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British Council

The Classroom and the World

British Council via FutureLearn


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This teachers’ CPD course is dedicated to exploring tech and soft skills for the 21st century and how to incorporate them into your English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classroom.

Focusing on professional practices outlined in the British Council’s teacher development framework, it will build your knowledge and confidence in:

Integrating ICT into the classroom Promoting 21st century skills Using multilingual approaches Understanding educational policies and practice

Promote tech and soft skills in your English classroom

Building the right skills to succeed in the 21st century is one of the biggest challenges facing educators. While ICT skills are important, so are critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. This course covers all of these skills and looks at how you can help your students build them while improving their English language.

Integrate new technology into your teaching practice

How can we use mobile phones to aid learning? And what is the best way to analyse teaching technology that will help your students develop English skills outside the classroom? This course covers a range of technology options and gives you the tools you need to find your own favourites.

Learn from experienced English teachers and grow your teaching resources

Your learning will be supported by video interviews with experienced teachers and downloadable teaching resources at every stage. You will also see classroom videos demonstrating how other teachers have put these techniques into action.

This course is aimed at English language teachers at all levels. You will need an intermediate level English (around B1 on the CEFR) in order to engage with the course materials.

Taught by

Claire Ross


4.8 rating, based on 284 Class Central reviews

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  • Anonymous
    Good for those who knows English - FutureLearn and British Council free online education sites open up for them. One feels a new approach to education as an art, rather than a need and “commitment”. The mentors and trainers are developing and promo…
  • Anonymous
    I really appreciate all the valuable ideas and insights I have gained throughout this course.As a teacher I need to be aware of the changes in educational policies that describe the 21st century skills for learners-critical thinking and problem solv…
  • Anonymous
    It is all explaining need of the hour. As student we feel autonomy. Human teachers are assisting.. But we are all of age 25 above minimum..but how we can expect the very same outcome from 8 years old students in different subject is having differen…
  • Anonymous
    This course was very useful for me. I have got a lot of information which allows me to become a better teacher than I am. We have disscussed the 21st century skills , why they are so important nowadays. The second week we learnt how to use technology in class to make our lessons more efficient. The third week was dedicated to children's rights . I have learnt new information about bullying and how prevent it. Discussion of the future of English and how to improve teaching if we know L1 of our students was also exciting. It was a pleasure to communicate with the colleagues all around the world, to read their comments , get likes and share experience. I feel I learn together with all world. English ruins all borders. Thank you a lot.
  • Anonymous

    First of all, I am very grateful for providing such a great opportunity to develop our teaching profession. The course has really been great, informative and insightful. I personally learned a lot from the course mentors as well as the other participants. The links and the materials you've shared with us are rich and thought provoking. My apetite has increased for reading more and digging into the resources I have saved and downloaded. The videos of outstanding educational practitioners like David Chrystal are engaging and motivational. To sum up, it's been an exciting learning experience!

    Thank you British Council


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  • Anonymous
    By taking this online course I have learned about the new skills for 21st century learners.Students that think critically and enjoy problem solving.Young learners that learn collaboratively forming groups or teams that help and support one another being able to communicate effectively for achieving goals together.In doing so learners have to know how to use digital tools and make use of creativity and imagination.When these learners are adults they will have to apply what they learned to live in a similar way within a community.
  • Anonymous
    indeed it is a lovely session that got a lot of good resources for me and my colleagues. I got more information about teaching my students and more about English and how to focus on the way of presenting. how to deal with errors. the importance of using different languages and the same one for the MT.
    You gave me the space to comment and share.
  • Anonymous
    Thank you. The topics which were discussed in all these sessions are very interesting, lively, informative videos and interesting ideas about teaching. Professors and resource person's videos are also very useful. The topics are natural as now we are facing all those problems in our day to day teaching. So, i strongly recommend to take this course as it is fruitful. Thank you British council.
  • Anonymous
    It is indeed a fantastic course.the case studies,videos shared and the conversations .professors interactions.accessibility is so simple, easy and very much interesting .we understood much about English and the improved techniques that are to be experimented in class room we really enjoyed.very informative and very much useful. We are very thankful to you. Thank you so much.
  • Anonymous
    Very interesting course. lot of material that can be utlise in your teaching career. Different sites and videos, matter to go through. Thank you. This course is a base for those who want to start their teaching career basically the youngsters. It is a course that can get ideas from the mentors and other people who are already teachers.
  • Anonymous
    I am really enjoying the course It is giving me confidence to consider my own practice and make the transition between primary to adults. The information on apps etc has been very useful-though overwhelming!!
  • Anonymous
    I have really enjoy the course and is very good course.It has broaden my knowledge in many areas of helping the leaner and ways to tackle issues in case it comes up in the cause of helping students and i enjoy the videos that throw more light on the lessons.Thank you.
  • Anonymous
    the course is ideal for a teacher who has been kind of stagnating in the same profession for a very long time. It is an eye-opener for teachers who have been working without thinking about the objectives and the changing goals and perspectives.
  • Anonymous
    This course helps me to open new ideas, develop myself and encourage me studying more. Thank you for this opportunity. Best wishes!
  • Anonymous
    i loved the course . i feel like doing more of them in future learn. my daughter 13 year old has also done basic and pre-intermediate English Grammar courses.
  • Anonymous
    It was very interesting course I enjoyed lots and get very useful material.
    Thank you so much to enroll me and gave me a chance to learn such a interesting course.
  • Anonymous
    It has been a wonderful experience for last 4 weeks that I have gone through a very useful and resourceful course with British Council. All the topics covered in the course are very much helpful for the upgradation of my teaching ability. The discu…
  • Anonymous
    I really enjoyed the lessons and reading opinions from different people. I have also learnt a lot as a teacher.
  • Anonymous
    Nice course content. Greatly appreciated. The interest begins to wain a little after a while as the format is quite repetitive, and it's just a matter of watching or reading and adding a comment. A large part of the time it feels like everybody is c…
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