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British Council
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The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation, connecting people worldwide with learning opportunities and creative ideas from the UK, and building lasting relationships between the UK and other countries. The British Council has centres in Colombo and Kandy both which offer access to the full range of the British Council’s education, culture and development services.

Courses offered by British Council Sri Lanka

Young Learner Courses

  • Primary - (6 - 7 years old)
  • Junior - (8 - 10 years old)
  • Seniors - (11 - 13 years old)
  • Teenagers - (14 - 16 years old)

English courses for adult learners
General English for Adults - from Elementary to  Advanced
Better Spoken English

Preparations for the IELTS Exam
ELTS Express Courses    
IELTS Exam Preparation Courses
Free IELTS Presentations
One-Day IELTS Workshops Prepare
Free IELTS practice sessions for Cambridge English Exams

Cambridge CELTA Course
Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

ICELT (In-Service Certificate in English Language Teaching) Module One course

Sinhala Course
The course is designed for foreigners living in Sri Lanka who want to gain a basic, practical knowledge of the spoken language

Teacher Training Workshops
Professional Skills workshops

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Cambridge ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) exams are the world’s leading range of certificates for learners of English. Cambridge ESOL is part of the world-famous University of Cambridge

English Exams for Adults and Teenagers

Key English Test (KET)
KET is an elementary level exam. It tests the ability to cope with everyday written and spoken communications at a basic level. This exam is at Council of Europe Level A2.
Preliminary English Test (PET)
PET is an intermediate level exam. It tests the ability to cope with everyday written and spoken communications. This exam is at Council of Europe Level B1
First Certificate in English (FCE)
FCE is an upper intermediate level exam. It tests the ability to deal confidently with a range of written and spoken     communications. FCE is the most widely taken of the Main Suite exams, with over 250,000 candidates every year. This exam is at Council of Europe Level B2.
Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
CAE is an advanced exam. CAE tests the ability to communicate with confidence in English for work or study purposes. This exam is at Council of Europe Level C1
Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
CPE is a very advanced level exam, for learners who have achieved a high level of language skills and are able to function effectively in almost any English-speaking context. This exam is at Council of Europe Level C2.
Cambridge Young Learners English Tests
Business English Certificates (BEC)
BEC Preliminary
Prepares candidates to interact effectively while carrying out routine business transactions.
BEC Vantage
Assesses how candidates can conduct and take part in meetings and teleconferences using skills of negotiation to put across a point of view. Ability to draft letters, memos, minutes of meetings and topics for presentation using appropriate business vocabulary and format.
BEC Higher
Assesses proficiency in the use of English for making presentations, negotiating effectively in the promotion of products and services, and in engaging in extended conversations with clients at meetings and seminars.

GCE O Levels, A Levels and IGCSE Examinations
General Certificate of Education (GCE) and the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) are school leaving certificates in Britain comparable to the Sri Lankan GCE ‘O’ and ‘A’ level examination certificates

GCE and IGCSE exams:
are qualifications from Edexcel International and Cambridge International examinations available all over the world and recognised worldwide  Exams consist of a wide range of subjects and  recognised by universities as evidence of solid academic achievement

There are two UK examining boards, which offer GCEs in Sri Lanka:
Edexcel International

University of Cambridge International Examinations
Examinations for Teachers
Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) : This flexible and accessible award from Cambridge University focuses on the core teaching knowledge needed by teachers, whatever your background and teaching experience

CELTA - Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults : If you’d like to teach English to adult learners, CELTA is the best known and most widely taken initial ‘TESOL/TEFL’ qualification of its kind in the world

DELTA - Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults :You should take DELTA if you already have substantial teaching experience and are looking for further career progression.

Resources for Teachers : The Teacher’s Corner in British Council  Library offers excellent facilities and resources for English teachers. Local and international information, online and hard copy materials, practical and theoretical resources, all are available there.


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