How to Use Podcasts to Learn English

Over the past few months, we have been looking at different ways that social media can help you to learn English.

Listening is a key element to learning English and podcasts can help you to improve your these skills and perfect your speaking and conversation levels.

Here is our guide on how to use podcasts to learn English.

The BBC 6 Minute English
The BBC 6 Minute English
podcast is conversational and focuses on every day topics. The more recent topics have included The Royal Baby, Suspended Coffees and Tweet of the Day. Each program is 6 minutes long and contains examples and explanations to help you improve your knowledge of the English language.
This podcast would be useful for our students studying General English or Vacation English, who want to talk about current topics with the locals.

The Royal Baby is a new topic in this series of podcasts
The Royal Baby is a new topic in this series of podcasts


British Council Professional Podcasts
The British Council has lots of different podcasts for learners of all levels. The Professional Podcasts series is useful for professionals learning English. They include podcasts about motivation in the workplace and how to write a CV. This podcast would be very useful for students who are studying Business English or taking Work and Study programs.

Podcasts in English
Podcasts in English
has different podcasts for different levels of English speakers, so it would be perfect for a beginner, studying Intensive English to get some practice in before starting a course. You can also get free sample work sheets and download videos to help your pronunciation.

Listen to English
Listen to English
 have been making podcasts for English learners since 2006. There are over 200 podcast recordings for English learners to choose from. These podcasts are very funny and are aimed for more advanced levels of English, so an Academic Year student would find this podcast useful, as they have a wide range of vocabulary and English expressions.

Dogs on the underground is one of the amusing topics on this podcast*
Dogs on the underground is one of the amusing topics on Listen to English*

Do you listen to podcasts? If so which ones do you listen to?

If you would like further information about any of the podcasts mentioned, or our courses, please get in touch with us on the blog!

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