SBS helps migrants navigate daily life in Australia with release of Learn English video series
Learn English from SBS has released a new digital series designed to help people easily learn the English language and better understand Australian culture.
Title Meet the Changs, the comedy-drama series – consisting of ten five-minute videos – follows the newly settled Chang family as they navigate daily life in Australia. The episodes cover a variety of everyday situations, including parent/teacher talks, what to do in the event of a car accident, buying a new fridge and going to the doctor, and are intended to help the 820,000 Australians who said they had no or little command of English. The videos are designed for an audience with a pre-intermediate language proficiency level to help them develop and develop their abilities.
Director of Audio and Linguistic Content of SBS, David Huasays expanding SBS’s Settlement Guide offering with SBS Learn English will help Australian migrants succeed in Australia.
“We are extremely excited to launch the next part of our Learn English offering. SBS Learn English supports settlement and social cohesion through a distinctive and accessible approach to learning English and understanding everyday life in Australia.
“Meet the Changs is an educational and entertaining video series that talks about our Charter and demonstrates the diversity of what we do at SBS. The series was produced from a distinctly multicultural perspective; using diverse immigrant writers with lived experience of learning English as adults to help underpin the concept and scripts of authenticity and to deliver the best value for audiences.
All ten episodes are available now on the SBS Learn English website, SBS On Demand and SBS Australia YouTube page. Each episode also comes with a curriculum available for download with worksheets and tools to help students and teachers learn English. The video series is available with English subtitles and will soon feature subtitles in twelve languages to help audiences understand and learn.
SBS Learn English is a free, cross-platform English learning service for Australian migrants with additional language support. SBS Learn English helps adult migrants settle and live well in Australia by helping them learn the English language through information about settlement, news and daily life from a uniquely Australian multicultural perspective.
In addition to videos, the SBS Learn English podcast offers regular conversational English lessons about daily life in Australia. The podcast helps break down common phrases and local jargon. To provide context and maximize accessibility, the podcast title and episode description, along with a recorded intro, are available in a number of languages with bi-monthly episodes released in Arabic, Assyrian, Burmese, Cantonese , Dari, Hakha Chin, Karen, Khmer, Korean, Mandarin, Mongolian, Persian, Thai and Vietnamese.
Since its launch, the Learn English podcast has had over 116,000 downloads. The SBS Learn English podcast is available through the SBS Radio app, SBS website, and all major podcast platforms
Watch the promo for Meet the Changs here.
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