Our Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) are free programmes which extend teachers' and students' learning.

Our Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) are free programmes which extend teachers' and students' learning through approaches beyond the linguistic. Our MOOCs are delivered on the FutureLearn platform. Find out more about the courses we are offering in 2019.


You can find more detailed course information below


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For students and teachers

NEW: Ideas for a Better World: Leading Change Through Policy Making MOOC (starts 10 June, 4 weeks)

Policy change can affect billions of people’s lives. What if you could create policies to change our societies, transform people’s lives and change the impact we have on the world. Leading change through policy making will help you see your ideas for a better world become a reality. 

From signing a petition at home to advising Presidents and global leaders at the United Nations, policy change can start anywhere and be led by anyone. 

Writing better emails

Email writing is one of the universally important skills in today’s workplace, but it is rarely taught in higher education institutions and many young people arrive in the workplace having never written a professional email. Equally, people with many years’ work experience have never been taught email writing skills.

Using content developed by the British Council’s Professional Development Centre in Singapore, Writing Better Emails helps people write clear, concise, courteous, correct, coherent and complete emails. The course is packed with advice on how to write emails for different contexts, adapt your style and tone to your audience and to make your messages achieve your aims.

The course is aimed at native and non-native English speakers with at least intermediate level (approximately B1 on the CEFR).

Writing Better Emails is the British Council’s first fully paid-for course with FutureLearn. The three-week course costs GBP 42.00 (EUR 49.00 EUR) to join and learners receive a certificate at the end.

Exploring English: Shakespeare

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. 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. Our video tutor will guide you through the course and look at some of the words and expressions that Shakespeare introduced to the English language.

How to Succeed in the Global Workplace

Landed your first job? Get prepared. Learn the skills and techniques you need to succeed in the global workplace. A new online course from the British Council and the University of Sheffield can help you communicate effectively across cultures, build new relationships and make the all-important good first impression. 


English for the Workplace (starts 17 June, 4 weeks)

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.

English in Early Childhood: Language Learning and Development MOOC (starts 10 June, 6 weeks)

The English in Early Childhood MOOC explores how young children learn English and investigates many other aspects of early childhood learning and development. This MOOC has been created for English teachers; early childhood practitioners; or anyone who is interested in the areas of child development and language acquisition. It will also be of interest to parents of young children, who wish to support their child learning an additional language. Length: 6 weeks

For students

Exploring English: Language and Culture

Learn English while you learn more about British culture. This course uses short videos, filmed in the United Kingdom, to introduce you to a new topic every week. Topics include English as a global language, the environment, entrepreneurship and literature. Short quizzes and discussions will help you measure your understanding and practise your English throughout the course. This MOOC also marks the centenary of Roald Dahl's birth with a focus on the author's work in the literature module.  

Exploring English: Shakespeare

Improve your English skills with Shakespeare’s life and works. Material includes testimony from actors and experts from around the world. Discover more about the universal themes addressed in Shakespeare's work as well as the many expressions he introduced to the English language and which we still use.

Understanding IELTS:Techniques for English language tests

Anyone thinking about taking an English language test will find this MOOC particularly useful, but all English language learners will benefit from the tips and advice given in the course. The course helps learners improve their English and prepare for tests, such as IELTS reading, writing, speaking and listening. IELTS is the world’s most popular English language test, with 2.2 million tests taken annually.

Exploring English: Magna Carta 

We mark the anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta through a new MOOC that will run for three weeks. This course gives learners the opportunity to improve their English language skills whilst exploring this symbolic treaty, its role in shaping history in England, and its influence around the world. At each step of the course, our video tutor and team of educators will guide you through the topic and introduce a language focus, by looking at some examples of English in use in videos and texts.

Study UK: Prepare to Study and Live in the UK  (starts 07 January 2019)

This course will give you all the help you need to study and thrive in the UK. You’ll become familiar with studying in English and how higher education courses are structured, gaining a clear understanding of what to expect. You’ll also develop self-study skills, whilst getting a taste of life in the UK.

For teachers

Teaching English: How to Plan a Great Lesson (March 2019)
The MOOC runs for four weeks, with registration open right till the end. It is for English language teachers in primary, secondary or higher education.

On the course, participants will look at four professional practices, share  teaching experiences, and apply what they have learnt to their Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Participants will learn to understand and build a rapport with their students. They will explore the key factors to remember when planning lessons and courses, including using resources like technology and flashcards. They will also learn how to manage the lesson and keep students engaged with their teaching methods.

Language Assessment in the Classroom (April 2018)

Language Assessment in the classroom is for secondary-school teachers and anyone with an interest in finding out more about assessment. In this course, participants will learn about the principles of language assessment. They will develop an understanding of the ideas behind the different types of tests and how they can be applied to assessment for the language classroom. With guidance from experienced test developers and international assessment experts, they will explore practical ways of assessing language knowledge and different language skills, so that they will be able to identify appropriate assessment tools for their educational context.

For Education Agents and Counsellors

Study UK: a Guide for Education Agents and Counsellors 

Develop your knowledge of studying in the 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. It will develop your knowledge of: the UK education and training system; the attractions for students in the UK; quality assurance systems and how they operate; student lifestyle issues; welfare and support for international students; and application processes and entry requirements.