Learning English with CBC

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Learning English with CBC

Welcome to Learning English with CBC. These free English lessons use stories and interviews to help you learn about your city, community and workplace. They might also give you a sense of the province’s culture and economy.

Learning English with CBC has two types of free English lessons: weekly newscasts and monthly stories.

A special message

Hello Learners and Teachers,

We are going to go on our Summer break a month earlier this year, with the lesson for May 29, 2017 as the last for this school year.

It is time for us consider a fresh look and approach to meet the needs of learners and teachers.

Launched in 2011, Learning English with CBC is a joint partnership with the Government of Alberta's Ministry of Labour that uses CBC content to generate weekly and monthly English lessons for learners.

These lessons are designed to improve learners’ ability to understand and use English as it appears in CBC News and Content in their everyday life: at work, at home, and at play.

They also act as a guide to give new arrivals a sense of the province's culture to help settle into their new home.

If you have a suggestion on new features and content for Learning English, email us at learningenglish@cbc.ca before June 30, 2017. Due to the volume of emails, it's not usually possible for us to reply individually.


The Learning English team.

Weekly newscasts:

Each week new lessons will be added and each newscast is a round-up of stories that made news last week.

Weekly newscasts:

Monthly stories:

Each month a new lesson will be added and each monthly story is focused on living and working in Alberta. These lessons are longer and are suitable for students who have reached Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 6+. These monthly stories use audios from CBC programming.

Monthly stories:

Accessing the files

The audio files and documents can all be downloaded and kept on your computer absolutely free! You can also browse though older features and newscasts. The audio files are in MP3 format and will play on most computer audio players. The documents are in PDF format and can be read using Adobe Reader, which you can download for free. More details on what you will need are available.

If there is a topic you would like to see covered, or a suggestion for how we can make this site better, please contact us. For more Alberta news and information, listen to CBC Radio One 99.1 FM and 1010 AM in Calgary, watch CBC News on your local CBC TV Station or log on to cbc.ca/Calgary »

Development information for teachers

These lessons are intended to complement your curriculum with made-in-Calgary content. Find out more.


Learning English with CBC is a joint project with CBC Calgary and the Government of Alberta. These pages are designed for English language learners and teachers based on CBC Calgary radio news and feature stories heard on CBC Radio One 93.9 FM and 740 AM. Email us your comments or questions.


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