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British Council

Language and Culture

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On this 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 British Council course is aimed at non-native English speakers who want to improve their English while exploring British culture. It would best suit those with intermediate English language skills; B1 on the CEFR or equivalent.

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...
  • 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.
  • 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

    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...
  • Anonymous

    I hate goodbye moments ;though this time I feel happy and sad at the same time. This opportunity not only teaches me to be a better learner and teacher, but also revives the positive spirit in me to carry on with my mission in life. I wish the course did not finish yet. Can't wait to join another. Thank you all.
  • 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
    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...
  • Anonymous
    I want to thank all teachers for this course. This is titanic work which needs a large number of inspiration, desire, education, creativity,varied knowledge.

    I'm glad that I joined it,because it was absolutely novel experience. I believe that every experience in our life is useful. I think it wasn't my last course and I will try more and more.

    What I really liked in our course was diverse themes. It wasn't only grammar rules or long articles about culture. It looks like interactive game.

    I seriously reccomend this and other courses, because they helps us to maintain contact with people from different countries, of course improve our language and knowledge,push our boundaries.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    What for a good course! Indeed, these 4 weeks, our educators have sown seeds of interest to further deepen the knowledge of the UK language and culture. English and American songs are present anywhere: at my fitness club and at the radio. I was surprised:...
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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...
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    José Ángel

    José Ángel is taking this course right now, spending 4 hours a week on it.

    I would like to thank every educator for their dedication to this course and learners. As a worker and a father of family I sometimes have not to much time a day, so I was following the course a Friday evening and I had an answer less than five minutes...
  • Anonymous
    I enjoy this course a lot. I get the knowledge of British culture and also get the new words and phrases by this course. I also enjoy sharing my ideas to the other learners and reading their comments. Actually,this is my first experience of joining the online course but I could do that without any difficulty. I also get a lot of fun. Among the four parts of the course, I enjoy learning British literature the most. I've never read British literature before but after I've read the story by this course,I get the great interest in reading English books.
  • 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 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.

    I'm a really busy person, but since this course is organized basing on "little steps" I always manage to find a short time to have an insight. I really enjoy watching and listening to the videos and finding out about contemporary issues concerning English language and culture. I also profit from the clear grammar explanations and the online exercises. I recommend it to anyone who wants to revise/deepen his/her English knowledge. Enjoy!
  • 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...
  • Anonymous
    I found the course Exploring English: Language and Culture absolutely interesting and beneficial. It covered many aspects of the language like the spread of English and how it became a global language, its different accents around the world but it also dealt with literature: Shakespeare and Roald Dahl two famous names that led the language to be what it is nowadays since about six hundred years back. Music and British countryside are also part of the course. We can not study British culture without referring to the beauty of the British landscapes that inspired numerous writers, novelists and poets and also its music that is worldwide appreciated.
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    Bachir SAHED
    Well, I really enjoyed the course. We could share and exchange ideas through discussing various topics related to culture and literature. I have learnt new things about British countryside and enjoyed the section on Lake District. The part of the course on literature was also fun. I am going to share the ideas with my learners. The course is characterised by a variety of materials that target the development of both communicative and linguistic skills. The interaction created is also very much inspiring. I could learn from the other participants’ discussions. I look forward to more upcoming courses offered by the British Council.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Well, I'm just taking the course right now, and I can't stop congratulating me for having started it jeje. I'm in love with the way it is given, all the topics are really interesting, the tutors are so clear, the opinions and comments of the participants...
  • Azka Khan
    HEY iam AZKA from Pakistan i have joined this course to improve my self and to talk in english with others fluently and i think iam successful in learning english i think if anybody wants to improve them selfes should join this course by joining this course we can clear our confusions and also the teachers help us in clearing our questions great teachers and great course

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