The British Council has developed online courses to improve your communication skills that be accessed for free on FutureLearn

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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