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British Council Learn English

I have worked for the British Council in Tunisia (2 years), Myanmar (3 years), Colombia (3 years), Czech republic (4+ years), British Council Online (1+ year). If you work for a charity organisation (yes the BC is a registered charity, a non-profit organisation) for that long they must offer something amazing. This was long overdue, so a look at their student/teacher resources: Learn English

What is it

They have 4 major websites with student resources:

The first 3 websites offer a wide variety of resources for students/teachers

Fist of all they offer courses: They are a school in the end, but they also offer free resources:

  1. Skills: focuses on the 4 different skills: Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening
  2. Grammar: Grammar explanations and exercises for different levels A1- C1
  3. Vocabulary: Vocabulary exercise for different levels A1-C1
  4. Business English: resources for business students
  5. General English: more resources for General English

Again they offer courses, but also resources:

  1. Skills: focuses on the 4 different skills: Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening
  2. Grammar: Grammar explanations and exercises for different levels A1- C1
  3. Vocabulary: Vocabulary exercise for different levels A1-C1
  4. Exams: resources for different exams
  5. Study Break: resources to have a small break but still use English
  6. Blog: Blog posts on different topic
  1. Listen and watch: different listening and video resources
  2. Read and write: different reading and writing resources
  3. Speak and spell: different resources for speaking and spelling
  4. Grammar and Vocabulary: different resources for both grammar and vocabulary
  5. Fun and games: resources to enjoy and have fun
  6. Print and make: worksheets and crafts resources 
  7. Parents: help for the parents
  1. Take IELTS: resources for students
  2. Organisations: resources for organisations who use IELTS
  3. Teach IELTS: resources for Teachers
  4. Partner organisations: More information on their Partners

Who is it for?

How long does it take?

It really depends on the resources you select. Some take 5 minutes, some are useful to teach a whole 1 hour class.

Most of the self-study resources don’t take up too much time.

Why use it?

They are a highly reputable organisation and they have some amazing teachers and they know what they are doing

The self-study materials just give you some extra things you as a student can do at home to improve your English. All the resources are professionally made and easy to use.

How use it?

For students it is a real treasure trove of extremely useful resources to advance your English. Just have a look at what you need and use it.

Teachers can use it to help teach classes and supplement their classes.

Watch out for!

  • They have really extensive resources, but of course can’t cover everything. Sometimes you need the help of a teacher to point you in the right direction.
  • You will also still need a teacher to help you with speaking and structuring everything for you
  • The IELTS website just offers the basics of resources
  • There aren’t any resources for Cambridge exams First, Advanced and Proficiency

How have I used it?

    • I have pointed students in the right direction and told them which resources would help them best based on the problems they have.
    • I have used some of the resources in my classes when teaching

So, go have a look at the British council resources, don’t get lost, but do tell us which ones you liked the most in the comments below.

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Kristof Abrath
Teacher, Trainer, Course Designer
Teaching in English on 4 different continents since 2006.

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