First free online English course announced

30 April 2014

The British Council’s first free online course for learning English will be available on FutureLearn from Autumn 2014. The course will give learners from all over the world the opportunity to interact with each other while developing their English vocabulary, reading and writing skills.

With 80 years’ experience in teaching the English language around the world, the British Council has developed the course for non-native speakers with intermediate levels of English language proficiency. It will include learning about British culture and traditions to enable learners to gain a better understanding of life in the UK.

This will also mark the first online course that has been developed in FutureLearn by one of its cultural partners.

Commenting on the announcement of the new course, Anna Searle, the British Council’s Director of English, said “We are delighted to be working with FutureLearn to develop a new and innovative approach to English language learning, combining social learning tools with the British Council’s capability to design and deliver high quality English language courses. We have a strong reputation for providing outstanding opportunities to learn English, through face to face courses, working with ministries, and access to online language development. I am excited by the potential of this partnership which will enable us to reach new audiences globally and equip FutureLearn learners with the skills and confidence in writing and reading in English using the FutureLearn social learning platform”

The announcement was made at Going Global 2014, the British Council’s annual conference for leaders of international education, held this year in Miami on 29 April – 1 May. The course will be open from autumn 2014 on FutureLearn, the global social learning platform: www.futurelearn.com.