The BBC, in what could be seen as an old school "Auntie" move wants to help teach the world how to speak English "to BBC standards".

Worldwide English learners with internet access can now access a range of BBC Learning English programmes as free podcasts.

The weekly programmes, "How To...", "Grammar Challenge" and "Talk About English", come in bite-size formats and show students how to tackle tricky aspects of the English language.

Head of BBC World Service English Learning, Andrew Thompson, said:

"A really good way to improve your English is to listen on the go to short and sharp, user-friendly tips and suggestions – and that is just what we have prepared for learners, to BBC standards of quality."

The episodes are now available for downloading on demand via the link below.