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Course Syllabus

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This is the page you’re on now, where you can see an in-depth explanation of what you’re going to study in this course.

We set out the key objectives for this course so you can identify what you need to learn. We provide a downloadable checklist that you can print out to check off the points as you go through the course.


Learn the vocabulary for typical crimes in English using our online flashcards. You can listen to audios of the keywords and download our vocabulary summary too. We’ll also learn some word formation to see how crime vocabulary can be converted into different word forms.

Expand your crime vocabulary in English and learn punishments. You can download our vocabulary list as a PDF too.

Read all about the legal system in the UK with some more key vocabulary. You can download our blog post reading as a PDF too. You can also let us know how the legal system works in your country.

Test your reading comprehension skills with our online quiz. You can see your results with corrections and explanations immediately upon submission and your score will be added to our course quiz leaderboard.

Learn some phrasal verbs to talk about crime and punishment in English. You can listen to audios and learn the correct definitions and verb theory too. You can download our presentation as a PDF too.


Test your knowledge of your new vocabulary using our online crossword. You can repeat this as many times as you wish.

Read our crime descriptions and guess the crime using your new vocabulary. We also provide answers.

Download our crime flashcards and discuss and debate these ideas.

Practise your writing skills and debate for or against the death penalty. Your writing will be sent to our English teachers, who will mark it and provide feedback and corrections.

Use our reading and listening tools on the topic of Sherlock Holmes to help you respond to our course forum and get feedback and corrections on your English from our native English teachers.

Crime series are a great way to improve your English. Take a look at some our recommendations.


Download our one-page summary of the topic to use for reference. 

After completing the course, you can review your achievements and analyse what you have learnt. 

Take a look at other resources that we have published related to this course so you can expand your English knowledge.

We’d love to hear what you thought about taking this course. Take this short feedback quiz to help us improve this course for future learners. It’ll only take 5 minutes!

We recommend using your course group regularly for support. You can access the forums, photos of course content and interact with other course group members.