Culture World is a module available in your Macmillan English Campus that launches an exciting platform for learners of English. It includes a colourful, communicative set of activities about modern culture in the UK as well as the collaborative project tool, myPad and voice record roleplays. Culture World activities can be added to your existing English Campus courses, to set as homework or used during class. This guide explains the main features of Culture World and will show you how to find your way around. We also offer free Culture World training sessions. Keep an eye on the Events Calendar for the latest dates.
Launching Culture World
You can access Culture World in 2 easy steps:
1. Log in to your Macmillan English Campus site using your existing login details.
2. Click on ‘Launch’ in the Culture World box. Culture World will open in a new window.
Problems opening Culture World?
You may need to allow pop-ups. At the top of your web browser check if the new window has been blocked. If it has, click on ‘Options’ (it may be a different word in your browser) to allow the pop-up. Now try launching Culture World again.
How do I turn the sound on and off?
Click on this icon in the top left corner.
Zones, Aspects, Topics and Learning objects
Below is a brief breakdown of Culture World. You can find the entire scope and sequence here.
Culture world is divided into 4 ‘Zones’. These are:
Each zone has between 3-6 ‘Aspects’. Each Aspect has several ‘Topics’ and each Topic has a set of ‘Learning objects’. This is illustrated in the diagram below.
What is an Aspect? An Aspect is a category in a Zone e.g. The Olympics
What is a Topic? A sub-division of an Aspect e.g. The History of the Olympic Games
What is a learning Object? It’s a set of activities e.g. Discovering background information
To access the Zones, Aspects and Learning Objects you can either:
Hover over a building and then click on an Aspect
or Click on the ‘Quick Jump’ arrow and select an Aspect and Learning Object from the list.
Inside an Aspect
Once you have selected an Aspect you will be taken to a page like the one shown below.
A video guide will automatically start talking to introduce the Aspect to you. You can click on the video guide to stop them talking. Click again if you would like them to resume talking.
You can click on Back to go back to the last page.
Click on this icon next to the video guide to open up a script of what they’re saying. Click on the text to minimize it.
Inside a Topic
To open a Topic, click on the title. This will open a list of Learning Objects including their level. Note that a Learning Object can contain a series of activities not just one.
What do L2, L3 and L4 mean?
These are the levels on Culture World. Please find the comparisons to other levels below:
L2 = Elementary, Macmillan English Campus level 2, CEFR A2
L3 = Pre-intermediate, Macmillan English Campus level 3, CEFR B1, PET
L4 = Intermediate, Macmillan English Campus level 4, CEFR B2, FCE
Inside a Learning Object
Each Learning Object has a series of activities for students to work through.
There is a video guide on each page who will give you instructions.
Listen to audio in an activity.
If you see the small hand icon in a Learning object, it means this item is part of a drag and drop exercise. You can click on the hand icon and move the object into the correct place.
Scores and progress
Once you have finished the series of activities in a Learning Object, click on ‘Submit’. You will see how many activities (screens) you have completed and your total score.
Viewing progress in Culture World
You can check your progress in two ways:
From the Culture World home page click on the rotating pink icon to see your progress.
From a Learning Object or activity click on the green book icon at the bottom of the page.
Percentage of Zone completed
Percentage of Aspect completed
Progress bar showing progress in that Learning Object
Percentage of highlighted Topic completed
Click ‘Go’ to go to the Learning Object exercises
‘Can do’ statements for this topic
Using Culture World activities and viewing scores elsewhere on your English Campus.
You can add Culture World activities to your existing English Campus courses or send them as bookmarks. Adding them to courses can be completed by an administrator in the Course Building section of the English Campus. As a teacher, you can find a Culture World activity using the word and phrase search; located in the ‘Search’ tab at the top of any English Campus page. Search for the word ‘Culture’. Culture world activities are listed under the content type ‘Culture activity’.
If a Culture world activity is a part of your student’s course, then you can see their scores by clicking on ‘Scores’ next to the name of your course, as it appear in your ‘My Classes’ module on the homepage.
If the Culture World activity has been completed outside of a course, then the scores will be listed under ‘Practice’. Again, Practice scores can be accessed from the ‘My Classes’ module on the homepage and are organized according to the class the student is in.
More information about viewing both Course and Practice scores can be found here.
The Options bar
At the bottom of each Learning Object you will find an options bar. Each icon takes you directly to an area in Culture World.
Open up the audioscript of any listenings in that Learning Object.
Open up Teacher’s Notes which include the aims and learning outcomes of each Topic and Learning Object. The notes explain background information about the cultural focus, characters and locations of each Learning Object. Teachers can find out where the characters in Culture World appear in related Learning Objects, have access to useful web links and read teaching tips.
View Cultural Hints which include information about the characters in Culture World such as their roles at work, appearance, accents, behavior and interaction with other characters. Read references to objects and places that appear in each Learning Object some of which are specific to British Culture and find useful web links.
Click here to go to myPad. This is an area where students can create their own personalized projects using images, text, video and audio from Culture World.
Go to the Progress Chart in Culture World. This will show students what they have completed for each Zone, Aspect and Topic. Click on each Topic to find progress and ‘Can do’ statements that explain what has been covered in each Topic such as ‘I can …understand some typical family structures in Britain.’
Collaborative projects and myPad
What is myPad?
myPad is a collaborative space within Culture World that can be accessed by both teachers and students. You can use myPad to create projects from a blend of items found in the Culture World activities and your own recordings and text. This section explains how you can use myPad as a teacher, but students have access to myPad too and it works in the same way; so your class can work on projects independently or as a group.
You can access myPad from the options bar at the bottom of each Learning Object.
Click on this icon to open myPad.
You can also access myPad from the Culture World homepage.
myPad opens in a new window.
Creating a myPad project
When you first open myPad, you will see a new project page. As you continue to use myPad, you can have up to 10 project pages at any one time. Use the ‘New’ button in the menu at the top to start a new project page. If you need to remove a project page, use the ‘Delete’ button in the menu at the top.
To begin creating your project, select items by expanding the menus on the left. Click and drag an item on to the yellow project page.
Collected items are items you have saved from elsewhere in Culture World (see ‘2’). You can click and drag these into your project.
Current Items are items on the Culture World learning object page you used to access myPad, if you launched it in this way. You can click and drag these into your project, or you can save them to use in another project by clicking the ‘Collect’ button. Note: If you launched myPad via the Culture World homepage, Current Items will be empty.
Add New Items, which are items you create yourself, such as audio recordings or text boxes. You can also add shortcut links to other areas of Culture World.
As you add objects to your project, you can connect them. Click on an object and green circles appear on its edges. Click on one of the circles and drag to another object. This creates an arrow linking the object and can be helpful in guiding students through the project.
A completed project may look like this:
Remember to click on ‘Save’ at the top to save your project.
Sharing a myPad project
You can share your myPad project so that others can view or contribute to it.
First, make a note of the page ID, which is at the bottom of the myPad page.
Click on the ‘Share’ button in the men at the top of the myPad project.
Choose who to share your project with: your class, everyone on your English Campus platform, or keep the project as ‘Private’ and for your own use.
Use the drop-down menus to choose whether people who see your project can contribute to it by adding objects of their own (write or just view it (read only).
Note: Students may wish to just share their projects with you, their teacher or the whole class.
Remember to click on ‘Save settings’.
Give your Unique Page ID to the English Campus users you would like to see your project. You could use the English Campus messaging tool to do this. There is more information about messaging in the Quick Start teacher guide.
Opening a shared project
Launch Culture World and open myPad.
Click on ‘Open’ in the menu at the top of the myPad page.
Enter the page ID given to you by the creator of the project and click ‘Open’.
The project will open and, depending on the sharing settings (see ‘Sharing a myPad project’), you will be able to view or contribute to the project.
Use the comments icon to add extra feedback to your students’ work.
Many Culture World activities allow students to take part in roleplays to practise their speaking skills. Students listen to actors speaking in a video and then respond appropriately, recording their response to create a complete dialogue which they can then play back. Culture World roleplays offer students the unique opportunity to practise real-life scenarios such as booking accommodation or going for a job interview, helping to increase their confidence when they tackle these situations in real life. They are encouraged to pay attention to the pronunciation and intonation of the actors and then mimic them to achieve tonal accuracy.
Finding roleplay activities
There are 30 roleplay activities in Culture World and you can find them by searching for roleplay (all one word) in the Word and Phrase Search on your English Campus. The roleplay activities do not appear on the first page of the exercise, you navigate to them by clicking on the forward button.
An example roleplay activity:
Students have the option of viewing the dialogue by clicking on the ‘Show all text’ button.
Listening to the dialogue
To hear the original dialogue students select ‘Model’ and then click play.
Making the recording
When they are ready, they can record their own version of the dialogue. To do this students need to:
1 Click on ‘Recording’.
2 Click on the speech bubble that they would like to record. In some roleplays you will only be able to click on the top speech bubble and work through the dialogue in order.
3 Click on the red record button.
Three red dots will then countdown to the recording starting.
When the third circle goes green and the green bar appears then the recording has started.
The yellow speech bubble indicates where in the dialogue you currently are.
Listening to the recording
To hear their version of the dialogue students need to again select ‘Recording’ and then click on the play button.
You can listen to a recording while you are in an exercise, the recording will not be saved when you exit the exercise.
You can use Culture World activities to build a new course or add to an existing course. This means that students will be able to log in to their English Campus, open their course and access regular English Campus activities and Culture World activities all from one place. The scores for Culture World activities that you have included in a course will appear in the Course Scores area. Scores for Culture World activities that have not been added to a course will only be visible in a student’s Practice area.
Building a new course with Culture World activities
- Log in as an administrator to your Macmillan English Campus site.
- Go to the ‘Courses’ page and click on ‘Course set-up’.
- You will need to fill in the details of the first two tabs called ‘Edit course introduction’ and ‘Edit syllabus components’.
- When you get to the third tab in the course building area called ‘Edit syllabus items and activities’, click on ‘Add new syllabus item’ as normal to create the first item of your course.
- Click on ‘Add activities’. You will be taken to the course building search area. To find Culture World resources you can use either the Quick Search or the Word and Phrase Search.
- Using the Quick Search: select ‘Culture activity’ from the Activity Type category. Using the Word and Phrase Search: type in ‘CWO*’ in the search box to find the activities.
- Once you have a list of activities, check the boxes next to the activities you’d like to add and then click on ‘Add to syllabus item’.
- When you have finished building the course, assign it to a class for your students to access as normal.
For more information about creating your own courses, sign up to one of our regular Course Building training sessions.
Adding Culture World activities to an existing course you have built
You can do this by editing the course.
- Click on ‘Courses’ on your home page.
- Find the course you’d like to edit and click on the pencil icon to the far right.
- Go to the third tab, ‘Edit syllabus items and activities.’
- Click on ‘Add new syllabus item’ to create a new item or click on the pencil icon to the far right of an existing item to edit it.
- Click on ‘Add activities’. You will be taken to the course building search area. To find Culture World resources choose either the Quick Search or the Word and Phrase Search.
- Now complete steps 6-8 from the previous set of instructions.
Adding Culture World activities to an existing Macmillan course
You can do this by adapting the course. This means making a new copy of the course.
- Click on ‘Courses’ from your home page.
- Find the course you’d like to adapt, check the box next to the course and click on ‘Course set up’ and choose the adapt option.
- Complete steps 3-6 from the previous set of instructions.