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Horrible Histories - Scary Schools - Part 4 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

United Kingdom

Some of the schools in Georgian England were very rough places! In this video, a prospective pupil and his parents get caught up in a full-scale schoolboy rebellion while on a tour with the headmaster. They even encounter flying masonry and gunfire!

Horrible Histories - Scary Schools - Part 3 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

United Kingdom

After Victoria became Queen, English children’s names became really weird. A girl called Never… a boy called Toilet… For one poor teacher, taking the class register is almost impossible!

The History of English - Internet English View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

United Kingdom

The English language has changed in many ways over the centuries, but the internet has changed it in just a few decades. Why use a whole sentence when an abbreviation will do?

Horrible Histories - Scary Schools - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

United Kingdom

Not long ago, in Welsh schools, the pupils weren’t allowed to speak their native language, Welsh! There was no choice but to learn English. In the Victorian classroom, learning is dull and repetitive, but today’s lesson is not going exactly as the teacher has planned.

Blackbeard - The True Story - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

United Kingdom

Continuing to pirate audaciously, Blackbeard sails up the eastern coast of the United States, where, incredibly, he secures a pardon from the Governor of North Carolina. Setting up base on an island, he is soon plundering ships again, but by now has made some determined enemies and faces capture, dead or alive.

Horrible Histories - Scary Schools - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

United Kingdom

Even if you're not the biggest fan of school, you've got to admit it's better than the historical schools depicted in this series! They certainly had some questionable moral codes and weird punishments...

Blackbeard - The True Story - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

United Kingdom

Blackbeard’s story almost seems mythological, but it's actually based in truth. This video elaborates on the man Edward Thatch, starting with his origins on the island of Nassau to his reign of terror in the Caribbean.

60-Second Adventures in Thought - The Twin Paradox View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

United Kingdom

How can one brother travel into space and return younger than his twin? In just sixty seconds, a startling side effect of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity is explained to us.

Traveling - A vacation in Mexico

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

USA

Maggie has just landed in Mexico, and heads straight for Tulum, a once crucial trading post for the Mayan civilization, with spectacular clifftop ruins.

Sigrid explains - Humpty Dumpty View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

USA

Nursery rhymes are for children. The rhyme about Humpty Dumpty, however, is so famous that it's been used in literary and cinematic contexts as well.

60-Second Adventures in Thought - Achilles and the Tortoise View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

United Kingdom

This ancient mathematical trickery posits that a mighty hero cannot overtake a tortoise. Zeno of Elea (born c. 490 BCE) is the author of this and other paradoxes.

The Irish Rovers - The Titanic View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Canada, Northern Ireland

The Irish Rovers is a Irish-Canadian folk band. Their song "Titanic" is a tribute to the famous RMS Titanic, written on its 100th Anniversary. It tells of the ship’s beginnings and Irish pride, as well as its devastating sinking.

Traveling with Annette - Erickson View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

USA

Annette visits the Erickson Aircraft Collection in Madras, Oregon. A highlight of the collection is a plane that appeared in a very famous movie.

Traveling with Annette - Deadwood View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

USA

Annette talks about the Wild West, and takes us to a famous gold mining town in South Dakota that was an important part of United States history.

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World - Electric Playground Interview - Part 5 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Canada, USA

Stevie Salas and Christina Fon discuss what is next for the film "Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World" as it premieres around the world.

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World - Electric Playground Interview - Part 4 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

USA

Stevie Salas and Christina Fon talk about striking the right balance between entertainment and a political message, and what they hope their film will achieve.

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World - Electric Playground Interview - Part 3 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Canada, USA

The filmmakers talk about some of the people they wanted to interview for the documentary. Sometimes it just took time, and in a few cases it didn't work out at all. For Christina, one highlight was getting to interview writer and activist John Trudell before his death in 2015.

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World - Electric Playground Interview - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

USA

The two filmmakers who created "Rumble" talk about how Native American musicians like Link Wray were idols in the eyes of famous performers, but totally unknown to the general public.

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World - Electric Playground Interview - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

USA

Filmmakers Christina Fon and Stevie Salas are interviewed about Rumble, their documentary exploring how Native American musicians have influenced rock n' roll.

National Geographic - What "Lady Liberty" and Ellis Island Mean Today View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

USA

Ellis Island, the U.S. gateway to immigration from distant lands, has been reopened to visitors, following significant damage from Hurricane Sandy. A visit there, and to the nearby Statue of Liberty, can be emotional, even for those born in the U.S.

The History of English - American English View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

United Kingdom

A humorous look at American English from a British point of view.

National Geographic - Secrets of Stonehenge View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

USA

Many secrets remain surrounding the creation of Stonehenge. Archaeologists try to unravel the mystery.

Words of the World - California

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

United Kingdom

Though most might be unaware, the US state of California was named after a place that doesn't exist outside of literature, similar to Narnia. "California" comes from a novel written in the Spanish Golden Age.

The History of English - The Norman Conquest View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Advanced Advanced

United Kingdom

In 1066, William the Conqueror invaded Britain and brought with him fancy French words to add to the English language.

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