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LearnEnglish Subscription: self-access courses

Achieve your professional goals with in-depth learning from the British Council

LearnEnglish Subscription is a flexible, low-cost way of learning English online in your own time, at your own speed. Improve your language level and professional communication skills. Express yourself with confidence with our online, self-study English courses.

With LearnEnglish Subscription you get access to all our self-access courses.

LearnEnglish Select

Improve your ability to find and apply for the right jobs, develop your interview skills and learn how to perform in the workplace with confidence. 

At each level, tutor videos and workplace scenarios guide you through the materials, explain key language and grammar points and give you vocabulary that you can use in daily business life.

LearnEnglish Lessons 

Improve your communication skills and learn how to talk about a variety of everyday topics with confidence.

At each level, new language is presented in natural contexts to help you understand key vocabulary and grammar that you can put into practice in social and workplace situations.

Effective Email Communication 

Learn how to write clear and simple emails at work by using the right vocabulary, grammar, formatting, organisation and tone.  

Subscription overview

Subscription cost Monthly subscription plan – only £5.99 per month to access all our self-study courses
Payment method Online using Mastercard or Visa (credit or debit card)

LearnEnglish Select requires 20–25 hours of study per level. Each level is made up of eight modules with a total of 48 self-study and review lessons.

LearnEnglish Lessons requires 30–45 minutes of study per lesson. A new lesson is added every month at each level – starting January 2021.

Effective Email Communication is a short course requiring 5–6 hours of study.

Course type Online self-access

What will I learn?

LearnEnglish Select

This online English course will teach you how to develop your business English skills to help you communicate with confidence in a range of different business situations and scenarios, including:

  • effectively demonstrating your language proficiency in meetings, talks and presentations
  • applying for a job and preparing yourself for the interview
  • developing your grammar and vocabulary with a focus on using business English in the world of work
  • networking with other professionals from diverse fields.

LearnEnglish Select is available at six different levels.

Beginner (CEFR A1)

LearnEnglish Select at beginner level helps you do basic tasks at work in English, such as meeting new people, saying numbers and dates, making a telephone call and chatting to your colleagues.

Elementary (CEFR A1)

LearnEnglish Select at elementary level helps you to introduce yourself, write a job application, prepare for an interview and have basic conversations about work and everyday life.

Pre-intermediate 1 (CEFR A2)

LearnEnglish Select at pre-intermediate 1 level teaches you how to ask for more information in the workplace, give and receive instructions, plan a trip and describe and compare different options.

Pre-intermediate 2 (CEFR A2)

LearnEnglish Select at pre-intermediate 2 level helps you with more complex tasks at work in English, such as talking about prices, planning events and dealing with problems.

Intermediate (CEFR B1)

LearnEnglish Select at intermediate level develops your workplace English further so that you can talk about your experience in an interview, deal with complaints and write a product description.

Upper Intermediate (CEFR B2)

LearnEnglish Select at upper intermediate level helps you to learn how to write business proposals, evaluate staff performance, set up a team and meet clients effectively.

Advanced (CEFR C1)

LearnEnglish Select at advanced level improves your workplace English even further so that you can discuss with colleagues, write applications and give presentations with confidence.

LearnEnglish Lessons

From January 2021, our monthly lessons will help you improve your level of general English so that you can communicate effectively in social and workplace situations. Each lesson will help you to:

  • learn new vocabulary to be able to talk about a range of familiar topics like food, free-time activities, your job, etc.
  • revise and consolidate your grammar to help you to communicate accurately and with confidence with friends and colleagues
  • improve your listening skills so that you can understand a variety of dialogues
  • Improve your reading skills so that you can understand a range of different texts.

LearnEnglish Lessons is available at three different levels.

Pre-intermediate (CEFR A2)

LearnEnglish Lessons at pre-intermediate level helps you to improve your vocabulary, grammar and understanding, and gives you useful language to talk about interesting topics in everyday situations. A new lesson is added every month.

Intermediate (CEFR B1)

LearnEnglish Lessons at intermediate level helps you to develop your vocabulary and grammar further, improve your understanding and learn useful language to talk about topics of general interest. A new lesson is added every month.

Upper Intermediate (CEFR B2)

LearnEnglish Lessons at upper intermediate level helps you to develop your vocabulary and grammar even further, understand more complex articles, interviews and conversations and talk about interesting subjects and issues. A new lesson is added every month.

Effective Email Communication

Our Effective Email Communication course will help you to be able to write better emails at work. You will learn how to: 

  • organise information and give important details in a clear way
  • write with a personal and positive tone that can help to improve your relationship with the recipient
  • use appropriate vocabulary and grammar effectively
  • give negative information in an appropriate way.

Effective Email Communication is suitable for learners from intermediate (CEFR B1) to advanced (CEFR C1) level.

Join our community events

We organise regular events on social media to support the LearnEnglish Subscription courses. During the live events, our team of educators lead a discussion about the topic from the course and then answer questions from the viewing audience. You get the chance to see how the language from the course is used in a natural way and to participate and put your English into practice.

You’re welcome to join our global learning community at our live events on Facebook and YouTube. They’re free and you can join as many as you want.

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