Tuesday, February 21, 2006

New Web Site For You: LearnEnglish Sport

For All Sports Enthusiasts: here is a newcomer to the British Council LearnEnglish suite. It's called LearnEnglish Sport. The main focus right now is on football in the run-up to this year's World Cup in Germany.

Your first stop is at the Poll: who do you think will win the Cup? Cast your vote and see how many people think it will be Italy.

LearnEnglish Sport offers practice in various skills. There's Reading: read all about Football Strips, their history and significance. There's Listening: listen to some football poetry, or to Manchester United fan Stuart describing what it is like to follow his team round Europe.

With Listening, you can download an MP3 file and save it on your computer for listening later; or you can listen to it right now by double-left-clicking on the link.

You can also download the tape script so that you can listen and read.

And try a language activity - be patient as it may take a minute or so to download.

Please try downloading a listening file - and post your comment to say how easy or difficult it was. Indeed, post your comment anyway and tell everyone what you think of LearnEnglish Sport.

Next posting: How to listen better on the BBC site; sites for level one students. Watch this space.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Wed 8 February: BBC/Radio Città Futura: The Inauguration

The British Ambassador hosted the official start to the partnership between the BBC World Service and Radio Città Futura. I went along to the press conference. Many thanks to colleague Catherine Carpenter for passing her invitation on to me. :-)

At the conference I learned these facts:

Frequency: 97.7 FM

Coverage: Rome and the province of Rome, extending some way into north Lazio.

Programmes: 22:00 to 23:00 - Newshour. In-depth coverage of major news topics. Last night British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw was being interviewed about the referral of Iran to the United Nations Security Council over her nuclear policies. At least four or five topics are covered during this hour-long programme.

03:00 to 07:00: other current events programmes. As someone at the party observed, it is a good radio station for insomniacs.

The service is to be extended to Radio Città Futura in Bari, and possibly also to Naples. Watch this space.

Listen to the radio and as always, send your comment. Say how much you understood, what the topic was, and what new words or expressions you learned. Your feedback is vital!


Saturday, February 04, 2006

Listen to English Radio in Rome!

New Service Starting This Week. As I mentioned on Friday 27 January, Radio Città Futura is broadcasting programmes on the BBC World Service. So you can now listen to high-quality radio in English with minimal effort.

Just tune your radio, whether at home or in your car, to 97.7 Mhz, which is Radio Città's frequency. The BBC is on air from 22.00 to 23.00 and from 01.00 to about 05.oo every day.

22.00 to 23.00 is the famous 'Newshour' programme. Then in the middle of last night I heard an interview with the Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif, who speaks near-perfect English. How many British politicians speak Arabic?

Please do try listening to the BBC World service in English. It will be hard at first, but it is excellent practice. Try writing down words and phrases you recognise, then try to guess the topic of the broadcast.

And as always, please leave your comment!