The British Council was founded in 1934 and we started our activity in Czechoslovakia in 1946.
We now have two offices in the Czech Republic - in Prague and Brno.
We provide opportunities for people from the Czech Republic and the UK to work together. Our aim is to help people develop themselves through a mix of new skills, new opportunities and new relationships which will last a life-time. As well as benefiting individuals and the organisations they belong to, we seek to bring people together on projects which have a wider positive impact.
Our work focuses on three main areas: Education, Arts and Science and Society
Our work in English
Through our Teaching Centre, our exams services, and the provision of British Council products to support teachers and learners, we contribute to more widespread and better quality teaching and learning of English worldwide.
English language courses in Prague
The British Council offers courses for all ages and levels in General English, Business English, Legal English, Communication and Professional Skills.
Our English language courses are taught by highly qualified experienced teachers, using up-to-date approaches and materials. All of our courses are designed to lead to internationally recognised exams. Courses follow syllabi based on the Council of Europe Framework.
Our service offer includes off-site teaching, an integrated offer to primary and secondary schools in Prague. Our teachers teach in several Prague schools.
We make it possible for people in the Czech Republic to take internationally recegnised examinations. These qualifications help them to build their career at home or abroad.
We are the only test centre in the Czech Republic for IELTS, the English language test for studying abroad and for immigration purposes.
The British Council is a test centre for Cambridge English Examinations, some of the best known general English examinations in the world.
The British Council also administers professional and university exams as part of distance learning courses and degrees.
In co-operation with Cambridge English Language Assessment, we provide a special arrangements service for candidates with hearing, speech, visual and kinetic difficulties, as well as for candidates with learning difficulties such as dyslexia.
Support for teachers and learners of English
We work with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and leading institutes of education in Prague and the regions. In working with teachers, our main focus is on teacher training and professional development.
We use new and established media technologies to give free access to English language learning materials: through our Learn English and Teaching English websites, through a range of new mobile applications, and through materials published in newspapers.
Our work in arts, education and society
Our work in this area focuses on science communication and popularisation, inclusion and active citizenship. We improve science communication through international competitions for scientists, and exchanges between Czech science communicators and their counterparts in the UK.
We continue to support networks of schools, teachers and education leaders, who are working together to promote a more inclusive and tolerant society. In particular, we promote active citizenship by capacity building for schools, teachers and students (workshops, trainings).