British Council Free Online Course on English Language

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British Council is offering massive open online course on Exploring English: Language and Culture. This course is aimed at non-native English speakers who have studied English to around intermediate level (approximately B1 on the CEFR).

The overall objective of this course is to look at British culture and examines English in use to help you improve your language skills. The course will start from September 12, 2016.

Course Details In Brief

Level: Introductory
Length: 6 weeks
Effort: 2 hours pw
Subject: English
Institution: British Council and Future Learn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course Start on September 12, 2016

Providers’ Details

The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust worldwide.

FutureLearn offers diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

About This Course

The course will use short videos to present a different topic each week, including English as a global language, the environment, entrepreneurship and literature. Filmed in Great Britain, these videos will help you to develop your listening skills as you watch authentic examples of people speaking English. Our experienced tutor will examine some of the language used in the videos and will draw your attention to useful points that will help you improve your spoken and written English.

The course does not follow a language syllabus but takes authentic English in context as its starting point. Short quizzes and discussions will help you measure your understanding and practise your English throughout the course. At the end of each week you will be asked to describe your own feelings and experiences about that week’s topic in a short piece of writing.

Why Take This Course?

The course is delivered fully online. Each activity is a series of steps which you can study at your own speed. If you complete more than 50% of the steps in the course, you will be eligible to purchase a Statement of Participation. Discussions take the form of written comments on pages of the course, not face-to-face. Learners will be able to post comments and ask questions on most steps of the course.

The British Council tutors on the course will be British native speakers and some of the learners on the course may also be native speakers. But you should take the opportunity to talk to English speakers from all over the world.

Online tutors from the British Council will be monitoring and guiding the discussion, responding to learners and answering their questions. The British Council tutors on the course will be British native speakers and some of the learners on the course may also be native speakers. But you should take the opportunity to talk to English speakers from all over the world.

Learning Outcomes

This course will help the students to measure their understanding and practise English throughout the course.

Requirements

This course is aimed at non-native English speakers who have studied English to around intermediate level (approximately B1 on the CEFR).

Instructors

Simon Carrie (Educator)

Teacher and trainer for over 13 years and have worked in Europe, Africa and Asia.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link.
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, applicant will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, students will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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