English for Life in the UK – Film and Cinema in the UK

Season 2, Episode 18 History of film. Festivals and award ceremonies, the Oscars. How films get selected and the impact of streaming. Film genres. Film vocabulary. Download Transcript The British Film Industry makes a very important contribution to the U.K. economy, The Harry Potter films have brought huge amounts of money into the country Zoolander is a good example of the Comedy genre Toy Story is a good example of a children's film The Academy Awards Ceremony is often called ‘The Oscars’ because Margaret Hernrick said the statue looked like her Uncle Oscar and [...]

2021-04-15T19:08:42+01:007th April, 2021|Podcasts|

English for Life in the UK – Wildlife in the UK

Season 2, Episode 17 An introduction to this podcast and a summary of our first session on the history of migration into the U.K. Download Transcript Red Kites are very popular they have brownish-red feathers and a forked tail A carpet of bluebells - it is as if the whole of the woods have been covered in a blue carpet Puffins are funny looking birds that are black and white with orange webbed feet and a big stripy beak Scotts Pine are a conifer with a tall bare trunk with the branches and needles [...]

2021-04-15T18:29:05+01:007th April, 2021|News, Podcasts|

English for Life in the UK – The seasons and the weather in the UK

Season 2, Episode 16 The 4 seasons in the U.K. what happens and what the weather is like in each season. Weather vocabulary and phrases. Download Transcript Transcript Mark Hello, and welcome to the podcast English for Life in the UK. This podcast is for those people who want to improve their English and at the same time learn more about life in this country. Today, we're going to talk about the seasons and the weather and the climate in the UK, and I'm joined today by Christine and Phoebe. Christine - how are you [...]

2021-03-26T10:49:32+00:0012th March, 2021|Podcasts|

English for Life in the UK – The Victorian Age

Season 2, Episode 15 British history during the reign of Queen Victoria. The workshop of the world, the British Empire, the extension of the vote, the Great Hunger in Ireland. Queen Victoria and her family. Download Transcript The British Empire developed during Queen Victoria’s reign Slavery was abolished in Victoria’s reign. William Wilberforce was a famous Yorkshire Abolitionist Victoria and Albert were thought to have a perfect family life - they had 9 children Queen Victoria was known as the Grandmother of Europe - so many of her children went on to rule [...]

2021-03-10T11:31:00+00:003rd March, 2021|Podcasts|

English for Life in the UK – Industrial Revolution

Season 2, Episode 14 How Britain became the first country in the world to have an industrial revolution. Inventions, transport, resistance to the changes, urbanisation and trade. Download Transcript Hand Loom Weaver. © Copyright David Dixon and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence. Mill Waterwheel. Manchester. McConnel & Company's mills, about 1913. Quarry Bank Cotton Mill. © Copyright David Dixon and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence. Uniflow steam engine, Bradford Industrial Museum Bridgewater Canal, used to transport coal from his mines. © Copyright David Dixon and licensed [...]

2021-02-26T10:44:03+00:0026th February, 2021|News, Podcasts|

English for Life in the UK – Things to do during lockdown

Season 2, Episode 12 We discuss a range of things which people can do to look after themselves and keep busy and healthy during the lockdown caused by the coronavirus. Download Transcript Listen to the radio and podcasts of e.g. ’Woman’s Hour’ on the BBC Sounds App - Photo by Sound On from Pexels Local libraries may offer e books and audio books on line Lots to watch on T.V. - some St Agustines Centre favourites are The Great British Bake Off, Winterwatch, Poldark, Annw With An E and Game of Thrones Cooking [...]

2021-03-10T15:08:46+00:0015th February, 2021|Podcasts|

English for Life in the UK – What and Where is Calderdale?

Season 2, Episode 13 The St Augustine’s Centre is based in the town of Halifax and the borough of Calderdale. We explain the geography, history, famous places and people of the area. Plus superlative adjectives. Download Transcript St Augustine's Centre Map of Calderdale Map of Yorkshire Map of the Pennines Upper Calder Valley By BJG71 - Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19139773 Brighouse © Copyright Humphrey Bolton and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence Hebden Bridge https://www.flickr.com/photos/atoach/8482442619/in/photostream Calder Valley Landscape © Copyright Colin Park and licensed for reuse under [...]

2021-02-25T16:21:47+00:0014th February, 2021|Podcasts|

English for Life in the UK – Covid Update January 2021

Season 2, Episode 11 An update on the COVID-19 virus, what is happening across the world and in the U.K. Ideas for looking after yourself and information about the vaccine in the U.K. Download Transcript So far, more than 100 million people worldwide have been infected with Coronavirus and more than 2 million people have died In the UK you could say we have suffered 3 waves of Coronavirus Around the world people have been asked to wash their hands regularly, wear a mask and keep their distance from each other Children in [...]

2021-03-10T14:47:17+00:0028th January, 2021|Podcasts|

English for Life in the UK – The English Civil War

Season 2, Episode 10 The causes of the Civil War in England. The war itself, events in Scotland and Ireland, Oliver Cromwell. The restoration of the monarchy and the glorious revolution. Download Transcript The Stuart Family Tree King Charles I believed in the Divine Right of Kings The British monarch today is not allowed to enter the Houses of Parliament The Cavaliers who supported of the King had long hair and wore luxurious clothing King Charles was put on trail and beheaded in 1649 - a monumental historic event Oliver Cromwell [...]

2021-03-10T11:43:10+00:0018th January, 2021|Podcasts|

English for Life in the UK – Tudor England

Season 2, Episode 9 A brief overview of the life of two of England’s most famous monarchs, King Henry VIII (8th) and Elizabeth I. In a bonus section we cover in more detail the second part of the Tudor period. Download Transcript King Henry VIII (8th). Image by David Mark from Pixabay Hampton Court Palace. Image by O V from Pixabay Henry VIII and his 6 wives. Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay Anne Boleyn is beheaded. Creator: Bettmann | Credit: Bettmann Archive Queen Elizabeth I. Image by WikiImages from Pixabay Route of the Spanish Armada Statue of Sir Francis Drake in Plymouth. Image by Thomas [...]

2021-01-14T11:58:29+00:0014th January, 2021|Podcasts|
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