About the episode
From Trinidad to Australia, Kenya to Barbados, Canada, India and beyond, over the decades filmmakers have captured the rich diversity of the Commonwealth.
This edition looks at childhood.
Explore the timeline
To complement the series, we've created an interactive timeline exploring the development of English, which was heavily influenced by colonialism.
Part one: The history of colonialism was a major factor in the development of English. Follow the global spread of English starting with the Roman invasion.Take part nowThe evolution of English: From Romans to Shakespeare
Part two: The history of colonialism was a major factor in the development of English. Follow the global spread of English from the 17th century to the present day.Take part nowThe evolution of English: From the 17th century to the present day
Try a free course
This free course, Childhood in crisis?, explores an idea much repeated in minority-world media that childhood is in crisis. Looking at this idea is a starting point for the study of childhood. You will consider the concept of childhood and the ways in which the notion of crisis may shape how children in the West are seen. By completing the activities, you will be introduced to different ways of understanding this idea and also asked to consider your own feelings in relation to it.Learn moreChildhood in crisis?
Level: 2 Intermediate
How did English become the global force it is today? This free course, English in the world today, explores the status of the language and its worldwide diversity. It looks at how social and political factors influence people's attitudes towards it, and at the relationship between one's linguistic heritage and sense of identity.Learn moreEnglish in the world today
Level: 1 Introductory