Cultural Awareness

Informing international students about UK cultural life & language

International students play a significant role in contributing to the growth and development of UK universities.  Naturally, we want to give them the best possible welcome, as well as a friendly and practical introduction to life in the UK by raising their cultural awareness.


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Course overview

Our higher education clients told us their priority was to ensure international students are safe. Their students told us they wanted an insight into UK speech patterns, and the subtle, but sometimes confusing way that English is used in the UK.

Our cultural awareness e-learning course is an essential addition to our suite of diversity e-learning courses. This course can be customised for any institution and focuses on the following areas:

  • Welcome to the UK
  • Language and Communication  including a quiz on English slang
  • Staying safe
  • Diversity in the UK
  • Study skills – avoiding plagiarism and where to go for help
  • UK values

Course duration: This course takes about 40 minutes to complete. Learners have the option to bookmark progress and complete the course in chunks.

Learning options

Every Marshall e-learning course is fully accessible, so this course is also available as:

  • spoken word audio – perfect for learning on the move
  • a voice reader compatible version as a W3C AA online workbook
  • a complimentary workbook – a printer-friendly pdf download compatible with all devices and readers

Always up-to-date

If you buy this e-learning course you’ll get any updates we make, and always be up-to-date with current legislation.

Learning by design

It’s a highly interactive course with rich graphics and audio-visual content blending a variety of question-types to encourage your learners to apply concepts to their daily work routine. An (optional) end-of-course test assesses learners on the level of knowledge they’ve retained. Pass rates can be set as required.

Easy to implement & customise

This online learning course comes with Marshall LMS (Learning Management System), which allows you to manage your e-learning and track completed training.

Our in-house developers can quickly & effectively adapt this course to your sector and organisation. You could also add your own graphics, photos & video and amend content to include your policies, procedures, and key areas.

Learn more

If you’d like to find out more about our Cultural Awareness e-learning course please contact us and we’ll be in touch very soon.

At Marshalls were totally focused on creating content thats exactly right for your learners. Thats why weve built our business around customising our existing courses to match the needs of specific organisations. And if something completely originals required, well make a bespoke course for you from scratch.

When we do this, our approach is guided by a few key principles.

Organisational Need
Why do you need to provide learning for your users – specifically? Is there a compliance need, a requirement to raise performance – or generate positive outcomes for external stakeholders? We prioritise making this clear as the first step in all of our projects.

Learner Centric
Who are your learners? What are their preferred learning styles? What do they know already? How confident are they with using technology? Well put these questions to you, and base our approach around the picture we build up.

Learning Outcomes
We use these to decide what every screen in every course we make is intended to achieve. What is it – exactly – that learners need to explain, describe, distinguish or list? Defining these up-front keeps every project on course as we move from initial proposal, through to storyboarding and then development.

Page-turning e-learning just doesnt work. All of our courses are highly interactive, making extensive use of scenarios in particular. Rich media is used as appropriate, from audio-visual resources through to animations and bespoke graphics.

Respect for Learners
Treating learners as adults is vital to us. People dont learn well if they feel theyre being patronised, and we aim to let users manage their own learning experience. We do this by writing our courses with an honest, direct tone, and giving learners choices in the form of additional learning resources and open navigational features.

Whats in it for me? is a question that all of our learners should be able to answer.

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