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 Calgary has two types of free English lessons:

Weekly newscasts

Each week new lessons will be added and each newscast is focused on three current news stories. These lessons are developed for students who have reached Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4. These news stories are read at a slower pace.

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.

Accessing the stories

To access these stories and tools click on the buttons above.

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 »

We have a link you can click to offer us any feedback or suggestions you may have. 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 cbcnews.ca »

This is a joint project with CBC Calgary and the Government of Alberta.


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