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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


1) Unfortunately, I've never been to Oxford and UK. But I hope to visit this wonderful country and this great university.
2) Yes, of course. Harvard, Stanford, Cambridge are the world-famous universities. Plenty of its is found in USA and European countries, such as UK.
3) I guess that universities are very important stage for progress to understanding of science, art and other similar things. In consequence of its people have a chance to achieve the knowledge, the truth and answer their questions.

I never have been in Oxford. Other world famous University is Harvard in the US.
I think Universities are important because knowledge is the basis of progres, and a good University make the difference.

I am having some glitches with this task. It's happening when I'm typing between two letters in the cell.
OS: Windows 8.1
Browser: Opera 19; Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.3) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/32.0.1700.76 Safari/537.36 OPR/19.0.1326.56

Hello nopainnogain,

That's strange, because I was just able to complete the exercise without any trouble with the gaps, though I'm using Windows 7 instead of 8. Is the problem that you can not enter only one space between words? Have you had similar problems with other exercises on the same page or other pages? Also, which browser exactly were you using? All of those that you indicated?

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello nopainnogain,

I just downloaded and installed Opera 19 on my Windows 7 machine and could not replicate this problem. Have you tried the exercise in a different browser? I think that might be the simplest next step. I'm sorry if your last message indicated that you've already done this - I just didn't understand all the details you sent, since several browsers are listed in your reply.

Please also let us know what kind of device and operating system you're using if using a different browser doesn't work.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

I didn't understand what's the meaning of ( Pro-vice chancellor) could you please explain what does it mean ?

Hi Tahani,
A Pro-Vice-Chancellor is simply an assistant to the Vice Chancellor. They are also known as Deputy Vice-Chancellors. As you'll see in the Cambridge Dictionaries Online (on the right), a Vice-Chancellor is normally in charge of a university.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Unfortunately, I have never been to The UK. 
Oxford university is great I liked its nice old building it makes you feel warmth, isn't it ?
 There are also loads and loads of other great university like Harvard and Cambridge. Universities in my Country are not that famous we have Alex  and Cairo universities.

I`ve been in Oxford City, it`s beautiful place. There are a lot of university in the town. It`s a wonderful city. So I`ll hope, in the future they will discover this place.

I have never been to UK. It is a fabulbous country and i wish I would have chance to visit one day. Oxford is one of the most famous universities where any student want to study here. Thank you for this video, I have learnt more about education in UK.