Secondary Plus

English Course for High School Students

Upper Secondary Plus is a modern and innovative English course which is unique to the British Council. The course has been written in consultation with a team of experienced British Council course writers, who know and understand the needs and wants of our teenage students and provides clear real-life outcomes via interesting and challenging tasks and projects.

The course materials are delivered in an exciting magazine-style format. Stimulating up-to-date topics linked to current issues and real-life tasks provide the incentive for students to develop their communication skills in English, as well as the core skills for learning.

Learning to learn is another key feature of Upper Secondary Plus which enables learners to become more effective and independent language learners. Throughout the course learners are guided and supported by their teacher and peers so they build positive relationships and learn with and from each other.

Secondary Plus also links to the British Council’s highly acclaimed Secondary Plus Online Platform and  Learn English Teens website, which provides students with additional stimulating and engaging learning content.


  • Delivered in an engaging magazine-style format
  • A modular, project-based approach: stimulating up-to-date topics linked to current issues and real-life tasks provide incentive for students to develop their communication skills in English
  • Learning how to learn: Secondary Plus encourages students to learn how to learn so they become more effective and independent language learners
  • Development of core skills for learning: Secondary Plus develops the core skills and competencies of: critical thinking and problem-solving; communication and collaboration; citizenship; creativity and imagination; digital literacy; student leadership and personal development. 

The courses improve your understanding of the lives and cultures of others and how these compare with your own (an important part of building multiple perspectives). They also develop your citizenship, critical-thinking and leadership skills.

Academic and exam skills are integrated into each module. Language contexts are matched with the demands of school exams, with different formats of tasks and example answers being analysed. You will:

  • learn strategies for answering exam-type questions well
  • understand the skills needed to succeed in reading, writing, speaking and listening papers.


Students’ progress is monitored by the teacher in each lesson as part of an ongoing assessment measurement tool. Student’s performance in four key skill areas is assessed (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and performance in other non-linguistic areas including teamwork, task completion, and behaviour.

At the end of the course, each student will receive a progress report. The report will have specific details on areas of good performance, and areas where improvement can be made along with practical advice and suggestions for further development. 

Upper Secondary Plus



  • Saturday Course: Saturday 4 April 2020 - Saturday 18 July 2020*   

* There are no lessons between 30 April 2020 and 6 May 2020.


Level 2, 3 
Please check "Secondary Plus CEFR Progression Chart (PDF)" at the bottom of this page.

Course Fee

Please check "Secondary Plus 2020 Timetable and Lesson Format (PDF)" at the bottom of this page.


Students must be 15-18 years old when the course starts. (Japanese High School years 1-3)


All British Council teachers hold professional teaching qualifications including CELTA, DELTA, PGCE, MA TEFL, TYLEC. They have extensive experience teaching both adults and children. Our teachers receive ongoing training throughout the year to keep them up-to-date with the latest teaching methodologies.  


British Council (Iidabashi, Tokyo)


Take a placement test before registering (Early Bird Discount of 10% until 15 December). Our professional teachers and consultants will assess your English level and help you select the most suitable course.

*If possible, please come with your parent.

* Placement test: Brief reading and speaking test


British Council English Teaching Centre (Tue-Fri 9.30-20.30, Sat&Sun 9.30-17.00)
Call :03-3235-8011