English Language and Culture Today (Contemporary British Society)

An exciting opportunity to experience life abroad while you improve your English language skills

Make full use of your time in Exeter through the social programme, excursions, and special activities alongside unbeatable English tuition.

This courses combine subject study with language, giving a clear subject-led focus while carefully building and developing your English language knowledge and skills.

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What will I study?

These courses are based around CLIL teaching methodology (Content and Language Integrated Learning). Research has shown that subject and language learning involve different sides of the brain. Combining them both is proven to be far greater and more productive than studying only one.

Our Subject and Language Integrated Course is based on the subject of Contemporary British Society.

  • 20 full hours per week of lessons
  • integrated activities and visits

Contemporary British Society

This course is built around a series of distinct themes, each representing an aspect of life in Britain today. These topics have been chosen to form a comprehensive view of multi-cultural Britain, its origins, institutions and areas of topical interest. Each subject will include a range of learning activities to develop your skills in all language areas; some topics will be accompanied by external speakers or trips to sights of local interest and relevance.


Course aims

  • To provide a basic understanding of topical issues relating to Contemporary British Society
  • To develop your awareness of cultural aspects of life in Britain today
  • To develop your general speaking skills and also your ability to present and share information in group discussions. 
  • To develop your general listening skills and also your ability to identify important information from topic-related speech
  • To develop your general reading skills and also your ability to identify important ideas in written texts and find specific information
  • To develop your general writing skills and also your ability to write in an appropriate style and to express your own opinions
  • To develop your knowledge of grammar
  • To expand your vocabulary
  • To improve your pronunciation


Course modules

  • Geography
  • Media
  • Multi-culturalism
  • Conservation
  • Food & Drink
  • Politics
  • Identity & Attitude
  • Culture
  • Law & Order
  • Institutions


Trips to local places of interest

Our students have enjoyed excursions to the following destinations:

  • Killerton House – an elegant 18th century house surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens
  • Totnes – a historical market town filled with interesting shops and cafés
  • Exeter cathedral and tea rooms – a spectacular gothic cathedral in the heart of the city centre, with its own charming tea room (where our students enjoy a traditional Devon ‘cream tea’)
  • Stonehenge – the famous, prehistoric landmark where people celebrate the summer solstice
  • The Exe Estuary – a boat trip along the Devon coastline, with a guided talk, where students can enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings where the English Channel meets the River Exe.


Guest Speakers

The Contemporary British Society course includes a weekly talk from a Guest Speaker. During previous summers, our students have enjoyed visits from the Police, the Lord Mayor of Exeter, and ‘Cultural Champions’ from Exeter Global Centre who have given an insight into multicultural Britain.


By the end of the course you should:

  • Be familiar with key aspects of life in Britain today
  • Be aware of the diversity engendered by being a multi-cultural society
  • Be able to communicate effectively through both individual and group-based speaking practice
  • Be able to understand and respond to spoken information and written texts
  • Have developed independent learning and motivational skills
  • Be able to work effectively as part of a group
  • Be able to use English language skills effectively in a range of situations

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