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Online Course

Teaching for Success: Lessons and Teaching

British Council via FutureLearn

Overview

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This free online course is for English language teachers around the world. It will help you develop the skills and practices you need for your continuing professional development (CPD).

This course is part of our Teaching for Success: Practices for English Language Teaching program. In the program we will look at the 12 professional practices for CPD on the British Council’s teacher development framework.

In this course you will look at four professional practices:

  • Planning lessons and courses
  • Managing resources
  • Managing the lesson
  • Taking responsibility for professional development.

Learn with English language teachers worldwide

Each week will focus on one of these practices. Short video interviews with experienced teachers will be combined with classroom films from around the world to illustrate the main points of each week.

Video tutors, Suzanne and Claire, will guide you through each week’s content, offering tips, advice and downloadable resources at every stage.

You will be asked to share your own experiences and opinions as you become part of a global community of English language teachers discussing what leads to success.

The course draws on the British Council’s many years of expertise in teacher training and development around the world. It will be useful for teachers of English at primary, secondary or higher levels.

The course is aimed at teachers of English as a foreign language at all levels. Intermediate level English (around B1 on the CEFR) is required.

Taught by

Claire Ross

Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    By taking this online course I've learnt some issues related to lesson planning and why it's important to plan lessons taking into account essential aspects of teaching approaches such as managing resources,managing the lesson and taking responsibility...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Upon engaging of the course I am so happy and very excited to learn with every single step of the way. All the information, video presentation and activities were all interesting. I learn many things and the mentors were very kind and knowledgeable. I am always looking forward for another step and weeks to go in learning and exploring which are related and bound to the course. For me all the things were perfect and i don't see any misconceptions and errors of all the things that i encountered and it also help me realize the impact and importance of such leanings and information which could help as refresh and also grow as a professional. Learning things and getting thins to know in this course are so fun, enjoyable and interesting.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This week I have become acquainted with many new things. The use of realia or real-life objects is a new word to me though we use it in other ways. We have learnt the use of board in the classroom. The use of technology is essential for the learning and...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Hi, This is a wonderful learning experience where educators and expertise from all around the world are united and sharing their knowledge. All the teaching techniques learned are very informative and useful. Making Lesson plans, deciding aims or objectives, use of resources and different classroom activities were very good topics covered in first and second week of course. Online resources and experiences shared by participants were interesting and helpful.
    All the guidance , tips and support given by Team members Sally, Claire and Suzzane are great which are making this learning process interesting and easy .
    Thank you .
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    This course has been quite enriching to me. I feel more motivated to learn and to be a better teacher each day. I have learnt a lot of things which otherwise I couldn't have had the opportunity to learn. i have improved on my lesson planning techniques and learnt the importance of keeping a reflective journal. There is nothing as gratifying as a seeing a learner who is encouraged or motivated to learn English because of his teacher . The teacher has to strive everyday to bring something new and exciting in his classroom.From these course I have got the strategies to use to make my lessons better and more inspiring to my learners. Once more thanks to the Future Learn Team.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I am in an extreme bliss after completing this course. Its really a great boon for non-native English speakers like me to handle English at ease. TEACHING is one of the noble and mother of all professions which I believe. A good teacher must be more caring than a mother to their students. He/She must be loving, caring and understandable because a child spends most of his day with them. This course gained me a new world in the area of teaching. This course helps me not only my teaching prospects besides my attitude towards my students. It helps me to handle both my ids and students at ease while teaching. Thanks a lot future-learn for this wonderful course......

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I have gone through many useful topics this week. I have learnt many techniques which I would use unsystematically. I have learnt using different resources which are very important in teaching. Using flashcard is very important for all classes of learners. I have learnt making and using flashcards in the classes. Using Relia is another type of teaching resource which is new to me. Using realia in the classroom makes lessons more vivid. The soft toy was really more interesting matter. I generally use the board in the classroom. But here I have learnt it systematically. Drawing Tutorial was another matter which I learnt from this week. Thanks
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    This course has been very useful for strengthening some important issues related to lesson planning. Over the years a teacher gains more experience but at a time she/he has to learn new ways to improve teaching practice.Thus the teacher has to change the methodology to give room for the use of new technologies and all this influences on how the teacher designs the lesson plans.When a teacher plans to use the projector and this doesn't work readily then the teacher needs an alternative strategy to go ahead with the lesson.So there are many important decisions a teacher has to make when planning the lesson.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Well, I like to thank all of you for this incredible opportunity. I knew I had to do something to improve my teaching techniques but I wasn't sure just how or what to do, but now because of this course I have tons of new ideas and I can honestly say that without this course and you, I would have been the same normal teacher I Have been for many years, it was an eye-opener to a new world full of possibilities and places where to get the help that I need it.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Teachers are important in society because they prepare influence for tomorrow's leaders. Everyday students learn important lessons about sharing, respect valuing differences and making ethical decisions. The value of a teacher in a student's life cannot be overstated. Becoming a teacher offers endless opportunity to help all students understand and achieve their full potential. Teaching is not only a profession with rigorous standards, it is also a calling to serve others.
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    Raquel L.

    Raquel is taking this course right now, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

    This is a wonderful way to learn! Easy and quick course with the main aspects you need to know! It's helping me a lot when it comes to adding more resources and activities to my lessons. I'm learning new things every day so I appreciate this course a...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I am definitely learning new things and reviewing things that I knew. It is wonderful for me to see how teachers share what they do and give ideas of how to use resources.

    Creativity is needed to be a Teacher, and I bet all the Teachers who are taking this course are great because they are extremely creative.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course is very well structured and easy to follow, the explanations/ instructions are very clear. It offers a lot of useful resources. It definitely motivates you to become a better teacher and continue your professional development. Thank you for organizing this, British Council!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course has given me a lot of things. I have learnt observing lesson plans, reflecting learning, peer observation, action research. The course has changed my traditional way of teaching to a systematic way of teaching. I am really grateful to the course.
    Thanks
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    This course is very inspiring and insightful. It empowers the teacher to plan, prepare and present lessons effectively. I have enjoyed it and will invite friends to join the golden course. I am very grateful to British Council for this program.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    By taking this course I have learned from teachers all over the world. I knew points of view, different from my own one. I found new and fantastic ways to teach. I learned how to make what I love better and much more enjoyable.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Thanks and couldn't have asked for better.
    Just wanted to know, if Future Learn is offering any specific Course on: Action Research.
    Best wishes,
    Simon
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Hi there, well I think this course is really good and useful. I did week one and two and all the recommendations and advises for the class were important for me as a teacher. Thanks for all.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I enjoyed and it help me to also to go back to things I knew but slipped.It refreshed my mind with ideas and how to plan a better class for better results. thankyou for all your support
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    What did I enjoy about this course? What was meaningful to me? From the first week, I realize that maintaining a journal is a way to reflect on how I'm teaching: was it the right method?, how did I manage time?; were the activities interesting to the...

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