How to learn English the woke way with the BBC’s World Service 


How to learn English the woke way with the BBC’s World Service

  • BBC Learning English provides resources and activities for teachers & students
  • Some of these are news stories that prompt English learners to ask questions 
  • One asks if women make better leaders than men because they are ‘more caring’

Algorithms direct Google users to a little-known website called BBC Learning English ahead of major news brands such as the Daily Mail.

Founded in 1943, it is a department of the World Service and provides free online resources and activities for teachers and students.

Some of these are news stories that prompt English learners to ask questions. In the case of the Boris Johnson story one of those concerns the meaning of the phrase ‘dead man walking’.

Other pieces on the BBC Learning English site appear politically charged. One asks whether women make better leaders than men because they are ‘more caring’.

Some of these are news stories that prompt English learners to ask questions. In the case of the Boris Johnson story one of those concerns the meaning of the phrase 'dead man walking'

Some of these are news stories that prompt English learners to ask questions. In the case of the Boris Johnson story one of those concerns the meaning of the phrase ‘dead man walking’

It says: ‘What is it like to be a woman leader in a man’s world? What are the risks women take when they’re in leadership positions? And what do women do differently as leaders?

‘In the first part of our series on leadership, we discuss the ‘Finnish Five’ – the coalition of woman leaders who govern Finland – and learn how they put care at the heart of the decisions they make and goals they set.’

There is no mention of Margaret Thatcher or Theresa May.

Another speaks out in praise of the environmental activist Greta Thunberg. It states: ‘Passion for a cause and persistence can help a lone voice turn into a loud international chorus.’

Other pieces on the BBC Learning English site appear politically charged. One asks whether women make better leaders than men because they are 'more caring'

Other pieces on the BBC Learning English site appear politically charged. One asks whether women make better leaders than men because they are ‘more caring’

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