Learning English Online

If you are interested in learning English online, this English listening lesson is for you! It is based on a beautiful photographic slide show produced by the BBC. It documents the making of a series called 'The Human Planet', which shows how humans interact with the natural world around them, drawing from some very unusual sources. During the making of the series, the BBC employed a dedicated photographer, Timothy Allen, to travel with the film crew, and document their experiences. He has produced a slideshow from the best photographs with a commentary about the intriguing stories that he encountered.

The photographs are outstanding, and the stories fascinating. The video clip shows how honey is collected from the tallest trees in the Congo, how eagles are taught to hunt in Mongolia, and how sea gypsies in Borneo never step foot on land. Other countries documented include Laos, Niger, Greenland and Mombasa.

If you would like to learn extra photography vocabulary on top of what is in this lesson, then also take a look at my Photography Vocabulary list.

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This listening lesson is good for you if you are at upper intermediate, advanced or proficiency level English (B1 to C2).

Language Focus

Think about the factors that make a good photograph. Then practise your reading by checking Kodak’s ‘Top 10 tips for taking good photos’, to see if you have missed anything. There is some new vocabulary for you to learn before you watch the video clip. Go through the words, look up the definitions, make sure you know what they mean, and then listen out for them as you watch the slideshow with spectacular photos and unbelievable stories.

My free printable worksheets come in pdf format, so just print them off and you’ll be ready to practise your English listening skills while learning English online.

I hope you enjoy watching this video clip as much as I did. It’s inspiring…learning English online is great!

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