CBS News (USA),”The “Downton Abbey” Effect?”


The Video

The demand for British butlers speaking the Queen’s English and looking austere is in high demand, CBS looks at why in this news story.

Level and Language Focus

With fairly basic language and delivery, this video is suitable for intermediate and upper-intermediate level students.

Use the video and the worksheet below to teach the passive voice including sections on passive reporting verbs (it is said that…), and the causative (I had my shoes polished…).


thumb Get the worksheet here: Downton Abbey Effect


Watch the video on YouTube.

A transcript of the video can be found here.

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