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Learning English can open a wide variety of opportunities - from studying in an English-speaking country through to increased career options both within your home country and abroad.

As a globally important language, there’s never been a better time to take a course on learning English.

The benefits of learning English

As well as being the official language of 53 countries, English is also spoken by around 400 million people worldwide and is the lingua franca in business. It’s easy to see why so many people want to learn and improve their skills in this language. With an online course, you can do exactly that.

Many educational institutions are also offering courses taught in English. So, if you want to study anywhere around the world, it can be highly beneficial to improve your understanding of the language so that you can understand course materials and even take the IELTS test.

Similarly, if you’re teaching people English as a second language, it can be useful to know how the various assessments work.

By studying online, you get access to all of the essential information you need in one place. You can log on to your account from just about anywhere, and study at a time that’s convenient for you.

Choosing an English language course

FutureLearn’s selection of learn English courses cover a diverse range of topics. There are resources for students of English, covering topics such as basic English and how to write in English for university study.

For those who are planning on taking an IELTS qualification, you can find courses on understanding the listening, writing, speaking and reading components. These courses are also useful for those who are teaching students preparing for the IELTS test.

It’s not just existing students who can benefit from taking an online learn English course either.

A course on English in the workplace is suitable for job seekers and professionals who would like to improve their subject-specific vocabulary.

For academics, you can find several courses that can boost your credentials. With a course on English as a medium for instruction, you can improve both your English skills and your intercultural knowledge.

How long does an English course take?

Many of our courses can be completed over a period of a few weeks. The shortest tend to take around two weeks to complete, with three hours of study required each week. More intense courses can take up to six weeks, requiring three to six hours of study each week.

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