BBC Learning English

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BBC Learning English is a department of the BBC World Service devoted to English language teaching.

The service provides free resources and activities for teachers and students, primarily through its website. It also produces radio programmes which go out on some of the BBC World Service's language services and partner stations. It has won numerous awards, including two Eltons from the British Council and an English Speaking Union award for innovation in English language teaching.

The department was established in 1943.[1] Since then, it changed name multiple times,[2] for example "English by Radio" (or ExR), "English by Radio and Television" and "BBC English", before arriving at "BBC Learning English" as it is known today. BBC World Service started broadcasting English language teaching programmes in 1945[citation needed]. There were programmes for beginners, for intermediate and advanced learners, for adult learners and children. There were number of series for teaching language comprehension with a help of song lyrics, such as Pop Words. It was usual for the major broadcasters in the 1950s to have a programme teaching the language of the country the broadcaster served.[3]


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