Month: April 2018

Your vote matters!- Finalist videos of the CCL Video Contest

Here are the two finalists of our CCL video contest. Please watch both videos and vote for who you think should be the winner! Results will be announced next week.

Entry 1 From Angela Wang

Entry 2: From Mikhail Ondar

Who should be the winner of our video contest?

  • Angela Wang (88%, 44 Votes)
  • Mikhail Ondar (12%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 50

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George and the English


One of the many things that make England slightly unusual is that we don’t have a ‘National Day’ or an  ‘Independence Day’. The closest thing we have is the day of our patron saint, St George, though it isn’t a national holiday, and many people may not even be aware of it.

The real Saint George was a Greek Roman soldier who lived in what is now Turkey about 1700 years ago. The Saint George more familiar to English people is a mythological version – a brave knight who killed an evil child-eating dragon. The national flag of England is the St George’s Cross, shown above. It is one of the three flags that make up the British flag, commonly known as the Union Jack.

Read more about Saint George and watch an animated video at the British Council website here.

Today is also United Nations English Language Day. The 23rd of April was chosen because it is the date “traditionally observed as both the birthday and date of death of William Shakespeare”. Other dates were selected for the celebration of the UN’s other five official languages.

Everything Has Its Time – In Memory of Prof. Stephen Hawking

On 31st Mar, the funeral of Professor Stephen Hawking was held in the Great St. Mary Church in the heart of Cambridge, a city where he had lived and worked for more than half a century. Families and friends of Prof. Hawking attended the private service, while thousands of locals gathered outside the church to share memory and condolence of the great cosmologist. Actor Eddie Redmayne read an excerpt from Ecclesiastes 3.1-11 in the Bible.  

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die;

A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal;

A time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh,

A time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;

A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to seek, and a time to lose;

A time to keep, and a time to throw away;

A time to tear, and a time to sew;

A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate;

A time for war, and a time for peace.