English for Life in the UK

English for Life in the UK

By Mark Pattison, Christine Brown, John Coa
A podcast aimed particularly at Asylum Seekers and Refugees who want to improve their English and at the same time learn more about life in the U.K.
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Local Government
The structure of local government in England, the services provided by one local Council, in this case Calderdale, and how that Council is run.
26:29
March 28, 2020
The economy
A look at the British economy. This includes the public sector and the money the government spends in different areas. Then we look at the different parts of the private sector of the economy and how this has changed.
21:39
March 14, 2020
Government and the British Constitution
Systems of government. Democracy and constitution. The U.K. constitution and monarchy.
25:37
March 1, 2020
Leisure in the U.K.
In this episode we discuss different types of leisure activity and we focus in particular on cycling, including the Tour De Yorkshire, and walking and hiking.
21:08
February 14, 2020
Religion in the U.K.
This episode includes some information about the roles and organisation of the Church of England, the patron saints, religious festivals and other traditions.
22:05
February 10, 2020
Art and culture in the U.K.
In this episode we discuss a number of famous works of art and pieces if music.
21:41
February 3, 2020
Education in the U.K.
The different stages of the education system in the U.K. including schools and colleges. Private and state schools. The role of parents and of OFSTED. Vocational and academic education.
13:21
January 28, 2020
Sport in the U.K.
A short episode about some of the sports which originated in Britain with a particular focus on football, including women’s football.
29:58
January 28, 2020
Review of 2019 and Preview of 2020
Looking back at the last year and forward to the next. This episode uses a variety of past and future tenses.
29:37
January 28, 2020
Britain and Europe
We look at the recent history of the relationship between Britain and Europe and in particular our membership of the European Union and the recent decision to leave the EU, known as BREXIT. We also discuss ‘what is a referendum?’and the arguments for and against using them.
29:33
December 24, 2019
The history of democracy in the U.K.
Recorded on the day of the general Election, we cover part of the development of democracy and particularly the right to vote.
18:43
December 15, 2019
Episode 3. The British Empire
A brief history of the British Empire from the age of exploration through to the end of empire and the legacy of the empire today.
22:04
November 30, 2019
Medieval Britain
In the episode we cover some key events from this period including the Magna Carta, the Black Death and the Peasants Revolt. We also look at how the English language has developed from other languages including Norman French.
24:25
November 22, 2019
English for Life in the U.K. Episode 1. The history of migration.
An introduction to this podcast and a summary of our first session on the history of migration into the U.K.
15:13
November 14, 2019