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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.

Word on the Street: Christmas

It's Christmas! Ashlie and Stephen are cooking for their parents, but there's so much to be done. The pair have to buy presents and Ashlie needs to cook the turkey, roast the potatoes and make the stuffing. And Stephen? Well, for Stephen, Christmas is a holiday...

Amandeep visits the famous Fortnum & Mason department store in London to see the Christmas window displays and discover more about one of the most important aspects of Christmas - shopping!

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: Indoor Sports

In this episode, Ashlie and Stephen are all set to go to the beach with their two young cousins, Ellie and Joe. But the changeable English weather has other plans and they have to visit an indoor sports centre instead. Ashlie and Ellie go snowboarding and Stephen takes Joe to the climbing wall to show off his Spiderman skills...

Amandeep goes behind the scenes at the BBC weather centre to see how weather forecasts are made and to get to the bottom of every British person's favourite conversation topic: the weather!

Word on the Street: York

Ashlie and Stephen are going north this time, to the beautiful historic city of York. Stephen is thinking of trying his hand at archaeology, but Ashlie wants to go shopping! They visit the Jorvik museum to find out what York looked - and smelled - like a thousand years ago, and Stephen tries to persuade Ashlie to go digging for treasure...

Reporter Amandeep also goes to York to find out how important Britain’s history is in helping the tourism industry, attracting visitors from all over the world.

Word on the Street: Flathunting

Ashlie's sick of where she lives - nothing works and her flat is too pink! Stephen helps her to find her dream home, but makes a terrible mistake when it comes to moving house...

Meanwhile, Amandeep investigates some of the UK's most unusual housing, and sees how we might live 20 years from now.

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.