Online learning is becoming increasingly popular for the people of Pakistan. With a median age of just 23, this young country is perfectly positioned to make the most of the opportunities that digital learning can offer.
We’ve put together a list of the 25 most popular online courses in Pakistan today, ranging from strategies to help combat the spread of COVID-19, to personal development and English language courses.
1. COVID-19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus
The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the biggest global challenges we have ever faced. Pakistan has had 160,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, so understanding how the virus emerged, how it spreads and what we need to do to tackle it in the future is vital.
This course from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine explores all of these issues and more, and is one of our most popular courses, across all countries.
2. Teaching English Online
Learning to teach English online is an incredibly valuable skill at any time, and especially so at the moment, as more learning moves online. If you’re an English teacher, this course will provide you with the knowledge, tools and resources you need to transfer your teaching skills to an online environment.
You’ll receive expert guidance from Cambridge Assessment English (part of the University of Cambridge) and gain insights from other online teachers and learners.
3. Understanding IELTS
IELTS is the world’s most popular English language assessment for higher education, and in Pakistan there are IELTS test centres in Islamabad, Lahore & Karach. The assessment tests the four core language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening). This program explores how each of these key skills is examined in the IELTS and what you need to demonstrate to the examiner in order to pass. It’s designed by the British Council and is the perfect way to prepare for the test.
4. Understanding IELTS: Reading
This popular course looks exclusively at the reading section of the IELTS exam. You’ll discover more about the format of the IELTS Reading test and develop techniques and strategies to give yourself the best possible chance of success.
You’ll also learn what to expect on the day of the test so nothing takes you by surprise.
5. Driving Value from Data
Businesses all over the world, including Pakistan, and utilising the power of data to make better business decisions. This highly popular course from The Data Lab explores why data is such a powerful tool in the workplace and will provide you with an understanding of the opportunities for data innovation in your own workplace.
6. Understanding IELTS: Writing
The IELTS Writing test is a 60-minute exam consisting of two separate writing tasks. The first will focus on graphs and charts, and the second on an academic essay.
On this course from the British Council, you’ll learn more about both sections and how to prepare for them effectively, so you can approach the writing exam with confidence.
7. Understanding IELTS: Speaking
The IELTS Speaking test is broken down into three sections — questions about yourself and your family, a specific topic and finally a longer discussion.
On this course, you’ll discover strategies to improve your performance in each section and increase your chance of success.
8. Basic English 1: Elementary
English is often referred to as ‘the global language’ which makes it a valuable skill across Pakistan and many other countries. This course, from King’s College London, will get you started on the basics of the English language, from how to introduce yourself to asking questions and talking about your job.
This course is the perfect starting point for your English language journey.
9. Introduction to Business Management
To be a successful business manager requires a variety of skills, both personal and professional. This course will introduce you to some of the key aspects of business management, from key financial concepts like profit and cash flow, to how to manage people and the importance of good communication.
You’ll also consider your own management style and how to adapt it to different business situations.
10. Language Assessment in the Classroom
Understanding how the assessment of language works is an increasingly valuable skill for teachers and educators to possess. This course, from the British Council, will explore the principles of language assessment and the various types of tests that are used in language assessment today.
By the end of the course, you will understand how to design your own language tests using industry-leading techniques.
11. Teaching English: How to Plan a Great Lesson
Learning English is one of the most valuable skills your students will receive. Through improving your English teaching, you’ll enable your students to get the most from your classes.
This course, designed for English teachers in Pakistan and around the world, will explore the fundamentals of lesson planning and how you can utilise technology to engage and support your students.
12. English in Early Childhood: Language Learning and Development
English is one of Pakistan’s official languages, so helping children develop their English from a young age is incredibly important.
This course, which has been designed for parents and teachers of young children, explores the way in which children learn languages and how you can communicate most effectively to help them on their journey. You will also have the opportunity to join in discussions with other learners and interact live with experienced educators.
13. How To Teach Online: Providing Continuity for Students
As uncertainty around Covid-19 continues, and schools in Pakistan remain indefinitely closed, it’s important that teachers are able to adapt and learn to teach online. This course will help you develop new techniques and approaches so you can teach your students online.
It also explores the benefits and challenges of moving from face-to-face to online teaching and provides a space for you to discuss the personal impact of teaching online.
14. The Sharia and Islamic Law: An Introduction
The Sharia and Islamic law have played an important part in Muslim lives in Pakistan and around the world, both historically and today.
On this course from The University of Edinburgh, you’ll work with experts from around the world to learn more about Islamic law and consider the nature of religious law more broadly, including some of the controversies it has provoked, and its place in modern societies.
15. Understanding IELTS: Listening
The IELTS listening exam consists of four separate listening tasks, including conversations and monologues. This course will help prepare you for these tasks and explore techniques you can use to cope with any unfamiliar topics that you might face in the exam. This course will boost your confidence ahead of the test and improve your chances of being successful.
16. Exploring English: Language and Culture
English is one of the most widely used global languages and dominates popular culture, from music and films to politics and medicine.
This course will provide you with a better understanding of English as a global language and its origins in Great Britain. You’ll learn about British culture and daily life, and study videos of people speaking and interacting in English.
You’ll also discover the importance of British language, literature and music and the impact they have had across the world.
17. Managing Mental Health and Stress
Maintaining our mental health requires just as much effort, and is just as important, as our physical health. With many of us also now having to deal with varying levels of lockdown due to COVID-19, there is an increased strain on our mental health.
This course will explore the factors that contribute to poor mental health and how you can measure your own stress levels. You’ll also look at managing stress and mental health in the workplace and explore techniques to combat workplace stress.
18. Basic English 2: Pre-Intermediate
This King’s College London course follows on from Basic English 1 described above and will help you advance your English skills to the next level.
You’ll be able to hear people speak English in a variety of real-life situations and cover topics like asking for directions, talking about your daily life and different technologies. You’ll also explore language specifically focusing on shopping and preparing for university.
19. Inside IELTS: Preparing for the Test With the Experts
The IELTS Academic test is for those applying for higher education in an English speaking environment. This course is designed to give you the best possible preparation for that test, including exploring the contents of the IELTS Academic test and what you need to do to get the best score possible.
You will also discover more about the skills you’ll require when studying at an English speaking university.
20. Managing COVID-19 in Primary Care
The COVID-19 pandemic has put a huge strain on healthcare systems in Pakistan. If you’re a healthcare professional on the frontline in the battle again COVID-19 then this course could be for you.
It’s led by healthcare experts at St George’s University of London and considers all of the factors associated with the pandemic, including symptoms and signs, as well as current best practice in managing the virus.
21. English for the Workplace
English is widely spoken in Pakistan and is heard in a variety of workplaces across the country, and the world. This course has been designed for those looking to boost their English language skills within the workplace environment.
You’ll listen to people speaking English in various working scenarios, like applying for jobs, taking interviews, and communicating with colleagues. You’ll come away with more confidence in speaking English at work.
22. Explore Filmmaking: From Script to Screen
Pakistan has a highly successful film industry, primarily located in its two largest cities – Karachi and Lahore.
On this course, from the UK National Film and Television School, a team of award-winning filmmakers will take you through the full filmmaking process. You’ll learn about the different roles in a film shoot, the differences between story and theme, and the importance of good editing and sound in telling a story on film.
23. Communication and Interpersonal Skills at Work
Communication and interpersonal skills are some of the most valuable in your skill set. They are important in almost every workplace context, from working successfully in a team, to networking with clients and suppliers.
On this course, you’ll consider your own communication style and how you apply it at work. You’ll also explore how to deal with challenging conversations and ensure that they still have positive outcomes.
24. Teaching for Success: Lessons and Teaching
Continued professional development is crucial for teachers, as the teaching environment itself continues to evolve. This course is designed for English language teachers and looks at improving how you plan and deliver your lessons, and ensuring that you are making the most of the resources available to you.
You’ll also identify your own development needs and consider how you can address them.
25. Teaching Phonics in Early Childhood
Phonics is a method of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish words in the English language.
On this course, you’ll consider this hotly debated topic and explore the opinions of researchers, teachers and educational bodies. You’ll also discover the importance of phonics in early childhood and strategies for the teaching of phonics.