Advanced English Language and Culture

Rating: 5/56 users

All our summer courses this year will be run at London Metropolitan University Hollway Rd campus, just 10 minutes by tube into Central London.

Course Outline
This English course is aimed at teachers and English language learners with a level of English of C1 or C2. It will give advanced learners of English the confidence and familiarity with British culture,particularly current issues, media representations, English stereotypes, cultural and political figures and recent events in Britain. The course will also provide material and teaching ideas for English language teachers. The material and tasks are more adult and appropriate for university-level students of English and we hope will instill joy in English language and culture! The course combines discussions, lectures, different media and visits within London on the connected themes

Content
The topics below are divided into three distinct modules allowing you to follow one, two or three weeks or to do different modules in different years. We will also provide a questionnaire for participants before they arrive to express preferences within the topic on offer each week. You will also be able to make requests which we will try to incorporate into the course if possible and where there is agreement between participants. This means specific content will vary from course to course. Some topics we cover are:


Class
Housing, regeneration and gentrification
Common stereotypes in UK culture
Youth issues
UK economy and business trends
Hipster culture and influence
Drinking and drug culture
British Comedy and culture
Comedy and English language – catch phrases and types
Immigration
Multicultural Britain
Religion
Moments in recent history
Influential people in the UK
Health service and new English language
Sport and sporting clichés
Education and Language
English Language - new words, idioms and colloquialisms
Family trends and relationships in British culture
Gay culture and its influence on Britain and English language
Women in UK society
TV programmes and influence
UK Media and Music an English
Modern literature and stories

For details of individual modules see our website.

Outcomes
After this course participants will:
• be more comfortable in their knowledge of contemporary UK culture and English
• be better able to deal with cultural references in conversations in English
• be more able to understand English colloquial language
• be aware of a variety of internet resources and writers for study beyond the course
• go away with some material they can use in adult or university classes
• know London better

Check it’s the course for you:
I am a teacher with English of C1 or C2 level
I am primarily interested in learning more about UK culture and some related English language
I am happy to get some tips and materials for my class but that’s not my main goal
I want to be more comfortable with English colloquial language

If it’s not for you:
I am primarily interested in language but My English is at a lower level – try English Boost
I am more interested in material and teaching – try Teaching British culture at B1 and below or Teaching Lexically

Course organiser
Lexical Lab
Location
London, United Kingdom


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Upcoming sessions

01.07.2019 > 06.07.2019
Register before 21.06.2019
08.07.2019 > 13.07.2019
Register before 01.09.2019
15.07.2019 > 20.07.2019
Register before 05.07.2019

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Attended 03.07.2017 - 14.07.2017

A couple of weeks ago I came back from London being hugely inspired by doing the Teaching Lexically course run by Hugh Dellar and Andrew Walkley. It was a great experience to get a deeper insight into the principles of teaching lexically. The course is definitely worth doing because it is full of extremely useful information concerning teaching different aspects of language. Every day we had a session where we received lots of input as well as saw how certain ideas and ways of working with materials can be implemented in the lessons. Hugh and Andrew were really helpful, supportive and encouraging. Whenever questions arose, they were always ready to clarify all the points and share their experience with us. I really admire how professional and knowledgeable they are. All in all, I should say the course exceeded all my expectations as it turned out to be inspiring, practical and certainly valuable for my further teaching. As for cultural programme, it was magnificent, as thanks to Hugh and Andrew we had a chance to soak up fabulous vibes of London and get an immense pleasure from it! We were really lucky to see London 'through local eyes' which made the trip unforgettable. I would like to say a huge thank you to both Hugh and Andrew for doing a super great job and running fabulous courses!

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Attended 03.07.2017 - 14.07.2017

I attended the course Advanced Language and Culture in 2018. It was well organised and it exceeded my expectations. Hugh and Andrew are very professional. The course allowed me to understand British Culture and current issues a bit better. I was also impressed by the visits within London based on the themes of our sessions. I recommend this course to all teacher who are interested in contemporary UK culture, colloquial language and are open minded.

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Attended 03.07.2017 - 14.07.2017

I have just returned from the brilliant course BETTER TESTING AND ASSESSMENT which I’ve done with LEXICAL LAB in London. The course was run by leading experts in this field and real professionals Zeynep Ürkün & Richard Spiby. The course made me change the perspective on the assessment in my context. After it I have a clear view what I need to do in the near future with longer-term goals in mind. While doing the course I got answers to my burning questions. The course exceeded my expectations! It was informative and exciting, the opinion of the experts being really valuable! The important part of the course was the social programme done by Andrew Walkley and Hugh Dellar. That part was amazing as well! We’ve done tours about London, had an insight into the city from the point of view of Londoners, went to a musical, visited Oxford and many other things! The guys were very responsive to our wishes and changed the programme according to our desires. The communication with them was pure pleasure. It’s a great opportunity to ask and learn any question you are interested in, whether that’s a problem with teaching/learning, interest in culture and trends or language peculiarities. I can’t recommend it highly enough! It’s was fascinating!

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Attended 03.07.2017 - 14.07.2017

Just came back from two amazing weeks in London where I attended the course Advanced Language and Culture at Lexical Lab! I can't thank Hugh Dellar and Andrew Walkley enough for this enriching experience. Since my first e-mail asking for some more information I could feel all the dedication they were putting through to run the course successfully. And the result couldn't have been any better. As teachers from different countries, we had the opportunity to go deeper into topics that we sometimes get in touch with, but are not quite sure we understand 100%. Housing in the UK, Family, Youth, Women's Issues, Literature and Brexit are just some of the topics we discussed. Moreover, we had the chance to improve our knowledge on the language by learning new vocabulary, collocations and idioms with lots of speaking and exchanging of ideas. Everything was harmonically intertwined - language, culture, our own experiences. Finally, I can't forget to mention our outings with the teachers, which were related to the topics discussed in class. Excellent opportunity to get to know London beyond Big Ben and go to places we don't normally go when on holidays. To sum up, highly recommended course with great teachers! Definitely adds to broaden our horizons.

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Attended 03.07.2017 - 14.07.2017

After attending Advanced Language and Culture with Lexical Lab in London I’m 100% sure it was the right decision to choose a course run by this pariticular institution. Andrew and Hugh know their job and provide learners with the highest quality of teaching. During the course we all had a chance to share and compare our own experiences with people from other corners of the world. The course enabled us to broaden our horizons by touching upon up-to -date topics such as Family in the UK, Immigration, Brexit, Education and Youth, Class Division and many, many others. We were provided with a huge array of contemporary phrases as well as a handful of ideas on how to revise vocabulary in our own classrooms. We also had a unique opportunity to discover London from another angle by visiting places such as Hampstead Heath, Brixton, Shoreditch, which are not to be found in a typical guidebook. During our unforgettable field trips Andrew and Hugh revealed a lot of details and peculiarities concerning the spots we were sightseeing and encouraged us to try cuisines from many different parts of the world, e.g. Jamaican patties or Turkish Gozleme . Andrew and Hugh’s friendly and tolerant attitude towards the group created a special atmosphere which fostered learning and encouraged everyone to express their opinions freely. What was truly unique was that our tutors gave us a sense of influence on the course content thanks to the pre-course questionnaire we’d filled in. Frequent and varied revisions as well as additional materials and sources provided on a padlet have made the whole experience more memorable. Thank you, Andrew and Hugh, for creating such a brilliant course!

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Attended 03.07.2017 - 14.07.2017

A couple of days ago I returned from London where I took the course “Teaching Lexically” by Hugh Dellar and Andrew Walkley – the authors of really great coursebook “Outcomes”. It was really unforgettable experience for me – two weeks of useful and helpful information which I’m sure will help me to become a better teacher, amazing leacturers – Hugh Dellar and Andrew Walkley - who told us a lot of interesting things and always patiently answered all our endless questions, communication with colleagues and sharing our experience. Another really magnificent thing was visiting lots of places in London. If you think they were the most famous Tower, Buckingham Palace or Westminster Abbey, you are mistaken. Hugh and Andrew showed us lots of places which I would never see myself just because I would probably never think about visiting them – just real life of the great city, not only its beauty and glory. The only disappointment is that I’m not able to visit all the courses at once. I would definitely like to visit “English Boost”, “Better Testing and Assessment” and “Advanced Language and Culture”, so I still have a lot to do in London. Do not hesitate, these courses are really worth visiting.

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