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. 

English for the Workplace

This free online 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.

By the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • Evaluate their skill set and the kind of employment they would like.
  • Improve English language performance in key areas of applications and interviews.
  • Reflect on the factors involved in successful applications and interviews.
  • Identify the elements of working together successfully.

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How to Succeed in the Global Workplace

Get off to a great start in your new job by learning the essential skills to succeed in a global workplace.

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Develop an understanding of the communication skills need to effectively present yourself in a professional context.
  • Develop an awareness of the underlying principles of communicating effectively across different cultural environments.
  • Explore the skills needed to build and maintain relationships in a professional context.
  • Develop the ability to manage yourself in the modern workplace.

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Understanding IELTS: Techniques for English Language Tests

Improve your English and prepare for tests, such as IELTS reading, writing, speaking and listening, with this free online course.

By the end of the Understanding IELTS 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.

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Writing Better Emails

Do you write and reply to emails? Want to do it more effectively and efficiently? This course is for you!

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Apply planning and organising techniques for your writing to fit its purpose.
  • Assess and adapt emails to different audiences and situations.
  • Develop and edit your email to make it clear, concise and easy to understand.

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Teaching for Success

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).

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

The Teaching for Success: Practices for English Language Teaching program looks at the 12 professional practices from the CPD framework in three separate MOOCs:

1. Teaching for Success: Lessons and Teaching: This course looks at four professional practices:

  • Planning lessons and courses
  • Managing resources
  • Managing the lesson
  • Taking responsibility for professional development.

2. Teaching for Success: Learning and Learners: This course looks at four professional practices:

  • Understanding learners
  • Knowing the subject
  • Using inclusive practices
  • Assessing learning

3. Teaching for Success: the Classroom and the World: This course looks at four professional practices:

  • Integrating ICT
  • Promoting 21st-century skills
  • Using multilingual approaches
  • Understanding educational policies and practice.

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Language Assessment in the Classroom

Improve your knowledge of and skills in language assessment. By the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • Identify the basic principles involved in reliable and valid test design.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of different types of tests and how they can be used.
  • Evaluate assessment needs of students within a given context.
  • Explain some practical techniques for assessing different language skills and knowledge.

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English in Early Childhood: Language Learning and Development

Discover how very young children learn English as an additional language and how you can help them progress.

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Investigate how children learn and how they acquire language.
  • Discuss the importance of play and look at language development opportunities.
  • Reflect on ways to communicate effectively with young children.
  • Demonstrate the connection between learning and a child’s well-being.
  • Explore meaningful learning and developing language in context.
  • Identify ways to support and challenge children, and measure their progress.

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Exploring English: Language and Culture

This course for learners of English looks at British culture and examines English in use to help you improve your 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.

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Exploring English: Shakespeare

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

This course 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. We will look 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.

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