Listening, learning and teaching activities at upper intermediate level

English language learner

Level 3

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167 Would I lie to you, honey? Can you tell if someone said something that wasn't true? (8 Apr 2021)
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How a lie detector works:

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166 [email protected]$$word$. Have you forgotten your password yet again?! (11 Feb 2021)
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165 Lockdown. How to talk about the Covid-19 rules and restrictions (7 Jan 2021)
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Joe Wickes is very popular for those exercising at home:

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164 Honesty is the best policy. How would the world look if everyone did the right thing? (26 Nov 2020)
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163 Waterways. Jackie and Richard enjoy the slow life on the canals (22 Oct 2020)
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Bonus for members! On board a canal boat:
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How a lock works:

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162 A wall, a bridge and a tower. Three British icons that define our history (3 Sep 2020)
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Bonus for members! This goes with the extra worksheet:
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161 A walk in the woods. Can mother nature help us when we're feeling down? (16 Jul 2020)
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Watch the video after doing the extra worksheet:

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160 There will be blood. Why giving blood is a small thing that makes a big difference (03 Jun 2020)
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A public information film from 1949:

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159 No gym? No problem! Burn calories, lose weight and feel great – at home! (16 Apr 2020)
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Bonus for members! How about buying a Peloton bike?
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158 Techno car. So how are Jackie and Richard getting on with their new, modern car? (12 Mar 2020)
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How safe are high-tech touch screens in a car?

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157 Which car? Jackie and Richard are thinking about getting a new car, but which one?! (6 Feb 2020)
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The perfect family car:

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156 Open Sunday's. The English language is going downhill; does it matter?
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Someone who takes misplaced apostrophes very seriously:

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155 Location, location, location. Jackie and Richard talk about the difficulty of buying a new home.
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This is one of the most popular TV shows in the UK:

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154 Off the beaten track. There's just one problem when Richard and Jackie go on a countryside walk...
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Some great hikes to be had in Portugal:

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153 A regency gentleman. Meet Zack, a very unusual young man indeed.
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This podcast goes with this BBC video:

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Having fun in the 1800s:

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152 Privacy: have we lost it? Everybody now knows everything about our private lives
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Bonus for members! Has Google become Big Brother?
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151 Food for free. A feast of plants can be found when foraging!
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Basic rules for foraging:

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150 Playing pranks. With April 1 coming up we talk about fooling people.
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Bonus for members! A prank Jackie played as an adult:
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We love the water bottle prank!:

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149 The good drone. Following the negative press here's just one example of a positive use for drones.
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This podcast comes from this video from The Guardian:

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148 Just say no. There's no Planet B: some practical advice on how to make your life more plastic free.
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"In this place I can buy stuff and have nothing to throw away afterwards":

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147 Look before you eat. The festive period can be a nightmare for those who have food allergies.
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Bonus for members! An unfortunate allergy death:
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146 My family tree. Does Richard have any interesting or famous ancestors? Listen and find out!
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Some people find out some surprising things about their ancestors:

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145 Tutor YouTube. Is the popular website as good a learning resource as school or university?
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Bonus for members! Can Jackie improve her maths on YouTube too?
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144 Feeling hot, hot, hot! Jackie and Richard compare this year's sweltering heatwave to that of 1976
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Britons remember the 1976 heatwave:

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143 British icons: Stonehenge. Why are a circle of prehistoric stones the place to be for the summer solstice?
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Stonehenge was given to the nation 100 years ago:

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142 No smoking. It's over a decade since the no smoking ban; has it made a difference?
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Bonus for members! Has no smoking killed off the pubs?
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But you knew this already, didn't you?

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141 British icons: Stephen Hawking. Jackie and Richard celebrate the life of the Master of the Universe
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This podcast goes with this pie video:

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140 On the piste. Jackie and Richard go on a ski trip for the first time in many years
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This podcast goes with this pie video:

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139 Ask me another. It's the 2017 quiz! How much can you remember, and can you beat Richard?
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Bonus for members! Listen to Richard's answers:
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Bonus for members! Now listen to the correct answers:
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138 A podcast about poo. Jackie and Richard talk about the smallest room in the house for World Toilet Day
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Where does our poo go?:

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137 Plastic fantastic? The omnipresent material we can't live with or without
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This South Pacific Ocean island is believed to be one of the world’s worst polluted places:

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136 My left hand. Pam talks about living in a right-handers' world for International Left Handers Day
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Bonus for members! More every day things 'ĺefties' can have problems with:
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135 The firefighters. We salute the men and women who do one of the world's toughest jobs
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Bonus for members! Are there enough people who want this dangerous job?
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Firefighters worked day and night in Portugal:

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134 The light fandango. Are LED bulbs the bright future, or a dull headache?
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133 Looking is seeing. Jackie and Richard talk about wearing glasses and visiting the optician's
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Our favourite Specsavers advert:

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132 Stand and sing. Jackie and Richard talk about national anthems; how much do you like yours?
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131 Culture shock. Jackie and Richard share their experiences of being in a different culture
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A personal experience of culture shock in Australia:

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130 Forza Italia. Linda talks about holidaying in Italy, listen and find out what she likes so much
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129 Parkrun, what's that? Listen to Jemma talk about an event that's becoming more popular by the week
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128 Fear of flying. Listen to Sue talk about her experience on a long haul flight to South Africa
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Look at the angle this plane has to take when landing because of crosswinds. Would you have been afraid?

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127 The streets of Kolkata. Join Richard among the hustle and bustle, taste and sounds of this amazing city
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This podcast goes with this pie video:

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126 Chocolate, yay! We celebrate World Chocolate Day with a podcast about the world's favourite flavour
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How to tell good quality chocolate from bad:

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125 The dancing queen. Listen to Nora talk about her unusual life as a professional dancer.
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Watch Nora performing one of her dance routines:

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124 British icons: Yorkshire. Join Pam and Jackie in one of the nicest parts of the UK
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123 No news is good news. Why is our daily dose of news always dominated by gloomy headlines?
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122 Shaken not stirred. British icons: James Bond, the world's favourite spy
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This podcast goes with this video:

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121 Ashes to ashes. Everybody goes to a funeral, even if it's only their own!
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Bonus for members! Richard talks about his mother's funeral.
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A moving scene from Four Weddings and a Funeral:

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120 The refugees. Thousands are travelling but where are they from and where do they want to go?
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A young girl's life gets turned upside-down in this tragic one second a day video:

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119 The ballot box. We look at the pros and cons of three different voting systems
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There was an attempt to change the voting system for MPs in the UK:

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118 Rain stopped play. Richard explains how to play one of the UK's most popular sports - cricket, of course!
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Bonus for members! Just what are the Ashes?!
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117 The Hatton Garden heist. Over the Easter weekend in London nine thieves made a daring raid and stole millions
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Bonus for members! What is the latest on the thieves?
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How easy is it to get through that hole in the wall?

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116 Below the line. Do you comment online? Do you use your real name? Why not?!
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115 A place in the sun. The pie team talk about their experience of being on a TV show
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Watch, or listen to, the show where Jackie and Richard appear:
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114 You are what you eat. Do you want to lose weight? We talk about diets and dieting
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Here are five top tips to "spring clean" your diet from CNN:

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113 Blowin' in the wind. Where is the windiest place in the world? Watch a BBC video and find out.
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This podcast goes with the BBC video. Join Richard Hammond in very high winds and very low temperatures:

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112 Knit 1, purl 1. Get out your needles and yarn, Jackie and Helen are talking about knitting!
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It's not just for women, men knit too!

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111 Cool blue. The blue LED won the Nobel Prize for Physics. What's so special about that?
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LED - the next big generation of lighting technology:

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110 Jo's motors. Jo talks about cars and driving; buckle up and enjoy the ride!
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109 The picnic. When the sun shines there's nothing better than eating outside!
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Plan the perfect picnic:

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108 No more umpires! With modern technology there's no need to have umpires or referees anymore, is there?
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Bonus for members! What does Jackie think about the challenge system?
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107 Dial 999. Join Sue in her kitchen and find out why she called the fire brigade
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106 No connection. How did Jackie and Richard survive when the Internet went down?
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105 That sinking feeling. What could be worse than the Earth opening up and swallowing you?
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104 Don't look down ...and hold on tight as Nicky talks about her new hobby
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103 The Winter Olympics.You don't need to come from a snowy country but you're unlikely to win a medal
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India's Shiva Keshavan in training:

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The BBC's unusual advert for the Winter Olympics:

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102 That was the year 2013. We look back at last year with a quiz, how many questions can you answer?
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Now listen to both the questions and Richard's answers:

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101 Poetry. Powerful or pointless? The pie team wonder if there's a place for poetry these days
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Listen to and read one of Wildfred Owen's war poems:

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100 Citizenship. Why Gareth decided he wanted to be French as well as British
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