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Online Course

Teaching for Success: Learning and Learners

British Council via FutureLearn

Overview

Learn with English language teachers worldwide

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).

In this course you will look at four professional practices:

  • Understanding learners
  • Knowing the subject
  • Using inclusive practices
  • Assessing learning

Short video interviews with experienced teachers will be combined with classroom films from around the world to illustrate the main points.

Video tutors will guide you through each week, offering tips, advice and downloadable resources.

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.

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.

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

Taught by

Claire Ross

Reviews

4.8 rating, based on 218 reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    the course was beneficial and helpful in the area of teaching and learning. the themes are different depending on the week. in this course, you will learn how to teach and assess different skills. you ll learn how to embrace your learners's and apply...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This online course has helped me to understand more about learners'motivations and needs for learning.Teachers have to build rapport in the class so that learners feel engaged in a class where respect,understanding and support are always present in...
  • Ijeoma N.

    Ijeoma completed this course.

    This course really help me to understand the assessment terminology like types of assessment etc. in week one. Week two deals with checking understand and practicing new language which was very interesting. Understanding inclusive practices, differentiating...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I really like the course so much, good examples from real classrooms are presented which gives me a variety of simple activities I will use inside my classroom and with my learners.

    A great help is offered excessively and intensively in all parts of a language.

    Everyone is sharing their ideas and commenting on the others on a great educational and learning community.

    The educators are real models of great teachers who offer their time and knowledge freely and ready to help and really help by giving tips and discussing every single idea with the others.

    Thanks a million for your efforts.
    Love you and proud of being a teacher and for joining this awesome course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I believe that teaching is a profession where you're always a learner.Just like all good learners,I am always on a search of the courses which can sharpen my skills as a teacher.

    This course is perfectly designed for language teachers.It beautifully covers all areas of teaching from motivating your learners to assessing them.Every step is elaborated and easy to apply in classroom.
    I am very thankful to the professionals who put their effort in bringing up this course to the teachers of the world.It has brought clarity to me and equipped me with the most effective teaching techniques.
    Looking forward to do more courses of this kind.
    Best Regards.
    Malahat.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    This course is clearly well-designed. It starts from general concepts related to teacher-learner, and then narrows down to practical language-teaching techniques.
    It is of vital importance to interact with other teachers world wide, get to know about their experience in the field and adopt their useful tips in one's classroom.
    I am halfway through this helpful course, and I would like to learn more on the remaining language skills: "listening", "writing" and "reading". Secondly, how to deliver a successful lesson. Thirdly, how to remedy learners' weaknesses after tests or exams. Fourthly, what are the different lesson frameworks?
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I have not finished the course jet, but I can say that it is practical. There are videos with lessons. The course is helpful. The different techniques are demonstrated and discussed. The opportunity to share ideas, views, experience is given. Moreover, the course offers resources on the website of British Council which includes not only linguistics and methodological aspects of teaching English but also additional professional articles to discuss. No matter how long you have been teaching English, you will find practical and useful tips of teaching English as a foreign language as for primary school learners, so as for secondary school ones.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    The best thing that happened to me during this awful, frightening time due to the coronavirus pandemnia , was to sign up for this course! It has been years that I haven't participated in a professional development course and this online course has been enlightening and reassuring as well. I have been teaching for many years and although I have a lot of experience I had started to question my methods and this course has been for me a refresher and has also reassured me that ,phew, yes, I am doing the right things and I'm still in the game :)
    I really enjoy reading the comments , it is here that I get some good tips. I love comparing methods and ideas with the others.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    This course has been helpful for my teaching practice in many ways.It has made me reflect on how important is to build rapport with the group of learners so as to create a good learning environment where respect and confidence prevail in the classroom.At this point it's very important to motivate students sometimes praising or correcting them appropriately as most learners will have problems in their learning.Teachers can use a variety of techniques to check understanding on the content of the lesson and undoubtedly teaching students to have a lot of practice is the best way for communicating in english.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    when review this course, firstly I declare that I'm a poor one not obliged to review you. but as part of being gratitude to you for partaking in this course, I'm compelled to it.
    anyway itmy first course like so, with complete digital and online facilities like MOOC. I could enjoy it. so I appreciate for your arranging it so philosophically and psychologically. I appreciate you on behalf of both content and method of this course.
    thank you claire, Suzanne, Mohammed, Urmila and many other teachers I recall no their names, for granting such a precious and unforgettable experience. thanks a lot.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I found this course really interesting and useful. Each aspect is well explained with enough examples and theoretical foundations. The videos are really attractive and meaningful because they are made with teachers from around the world with different nationalities, backgrounds and contexts. I loved to see them sharing their experiences and their classes. It was very emotional to find similarities in our teaching. Also, the spare activities and links are really practical and can be implemented in our daily teaching. Thank you so much !   
    Adriana Salinas
    Colombian teacher
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I am glad I came across the chance to take this course! During these crazy times, being under quarantine, it gave me an opportunity to use the free time I have to improve myself and also to get in touch with the fellow teachers. I appreciate it's interactivity through the comments section as well as provided tasks throughout the course. Also, I find very useful most of the links and sources shared by the organizers of the course as well as its participants. Thank you!
  • Radwa M.

    Radwa is taking this course right now, spending 7 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

    Honestly, The educators are doing their best and exerting efforts to present a productive, informative and useful content.. They introduce varied sources like videos, written scripts, valuable articles and links to support us and get the most out of the course. I do appreciate their efforts. I enjoyed the course alot. Thanks a bunch.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    During the course I am attaining precious advice. For instance, from now on I will pay a close attention to working on my students’ mistakes. Before we worked just on writing mistakes and after following the advices I’ve learned from the course I will be able to correct my ss’ mistakes mildly. Before I didn’t mention about mistakes since was afraid to lose their strives to speak. Thanks a lot!
  • Farzana is taking this course right now, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    I had started this course to improve my teaching skills, in the beginning I haven't expected the wonderful learning environment here, but as I got indulged into this, I explored so much in terms of resources and discuss and reflect sections. The educators of this course are very learned ones. So far it is very productive. I'm enjoying all videos and activities. I strongly recommend this course. Thanks
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge. It has been a real pleasure to find a lot of colleagues that try to help you out of a question or give suggestions about specific issues. This course has been helping me with the way in which I usually deal with assessment. I think is one of the hardest parts of being a teacher and if you find a way to personalize and make your assessments meaningful, both your students and you will be rewarded and satisfied.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Had wonderful learning Thanks to all tutors who facilitated this. I am MA Lit from AnnAmalai university 1983. Now teaching in private colleges and learning will really help learners to improve their language very fast with developing their vocabulary. Activities are really simple effective.further weeks will help me in my teaching and I will be glad to give you feedback from my learners
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The courses is well organised and explained in sequence. Each week's materials are explained with various examples and shared views helped us to learn and understand more. The materials and the resources are very useful and appropriately supplied. Easy accessibility of each chapter and acceptable explanation made the learning more effective and thought provoking. All together, the course was very helpful and useful.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This online course was informative, fun and kept my interest all along ! Being able to exchange thoughts and comments with other classmates is something I looked forward to as well. The teachers were very involved and made it a point to read our comments and give feedback which is very encouraging. I would recommend this course, and will I be taking another one soon !
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I enjoyed learning new strategies and techniques which develops my teaching career ,and I'd thank all the teachers and my fellows for their passionate and amazing thought that they present in this course.
    And I 'd thank British council for their efforts to enrich and enlarge our teaching skills.
    Thanks a lot.

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