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University of Southampton to offer Scholarships to FutureLearn Students

Students who take the upcoming FutureLearn course ‘Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching’ will be eligible for a scholarship. This four week free online course from University of Southampton and the British Council starts today.

The news follows the success of the British Council’s first English language course on FutureLearn, which attracted over 120,000 people, and led to record figures for engagement and participation.

Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching

This course will provide an insight into some of the latest research and practices in language learning and teaching. Aimed at anyone with an interest in the way language is taught, ‘Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching’ will also investigate the case of English, as the most widely learnt and taught language in the world.

'Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching' - free online course on

MA in English Language Teaching

This two and half year (5 semesters) masters degree program is offered entirely online to teachers around the world. It offers postgraduate level study in key areas of current theory and practice in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching.

Students who complete more than half of the course steps and all the assessments of the above mentioned FL course will be eligible to apply for a scholarship.

Scholarships will be awarded by the lead academics on the online MA programme, by judging applicants’ personal statements. The scholarship would cover first year fees of 2.5year online programme which costs £7500.

Simon Nelson, Chief Executive of FutureLearn said, “These scholarships from the University of Southampton are a fine example of potential of free online courses to create routes from informal to formal learning. “As well as creating a pathway to the full MA programme, the course ‘Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching’ promises to give our learners around the world another high quality learning experience as a part of FutureLearn’s English Language offering, and follows the resounding success of the first course from the British Council.”

Learn more about the Masters and Scholarship here.