OGDEN's BASIC ENGLISH for TEACHERS
"A boost to English language learning, teaching and training
facilities for people throughout the world has been announced.
In a message recorded especially for international students, teachers
and educational establishments UK PM Brown said that the British
Council and its partners will set up a new, comprehensive website to
provide the very latest in English language resources.
"In total, two billion people worldwide will be learning English by
2020. But there are millions more on every continent who are still
denied the chance to learn English.
"So today I want Britain to make a new gift to the world: a
commitment to help anyone - however impoverished and however far
away - to access the tools they need to learn English."
The new website will establish networks between teachers and students
throughout the globe and enable one-to-one tuition between people
anywhere in the world, the PM said.
The British Council will also start a programme in India to
recruit "Master Trainers" charged with developing the skills of
750,000 teachers of English over a five-year period.
In a separately recorded message, British Council Chief Executive
Martin Davidson said:
"We know that right around the world young people want access to
English language to give them the skills they need to take part in
the globalising economy but also to get access to all the knowledge
and understanding that we have in this country.
"And our ambition, as an organisation, is that every learner and
teacher of English right around the world should have access to the
best of English language teaching from this country."
BBC Learning English
BBC World Service Learning English
Voice of American Special English
VOA Special English gives excellent help for those who have learned Basic English. It will
help you learn the American accent and new words. There is a menu of many
news-like stories to hear and read online. Today's news provides an interesting and always new subjects. It is not designed as a teaching program.
Special English has a core vocabulary of 1500 words - two times as
many as Basic English. They are used for reporting world events and describing
discoveries in medicine and science.
Special English uses short, simple sentences that contain only one idea.
They use active voice. They do not use idioms.
Special English is read at a slower pace, about two-thirds the speed of
standard English. This helps people learning English hear each word clearly.
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