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British Council

Becoming a Better Teacher: Exploring Professional Development

British Council and UCL Institute of Education via FutureLearn

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Improve your teaching skills by exploring professional development

Keeping up professional development as a teacher can be hard to fit into a busy timetable. It doesn’t need to be. This online course, broken into simple steps, will help you develop your reflective skills and improve your practice in the classroom.

Join a community of others working in education, share your experiences and grow as a teacher. This is professional development designed to help you respond to your needs and is accessible to everyone whatever level of resource is available in their setting.

This course is designed for recently qualified and experienced teachers who are looking to:
- further develop their reflective skills
- update their current practice
- connect with other professionals
It specifically addresses the needs of teachers who teach English (either as a medium of instruction or as a subject) but is also relevant for those who teach other subjects.


4.7 rating, based on 160 Class Central reviews

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  • Anonymous
    I really enjoyed forming part of this course and all the tips that we were given, which are very useful. I learnt using the TICs more accurately and sharing with other colleagues. I believe that in a teacher’s life any day is the same as the next.…
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    Rehana Musa
    Its a great experience being a part of this course.Yes,of course I'm enjoying the course.Thankk you #BRITISHCOUNCIL for arranging such a comprehensive online CPD course for##Becoming a Better Teacher during this crucial time of Pandemic crises .It w…
  • Anonymous
    Ma'am Deepali ,

    Course contents and segregation of topics were very systematic & logical. It gave us , a lot of information & knowledge. The audio of some videos was not audible, kindly look into it.

    If we include a summary of each week, at the end of each week; that may be helpful to quickly review the course ( this suggestion is applicable to all MOOCs of British Council).

    If a particular Course does not have "A Certificate", then Course Completion email, may be sent to an individual, so that one would have sense of Achievement.
  • Anonymous
    It is authentic with full explanation of each and every aspect related to teaching students effectively.
    I learned new terms, techniques, also discussed my point of views with others and also learned from others.
    Meanwhile I think their must be a video of an ideal lesson.
    That we can practice in our classroom this for suggestion only.
    Sometime I get confused about the term reflection and Gibbs's reflective cycle.
  • Anonymous
    Generally speaking it has been a great opportunity for to join this course 'Becoming a better teacher', it has given me a room to interact with other learners,especially teachers accross the universe and learn more new things that will help enhenrich my teaching ability in the future.

    I really thank you very much and promised to utilized the new teaching techniques learned accordingly.
  • Anonymous
    I have learned about reflective practice in teaching and learning process. When I reflect like reflection in action and reflection on action. Inquiry based teaching and learning , different inquiry models. Role of a teacher, selection of resources, use of textbook and collaborative teaching and learning practice.
  • Anonymous
    This course is excellent for me, it is helping me to get out of my confort zone and try to make the difference, I have completed week 2 and I am anxious to finish all the course next week, I hoipe I could have enough time to do it, I really liked this course and the material you provide is excellent.
  • Irene
    I hv completed a weeks course. I came across good ideas n experiences from the vedios and peer comments. This course surely is contributing a lot to my existing skills.

  • Anonymous
    I had learnt different new ideas that will be helpful for me and for my students i would like to share these new ideas with my friends and colleagues. It allow me to learn a lot in my this free time
    Thanks British council arranging for this online course.
  • Anonymous
    Since the begining it got me... Here it is set up that as teachers there are many things we should learn ... specifically from our mistakes in and out the classrooms ... to develop new strategies to envolve all the students in.
  • Anonymous
    The course " Becoming a better teacher" has been very useful with all topics for discussion and reflective practice. Thanks to all the mentors that has given support to our professional development.
  • Anonymous
    I `ve loved this course..Each week I want to continue learning, the articles, the videos and the different comments from other teachers help me to reflect about my teaching and learning process.
  • Anonymous
    The course has a great content . There are a lot of extra resources and links. It will definitely be very useful for teachers who would like to develop themselves professionally.
  • Anonymous
    Becoming a better teacher
    Really it helped me to sharpen the skills of being a better teacher. I learnt different approaches that can be applied inside and outside the classromm
  • Anonymous
    This course is very well organised. One can find very interesting ideas, and useful tools for professional development. I enjoyed discovering communities of teachers and learning about peer observation. The teachers of this course are very nice: they really motivate learners to effectively participate in the discussions and to perform self assessment.
  • In my personal opinion, this course gives us the general knowledge about teaching. I will improve my knowledge by attending this course. I hope this course makes my ability improve day after day. Above these reasons, I make up my mind to attend this course.
  • Anonymous
    Thank you for a very enjoyable couple of weeks. This is one of the best MOOCs I've done recently in terms of the balance between current theory and practical ideas that can be acted on immediately. I've learnt some very thought provoking and insight…
  • Anonymous
    This is my first time taking an online course, so the experience was totally unique to me and I must say it far exceeded my expectations. The course was really wonderful. It integrated a wide range of learning activities like videos, discussions an…
  • Anonymous
    I'm half-way through the course and finding at an enriching experience. I don't get much chances to do professional development in my job so this course was perfect for me. It has been opening my eyes to the range of methods of improving myself as a teacher. The main thing I like about the course is the interaction between participants: we can leave comments at each step and reply to each other. This helps me feel like I'm not alone in taking the course and gives me more motivation to keep going. I also like how the course presents new ideas in a way that are easy to grasp and put into practice. We aren't overwhelmed with a lot of information but get time to digest and reflect through exercises and discussions.
  • Anonymous
    I really enjoyed this course. For me my job as a teacher is very important and I always want to attend courses and webinars to learn new approaches, ideas that will help me a lot in my teaching practice.
    This course helped me understand how important and valuable is CPD not only for my job but also for me as well. It showed to me the importance of reflection and of course lifelong learning. The latter helps you a lot in developing and becoming a better teacher, especially for your students, when their needs are varied and you need to be communicative, concise, simplying objectives in their learning.
    It is also important to share ideas and collaborate with other teachers, who you can take on a lot from

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