British Council




The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust worldwide.

The British Council is on the ground in six continents and over 100 countries bringing international opportunity to life, every day. Each year their teams work with millions of people, connecting them with the United Kingdom, sharing cultures and the UK’s most attractive assets: English, the Arts, Education and its ways of living and organising society. The British Council has over 75 years’ experience of doing this.

In line with its Royal Charter, the British Council aims to bring high quality English materials to every learner or teacher who wants them around the world. It works with governments to transform whole education systems to increase opportunity and employability through English. It also delivers English teaching and trains teachers by radio, web and broadcast in developing and post conflict countries.

In the Arts the British Council works with the best of British and international artistic and creative talent to develop events and collaborations which link thousands of artists, organisations and audiences worldwide. In addition to staging shows and exhibitions, it partners with others on joint Arts projects and helps develop creative leadership, professional networks and cultural educational programmes worldwide.

All over the world, people want greater educational opportunities to enhance their lives and employment prospects. The British Council’s focus in education is on bringing an international dimension to education in schools, technical colleges and universities, on raising educational standards by sharing the UK’s expertise, and on encouraging the best international students to study in the UK.

The British Council’s high profile work in English, the Arts and Education & Society helps hundreds of millions of people worldwide to learn about and experience creativity and excellence from the UK. Millions of talented people of all ages – but particularly younger people – engage face-to-face and online learning English, developing new skills, experiencing life and study in the UK and earning UK qualifications.

Finally, thousands of policymakers, academics, researchers, artists, sportspeople, scientists, curators, creative entrepreneurs, head- and classroom teachers work through the British Council with their counterparts in the UK to develop policy, professional standards and participation in English, the Arts, Education and civil society. In the process, they create new opportunities and possibilities for the UK and their own countries.

By teaching English, changing the way we see each other through the Arts, offering international education opportunities and sharing the UK’s ways of living and organising our society the British Council creates opportunity, trust, prosperity and security for the people of the UK and the many other countries it works in around the world.

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Aug 28th 2017

Grow your skills as a teacher and learn more about professional development for teachers with this online course. Keeping up professional development as a teacher can be hard to fit into a busy timetable. It doesn’t need to be. This online course, broken into simple steps, will help you develop your reflective skills and improve your practice in the classroom.

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Jul 10th 2017

This course for learners of English helps you with the language you need to find a job and successfully function in 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.

Average: 8.3 (3 votes)
Jul 10th 2017

Develop your knowledge of UK education, the UK as a study destination and the benefits of Study UK. This online course from the British Council will provide international education agents, school counsellors and consultants with advice on all aspects of UK education. Further information is included around becoming a professional education agent for the UK if relevant for you.

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Jul 3rd 2017

Discover how very young children learn English as an additional language and how you can help them progress. How do very young children best learn English as an additional language while they’re still learning their mother tongue? How and why do children learn best through play? What can parents and practitioners do to enable children to get the most out of a learning experience?

Average: 6 (2 votes)
May 29th 2017

Explore 21st-century skills, ICT and multilingual approaches with this English language teaching professional development course. This free online course is for English language teachers around the world. It will help you develop the skills and practices you need for your continuing professional development (CPD).

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May 29th 2017

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

Average: 7.3 (21 votes)

May 8th 2017

Get off to a great start in your new job by learning the essential skills to succeed in a global workplace. The British Council and The University of Sheffield have teamed up to help you succeed when you enter the workplace for the first time. Beginning your career or starting a new job brings to mind lots of questions, so we’ve designed a course to guide you through those initial weeks and months so you can make a really positive start to your career.

Average: 9 (1 vote)
Apr 17th 2017

Understand learners, policy and practice with this continuing professional development course for English language teachers.

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Apr 3rd 2017

This course for learners of English looks at British culture and examines English in use to help you improve your language skills. This course is for people who are learning English and who are interested in finding out more about British culture and improving their English language skills.

Average: 7.3 (4 votes)
Mar 6th 2017

Look at lessons, courses and resources with this continuing professional development course for English language teachers.

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Feb 27th 2017

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

Average: 5 (6 votes)

Jul 18th 2016

Improve your English language skills while exploring the Magna Carta - the 800-year-old "great charter" that shaped the world. How did a peace treaty signed by an English king in 1215 become such an important symbol of liberty and human rights around the world? This free online course will start by looking at the events that led to the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215, before examining the role the Magna Carta has played in shaping history – from American independence to liberation movements around the world.

Average: 5 (6 votes)