Brexit and linguistic politeness- listening comprehension

Listen to this report related to British linguistic politeness and the effects it is having on international politics at the moment. Read through questions 1 to 7. Listen carefully and fill in the gaps with up to three words. You can listen to the whole recording twice.

linking words for writing tasks

Coherence and cohesion play a major role whenever you are writing. In fact, they tend to appear as main criteria in most rubrics for marking / assessing written output.

Both of these can be promoted through the proper use of linking words. In the files below you can find a selection of linking words, roughly arranged by communicative function, which could be used for writing tasks in English for levels B1-C1.

Top 10 New Year’s resolutions- listening comprehension exercise

Listen to this extract and make notes of the top 10 New Year’s resolutions the radio hosts mention:

Then, listen again and pay attention to the way the female host reacts to each of the resolutions. Some of these expressions may be useful in an interaction, because they show interest in what the speaker is saying.

Key to answers


child left on school bus

Listen to this news item about a four-year-old boy who was left on a school bus. Without writing anything down, summarise the main event being described (1-2 sentences).

Then, listen again. You may take notes to answer these questions:
  • How far did the child walk on his own?
  • How does the boy usually go to school?
  • Where /when did the child get off the bus?
  • Who found the child?
  • How does the father feel about his son’s reaction?
  • What proposal does the child’s father make?
  • Have there been any consequences to the bus driver?
You can check your answers against the transcript.
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convocatoria vacantes programa formación lenguas extranjeras- inglés B2-C1

Durante el mes de Septiembre se ofertaron 200 plazas a nivel autonómico, ampliadas hasta 260 posteriormente, para formación metodológica y  lingüística para llegar a alcanzar un nivel B2 o C1 en lengua inglesa. Finalizado el primer módulo de la formación, se han producido vacantes para los siguientes módulos del presente curso escolar, que se ofertan en la siguiente convocatoria, en las tres sedes del CARLEE:





En todos los casos, la inscripción estará abierta desde el 12 al 22 de Diciembre, ambos inclusive. Además de la inscripción en DOCEO, e igualmente dentro del plazo de inscripción, se deberá remitir escaneada de manera legible la documentación requerida en la convocatoria al correo ES IMPRESCINDIBLE LEER LA CONVOCATORIA COMPLETA. 


Fuel poverty- Tips on how to save money on energy

Listen to this clip where an expert discusses the issue of fuel poverty, and gives advice on how to save money on energy bills.

Then, try this vocabulary exercise, which includes some of the useful expressions mentioned by the host and guest. Once you have checked your answers, you can listen to the clip again, to find those expressions in their context.