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Live from ... authentic interviews

A series of innovative podcasts featuring interviews with members of the public. We started with London but have now travelled further afield, to Oxford, Edinburgh, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Andalucia and Geneva. Each podcast comes with a set of worksheets for you to download and use in class.

A collage of photos taken in various cities visted while recording Live from interviews

In the Live from ... series we go to different cities to ask locals and visitors questions about their daily lives.

Each podcast includes:

  • an audio file of around two minutes in length.
  • interviews on stimulating topics your students will identify with.
  • authentic recordings of visitors and locals in London.
  • a variety of accents, both native English accents and non-native English accents.
  • a worksheet with vocabulary, listening and speaking activities prepared by onestopenglish author Lindsay Clandfield.
  • teacher’s notes with answer key, tapescript (including details of where the speakers are from) and extra suggestions for exploitation in class.

Live from ... lesson plans

  • Live from London: Breakfast

    The first of these podcasts is now available to Staff Room members. We went to London's South Bank and asked people the question: "What do you usually have for breakfast?".

  • Live from London: Sights

    Level: Elementary, Pre-intermediate Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    The second of these podcasts is now available to Staff Room members. We went to the Tate Modern and asked people the question: "What sights have you seen so far in London?".

  • Live from London: Perfect day

    Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    The third of these podcasts is now available to Staff Room members. We went to Green Park and asked people what they thought was a perfect day out in London.

  • Live from London: Learning English

    Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    The fourth of these podcasts is now available to Staff Room members. We went to London International Study Centre in South West London and asked students and teachers what they considered to be the most difficult thing about learning English.

  • Live from London: Smoking ban

    Staff Room

    The fifth of these podcasts is now available to Staff Room members. We went to Euston station and asked people what they thought of the new smoking ban in the UK.

  • Live from London: Living in London

    Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    The last of these podcasts is now available to Staff Room members. We went to King's Cross in north London and asked people the question: "How do you feel about Living in London?".

  • Live from London: Christmas

    Author: Lindsay Clandfield Type: General lesson plan

    This is the first of two 'Christmas special' Live from London podcasts. We went to Covent Garden and asked people the question: "What's a typical Christmas for you?"

  • Live from London: New Year

    Level: Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: General lesson plan

    This is the second of our two Live from London 'Christmas specials'. We went to the South Bank and asked people about their resolutions for the new year.

  • Live from Oxford: Ideal summer

    Staff Room

    This month the onestopenglish reporters are in Oxford, asking locals and visitors questions about their daily lives. We walked around the university and asked people about their ideal summer plans.

  • Live from Oxford: Sports

    This month the onestopenglish reporters are in Oxford, asking locals and visitors questions about their daily lives. We went to Christchurch Meadow and walked along the River Thames and asked people about the importance of sport in their lives.

  • Live from Edinburgh: Tourists

    Staff Room

    This month the onestopenglish reporters are in Edinburgh, asking locals and visitors questions about their daily lives. We went to Edinburgh Castle and asked people the question: 'Why do you think Edinburgh is so popular with tourists?'.

  • Live from Edinburgh: Homesickness

    Staff Room

    This month the onestopenglish reporters are in Edinburgh, asking locals and visitors questions about their daily lives. We went to Edinburgh Castle and asked people the question: 'If you were away from home for a long period of time, what would you miss most?'.

  • Live from London: Music

    Staff Room

    The onestopenglish reporters are back in London, asking locals and visitors questions about their daily lives. We went to Covent Garden and asked people about the importance of music in their lives.

  • Live from London: News

    Staff Room

    The onestopenglish reporters are back in London, asking locals and visitors questions about their daily lives. We went to Covent Garden and asked people about the news.

  • Live from Stratford: Shakespeare 1

    Staff Room

    The intrepid onestopenglish reporters are back with more authentic interviews in our Live from ... series. This time we come to you from Stratford-upon-Avon, the home of William Shakespeare.

  • Live from Cardiff: Teachers

    Staff Room

    The onestopenglish reporters have been in Cardiff to bring you another lesson in our Live from ... series. We interviewed people at a teachers’ conference, and asked them the question, “When you are away from your students, what do you miss about them?”

  • Live from Stratford: Shakespeare 2

    Staff Room

    The onestopenglish team is back in Stratford-upon-Avon to ask locals and visitors whether they think the Bard is brilliant or boring.

  • Live from Andalucía: Spanish culture

    Staff Room

    The onestopenglish reporters travelled to Córdoba and Seville in Andalucía, Spain, and asked people the question, "What do you love about Spanish culture?"

  • Live from Andalucía: Stereotypes

    Staff Room

    The onestopenglish reporters travelled to Córdoba and Seville in Andalucía, Spain, and asked people the question, “What stereotypes about Spain and Spanish people annoy you?”

  • Live from London: Art

    Staff Room

    This month, the onestopenglish reporters went to Trafalgar Square to find out what tourists and visitors of the National Gallery had to say about art.

  • Live from London: The economy

    Author: Adrian Tennant Staff Room

    This month, the onestopenglish reporters went to the Houses of Parliament to find out whether locals and tourists were worried about the world's economic situation.

  • Live from Geneva: Multilingualism

    Author: Adrian Tennant Staff Room

    Onestopenglish’s roving reporters ventured over to Geneva, Switzerland, to ask locals and tourists how many languages they speak.

  • Live from Geneva: Switzerland

    Author: Adrian Tennant Staff Room

    The onestopenglish team is back in Geneva, asking locals and tourists what they like about Switzerland.

  • Live from London: The monarchy

    Author: Adrian Tennant Staff Room

    In the weeks leading up to Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, onestopenglish’s reporters took a trip to St James’s Park, in the shadow of Buckingham Palace, to ask locals and tourists for their opinion on the British royal family.

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