Read texts with a UK focus. Learn about UK culture and practise your reading at the same time.

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Would you like to be a secret agent and work undercover? Do you think the job in reality would be similar to how it's shown in films?

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Dragon dances, acrobats, fireworks, a parade ... London is buzzing with excitement at Chinese New Year. Find out what you can do to join in the excitement!

Watch videos with a UK focus. Learn about UK culture and practise your listening at the same time.

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Amandeep travels back in time to fight in the English Civil War! Watch history come to life in modern-day England.

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Richard finds out more about English as a global language, and talks to young people from all over the world who have come to Britain to learn English.

In this section you can watch animated videos of five of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. You can also read short stories and poems written by British authors.

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This short story by Ron Butlin is much darker than the title suggests. Does colour always fade with time?

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We are in Denmark, and Hamlet's father, the king, is now dead. Hamlet's uncle has married Hamlet’s mother, and become the new king. A ghost appears, saying he is the dead king, and tells Hamlet he must take revenge.

Watch short films created by young people in the UK and practise your listening at the same time.

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Comic conventions are big events for fans of all kinds of comic and movie characters, from Star Wars and Transformers to the Minions and Pokemon. Can you spot your favourite characters in this video?

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'Parkour' comes from 'Parcours', meaning 'the way through' or 'the path' in French. Watch how these young people find the fastest way through their urban environment by jumping and using obstacles to help them. And what do they think about this new phenomenon? Watch to find out!

Listen to new, British music from the British Council's Selector music radio show and practise your English at the same time.

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Luke Sital-Singh is a singer-songwriter from Bristol in the UK. He has a wonderful voice; beautiful, bruised and defiant. He has performed on the British Council’s Selector music radio show. This song is called ‘Still’, and is taken from Luke’s EP, ‘The Breakneck Sound Of Tomorrow’.

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As Elephants Are is a band from High Wycombe in the UK and they have appeared on the British Council's Selector music show. Two of the band members, Ben (vocals/guitar) and Harry (bass) met at their college music course and then they each brought an old school friend along, Joe (guitar) and Rob (drums) to join the band.  

Read articles adapted from the British Council's science magazine, Cubed. Learn about the world of science and research in the UK and practise your English at the same time.

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What can we learn from worms? Find out by reading this article about how scientists are using worms in their research. If you want to know more about the research check out Worm Watch Lab which explains the experiments in more detail. 

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A research study has looked into what happens inside your brain while you read and listen to music. 

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