Teaching English podcast: How can we use Football to teach English?

Download the first episode, activity booklet, show notes and transcript from series 2 of our podcast 'British Council Teaching English'.

British Council: TeachingEnglish - series 2 overview

In our second series of this ten-part podcast series from the British Council, we try and provide solutions to some of the key questions being asked by English teachers around the world. Each episode explores a specific topic through interviews, a focus on recent developments and reports on British Council initiatives in English language teaching. Practical show notes and transcripts are available to download at the bottom of the page.

Episode 1: How can we use football to teach English?

It’s the first episode of series 2 of Teaching English with the British Council, and we’ve got World Cup fever. We’re looking at how teachers can use football to teach English – as well as other languages – effectively. We interview the founders of Languagegecaster and Multilingua FC, who provide a range of resources and materials to help students interested in football improve their English language skills. We also hear from the British Council’s own Premier Skills programme, which has used football as a way to promote social, language and skills development for over 15 years.

Show notes

Each episode contains downloadable show notes. These include the following:

  • Ideas for how you could use the podcast in your teaching
  • Detailed notes with extra information about the contents of the episode
  • Useful links

Using this podcast for lessons or training 

  • You can download a transcript of the episode from the podcast homepage. To help you and your learners with preparation and language analysis, all words at the B2, C1 and C2 CEFR level have been highlighted.
  • There is an ‘activity pack’ for this episode, which contains activities you can use in your classroom. The activities focus on speaking, listening, grammar and language. They are available in both pdf and in editable PowerPoint format, in case you wish to edit them to make them more relevant for your specific classroom.

How to listen or subscribe to the podcast

You can listen and subscribe to the podcast in the following ways:


  • Episode 1 audio file
  • Episode 1 Show notes
  • Episode 1 activity pack
  • Episode 1 Transcript

Production team

  • Hosts: We'am Hamdan and Chris Sowton
  • Producer: Elizabeth Dyer
  • Executive producer: Kris Dyer 
  • Arabic language consultant: Sawsan Abu Qare




Submitted by Popon Ibad on Mon, 12/26/2022 - 11:45

Excellent It's very usefull

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Submitted by wael.issa on Sat, 12/24/2022 - 07:27

So interesting

Submitted by DeepaDeshpande on Fri, 12/23/2022 - 12:15

Very useful and informative

Submitted by ShanikaCroos on Fri, 12/23/2022 - 01:24

Interesting. Super lesson .

Submitted by TatyanaS on Wed, 12/21/2022 - 02:25


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Submitted by Sunnyside on Tue, 12/20/2022 - 14:33

This is very resourceful, especially as Football (soccer) is a global sport - one that is universally talked about!

Submitted by soniasandy on Mon, 12/19/2022 - 11:23

Very informative

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