Read texts with a UK focus. Learn about UK culture and practise your reading at the same time.

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Do students in your country go directly to university or college after school or do they have a break first? Taking a gap year between school and uni is quite common in the UK and there are lots of different ways to spend your time.

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Mmm ... did someone say pancakes?! Read about Pancake Day and learn how to make this delicious treat for yourself.

Watch videos with a UK focus. Learn about UK culture and practise your listening at the same time.

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Everyone knows Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge, but what else is there to the city of London? Learn about London's past, present and future in this video.

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How much do you know about Britain's history? Watch this video to see how Britain's industrial past is being used for a newer industry: tourism.

In this section you can watch animated videos of five of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. You can also read short stories and poems written by British authors.

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Are you a football fan? David Rooney, the main character in this story, is crazy about football. One day he discovers that the old man who is his next door neighbour has an interesting past.

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Cold Knap Lake is a poem by Gillian Clarke, a poet from Wales. The poem is based on a real memory from her childhood. 

Watch short films created by young people in the UK and practise your listening at the same time.

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Beattie interviews Kate Winslet about strong women, technology in film-making and what it was like to make the Steve Jobs movie.

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A bored park keeper dreams of buying a luxury caravan. One day, he discovers a way to make his dream come true. However, to get the money he will have to do something very strange ...

Listen to new, British music from the British Council's Selector music radio show and practise your English at the same time.

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As Elephants Are is a band from High Wycombe in the UK and they have appeared on the British Council's Selector music show. Two of the band members, Ben (vocals/guitar) and Harry (bass) met at their college music course and then they each brought an old school friend along, Joe (guitar) and Rob (drums) to join the band.  

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CHAMPS is a band from the Isle of Wight. They have appeared on the British Council's Selector music radio show. 'Down Like Gold' is the name of this song and it's also the name of their first album.

Read articles adapted from the British Council's science magazine, Cubed. Learn about the world of science and research in the UK and practise your English at the same time.

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A team of scientists are developing a system to check dangerous rumours that appear in social media. Read the article to find out more. 

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How is science and technology changing the way that music is being created and played? Read on to find out how some new software is helping musicians to keep the beat. 

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