English for Life in the UK – The United Kingdom

Season 2, Episode 4 An overview of the 4 countries that make up the United Kingdom. More information about each of the smaller countries Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Download Transcript Union Jack Flag. Photo by James Giddins on Unsplash Scottish Flag. Image by paul Doyle from Pixabay Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay Transcript Mark Hello, and welcome to the podcast, English for Life in the UK. This particular episode is quite a long one, so we have divided it up into 4 or 5 different parts. We're talking about the United Kingdom, today, [...]

2020-12-01T19:16:58+00:001st December, 2020|Podcasts|

English for Life in the UK – British Citizenship

Season 2, Episode 3 Outline and discussion of the process for becoming a British citizen. Freedoms and responsibilities of citizens. The pledge and oath of allegiance to the Queen. Download Transcript Transcript Mark Hello, and welcome to the Podcast, English for Life in the UK. My name's Mark and Christine is with me, today. Hello, Christine, how are you? Christine Hiya, I'm very well, Mark - a bit sad to see the sun setting at just after 4 o'clock . Seems like winter's upon us, Mark but er Mark Yes - it gets dark! [...]

2020-11-19T10:59:04+00:0019th November, 2020|News, Podcasts|

English for Life in the UK – US Presdential Election

Why the US Presidential election is important to the U.K. How the US election system works. What has happened in this year’s election and the possible implications for the U.K. Download Transcript Transcript Season 2, Episode 2 Mark Well, hello and welcome to the podcast English for Life in the UK. I'm joined, today, by Sheena and John. Sheena, how are you? Sheena I'm OK, thank you - a bit tired from trying to follow the election - and confused! But, apart from that: fine, thank you. Mark More of that later. John, how about you? [...]

2020-11-17T16:02:16+00:0016th November, 2020|Podcasts|

English for Life in the UK – Values and Principles of British Society

Season 2, Episode 1 The Government handbook identifies 5 principles - democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, tolerance, participation. We discuss each of these and suggest some others. Download Transcript Transcript Episode 1: Values and Principles of British Society Mark Well - hello, Christine - how are you? Christine Oh, hi, Mark - - I'm not bad, not bad yeah, thank you. It's quite a nice day. It was a very wet day, this morning - I went for a walk and got properly wet, but now I'm sitting at home, and feeling quite cosy. [...]

2020-11-19T10:59:17+00:006th November, 2020|News, Podcasts|

Season 2 – Preview

What is this podcast? What have we done so far and what are our plans for season 2? How to use this podcast to improve your English and learn more about life in the U.K. Download Transcript Transcript Mark Hello and welcome to a special episode of the podcast, English for Life in the UK. This is a preview episode for Series 2 of this podcast. For those of you that are new to the podcast, this will tell you a bit about who we are, what we do on the podcast and how you can [...]

2020-11-06T17:45:18+00:002nd November, 2020|News, Podcasts|

English For Life in the UK – Season 1, Episode 33

What we mean by fashion and design. Some famous British designers, including fashion designers. Nouns and adjectives for materials. Download Transcript Mary Quant. Source: wikimedia Alexander McQueen design. Source: wikimedia Vivienne Westwood. Source: Wikimedia Stella MCartney. Source: wikimedia Erdem. Source: wikimedia Chippendale High Chest. Source: Flickr Clarice Cliff pottery. Source: wikimedia Transcript Episode 33: Fashion and Design Mark Hello and welcome to the podcast English for Life in the UK. This is episode 33 of the podcast, intended for intermediate-level learners of English. It's produced by a group of [...]

2020-11-17T10:00:59+00:0030th September, 2020|Podcasts|

English for Life in the UK – Season 1, Episode 32

Famous British poets. Personal choice of poetry by Robert Burns, Wilfred Owen and Lemn Sissay. Similes and metaphors. Download Transcript Transcript Episode 32: Literature in the UK, Part 2, Poets and Poetry (Mark) Welcome to the podcast: English for Life in the UK. This podcast is for intermediate-level learners of English, and is produced by a group of volunteers from the St Augustine's Centre in Halifax, Yorkshire, where we provide a range of support and advice to those in need, and particularly to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. The aim of this podcast is to help [...]

2020-11-17T15:42:47+00:0015th September, 2020|Podcasts|

English for Life in the UK – Season 1, Episode 31

Famous British authors and novels past and present. Favourite books of the presenters. The use of 1st, 2nd and 3rd person narratives in literature. Download Transcript Transcript Transcript Episode 31: Literature in the UK, part 1 Mark Hello and welcome to the podcast English for Life in the UK. This podcast is for intermediate-level learners of English and is produced by a group of volunteer teachers, from the St Augustine's Centre in Halifax, Yorkshire, where we provide a range of support and advice to those in need and, particularly, to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. The aim [...]

2020-11-17T10:26:35+00:006th September, 2020|Podcasts|

English for Life in the UK – Season 1, Episode 30

Famous British landscape gardeners and gardens. Gardening as a pastime in the U.K. including allotments. How to start and continue a conversation. Download Transcript Transcript Transcript Episode 30: Gardens and Gardening in the UK (Mark) Welcome to episode 30 of the podcast English for Life in the UK. This podcast is for intermediate-level learners of English and is produced by a group of volunteer teachers from the St Augustine's Centre, in Halifax, Yorkshire, where we provide a range of support and advice to those in need and particularly to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. The aim [...]

2020-11-17T10:27:33+00:002nd September, 2020|Podcasts|

English for Life in the UK – Season 1, Episode 29

Some of the famous architects and the buildings they designed. Our own favourite buildings. Adjectives in English and in particular the word order we use. Download Transcript St Paul’s Cathedral.  Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC BY-SA 3.0 Houses of Parliament, London. Source: Berit. House of Commons Halifax Town Hall. Source: Alexander P Kapp The Gherkin, London. London Aquatic Centre. Image: Flickr Rick ligthelm The Piece Hall, Halifax. Image: Flickr Transcript Transcript Episode 29:Architecture and Buildings in the UK Mark Welcome to the podcast "English for Life in the UK". [...]

2020-11-17T10:28:16+00:0023rd August, 2020|Podcasts|