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The British Council and FutureLearn are teaming up to offer a free online course on Magna Carta aimed at non-native English speakers. The course, Exploring English: Magna Carta, begins next week.
The three-week course starts on November 30, 2015, and is expected that students will spend two-hours per week. Here it the official course description:
How did a peace treaty signed by an English king in 1215 become such an important symbol of liberty and human rights around the world?
This free online course will start by looking at the events that led to the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215, before examining the role the Magna Carta has played in shaping history – from American independence to liberation movements around the world.
Finally, we will look at the relevance of the Magna Carta to the 21st century.
At each step of the course, our video tutor and team of educators will guide you through the topic and introduce a language focus, by looking at some examples of English in use in videos and texts. Short quizzes will help you check your understanding and you’ll be asked to join discussions with other learners around the world.
The course requires students to have a proficiency in English at intermediate level (approximately B1 on the CEFR) or above.
The British Council offers a wide range of educational and cultural programs, including ones to teach English to non-native speakers.