BBC Radio: 500 Words

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500 Words is an annual writing contest put on by BBC Radio 2. Children up to age 13 write a story of only 500 words and are whittled down to a group of finalists. These stories are then read by professional actors. Stories can be downloaded as read, and listened to, offline. While the language may be a bit high for even higher level students, the length of the text makes it possible to be used with language learners.

Level: Mid to High

Accent: Mixed UK

Material: Authentic

Theme: Fictional stories

Format: Audio

Transcript: Yes (story text)

Length: Varies. Most under five minutes

Frequency: Completed

Download: Yes

Related Reading: Yes (the text of the stories)

Audience: Children to Young Adult (although adults will also appreciate it)

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