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Learn English with the British Council and Premier League

The Premier Skills English podcast is a part of a project from the British Council and Premier League for people who are learning English and love football. If you want to know more visit the website https://britishcouncil.org/premierskillsenglish, or get in touch at premierskills@britishcouncil.org.

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Premier Vocabulary - Medium - Hanging on

Premier Vocabulary is a mini-podcast from Premier Skills English. In Premier Vocabulary, Rich and Jack talk about football English, one word at a time.

4mins

13 Feb 2020

Rank #1

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Matchweek 12: A Thunderbolt

Welcome to This Week from Premier Skills English, a weekly review of football action for learners of English from across the globe. In This Week, Rich and Jack talk about the latest action from the Premier League and have lots of football English for you to learn.Complete the lesson on Premier Skills English > Skills > Listen > Podcasts > This Week > Matchweek 12: A Thunderbolt

11mins

11 Nov 2019

Rank #2

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Learning Vocabulary: Shopping for bargains

In this week's Premier Skills English Podcast, Jack and Rich go to a shopping centre to do some Christmas shopping and hope to find a bargain or two. Will Jack spend any money? Will Rich manage to buy something that's not for himself? The language focus is on vocabulary connected shopping and prices. Your task is to tell about a bargain you bought. Don't forget to listen to the end of the podcast because we have a new football phrase for you to guess.Complete the lesson on Premier Skills English > Skills > Listen > Podcasts> Learning Vocabulary: Shopping for bargains

21mins

17 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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Learning Vocabulary: Phrasal Verbs (Who do you support?)

In this week's Premier Skills English Podcast, Jack and Rich focus on some difficult phrasal verbs and Rich talks about the team he supports. Your task is to tell us about the team you support using some of the phrasal verbs you learn in the podcast. Don't forget to listen to the end of the podcast because we have a new football phrase for you to guess, too. Enjoy!Complete the lesson on Premier Skills English > Skills > Listen > Podcasts > Learning Vocabulary: Phrasal Verbs (Who do you support?)

16mins

10 Aug 2019

Rank #4

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Understanding Grammar - Questions

In this week's Premier Skills English Podcast, Jack and Rich focus on grammar and take a look at different question types. They have three roleplays for you this week, in two of them they are playing games that involve asking questions and in the other Jack is trying to find a place in town. Your tasks are to challenge other listeners to guess a mystery footballer and to ask politely about something connected to another listener's country or city. Don't forget to listen to the end of the podcast because we have a new football phrase for you to guess, too. Enjoy!Complete the lesson on Premier Skills English > Skills > Listen > Podcasts > Understanding Grammar: Questions

19mins

4 Oct 2019

Rank #5

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This week - Tight at the top

Welcome to This Week from Premier Skills English, a weekly review of football action for learners of English from across the globe. In This Week, Rich, Laura and Jack talk about the latest action from the Premier League and have lots of football English for you to learn.On the Premier Skills English website, there's a page for this podcast with the transcript and a task for you to do in the comments section. You can find the lesson page on Premier Skills English > Skills > Listen > This week: Tight at the top

13mins

18 Jan 2021

Rank #6

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This week - Matchweek 1: On our way

Welcome to This Week from Premier Skills English, a weekly review of football action for learners of English from across the globe. In This Week, Jack and Rich talk about the latest action from the Premier League and have lots of football English for you to learn.Complete the lesson on Premier Skills English > Skills > Listen > Podcasts > This week: Matchweek 1: On our way

11mins

21 Aug 2019

Rank #7

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Travel & Tourism: Restaurants

In this week's Premier Skills English Podcast, Rowan and Jack go to a restaurant. The language focus is on language connected to restaurants. You will learn words and phrases for booking a table, ordering food, special requirements and paying the bill. In this week's task, we want you to order a meal at our Premier Skills restaurant. Don't forget to listen to the end of the podcast because we have a new football phrase for you to guess.Visit the podcast page on Premier Skills English to read the transcript, complete some practice activities and the task and join in the discussion at Premier Skills English > Skills > Listen > Podcasts > Travel & Tourism: Restaurants

27mins

26 Feb 2021

Rank #8

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Understanding Grammar - Superlatives

In this week's Premier Skills English Podcast, Rich is having problems choosing presents to buy for family and friends. Jack thinks the easiest thing to do is buy everyone the same present. What do you think this present is? The language focus is on superlative adjectives. Your task is to create a 'best' list. Tell us about the best football match you've ever seen, the most exciting film you've ever watched or the tastiest food you've ever tasted. Don't forget to listen to the end of the podcast because we have a new football phrase for you to guess.Complete the lesson and activities on Premier Skills English > Skills > Listen > Podcasts > Understanding Grammar: Superlatives

19mins

6 Dec 2019

Rank #9

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Learning Vocabulary: Personality Adjectives

In this week's Premier Skills English Podcast, Jack and Rich talk about the Lunar New year which is being celebrated this weekend. They talk about the Year of the Rat and the Chinese zodiac. The language focus is on adjectives of personality and your task is to find out more about your sign in the Chinese zodiac. Don't forget to listen to the end of the podcast because we have a new football phrase for you to guess.Complete the lesson on Premier Skills English > Skills > Listen > Podcasts > Learning Vocabulary: Personality adjectiveshttps://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/skills/listen/podcasts/learning-vocabulary-personality-adjectives

20mins

24 Jan 2020

Rank #10

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Speaking Skills: Negotiating

In this week's Premier Skills English Podcast, Jack and Rich play the roles of a director of football and a player's agent in order to discuss the transfer of a player to a new club. The language focus is on the skills and phrases you need when you are negotiating. Your task is to describe a situation when you had to negotiate something. Don't forget to listen to the end of the podcast because we have a new football phrase for you to guess, too. Enjoy! Visit Premier Skills English to read the transcript, complete the lesson and join the community: Premier Skills English > Podcasts > Speaking Skills: Negotiating

16mins

24 Jan 2019

Rank #11

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Premier Vocabulary - Medium - Get away with something

Premier Vocabulary is a mini-podcast for you to learn football English one word at a time. We have three different levels for you: easy, medium and hard.Visit the lesson page on Premier Skills English > Skills > Listen > Premier Vocabulary - Medium - Get away with something to read the transcript and join the community.

4mins

14 Oct 2020

Rank #12

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Premier Vocabulary - Easy - Warm up

Premier Vocabulary is a mini-podcast for you to learn football English one word at a time. We have three different levels for you: easy, medium and hard.Visit the lesson page on Premier Skills English > Skills > Listen > Premier Vocabulary - Easy - Warm up to read the transcript and join the community.

3mins

13 Oct 2020

Rank #13

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This week - Title chances

Welcome to This Week from Premier Skills English, a weekly review of football action for learners of English from across the globe. In This Week, Rich, Laura and Jack talk about the latest action from the Premier League and have lots of football English for you to learn.On the Premier Skills English website, there's a page for this podcast with the transcript and a task for you to do in the comments section. You can find the lesson page on Premier Skills English > Skills > Listen > This week: Title chances

12mins

1 Mar 2021

Rank #14

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Premier Vocabulary - Easy - Debut

Premier Vocabulary is a mini-podcast for you to learn football English one word at a time. We have three different levels for you: easy, medium and hard.Visit the lesson page on Premier Skills English > Skills > Listen > Premier Vocabulary - Easy - Debut to read the transcript and join the community.

4mins

6 Oct 2020

Rank #15

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Travel & Tourism: The Tube

In this week's Premier Skills English Podcast, Jack, Rich and Rowan visit London and need to use the underground. The language focus is on travelling on the underground. You will learn words and phrases to suggest ways of travelling, buy tickets, read tube maps and follow directions. In this week's task, we want you to use the London underground map to follow and give some directions. Don't forget to listen to the end of the podcast because we have a new football phrase for you to guess.Visit the podcast page on Premier Skills English to read the transcript, complete some practice activities and the task and join in the discussion at Premier Skills English > Skills > Listen > Podcasts > Travel & Tourism: The Tube

29mins

5 Mar 2021

Rank #16

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Understanding Grammar - The First Conditional

In this week's Premier Skills English Podcast, Rowan, Jack and Rich go to Liverpool for the weekend. They are going to Anfield to watch a match but Rowan has a surprise for Jack and Rich.  The language focus is on the first conditional and words and phrases we can use to replace 'if'. In this week's task, we want you to persuade and convince other listeners to start something new. Don't forget to listen to the end of the podcast because we have a new football phrase for you to guess.Visit the podcast page on Premier Skills English to read the transcript, complete some practice activities and the task and join in the discussion at Premier Skills English > Skills > Listen > Podcast > Understanding Grammar - The First Conditional

19mins

9 Oct 2020

Rank #17

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Summer Tournaments: Eyes on Africa

Welcome to This Week from Premier Skills English, a weekly review of football action for learners of English from across the globe. In This Week, Jack and Rich talk about the latest action from the Premier League and the world of football. They keep you up to date with our latest competitions and have lots of football English for you to learn.Complete the lesson on Premier Skills English > Skills > Listen > Podcasts > This week > Summer Tournaments: Eyes on Africa

9mins

16 Jul 2019

Rank #18

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Learning Vocabulary - COVID Kindness

In this week's Premier Skills English Podcast, Rich and Jack talk about helping out during the current COVID-19 crisis. They talk about some of the work Premier League players and clubs have been doing and then take a more light-hearted approach in the roleplay. Rich has been trying to help in his neighbourhood but it's not been a total success. The language focus is on words and phrases connected to helping others. In this week's task, we want you to tell us about a community project in your city or neighbourhood. Don't forget to listen to the end of the podcast because we have a new football phrase for you to guess.Complete the lesson on Premier Skills English > Skills > Listen > Podcasts > Learning Vocabulary: COVID Kindness

19mins

10 Apr 2020

Rank #19

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This week - #PremierSkillsFC

Welcome to This Week from Premier Skills English, a weekly review of football action for learners of English from across the globe. In This Week, Laura, Rich and Jack talk about the latest action from the Premier League and have lots of football English for you to learn. Following the suspension of the Premier League, Rich, Jack and Laura take a look at some light-hearted stories which are making the news this week.Complete the lesson on Premier Skills English - Skills - Listen - This week #PremierSkillsFC

13mins

27 Apr 2020

Rank #20