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Oxford University

Lots of students, from all over the world, come to Britain each year to study. Nick visits Oxford University and the London School of Economics and talks to some students to find out what it's like to study in the UK.

Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video. Next go to Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

Task 1

Language Task

What prepositions go in the gaps? Watch the video again if you get stuck.


Task 2

Can you re-order Stephen's questions to the students?



Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hello Emerson Dam,

Both are correct, but have different meanings.

The first question asks if the activities are very important, a little important, not very important etc.

The second question asks what makes the activities important - in what way, not to what degree, they are important.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

thank you British council's team for your supporting
could you please help me to understand this meaning " just get really caught up and just live in the library " Is that mean to learn and discuss the newest facts about something .

Hell Nermeen Eletriby,

The phrase '...get caught up' here means that the subject becomes so interesting that you lose sight of anything else and focus only on that. When the speaker says '...just live in the library' they mean you spend all your time in the library and almost nowhere else.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

hi, please help me I can't understand the meaning of "stuff" in the clip oxford.Thanks in advance

Hello safira3,

I couldn't find the word 'stuff' in the transcript. Could you tell us where you heard or saw it? By the way, I expect that you can find the meaning in the dictionary entry for 'stuff'.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team


I was wondering what is the meaning of 'your shot' in the last sentence said by Nick:
Good advice. Your shot.

I looked it up in some dictionaries but I still can not understand the meaning.

Thanks in advance.

Hello Elibatrez,

In pool, billiards and snooker you play by taking 'shots' at the balls, so when Nick says 'your shot' he means 'your turn'.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

It was little bit hard, too.

Was it a little bit hard.

plz help me with the following
'I made my birthday cake with ivory colour to match in with the theme'. Recently, I've read this from uk blog. What does it really mean. I looked it up in the dictionary. But there is no response for this.
Thanks in advance