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Bringing British Culture to Life

Explores contemporary British life and culture, providing an opportunity to develop an awareness of the differences between participants’ own cultures, whilst increasing English language skills.

Course type
Teacher development
Age of student
Language level
Upper Intermediate (B2) - Proficient (C2)
Course dates
30 June - 13 July / 14 - 27 July 2019
Course Length
2 weeks
£1,790 / EUR 2,260
Bell Teacher Campus

Who is this course for?

  • Teachers who want to develop a deeper awareness of contemporary British culture
  • Teachers who want to help their students have a better understanding of cultural differences and teach English through cultural topics
  • Teachers who want to expand their range of expression and update their use of contemporary English

Course outcomes

You will have:

  • A broader understanding of different aspects of contemporary British culture.
  • A deeper understanding of British culture, moving beyond stereotypes and traditions.
  • A greater intercultural awareness, including social, linguistic and cultural diversity.
  • Practical ideas for helping students compare their own culture with new cultures.
  • Improved language competencies and greater confidence in your own English.
  • A greater appreciation of the link between culture and language and the ability to share this

Course description


43 hours per two week course

All Bell Teacher Campus courses are delivered by highly experienced teacher trainers. The team includes a whole host of leading ELT experts and published educational authors.

This course teaches you about contemporary British life and culture, exploring topics such as the arts, media, politics, and history. It also gives you practical ideas for introducing culture into your classroom and promoting intercultural awareness among your students. You will improve your awareness of the differences between your own culture and those of your peers. This course develops English language competencies by exploring subjects like language change, new English words, humour and contemporary British slang.

Topics covered on Bringing British Culture to Life include:

  • British Education, media and institutions
  • Family life, youth culture and multicultural Britain
  • Eccentric Britain and humour
  • The city of Cambridge, the historic university and its life
  • The arts, including a visit to some Cambridge museums
  • Pubs – a look at everyday life
  • From Reggae to Radiohead – the contemporary music scene
  • The changing language and teaching culture
  • Cross cultural awareness in the classroom
  • Exploiting materials to teach culture

Topics can be adapted depending on participants’ professional needs, priorities, and teaching context.

Participants will have the opportunity to build up a portfolio of authentic materials to support the cultural component of their teaching.


In addition to the core development course, teachers choose two additional workshops a week, such as ‘Using film in the classroom’, ‘Motivating students’ and ‘Different ways to use songs in the classroom’.

Guest lectures and plenary sessions

Weekly guest lectures and plenary sessions by well-known ELT experts. 

Experience British life

Bell Teacher Campus is set in a University of Cambridge college in the traditional and beautiful city of Cambridge. You can explore the city with other teachers, visit the many museums and go to one of the many outdoor cultural events over the summer such as ‘Shakespeare in the park’. There are a host of activities held on campus too and trips to nearby cities including London.

Bell Teacher Campus partners with Cambridge University Press and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

Take the Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT)

Choose to take the TKT at Bell Teacher Campus and gain an internationally recognised qualification, awarded by Cambridge English, part of the University of Cambridge. Free exam preparation for the TKT is provided. There is only a small admin fee of £38 to take the exam, which includes postage of the certificate. 

Course includes:

  • 43 hours of tuition (21.5 hours per week)
  • Weekly plenary session by well-known ELT speakers
  • Weekly workshops on hot topics
  • Weekly cultural talk
  • Private en-suite accommodation at Homerton College
  • Daily breakfast and weekday evening meals
  • Programme of social and cultural events including a day excursion to London
  • End of course certificate
  • Free wifi onsite
  • 20% discount for all books from the Cambridge University Press bookshop
  • Travel insurance
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