BBC World Service’s English teaching initiative completes 10 years

MUMBAI: BBC World Service has announced that its English language teaching service celebrates 10 years online this month. The site receives 10 million page impressions a month – 19 million if one counts English Language Teaching material on partner websites.

Special features on to mark the anniversary include:

A mini retro site displaying classic pages from the archives
A specially commissioned piece by linguist David Graddol discusses who will be learning English in the future and how and what they will be learning
A blogging facility providing daily language support to individual bloggers via a teacher's weblog

The website also features Flatmates - BBC World Service's first interactive soap; Ask About English, where experts answer users' questions; and Keep Your English Up To Date, in which Professor David Crystal discusses new words.

And there are interactive teaching games Back of the Net and Commentary Box and a range of short audio programmes with quizzes, glossaries and downloadable scripts on lifestyle and entertainment.

For teachers of English, weekly lesson plans based on topical news stories are available.

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