Better English for soccer fans

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 June, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 June, 2010, 12:00am

The British Council's 'World Cup English' - a new section of its Premier Skills website - is a useful tool that lets football fans keep up with the latest World Cup news while improving their English.

Premier Skills is a partnership between the Premier League and the British Council. The website promotes community sports development around the world.

The website offers practical football-themed resources, including games, quizzes and blogs. The games, varying from keeping the ball off the ground to identifying the correct football terms, are fun ways to help players master the language. The interactive quizzes also test players' knowledge of different aspects of the World Cup.

Quiz topics range from football teams and players' personal interests to South Africa, the African continent and African culture.

The daily blogs require a slightly more advanced understanding of English. The blogs provide thorough previews of each World Cup group, and review each match day in detail, particularly the scoring moments.

The reviews include comments from other bloggers as well, and users can discuss the game results with others. There are also videos of fans talking about which team they think will win the World Cup.

To give it a try, go to