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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

Reviews

4.7 rating, based on 824 Class Central reviews

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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...
  • Gerard Boyer
    I found this course very interesting and enriching. It allowed me to better understand what the British language represents and the link between language and culture which in my opinion is indissoluble. It has also allowed me to discover a beautiful region(Lake district) and makes me want to know more about the English countryside. The intervention of the educators brings an important support for the understanding but also allows to feel guided. I also really appreciated the discussion at the end of the course and the many recommended books, for someone like me who doesn't like to read, it is an incentive to read.

  • Anonymous
    I am really enjoying this course. English and England are not so new anymore as I have been living here for the past 15 years. But I am still learning and I can only imagine how amazing it would have been if I had had this opportunity. Also the chance to find out about what others are doing to learn a new language is really insightful. I loved the Lyric Straining app idea.... It is fun and you do learn something new! thank you so much for this course.
  • This course is quite good especially the listening materials. I would like to see more detailed explanation of grammar rules and more grammar tests. Thank you for giving me the opportunity of growth in English.

    With the best wishes,

    Miranda.
  • Anonymous
    This course was great, too short for me. I hope British Coucil will propose more courses maybe on literature, pronunciation.
    I really enjoy this course, it was interesting and I will see in more details all the references and links given to us. Thank you so much! Thank you to British Council! I loved it
  • Anonymous
    I like this course.
    Sometimes its boring. I dont like to communicate in post.
    I have one desire - lets implement personal vocabulary in the course. I think its helpful for each student. I write all new world in my notebook.
    Thank you
  • Anonymous
    The course was really informative. I got to learn so much new, revised my existing knowledge of the English language and literature. It was a great experience throughout.

    Thank you for all the help.
  • 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
    This is a really interesting course. I learnt a lot about Britain, music, places literature, writers and many more. I recommend this course to anyone who wants to improve their English.
  • Anonymous
    This is a beautiful course with a lot of energy! I really love it ! The educators are always smiling and they seem to be enjoyed with our replies!
  • Anonymous
    The course is very useful. It is structured as a real life situations. You can learn not only a new vocabulary, but also new facts.
  • 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 think our topic about language and culture is a very rich one. The videos recorded by the presenters and editors are really great as they direct the learners to the main point of each topic. I like much that concept of learning the language by discussing...
  • 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 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 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 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
    The course is good in two ways, as follows:
    1) Here you learn "unknowingly” as you watch a video or read an article on British cultural topics like music, countryside & literature, along with some British geography & history.
    2) I thought I wouldn't learn anything concrete & new in linguistic terms. Not true. Besides vocabulary, comprehension & some useful expressions, grammar is also taught, including the passive, relative pronouns/clauses, gradable/non-gradable adjectives, comparatives & superlatives, & the adverbs for them.
    If anything regretful, it is the fact that while comments from the students were plentiful, there was not much interaction among them.
  • Anonymous
    I had a lot of pleasure following this course even if it was not what I was expecting. I thought it was a course about British culture, every day life, habits and things like that but I enjoyed it all the same. What I enjoyed (I am proud of it!) is to have participated in the comments. Usually I'm not a speaker, I don't like to comment on everything but here I had a go and I was encouraged by the comments of the teachers and the likes of other participants. Being a teacher myself, it made me realize how useful it is for a learner to have a feedback by the teacher.
    I loved the part about the national parks and literature. Thank you for this course.

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