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Teaching English Online

Cambridge English Language Assessment via FutureLearn


Become an expert online English teacher

Is it time for a new online direction in your teaching career? Join our 4-week course to learn how to adapt your face-to-face teaching skills to an online environment.

Teaching English online is now becoming increasingly important all over the world, giving learners and teachers flexibility to work and learn wherever they want in the world.

Learn all about online teaching

When you start the course, you’ll learn how to prepare for teaching online. You’ll discover the kind of equipment you need, research and choose an online platform and learn how to create materials and activities for English lessons.

Developing a rapport with your students is essential, so you’ll also receive some tips on how to do this as a new online teacher.

Helping to develop listening and reading skills

Next, you’ll focus on how to help learners develop listening and reading skills online. You’ll go over the differences between listening and reading in English online compared to in-person teaching.

Start planning your English lessons with our lesson outline advice and learn about different activities and resources you can use online.

Teaching English speaking, pronunciation and writing skills

You’ll be moving on to English speaking and pronunciation this week. Discover how to teach English speaking in both one to one lessons and online groups.

Learn how to diagnose pronunciation issues and try some useful tools for teaching correct English pronunciation. Then we’ll move on to thinking about online writing lessons and how to provide feedback.

Sealing your future as an online teacher

You’ll finish the course by learning how to get a new online teaching business up and running. You’ll also discover how to continue your professional development as an online teacher.

This course is for experienced or recently qualified English language teachers who would like to transfer their teaching skills to a live online context.


  • Getting started
    • Welcome to the course
    • The online teaching context
    • Getting started
    • Key skills for online teachers of English
    • Round-up of week 1
  • Helping learners with receptive skills - reading and listening
    • Welcome to week 2
    • Planning online lessons
    • Helping learners to develop reading skills
    • Helping learners to develop listening skills
    • Assessing learning in online lessons
    • Round-up of week 2
  • Helping learners with productive skills - speaking and writing
    • Welcome to week 3
    • Helping learners to develop speaking skills
    • Helping learners with their pronunciation
    • Helping learners to develop writing skills
    • Round-up of week 3
  • Teaching language, starting and running your business and professional development
    • Welcome to week 4
    • Teaching language – grammar and vocabulary
    • Getting your business started
    • Professional development for online teachers
    • Round-up of week 4

Taught by

Lindsay Warwick


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  • Mohamed Hassan Mohamuud
    This course is so important to learn the generations must avoid this course its very good so this course is so important for my self Evry one who is in this world needs courses like this
  • Ng Hui Nee
    My pronunciation,speak ,talk and write is not i have learn .i try to online find teacher teach.because after two months i learn .i need stay exam English lessons.i improvement myself. so i need more practice and improve myself.
    this course was very interested not even to get certificate but also the full knowledge i got .
    i will use all this knowledge to sprig to my comrade


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