Let's Speak English

Let's Speak English was a Canadian language instruction television series which aired on CBC Television from 1961 to 1962.

Let's Speak English
Genrelanguage instruction
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes78
ProducersPeggy Nairn
Rena Elmer
Running time30 minutes
Original networkCBC Television
Original release7 October 1961 (1961-10-07) –
11 April 1962 (1962-04-11)


This series taught English as a foreign or second language. It was hosted by Betty Fullerton, John Wevers, and as of the seventh episode, Barry Callaghan. Fullerton was a Scarborough, Ontario secondary school teacher while the other hosts were based at the University of Toronto. Michael Kay and Donald Theall from the same university served as series consultants.


Let's Speak English was a co-production of the CBC, the Metropolitan Education Television Association, Canadian Scene (multicultural news agency), Ontario's provincial citizenship division, and the federal Department of Citizenship and Immigration. Peggy Nairn Liptrott produced the first four episodes, then Rena Elmer served as producer for the remainder of the series.[1]

English language concepts were communicated with sketches and mimicry, demonstrating language use in ordinary situations.


This half-hour series was broadcast on three days per week, on Saturdays and Sundays at 12:00 p.m. and on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. between 7 October 1961 to 11 April 1962. The Wednesday episodes provided a review of material from the weekend episodes.


  1. ^ Corcelli, John (May 2005). "Let's Speak English". Canadian Communications Foundation. Retrieved 7 May 2010.

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