Build your English and a sustainable world with Minecraft!
In this year’s summer holiday course at the British Council, you will be challenged to explore and tackle the real-life topic and global issues while developing your English skills at Secondary Plus, a global English course designed especially for teenagers with fun and memorable activities using the immersive and interactive game platform Minecraft: Education Edition.
One day, you are writing an article about films. Another, you are discussing the life at the edge of civilisation with classmates. Each week, you will learn about different up-to-date topics and issues, and how they affect you and the world around you through range of tasks and project to work on with classmates. From research, discussion to presentation in small groups, you are supported by your teacher and classmates to build positive relationships and learn with, and from, each other.
What is Minecraft: Education Edition?
A game-based learning platform that promotes skills that develop STEM knowledge (e.g. interacting with the physics of the environment they create), creativity, collaboration, and problem solving in an immersive digital environment. Educators in more than 115 countries are using Minecraft: Education Edition across the curriculum. Let them learn English while having fun with an exciting holiday course featuring Minecraft Education Edition. Their confidence and communication skills will soar with every lesson. Let the adventure begin!
[Teacher's blog] Block by Block: Building English skills with Minecraft
Example of the Topics and Projects
|Junior Secondary Plus 1||Films (Movies)||- Talking about future plans
- Talking about holiday activities
- Making suggestions
|Create a film
Minecraft: Create the world of your film, scene by scene. Make a trailer or a tour using iMovie
|Junior Secondary Plus 2||Tourism and the problems it causes||- Talking about future plans and arrangements, and actions in progress in the future
- Using time adverbials to talk about when, how frequently and for how long something happens
- Talking about tourism and problems it causes.
|Create a presentation for an eco-resort
Minecraft: Design your resort and make a short video walk-through of it/advertisement
|Senior Secondary Plus||Life at the edge of civilisation||- Modals for possibility and probability. - Vocabulary to describe remote regions and harsh climates.||Plan a round-the-world trip
Minecraft: Create your own remote region and show how people are living in it
The following is an example of how the Summer Holiday Course lessons are structured:
|9:00-10:30 (90 mins)||Secondary Plus|
|10:45-12:00 (90 mins)||Secondary Plus|
|13:00-14:45 (105 mins)||Minecraft Activities|
|15:00-16:00 (60 mins)||
Secondary Plus - Minecraft Project link
※ Topic and Schedule differ every week depending on the class (level).
※ This course includes using Minecraft: Education Edition, but it is not an official program organized by Microsoft or Mojang.
How can I track my child’s progress?
Students will receive a progression report at the end of every week. Those who attend all 3 weeks will receive Certificate of Completion as well.