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British Council

Exploring English: Food and Culture

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Explore British food and culture to develop your English language skills

This four-week course from the British Council will help you practise your English language skills while you learn more about modern culture in the UK.

Explore traditional British food

When you think about British food you might think about roast beef or fish and chips, but this course will show you how food from all over the world has also become part of British culture. You’ll even learn how to cook chicken tikka masala, sometimes described as ‘Britain’s national dish’.

You’ll also see the international influence on modern British eating habits by looking at the exciting restaurant culture in the UK and finding out what kind of takeaway food people prefer to order.

Improve your listening skills by listening to authentic British voices

At every point in the course you’ll hear English from British people describing what they eat, who cooks their meals, and where they go to shop for food.

They will also welcome you into their kitchens to show you around and cook with you. The course videos will help you to develop your listening skills as you watch authentic examples of people speaking English.

As well as traditional British eating habits, you’ll hear about how things are changing.

You’ll learn about the rise in vegetarianism and veganism and discover that many people are growing their own food in gardens and allotments.

Improve your English and cooking skills

This course gives you a great opportunity to practise your English and improve your ability to talk about food and cooking as well as how to cook some tasty British dishes!

This English language course is aimed at intermediate students, at B1 on the CEFR or equivalent.

It would particularly suit learners who want to know more about the UK and British culture.

Taught by

Chris Cavey

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4.9 rating, based on 48 reviews

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  • Anonymous
    In this 4 weeks course, I learnt the history behind the British food, how a typical British kitchen looks like, the iconic British food, fish and chips's history, the preparation of Christmas dinner, some informations of local foods in different parts...
  • Anonymous
    It's an interesting way to learn about English cuisine, culture and language. Videos and sharing recipes makes the course easy to follow.

    The course followers/ students are invited to share traditional and popular recipes from their home country which makes the course even more interesting.

    The diversity and the origin of the recipes are also well explained. Interesting to learn about the oregin of Chicken Tikka Masala. Originally from India but the recipe adjustment with spicy creamy sauce the dish become an Indian English dish.

    It's a course I will recommend to others who are interesting in English cuisine ,culture and language.
  • Anonymous
    This course is a detailed and planned visit to British cuisine. However, you must understand that the origin of it has roots in different countries, so do not be surprised if you find dishes from other countries. You will find people from all over the world, and your cooking book will be filled with so many new exciting, tasty, delicious recipes. The educators are willing to provide you with tons of information humbly and nicely. Besides, you will get to prepare mouth-watering recipes and share your results on Padlet. You can do the course at your own pace and enjoy every single step of it. Isn´t it inviting?
  • Iryna Shcherban
    I have always been interested in British culture, traditions and food. I‘ve never been in the UK yet, and hope that some day will habe a chance to explore it. But I am happy, that I took this course to the end, as it is very informative, interesting and positive! I‘ve learnt a lot, found answers to many of my questions regarding the UK‘s popular dishes. Special thanks for the videos, workshops, resumes! The educators did the great job! I wish I could go through the course or similar one once more. I further recommend it to all interested learners!
  • Anonymous
    Here is my first time joining an online course, and I'm glad that it's successful for me. Food and culture are 2 things I love to explore more, joining this course not just help me get more information, knowlegde, improve my English but also it's an opportunity to connect with people from all over the world.

    Thanks to the educator for those lovely instruction videos and each lesson of the course. One of my favourite times of the day is learning English in this course.

    I just want to say thank you all. I'm glad to be a part of this course.
  • Anonymous
    This course is very interesting. I learnt a lot of things about English Culture and food. I have found new recipes to try and I am wery surprised about English recipes as shepherd's pie. I learnt a lot about healthy advice for eating, too.

    Meanwhile I study English language and improve my reading skill and my listening skill. Thank you very much.
  • Anonymous
    The course is very well structured because the sequence of activities helps the person to stay interested. It is very useful for practicing the four skills along with vocabulary, expressions, and everyday situations. Also the people who appear in the videos, being of different ages, give the idea that the subject is interesting for all ages.
  • Profile image for STANLEY SAMSON
    I really feel that this course helps anyone who loves food, cuisines and culture. I sometimes felt I were living in the UK while doing the course. Conversational chat made me feel proud to share my countries greatness with regard to food and tradition. But food lovers, should see that they don't get addicted to the sites of cooking recipes.
  • Anonymous
    What a wonderful course I am doing for pure pleasure a distraction from tv. It is the intention to help people with English with the addition of history and culture. Students or people from abroad would really enjoy this course. They do looking at feedback keep up the good work!
  • Anonymous
    The course is a wonderful combination of English language learning, British culture and cooking. It provides necessary information to learn how to cook, to learn the language of cooking and at the same time to get info about the British cuisine.
  • Anonymous
    Exploring English: Food and Culture is a great course for food and culture lovers - you are going to learn English without noticing that you are actually learning because the emphasis of the course is on the wide spectrum of food.
  • Anonymous
    It was a really lovely course! I’ve learnt a lot of things I’ve never heard about (I’ve never heard “dinner” being “tea” for example!). It was so interesting to read other people’s comments and recipes. I’d like to try everything! Thank you British council!
  • Anonymous
    A thoroughly engaging course! I loved the videos very much as well as the advice shared on the course. I learned a lot about the appropriate language to talk about food and I am now also aware of many cultural issues related to food. The teachers are simply fantastic!
  • Anonymous
    This course is amazing! I’m loving it!

    I'm recommending it to everyone, becouse it is a course with extremely rich information and delicious recipes! Very good indeed!

    Please do this course without hesitation!!!
  • Anonymous
    Super interesting content and enthusiastic and knowledgeable presenters. I lived in the UK for several years, but I still have learnt a lot from this course. So a big Thank you to you all!
  • Anonymous
    I am enjoying the course very much. Very interesting with creative and interactive activities! The plataform is very good and the teachers very attentive to the students comments.
  • Anonymous
    Absolutely fantastic! I have learned a lot not only about british food and culture, but also about many countries recipes and traditions. The padlets should be available forever!
  • Sandra Martínez
    As always British Council offers an excellent course with the usual high quality, a great opportunity to improve your english and know more about the British culture. Thanks!
  • Anonymous
    I´ve been taking a lot of courses on this platform lately and this one is the best of all! Kudos to the teachers and everybody involved in its production.
  • Anonymous
    Such a great course about food and culture in U.K. Very interesting and entertaining, I enjoyed a lot with the content. I recommend to everyone.

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