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

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Do you want to know what people do on the biggest party night in the UK? Read on to find out.

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What do you know about Diwali? It's one of the biggest events in the Indian calendar. And that means big celebrations in multicultural cities in Britain, too. Find out all about the festival and how it is celebrated in Britain.

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

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How has the social media revolution changed the way a popular series is made? Wendy meets Samuel Benta, writer, director and star of his own show, and there's not a television in sight.

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There's a school in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, where more than twenty languages are spoken. That's a truly multicultural school!

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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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.

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Would you like to go on a cruise? This short story is set on a cruise ship and has a very funny ending.

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

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This semi-real, semi-animated film tells the story of a teenage girl and her annoying brother who takes her secret diary. What happens when he reads it?

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There are over 75,000 homeless young people in the UK who have nowhere to live. A YMCA is a safe place for these young people to live and the people who work there help them to improve their lives. In this video some young people living at a YMCA talk about why they are homeless and their plans and hopes for the future.

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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How is technology changing the homes we live in? How can hi-tech homes help old people to live independently? Read the article to find out about research and development into smarthomes in the UK.

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A team of scientists are developing a system to check dangerous rumours that appear in social media. Read the article to find out more. 

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