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

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Would you like to be a secret agent and work undercover? Do you think the job in reality would be similar to how it's shown in films?

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Earth Hour is an annual event which asks people to switch off all lights and use no electricity for an hour. The aim is to get people thinking about the planet they live on and the energy they use. 

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

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What happens to animals when they get injured? Watch this video about a rescue centre that takes care of all sorts of wild animals.

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Britain is a sport-loving nation, and it's the birthplace of some of the world's favourite sports. Join Richard as he visits Silverstone, home of Formula 1, and Wembley Stadium, the 'temple of football'.

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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Scotland is at war, and the hero of the battle is Macbeth. This is the story of Macbeth's rise to power, and the terrible consequences of his ambition.

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

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This award-winning short film gives us a window into the world of Kenneth Mitchell. The film was written by Kenneth's brother, Nicholas, and has been shown at international film festivals.  

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Everyone thinks Chloe’s life is easy just because she gets good marks at school. Life is very different for her neighbour Craig. At school the other students laugh at him and at home his dad is always telling him off, but one day Chloe discovers Craig’s special talent …

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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Luke Sital-Singh is a singer-songwriter from Bristol in the UK. He has a wonderful voice; beautiful, bruised and defiant. He has performed on the British Council's Selector music radio show. This song is called 'Still', and is taken from Luke's EP, 'The Breakneck Sound Of Tomorrow'.

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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.  

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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Have you ever wondered why your fingers get wrinkled in water? A new theory could explain all!

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