple, but revolutionary: combining a residential home for the elderly with a crèche/nursery school in the same building.

  • This is a story about how I stopped watching TV and began reading again for pleasure, after ten years in which I hardly turned a page. Now, I just like books. I'm reading about six simultaneously.

  • A sandalwood elephant

    I have rummaged round shops all over Europe and garage sales in America. I have hung about in Arab souks and Indian bazaars, but I have never seen anything quite like my grandmother’s elephant.

  • When Scotsman Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876, it was a revolution. Over the last two decades a new means of spoken communication has emerged: the mobile phone.

  • In the square outside the British Library in London is a sculpture of Sir Isaac Newton. Maybe they chose it for the spot because it shows a great scientist at work.

  • "I've spent most of my entire life surfing, the rest I've wasted." Of all people, the ones that probably appreciate, admire and perhaps even understand the changing landscape of the ocean best are surfers.

  • Scotland – The Sick Man of Europe?

    Scotland has long been called “the sick man of Europe”; its health statistics are quite shocking. A number of new initiatives are now being tried to tackle these problems.

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    March 2005: it’s official – vice pays. And it’s not even illegal. This month the Financial Times examined the spectacular growth of The Vice Fund, a Texas-based investment company which encourages its members to invest in the certainty of a vice-ridden future.

  • Nowadays in the West the able-bodied are constantly reminded that disabled people have rights like everyone else. But what is it like in the developing world? In places where there are no facilities?

  • iStock_000011236080XSmall - revolution

    The other day I was watching a debate on TV on the subject “Should it be compulsory to learn English?” The speaker chosen to oppose the idea was Vladimir Zhirinovskiy – a politician who many people in Europe think is a dangerous extremist.

  • Rice is low-fat and high in energy, and you can mix it with just about anything to make a wide variety of tasty nutritious dishes, ranging from sushi in Japan to risottos in northern Italy.

  • A beach

    Imagine a beach: a quiet place, with only the noise of the sea and the gulls in the background. It’s a hot day. There is just the sea, the sun, and the beach: a little paradise.

  • A Quick Guide to Dance

    Let's look at some different styles of dance.

  • Acupuncture

    Acupuncture is a treatment for pain and illness. Thin needles are positioned just under the surface of the skin at special nerve centres around the body.

  • Aeroplanes and global warming

    Have you ever looked out of the window of a plane at 30,000 feet at the vast expanses of empty ocean and uninhabited land, and wondered how people can have any major effect on the Earth?

  • Magazine article image

    "Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others." (Amelia Earhart)

  • An HIV/AIDS success story

    The United Nations has named Senegal, the Philippines, Thailand, and Uganda, as countries which have done the most to fight HIV/AIDS. How has Senegal achieved this?

  • Animal conservation

    Many animal and plant species have become extinct and many more are in critical danger. Can we find ways to protect the earth's wildlife and conserve the natural world they inhabit?

  • "The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year." (American writer Mark Twain)

  • Most historians use paper evidence, such as letters, documents and photographs, but archaeologists learn from the objects left behind by the humans of long ago, like bones and ceramics.


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Hello imwarsame,

Thanks for asking us this, because there is a comprehension task that...

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Is there any way I could check after reading comprehension other than ready the piece of the...

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Hello DoctorHiStreet,

You're right when you say that 'gambling' would be correct in that...

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