What is CBC Learning English?

How Can We Help?

Learning English is a joint project between the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and the Government of Alberta. CBC Learning English helps English language learners by connecting them with free lessons on their mobile devices. The lessons help you practice your:

  • grammar;
  • vocabulary;
  • pronunciation;
  • and understanding of spoken English.

Check it out here.

What is CBC Learning English?

The Basics

CBC Learning English uses news stories and interviews from all over Alberta to help newcomers learn about their communities. The stories are shared as audio and video files that come with interactive quiz tools. You can use these tools to practice your English skills. There are currently two levels on CBC Learning English: Level 1 and Level 2.  CBC uploads new content each week.

Past lessons are all available on the website.

Lately, CBC Learning English has been focusing on soft skills such as interacting with your neighbours and co-workers. Lessons on this topic teach you more about the workplace and your community.

How does it work?

The process is simple:

  1. Choose a story that interests you. An audio or video recording will read the story to you. Listen carefully.
  2. Use the “Find the Mistake” tool below the file to test your understanding of the file. Go back and listen to the story again if you’re stuck.
  3. Use the “Multiple Choice” tool to see how much you’ve learned. If you feel confident, try another lesson!

To use CBC Learning English, you need the following:

  • An internet connection
  • Working speakers or headphones

It might also help you to write notes as you work through the lessons. Check out our article here for more tips on practicing English.

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Thanks to Asantewa Nkuah for help with this guide. If you want to suggest a correction to this guide, or want to submit one of your own, please contact us.

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