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Al Jazeera is a Qatari government broadcasting service.

That said, I’ve always been pretty impressed by the quality of its English service.

They’ve just begun a new video series called “Start Here,” which are brief “explainer” videos which I think are pretty accessible to students. You can see the YouTube video playlist here.

Anytime I use Al Jazeera videos in the class (which is really not that often), I always preface the activity by telling students that it is funded by a foreign government. Whenever I show Voice of America videos, I also tell them that it’s U.S. government-funded.  I’m not impressed by the RT video series, which is funded by the Russian government, and have only used any of their videos once – and I obviously pointed out their funding source then, too.

Here’s an intro to the series, followed by their most recent one on climate change.

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