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British Council

Exploring English: Language and Culture

British Council via FutureLearn

Overview

On this online English course, you will learn about British life and culture, and improve your English language skills and knowledge.

Through short videos, you will learn about different popular culture topics as well as ways of life in the UK, including English as a global language, the countryside, music, 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. You will also examine some of the language used in the videos and analyse its use and learn how to use it again in practice.

This English language course draws on the British Council’s expertise in online learning. On this British Council courses page you can find out more about the other courses they offer for people who are learning and teaching English.

You can find out more about this course in Chris Cavey’s post for the FutureLearn blog: 3 tips for getting the most out of Exploring English.

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

Taught by

Chris Cavey

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    "Exploring English: Language and Culture" is a fantastic course in four weeks that will improve our productive (writing and speaking) and receptive (reading and listening) skills. Every week deals with a different subject: week 1 explores English language...
  • Anonymous
    It is a really useful, intersting and helpful course. I'm very happy that l finished this course " language and Culture". l have learned a lot of Things like british Culture, music and literature, and also some of the basic and important grammar. I think my language is improved a little bit by this course. And also I enjoed in it because of variation of steps some of it is video and the other is discussion and also there are quiz. I guss this course will add maybe 30% of student knowledge. So l recommend students to register in this course that well make them have knowledge about language and Culture.
  • Anonymous
    I truly love all courses offered by British Council via FuturLearn: I can tell that the contents are so rich and up-to-date. Educators put together information that is so accurate and clear. They also provide extra links and one can explore interesting materials that would have not been discovered otherwise. Thanks for the great opportunity to improve my English and to discover breathtaking content about British culture. Looking forward to continuing to learn with British Council. ♥
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I reallly enjoyed this course. As a Latin American English student I learned much of the English Culture along the coure. Since the British Countrysides, which I had a more surface view, the unique view and description of the landscapes are maginc and...
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    Elhabib Elkouri
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    I have learned many useful ideas on how language and culture are interconnected.And I found out that language as well as culture are skills that need to be gained.I also get to know how British people see music.And how music is used to reach out to disavantaged peolple and how it can impact other's lives
  • Anonymous
    I have enjoyed doing this course. I have really appreciated when working with grammar, the links provided have been very useful. The course is a glimpse of what I have understood to be British culture. I really recommend it. Thanks to the British Council and Educator Team for this opportunity.
  • Anonymous
    I think that this kind of courses helps people to express their thoughts and share experiences. You can learn from the distance and connect to the course at any time and do at your own rhythm and take you time reviewing the points that you need the most, great way to learn.
  • Anonymous
    I think the course is very well programmed (planned?). You can practice the language in all its forms and enjoy it at the same time. It isn't overwhelming, it's a relaxed way to learn. Thank you very much for that.
  • thanks alot to brilliant teachers who shears their knowledge about music and culture I think that it is really important to know the culture of the country which language you are teaching in order to be able to teach students in right way and make them understand what kind of people are using the language they are learning and ofcourse the music and song are really helpful in teaching and developing love of pupils toward the language itself.
  • Anonymous
    I am very happy to have joined in this course as the topics are of interest and are also enjoyable

    Whenever you are learning and having fun at the same time, you will progress at a faster rate.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Informative, up to date, interactive, far from boring! I'm really excited about the course, I can use some of the films and tasks with my students.
  • The entire course is designed as an A1+ to A2 level listening comprehension exercise.
    Week 1 = how it feels to speak English + the active vs the passive voice
    Week 2 = British music + relative pronouns and relative clauses
    Week 3 = the British countryside + gradable and non-gradable adjectives
    Week 4 = British literature + comparatives and superlatives
  • Anonymous
    Wonderful and simple explained grammar. Full of information about U.K. in short time. Very informative. excellent!
  • Anonymous
    I like this course. I am really feel that I am learning a lot . I have learned new words, idioms and I have the opportunity to listen native teachers . Nowadays english is spoken for lots of people all over the world and through this course on line...
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    Marlena Bier
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    Marlena Bier is taking this course right now and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    It's not only great opportunity to improve your language but also really great fun! I enjoy every minute of this course. I think that the best part of the course is the contact with different people from all over the world. Everyone are friendly and...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Oh I am halfway through the course and utterly enjoying it. I find it fascinating to learn about British culture as I am actively learning English. I think culture and language are extremely tied together and so if you are trying to speak another language...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    By taking this online course I have learned a bit more of how relevant english is as a global language.People use english language in science,education,business and technology all over the world.English music and literature have had an influence on many...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    It’s an engaging course taking as a starting point our feelings towards language and the importance of the indivisible union of language and culture, as culture is reflected through language by means of speech in verse or prose. We learned in the course...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    At first I would like to thank British Council for giving me a chance to join this online program. In week 2 lessons I have learned about British music. Music is at the heart of British culture. Their Soco music project is making a big difference of...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    In my opinion is an excellent course with many resources. It's easy to follow because the material is organized in units by topics. Also the platform is friendly and with a clear menu options. The educator's explanations are great and to have the pdf...

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