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English Language Day

English Language Day is celebrated on 23 April. Read about where English came from, how it came to be spoken all over the world and how it is changing.

A book club

In celebration of World Book Day on 23 April, this Learning hub topic is about books and reading. Even if you don't read much, there's something here for you!

Banksy's latest mural is in my garden!

Imagine looking out of your window and seeing a painting by a famous artist in your garden! Watch the video to find out about an artwork by street-artist Banksy.

A student in a classroom raising her hand

If you've ever kept quiet because you didn't feel confident speaking English, this article is for you.

people in a book shop

He was the greatest writer in the English language and is known all around the world. In this topic we're talking about William Shakespeare and other great writers. 

Responding to news

In this video, Noelia gets good news and bad news. Listen to the language Yuna uses to respond to Noelia's news and practise saying the useful phrases.

Students studying in a library

Here are ten things you should know about a word to be able to understand and use it well.

A woman pointing at a word on a computer screen and looking confused

If you see a word for the first time, how can you work out its pronunciation? Here is a simple five-step method.

Meeting new people

In this video, Vanya meets Emir and Yuna. Listen to the language they use for meeting new people and practise saying the useful phrases.

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