Modern British Culture

This programme is aimed at secondary and higher education teachers who are interested in aspects of modern British life and want to integrate contemporary British culture into their classrooms.

Available in Oxford
Course code BRIT
Entry level Upper-Intermediate (B2)
Start dates Oxford
Course duration 2 weeks
Total input 42 hours

Sample Timetable

Please note that this is the outline of a typical course. Some units may alter in content.

Week 1

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09:00-10:15 Introduction and orientation Examining popular culture – music, film and TV Cultural visit An overview of the British education system Exploiting literature with students – a novel approach
10:35-11:50 British culture and etiquette - mind your manners! Great British humour The class system and social mobility: birth or talent? Colloquial language (slang and idioms)
12:10-13:00 Developing students' vocabulary (selecting, presenting and recording vocabulary) Pronunciation. English in Britain (regional accents and variations) Reflection Exploiting authentic reading and listening texts Tutorials / self-study
14:15-16:35 Social programme with tutor Social programme with tutor

Week 2

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09:00-10:15 Getting to know Great Britons: past and present British politics: Left, Right and Centre Cultural visit Immigration trends: is Britain full? Brexit means Brexit? – is this goodbye? Developing speaking skills
10:35-11:50 The role of the Royal Family in modern Britain The power of the British press: money and influence The welfare system – a helping hand Final presentations
12:10-13:00 Pronunciation. Focus on connected speech Developing writing skills Reflection Money: British spending habits Resources exchange. Evaluation of published materials. Closing ceremony
14:15-16:35 Social programme with tutor Social programme with tutor