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Knowledge is GREAT - Part 1

Richard goes to one of the world's greatest universities: Oxford. He discovers some of its history and hears about its famous students.

Task 1

Which of these topics do we hear about?


Task 2

Use a word or number to complete the sentences.


Task 3

Put the two halves together to make phrases from the video.


Task 4

Use the verb in brackets, and decide on the best verb form for each of these sentences.




Language level

Advanced: C1
Upper intermediate: B2


I've only seen Oxford University through pictures in the internet, and I hope to visit this place in my lifetime.

There are few World-famous Universities I know such as Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, Brown, Johns Hopkins, MIT and University of Tokyo.

Universities are important because these are places for higher learning. Universities aim to provide education of greater degree, hence people gain advanced knowledge and skills that are essential to improve one's life and career. These universities serve as catalysts for progress and development. And for a person who continuously seeks higher knowledge, a university is a great place to start.

How can I download the video? May I use it in class?

Hello Alexa_queen,

I'm afraid that since these videos are under copyright, they are not available for download. I'm not sure if this will be helpful or not, but they are available in our GREAT videos app. If you are able to find a way to use them in the classroom, note that there are also some ideas for lessons in TeachingEnglish – see, for example, their Knowledge is GREAT page.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I haven't never been to Oxford. I think universities are the places (or should be) where you develop some mental abilities, such as questioning, reasoning, curiosity (to deep inside a theme), therefore are very important for a society to have people able to find solutions after having done questions.

Unfortunately, I haven't had chance to visit Oxford university, but I would love to, and it certainly is one of my life-long desire to go there, see those fabulous buildings, and feel the academic atmosphere. I also hope my children can study there one day.

The famous universities I have heard are Cambridge University, Harverd University, and MIT.

I think the most important contribution of universities is the students, every year many of them come out of the campus, and work or research to change the world for the better. Also, universities are always on the frontier of searching for knowledge. And knowledge is the force propelling the advance of humanity.

Actually I haven't been to Oxford but I'm looking for to be there, it's spectacular University at all.certainly I do know some of top universities in the world such as Cambridge University, Harvard University in us and our great University in Sudan khrtuom University. Universities are important for everyone because it drive you to the knowledge and improving your life and skills

I have been visited Oxford University few days before.Actually,I know some of top universities in the world such as Cambridge University ,Harvard University ,M.I.T University and so on.In my opinion,university is a place for people to achieve their own ideas.So it is very important to build a university to give a hand to the one who have a dream and make it come true.

No, I haven’t but if I’ll be lucky I’d love to see Oxford University. Yes I do know Harvard University in the United States-very popular in our country. Universities gives us more knowledge and answers all our queries regardless of the college/course. Also, when we apply for work some require to have a degree.

oxford university is one of the best university all over the world and not only in britain.

oxford university it is the dream of all students and me too