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Contemporary English

Explore current trends in English language and British culture while practising language use, such as idiomatic and colloquial English.
Two teachers exchanging teaching practice


Explore new trends in the English language and culture.

We will support you to learn up-to-date idiomatic and colloquial English, explore how the current cultural climate is affecting English and be more aware of changes in English pronunciation and grammar. The course will also explore a variety of effective teaching strategies, activities and techniques that you can use to bring British culture to life in your own classroom.

Minimum age
Minimum language level
Advanced C1
Course start date
3 July - 14 July 2023

17 July - 28 July 2023

31 July - 11 August 2023
Course length
2 weeks
Bell Teacher Academy
2-week course £1,830
Sergio Spain
I've really enjoyed the atmosphere here, you get the chance to mingle with lots of teachers from around the world. It's very rewarding and interesting to exchange different points of view
Karine Guadeloupe
The courses at Bell and the opportunities to meet so many other teachers is really rejuvenating for the mind. There's so much choice too. Cultural talks. Social outings. Workshops. It's brilliant!

Course overview

On this course, you will:

  • Discover recent changes and developments in English grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation
  • Enhance your English language competencies, including a greater knowledge of idiomatic and colloquial language
  • Learn a range of techniques and strategies for presenting and practising new language
  • Develop a analytical understanding of different aspects of contemporary British culture
  • Strengthen your language competencies and confidence in your own English
  • Recognise the link between culture and language and the importance of sharing this with your students
  • Develop and disseminate innovative teacher practice internationally


Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for experienced teachers who want to fine-tune and update their language and their classroom practice, and develop their understanding of new trends and changes in modern English usage. Teachers must have a minimum language level of Advanced C1.

Topics covered:

Each course we run is tailored by our expert tutors to the professional needs and priorities of the participants so content may be adapted to best suit the needs of your group.

Cultural climate and influence on English
Language, gender and political correctness
Lexical change and development
Grammar change and teaching implications
Slang, contemporary phrasal verbs and idioms
Using authentic materials to teach
British education, media and institutions
Family life, youth culture and multi-cultural Britain
Eccentric Britain and humour
Changing language and teaching culture
Cross-cultural awareness in the classroom

Sample timetable


Course dates

Teachers walking through courtyard at Bell Cambridge

Bell Teacher Academy

03 July 2023 - 14 July 2023

1 Red Cross Lane,
Cambridge, CB2 0QU

Teachers walking through courtyard at Bell Cambridge

Bell Teacher Academy

17 July 2023 - 28 July 2023

1 Red Cross Lane,
Cambridge, CB2 0QU

Teachers walking through courtyard at Bell Cambridge

Bell Teacher Academy

31 July 2023 - 11 August 2023

1 Red Cross Lane,
Cambridge, CB2 0QU

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  • Improve idiomatic and colloquial language
  • Discover new teaching techniques and strategies
  • Understand contemporary British life and culture