Explore British Culture & Society

Overview

In an increasingly international and multicultural Europe, it is essential that people of all ages are made aware of other cultures and ways of life. Our British Culture and Society course focuses on various aspects of British culture that might have not been encountered by teachers in their careers, and how they can be explored in language classrooms in all sectors of education. 


WHO IS IT FOR?

Language teachers interested in incorporating other cultures into their lessons.


CONTENT

In an increasingly international and multicultural Europe, it is essential that people of all ages are made aware of other cultures and ways of life. Our British Culture and Society course focuses on various aspects of British culture that might have not been encountered by teachers in their career, and how they can be explored in language classrooms in all sectors of education. We emphasise the ways that British culture can be used to interest and motivate students in the classroom, as well as suggesting online resources and tools. Additionally, teachers receive an invitation to our forum, letting them keep in touch, cooperate and exchange resources.

By the end of the course, you will have:

  • compared methods
  • acquired new ideas and techniques
  • pushed your language limits
  • learnt some elements of British culture
  • made contacts
  • become part of a network

Along with the input sessions, which are delivered by TEFLQ-qualified tutors, our course provides teachers with language development sessions as an opportunity to improve their English while being exposed to new ideas and techniques. We also provide at least one 20-minute tutorial to give teachers the chance to explore specific issues one-to-one with their tutors. Topics can range from: aspects related to their professional career, personal interests, language skills, methodology or further aspects of British life. Additional tutorials are available on request.

To ensure the course runs smoothly and that all participants can take part in the activities, a minimum B1 English level is highly recommended. The minimum age for participants on our courses is 23.


COURSE PLAN

  • Introductions - Get to know your fellow teachers, the school, course and area
  • British Education - An overview of the British education system and recent developments
  • Unusual London - Peculiarities and aspects of London that can be used to motivate learners
  • Food - British food and eating habits, and how they have changed over time
  • Rock and Pop Music - British songs that have mirrored and shaped society, and practical ideas to use in class
  • English in Britain - An overview of borrowed words, regional accents and class rules
  • Humour and Comedy - The British sense of humour and how it influences culture and society
  • TV and Celebrity - Various genres of British TV programmes and the most popular ones in the last 30 years
  • British Literature - An overview of the some British bestsellers and how they can be used with students

CLASS SIZE AND TIMES

Class size may vary to a maximum of 15 participants per classroom. Input sessions are usually in the mornings, starting at 9 am. Language development lessons take place in the afternoons. For more information, please check the timetable here.


COURSE DATES

  • Monday, 14th May - Friday, 18th May 2018
  • Monday, 12th November - Friday, 16th November 2018
  • Monday, 4th February - 8th February 2019
  • Monday, 7th October - Friday, 10th October 2019

Fees

Your school can apply to cover your course fees as part of an Erasmus+ programme. Click here to download ADC's pricelist >