Build your English with Minecraft: Spring Holiday Programme for Young Learners
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English x Minecraft - Spark your child’s creativity and digital skills with a fun and exciting English programme!

This Spring Holiday course for young learners, from Elementary School kids to High School students, is based on an open-world game ‘Minecraft’ that promotes creativity, collaboration and problem-solving in an immersive environment. Combined with the British Council’s expertise in language learning, the course provides students with an exciting opportunity to develop both their English language and 21st Century Skills.

The course aims to develop the students’ confidence and competence in communicating in English via a game-based context. It allows students to interact with virtual environments that would otherwise be unavailable in their current learning contexts. For example, collaborating to make a town to scale rather than a map of a town, or exploring a famous landmark in an immersive manner rather than watching a video. This immersion provides learners with chances to express creativity, collaborate with each other and communicate during the process and as part of pre-task preparation and post-task reflection.

Each course has a project as the final task. During the course, students will use Minecraft to explore new concepts and ideas, and perform research into topics, allowing them to deliver a successful, real-life project at the end of the course.

What is Minecraft: Education Edition?

A game-based learning platform that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem solving in an immersive digital environment. Educators in more than 115 countries are using Minecraft: Education Edition across the curriculum.
Minecraft: Education Edition Official Site

The 21st century skills and language skills

Students will not only develop their language skills, but a range of 21st century skills. Some examples include:

  • Digital Literacy – by using a range of hardware, developing the language necessary to use and explain this hardware, as well as coding skills as part of the ‘Hour of code’ challenge
  • Creativity – Students can use Minecraft to express themselves by creating a range of items, landscapes and buildings
  • Global Citizenship – students can learn about the effects of deforestation and the global sustainable development goals through the game, and explore and share ways of making the world a better place  
  • Collaboration – students can explore and interact with virtual environments and work together to complete tasks and projects and give presentations as a team.
Minecraft: Education Edition

2021 Microsoft / Mojang © 2021

Minecraft: Education Edition

2021 Microsoft / Mojang © 2021

Minecraft: Education Edition

2021 Microsoft / Mojang © 2021

Lesson Topics

Lower Primary Make a Town
Upper Primary Giving Instructions 
Lower Secondary Deforestation
Upper Secondary Sustainable Development Goals

Lesson Schedule (Example)

Day 1 Introduction to Minecraft: Learn language related to technology and game interface. 
Day 2 Learn the topic and task: Learn language related to the topic and plan for the task.
Day 3-4 Project-based learning: Do the tasks and project with Minecraft and other materials.
Day 5 Presentation or Report: Reflect learning skills and practice presentation/writing skills.


Upon completion of the course, students will receive a course completion certificate.

Special Offer!

★If you register for Spring Holiday course and the whole new academic year of either Primary Plus or Secondary Plus at the same time, you will receive an Amazon Gift Card worth 5,000 yen! 

*This offer is eligible for customers who already registered the whole new academic year.

★For Primary school kids... Get a Primary Plus school bag!
★For Secondary school students... Get a Secondary Plus file folder!



  • Primary (Lower/Upper): For Elementary School Grades 1-6 
  • Lower Secondary: For Junior High School Grades 1-3
  • Upper Secondary: For High School Grades 1-3

*We will recommend a level that suits your child due to the results of placement test and supervision by our teachers.

Date and Time

Monday 29 March 2021 – Friday 2 April 2021 (3 hours x 5 days:15 hours in total)

  • Lower/Upper Primary  09:00-12:00 Primary classes are fully booked. 
  • Lower/Upper Secondary 13:30-16:30 Lower Secondary classes are fully booked. 

*Three-hour lesson includes 15 minute break.
*We do not offer Study Support, a face-to-face catch up session, for students who missed lesson.


British Council (Iidabashi, Tokyo)

Class Style

Group lesson (Capacity: 9 person/ class)

Course Fee

58,500 yen (excl. tax)
*Materials are included. No registration fee required.

Minimum entrance requirements

  • able to write and recognise all the names and sounds of letters Aa-Zz in upper and lower-case.
  • able to read and say simple, phonically-regular words.
  • able to write their own names.
  • able to attempt to spell phonically-regular words
  • familiar with basic greetings and able to follow simple classroom instructions (sit down, stand up, listen, open your booklet etc).

How to Register – Three steps

  1. Book a Free Consultation
    Choose a suitable date and time and book a free online consultation from the booking form
  2. Free Placement test
    Take our free placement test (online writing test) before the consultation day.
  3. Your Consultation
    We will receive the results of the placement test, and be recommend a level that suits your child due to the results and supervision by our teachers. 
    *The child must be accompanied by parent or guardian for the consultation. 


In the event of a second wave of Covid-19, we may have to close our centres again. We have the systems in place so that your child’s learning experience will continue online with minimal disruption for them. 

Safety measure for our onsite English courses

Safety and Supervision

  • We regard all students below the age of 18 as children, according to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989. We take our responsibilities towards the children in our care very seriously and we endeavour to make the British Council as safe as possible. 
  • However, we are in a public building which anyone can enter. Parents or guardians should stay with their child until either the class teacher or designated teaching assistant arrives in the classroom. 

As we are unable to supervise any children outside class time, we ask parents to ensure that students are dropped off and collected on time before and after classes. 

British Council regulations mean that no child can leave the building unaccompanied after class each day. Children must be collected by a parent or nominated guardian. We cannot make any exceptions to this rule. 

This course includes using Minecraft: Education Edition, but it is not an official program organized by Microsoft or Mojang.

See also