Laura, an ESOL student from London, recently attended an unforgettable event at the British Council, where she met a very special visitor. Read and listen to Laura’s story and complete the exercises about the text.
A survey commissioned by the British Council produced some quotes showing what people in different countries think about the UK. Compare their opinions, do the activities and let us know what you think.
Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day in your country? In the UK it's the most romantic day of the year! In the days up to the 14th of February, the shops fill up with people of all ages buying cards and presents. Read about this custom then try the comprehension questions and some activities to improve your vocabulary.
You know about James Bond, but which organisation does he work for? The answer is MI6 - MI stands for Military Intelligence. It's also known as SIS - the Secret Intelligence Service. But is the life of a secret agent the same as in the James Bond films? Well, maybe not.
In the UK, Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes is celebrated on November 5th and the night skies are filled with colour. It's a special day in honour of a historic event. In this activity you can read about the history of the November 5th celebrations, complete various tasks to check your understanding and try an exercise on passives.
There are over 3 million vegetarians – people who don’t eat meat - in the UK today and the number is rising. Some believe that eating meat is cruel because the animals can be treated badly. Others feel that a meat-free diet is healthier. People are also concerned with how our food is produced.
The British are the worst language learners in Europe! This is according to a survey published by the European Commission. Only 38% of British people can speak a foreign language, as against the European Union average of 56%.