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Exploring English: Language and Culture — British Council

What level of English language do I need in order to understand the course? This course is aimed at non-native English speakers who have studied English to around intermediate level (approximately B1 on the CEFR). Is the whole course really free? Yes, it is free to take part in the whole course. Is the course live or recorded? I am not based in the UK - will time difference be a problem? You will be able to access every step of the course whenever suits you. Do I need a web camera in order to communicate within the course? You do not need a web cam as there is no ‘live’ video discussion. I cannot stream the course videos. Yes - if you have trouble streaming the videos in the course because your internet connection is slow, you can download them to watch offline. When are the classes going to be held? The course is delivered fully online. Is the course equivalent to IELTS? The Exploring English course is NOT an IELTS equivalent and there is no formal test at the end of the course.

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