British Council Free Online Course On English Language

British Council and FutureLearn have teamed up to create an interactive online course, ‘Exploring English: Magna Carta’ like no other. This 16-week English language course is aimed at non-native English speakers at around intermediate level (approximately B1 on the CEFR) or above.

Over three weeks, the course will help you to improve your English language skills while exploring the Magna Carta, the 800-year-old ‘great charter’. The course starts on April 4, 2016.

Course At A Glance

Length: 3 weeks
Effort:  2 hours/week
Subject: Exploring English: Magna Carta
Institution: British Council and FutureLearn
Languages: English
Price:  Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Starts on April 4, 2016

Providers’ Details

British Council and FutureLearn are providing this online course on English language. The British Council’s high profile work in English, the Arts and Education & Society helps hundreds of millions of people worldwide to learn about and experience creativity and excellence from the UK. Millions of talented people of all ages – but particularly younger people – engage face-to-face and online learning English, developing new skills, experiencing life and study in the UK and earning UK qualifications.

FutureLearn offers a 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

This free online course will start by looking at the events that led to the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215, before examining the role the Magna Carta has played in shaping history – from American independence to liberation movements around the world.

Finally, British Council will look at the relevance of the Magna Carta to the 21st century.

At each step of the course, our video tutor and team of educators will guide you through the topic and introduce a language focus, by looking at some examples of English in use in videos and texts.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course it can be accessed free of charge.

Short quizzes will help you check your understanding and you’ll be asked to join discussions with other learners around the world. The course give you the opportunity to purchase a Statement of Participation. A Statement of Participation is a printed certificate available to purchase that shows you have taken part in a course on FutureLearn.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course you will learn the relevance of the Magna Carta to the 21st century and have English language focus, by looking at some examples of English in use in videos and texts.


– Non-native English speakers at around intermediate level (approximately B1 on the CEFR) or above.


-Genevieve White
English Teacher
Shetland, UK

How To Join This Course

  1. Go to the course website link.
  2. Sign Up At FutureLearn
  3. Select a course and Join
  4. Once a course has started, you will be able to access the course material
  5. After the start date, you will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on your My Courses page.
  6. Applicants can buy, to show that you’ve completed a FutureLearn course.
  7. 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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