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What do you know about the history and symbols of the Olympic Games? Read the article to find out about this globally renowned sports event.

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Are you aiming for C1-level English? This article explains what skills to focus on and how to practise.


What do you know about chocolate? Learn about the history of chocolate and the interesting journey from cocoa bean to chocolate bar.

The Olympic and Paralympic Games

Between 26 July and 11 August 2024, over 10,000 athletes from more than 200 countries will meet in Paris and several other French cities to compete in the world's largest multisport event. Join us in this month's Learning hub topic to talk about the Olympic Games, and what they mean to you. 

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The British Council is celebrating its 90th birthday! Find out more about the British Council, what we do and how we're marking the anniversary.

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Do you enjoy watching films and series? Have you got a favourite film? What series are you watching at the moment? In this topic, we're talking about films and series!

Phrasal verbs: why they're good to know, and how to learn them

Have you ever wondered why phrasal verbs are so important? Read this article to find out more.

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Glastonbury was a small music festival when it started in the 1970s. Nowadays thousands of people attend, and that means there's a lot of waste! Watch the video to find out how the organisers are dealing with this issue. 

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Listen to the conversation between two students to practise and improve your listening skills.

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