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Word on the Street

Word on the Street

Word on the Street is an exciting new English Language teaching programme co-produced by the BBC and the British Council.

Word on the Street looks at how English works in everyday life and presents lively aspects of young British culture. Each half hour episode is filmed in a different place in the UK and features drama, interviews and reports to help you improve your English language skills.


Tristan’s friend Jay Marie is visiting London, and Stephen and Ashlie are fighting to be her guide. They visit some of the most famous historic sites in London, hear Big Ben chime – and have afternoon tea!

Meanwhile, Amandeep travels back in time to fight besides the men and women of the English Civil War – but will it be Parliament or the King who wins?

Word on the Street: Education

Ashlie’s car has broken down… again! Rather than call out a mechanic, Ashlie and Stephen learn how to fix it themselves. But will Stephen’s new car be too difficult to fix?

Wendy learns how a good education is not just about knowledge – but can be fashionable, too! Join her as she meets graduates from fashion courses, working together on a new range of clothes.

Word on the Street: Music

Ashlie’s sure her band is going to make it big – and Stephen wants to be a part of it! But it turns out that it takes more than just hard work to become top of pops… 

Summer in the UK means music festivals – and lots of them! Amandeep gets to go to one of the UK’s biggest festivals, interview fans and meet British Sea Power!

Word on the Street: Dating

It’s Valentine’s Day, but Ashlie doesn’t have that special someone. Stephen tries to help her find Mr Right – but the road to true love is never smooth!

Meanwhile, Amandeep does meet one happy couple, and Word on the Street are guests on a very special day – their wedding!

Word on the Street: Jobs

Ashlie and Stephen’s friend Tristan asks the pair to help out in his café. What could possibly go wrong? And will they do any better selling ice cream on the beach at Brighton?

Perhaps they could start their own business instead – as young people do in the UK every year. Joe meets some of Britain’s brightest young business people – and gets to play a round of golf!

Word on the Street: Animals

This time, it's Ashlie's chance for fame. She goes to interview for an acting job, but someone else steals the show! Ashlie's dog, Poppy, goes to the beautician and Stephen finds out how to give a dog a makeover.

It's not just dogs that need love; Joe goes to a London animal shelter to meet some more unusual animals.

Word on the Street: Art

Ashlie and Stephen are at an art market to buy things for Ashlie's flat. But the brother and sister can't stop arguing over who can make better art. To settle it, they decide to have a competition. Who is the best artist? And who is the best salesperson?

Reporter Joe explores London's newest art events: pop-up galleries. He interviews the artists and art enthusiasts who visit these tiny temporary exhibitions.

Word on the Street: Bestival

Ashlie and Stephen travel to the Isle of Wight, a small island off the south coast of England, to attend the famous music festival.

Carmen visits the National Motor Museum to find out about classic British cars and modern eco-friendly cars. 

Word on the Street: Big Meal

It's Ashlie's birthday and Stephen has promised to cook a Chinese meal for Ashlie and some friends. The brother and sister visit a restaurant in Chinatown looking for some special tips for cooking Chinese food.
Carmen visits Borough market to taste some food from all over the world.

Word on the Street: Blackpool

Stephen and Ashlie travel to Blackpool, the jewel of the North-West. They have fun at the Pleasure Beach and then visit the ballroom at the bottom of the Blackpool Tower. 

Nick finds out what Blackpool has to offer people in search of traditional and modern seaside entertainment.

Word on the Street: Oxford

In this episode, Ashlie and Stephen visit the ancient city of Oxford. While Ashlie takes an exam, Stephen takes some time to get to know a bit about the city and what there is to do there.

Nick meets some students and finds out about life at university in Oxford and London.

Word on the Street: Clubbing Night Out

In this episode, Ashlie and Stephen are determined to have a good night out. 

Carmen visits a pub and talks to some people there to find out why British people like pubs so much.

Word on the Street: Transport and Travel

In this episode, Stephen and Ashlie have a friend called Jazz visiting from abroad. They take Jazz on a trip around London to see  the sights and famous places. 

Nick meets a man who lives on the River Thames and a photographer who creates digital visions of London in the future.

Word on the Street: Snowdon

Ashlie and Stephen go on a trip to Wales, where they decide to relax in very different ways. 

Carmen meets some adrenalin junkies at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham and at a parkour training centre in London.

Word on the Street: Notting Hill

Stephen and Ashlie visit Notting Hill in London, to take part in the carnival.

The Notting Hill Carnival is a multicultural festival celebrated over two days in August. The carnival is organised and led by Caribbean immigrants who settled in the area in the 1950s.