Want to learn more about English?

And, by that, I don't mean learning more about English grammar and English vocabulary...I mean learning more about who speaks English, why we do the things we do when we speak English and how people -- both native- and non-native speakers -- use the language.

Last summer, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation had a great program called BABEL, which ran for ten programs. It had ten programs in total and focused on how we use English as a tool for communication, not just on the bits that make up language. The host, Mariel Borelli, has a voice that's easy to understand, and for those of you who'd like to learn more about ideas behind language, this program is excellent listening practice.

Click here for more information and to listen to the program online.

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