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British Council has developed Massive Open Online Courses that are available for free on FutureLearn, which is the UK’s social learning platform, wholly owned by the Open University, UK with the benefit of over 40 years of their experience in distance learning and online education. These courses draw on the British Council’s expertise in online learning.

You can buy a Statement of Participation for these online courses — a personalised, printed certificate to show that you’ve taken part. You must mark more than 50% of all course steps as complete and attempt all test questions to be eligible to buy a statement of participation.

Click here to register for the course to find more about our courses.

Becoming a Better Teacher: Exploring Professional Development

The Becoming a Better Teacher: Exploring Professional Development is a free online six week course starting on 24 April 2017. It which will help you to build your skills and learn more about different routes to professional development.

Join a community of others working in education, share your experiences and grow as a teacher. This is professional development designed to help you respond to your needs and is accessible to everyone whatever resources are available in their setting.

Who is the course for?

This course has been specifically designed for the needs of teachers in India, particularly those teaching in English or who teach English as a subject. However, it is also relevant for teachers from around the world, in similar contexts.

By the end of this MOOC, teachers – especially those working in or through English – will be better able to: 

  • think about their personal beliefs about teaching, learning and professional development
  • answer the question ‘what is successful professional development?’
  • use reflective skills to identify and develop aspects of their professional learning and practice 
  • apply a range of tools and strategies to reflect on and improve teaching and learning
  • create their own professional development plans
  • interact with and learn from other teachers through communities of practice. 

This online course is broken into simple steps and will help you develop your reflective skills and improve classroom practice. It includes short video interviews with experienced teachers and activities, discussions and quizzes.

You will be guided through the course by the British Council and UCL Institute of Education tutors, and you can share your experiences and opinions with other English language teachers from across India and around the world.

Use the hashtag #FLBetterTeachers to join and contribute to social media conversations about this course.

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Teaching for Success: Lessons and Teaching

Teaching for Success: Lessons and Teaching is part of the Teaching for Success: Practices for English Language Teaching program, which will enable you to develop professionally as an English language teacher.

This free online course is for English language teachers at primary, secondary or higher levels around the world. It will help you develop the skills and practices you need for your continuing professional development (CPD).

Each week, we will look at a different professional practice that helps make a successful teacher. Weekly topics will include lesson planning, classroom management, classroom resources and continuing professional development. Short video interviews with experienced teachers will be combined with classroom films from around the world to illustrate the main points of each week. You will be asked to share your own experiences and opinions as you become part of a global community of English language teachers discussing what leads to success.

The course draws on the British Council’s many years of expertise in teacher training and development around the world.

Use the hashtag #FLTeachEnglish to join and contribute to social media conversations about this course.

Understanding IELTS: techniques for English language tests

Anyone thinking about taking an English language test will find this course particularly useful, but all English language learners will benefit from the tips and advice given in the course.

Understanding IELTS: techniques for English language tests is a six week long free online course.

The course focuses on the IELTS test (International English Language Testing System). IELTS is the world’s most popular English language test for higher education and global migration. IELTS is accepted by over 9,000 organisations worldwide including universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies. Over 2.2 million IELTS tests were taken globally last year.

This course will take you through each stage of the IELTS test — reading, writing, speaking and listening. At each stage there will be advice from our video tutor and a team of experienced IELTS educators. You will also be asked to share your experiences, tips and opinions with other learners.

Why should you sign up for this course?

  • Take IELTS with confidence
  • Prepare for study in UK, USA and around the world
  • Improve your employability
  • Learn how an IELTS test is assessed
  • Learn more about techniques to teach to take English language tests
  • Learn more about techniques to take English language tests
  • Improve English language skills
  • Live interaction with British Council tutors

Course overview

By the end of the course, you will:

  • be familiar with all parts of the IELTS test
  • have some useful tips to help you achieve your IELTS goals
  • understand how the IELTS test is assessed
  • have an opportunity to have your written and spoken English assessed by other learners.

The British Council has over 80 years’ experience in English language teaching and assessment and delivers IELTS tests in more than 100 countries. The course draws on the British Council’s expertise in online learning and will give you the opportunity to purchase a Statement of Participation.

Use the hashtag #FLEnglishIELTS to join and contribute to social media conversations about this course.

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Understanding language: learning and teaching

What is language? How do we learn meaning in a new language? What is easy and hard about learning another language? And what is the best way to teach other languages?

This free online course suggests some answers to these questions. Understanding language: learning and teachingis aimed at graduates with an interest in the development of languages and language teaching.

It has been developed by the University of Southampton and the British Council, and draws on their exciting joint online course, MA in English Language Teaching.

It will give you a taste of postgraduate study in the field of English language teaching. However, no prior knowledge is required to take part in the course and we welcome anyone who is curious to know more about language learning and teaching.

During the course, you will hear different voices sharing their ideas and opinions – and we want to hear yours too. How do you use language in YOUR life? What is YOUR experience of language learning and teaching? Join us – to discuss effective language learning and teaching.

Scholarship opportunities

If you are a fully participating learner in this course, you will be eligible to apply for a scholarship to cover part of the MA fees. You will find out more when you join the course.

Use the hashtag #FLlanguage to join and contribute to social media conversations about this course.

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Exploring English: language and culture

The Exploring English: Language and Culture free online course 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.

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.

Use the hashtag #FLlearnenglish to join and contribute to social media conversations about this course.

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Exploring English: Shakespeare

This course improve your English language skills by looking at the life and works of William Shakespeare and his enduring popularity.

Exploring English: Shakespeare is a free online course which will look at the life and works of William Shakespeare and take you from his birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon to the Globe Theatre in London, from where he secured his central place in English literature.

This course looks at five of Shakespeare’s plays with the help of actors and experts from around the world. They will explain and explore the universal themes Shakespeare addressed in his work.

Short quizzes will check your understanding and you’ll be asked to share your ideas and opinions on the topics Shakespeare raises.

English for the Workplace

This course is for people who are learning English and who are interested in developing English language skills for employability and workplace contexts. It will help job seekers and young professionals with the English they need to find a job and successfully function in the workplace.

The course takes workplace English as its starting point and offers functional language phrases and real, authentic workplace scenarios.

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For more information:

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