Science and technology

Our blogs were written by young people from the UK. Each year we selected a new group of bloggers, from the British Council’s language assistants, who shared their experiences of learning languages and living abroad. The views and opinions expressed in the articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the LearnEnglish Teens team.

Please note that this project ended in 2018 so some of the blog posts are no longer up to date. 

Tuesday, 12 June, 2018 - 15:32

Recently I read Nineteen Eighty-Four, a dystopian novel by George Orwell set in a totalitarian state where even the language they use is controlled.

Friday, 2 February, 2018 - 09:44


Monday, 4 December, 2017 - 09:23

Google gives us access to almost all information in the world just by typing what you want to know into the search bar. However, there are some interesting secrets you can have fun with.

Friday, 23 June, 2017 - 15:47

3D printing is becoming more and more popular. We are now able to print things such as clothing, prosthetic limbs, musical instruments and prototype cars.

Monday, 8 May, 2017 - 16:21

Have you ever seen a car without a driver? It sounds crazy, but these computer-driven driverless cars will soon be filling roads near you.

Tuesday, 14 March, 2017 - 15:50

Breweries, cheese-making factories, paper mills, distilleries … we are inquisitive and we pay lots of money to visit these factories and find out how things are made.

Tuesday, 21 February, 2017 - 14:57

In one of my classes today we discussed the question of how our lives would be without a phone and I actually felt quite sad to hear how some kids these days cannot survive without their mobiles.

Wednesday, 15 February, 2017 - 09:33

In this day and age taking a photograph is easier than ever. There are cameras built into our phones, computers, tablets, iPods ... The way we share photos has also changed.

Wednesday, 15 February, 2017 - 08:44

WhatsApps. Facebook messages. Texts. Calls. Instagrams. Snapchats. Tweets.

Wednesday, 18 January, 2017 - 12:55

'You know,' said one of my students to me. 'Mega sad face.'

Monday, 9 January, 2017 - 15:07

Last week the electricity in my flat went out. I had just got home from work and was happily making my tea, when all of a sudden I was surrounded by complete darkness.

Wednesday, 16 December, 2015 - 08:31

As part of the 'Facebook generation', we have grown up in a world where access to the internet is constantly at our fingertips and we're able to connect with people at the touch of a button.

Monday, 7 December, 2015 - 20:49

I am a time traveller. At the moment, I am talking to you from the Dark Ages, where science and technology has been forgotten.

Well … not exactly. But it sure does feel like it!

Wednesday, 18 November, 2015 - 14:09
by DaisyB

One of the most famous archaeological discoveries in all of history is The Terracota Army.

Thursday, 5 November, 2015 - 14:58

It's easy to be misled by social media.

Sunday, 19 July, 2015 - 13:30

In today's world we are constantly surrounded by technology. It's true to say that technology makes our lives easier.

Tuesday, 19 May, 2015 - 15:06
by KatB

Humans have been, historically speaking, astonishingly ignorant. Not until comparatively recently did we realise that our small blue and green planet is, in fact, round and not flat.

Monday, 30 March, 2015 - 12:55

Closed Circuit Television, usually abbreviated to CCTV, is everywhere in today's society. In fact, when we go about our everyday lives it is virtually impossible to avoid it.

Tuesday, 24 March, 2015 - 21:59
by BlakeS

Lots of us have smartphones these days. Smartphones are quite amazing, as one device can do so many things. During my time abroad I’ve relied a lot on my phone to help me.

Saturday, 14 March, 2015 - 07:38
by MeganC

For those of you who haven’t heard of it, the Apple watch is the latest invention from the infamous creators of the iPhone and Apple Mac.