Exploring English: Language and Culture

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Course Date: 01 September 2014

Price: free

Course Summary

This course for learners of English looks at British culture and examines English in use to help you improve your language skills.


Estimated Workload: 2 hours pw

Course Description

About the course This course is for people who are learning English and who are interested in finding out more about British culture and improving their English language skills. 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. The course draws on the British Council’s expertise in online learning and will give you the opportunity to purchase a Statement of Participation. You can use the hashtag #FLlearnenglish to join and contribute to Twitter conversations about this course.

Course Workload

2 hours pw

Course Prerequisites

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

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