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British Council

Teaching English: How to Plan a Great Lesson

British Council via FutureLearn

Overview

Improve your English lesson planning and explore teaching with technology

Effective lesson planning will help your English students get the most from your classes.

On this teaching English course, you will look at four professional practices, share your own experiences, and apply what you’ve learnt to your CPD.

As you explore the key components of lesson planning, you’ll learn the importance of relationship-building and using technology to engage and support your students.

You’ll also learn the best ways to manage your lessons and make the most of any teaching resources available to you.

This course is designed for English language teachers around the world who want to improve their teaching methods and lesson planning.

You could be teaching at a primary, secondary, or higher education level.

Taught by

Claire Ross

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Reviews

4.8 rating, based on 285 reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I have participated in several courses online, in different platforms, as Coursera, Edx, in Universities as Yale or Harvard, and in Future Learn I have had the best experience. Because, you send weekly our reminders. This particular course has been so...
  • Anonymous
    I would like the addition of an online live meeting at least one at the end of each week to share and exchange our ideas together with experts in the field of teaching. I am wondering whether it is possible to use teaching materials available at the British...
  • Anonymous
    I find this course very beneficial for teachers as it often provides outlets that prioritize the relationship between the teacher and his students. It presents useful materials in terms of lesson planning, activity diversification and classroom attitudes....
  • Anonymous
    The instruction I received during the two first weeks on how to plan a great lesson has been extremely beneficial. I learned how to know my learners’ needs, interests and preferences. I became aware of the diversity in my class and discovered about the issues that motivate learners. I also learned how to build rapport with my learners to enhance their motivation. In addition to diversity and motivation, I learned how to differentiate my lessons in terms of content, process, and product; and to how to plan successful lessons or courses. Things that are more interesting are yet to come.
  • Anonymous
    It is never too old to learn. Despite my long teaching experience and prior knowledge about the teaching/learning process, I discovered that the teaching profession is very demanding. The tips and suggestions contained in the different steps of this course added to our abilities and teaching skills. If well applied, these strategies would help us, as teachers, to perform well, to attain our lessons' objectives, to increase our learners' motivation. Put differently, this training would enable us to make our classes more attractive.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I find this a practical course that helps explain Differentiation in simple terms. The examples provided and the video clips help to further support my understanding of DfL. It is certainly good to know that I don't have to prepare individual lessons for each student but that I can meet the needs of the students by scaffolding through questions etc so that learning needs are met.
    What I have learnt is that DfL happens when the teacher presents content in different ways, provides students with a variety of activities to internalise new knowledge, and also presents them with choices on how they display their learning.
  • Anonymous
    The course is so rich and has broadened my teaching skills so far, enhanced my reflectiveness, also provided me with beneficial materials that is definitely needed in my career. It would have been amazing if the videos were longer because they include real experiences that one should witness. Thank you for giving us this priceless opportunity. Looking for word to finish this course and be lucky again to subscribe in your upcoming learning experiences.
  • Anonymous
    The course is so rich and has broadened my teaching skills so far, enhanced my reflectiveness, also provided me with beneficial materials that is definitely needed in my career. It would have been amazing if the videos were longer because they include real experiences that one should witness. Thank you for giving us this priceless opportunity. Looking for word to finish this course and be lucky again to subscribe in your upcoming learning experiences.
  • Anonymous
    I was highly impressed by all the tips, techniques, strategies, and the additional resources and links provided at the end of each stage. Taken together, these instructions will enable teachers to perform well. If well taken into account, these steps will help teachers to plan great lessons and to teach in a different way, which in return would motivate learners to develop better skills. Thank you so much for your great efforts.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I've taken part in various online teacher training courses. Usually they were more like just a set of webinars (each 2-3 hrs long!) and included tasks to check comprehension and a test to get a certificate. There was almost no collaboration with fellow...
  • Anonymous
    I have really enjoyed tjis course,it was an kiimportant opportunity for me to be in contact with professionnal educators . I learnt much from it at different levels related to teaching and learning English. I advise other teachers and even prospective ones to join it , it will be zn interesting experience for them.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It has been an intensive course for a non-professional English teacher like me because I have to explore many new fields such as managing lessons, managing class, using technology etc. However, there have been many steps each week to lead you through the journey so I do not have to worry much in this adventure. Thank you for offering such a helpful course.
  • Anonymous
    The lesson is really enjoyable.
    It provides me with an opportunity to recall my prior knowledge and to reflect on and review my teaching practices.
    Thank you!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    The course is well structured and it offers such good tips and useful resources for teachers professional development.
    Thank you for all teaching materials shared here and easy to download from each week course step, which are very helpful for planning a great lesson.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Excellent course. You will be able to improve your pedagogical practices at the same time you could enhance your English skills. Moreover, a lot resources are sharing by the whole participants .
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    This course is simply AMAZING, INFORMATIVE and ENJOYABLE! Hats off to all those involved in any manner whatsoever in designing and delivering the course up here!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    It´s very useful and interesting for me. I´m learning a lot because I teach English but I´m haven´t studied at a Teacher´s training college so I know nothing about planning . I use to follow the coursebook plans and I "give form" to it according to other resources or ideas that I think they are useful to use in class. Apart from that, my students follow me during my class, I can see that at many tmes they really enjoy it and they learn. That´s why I´m trying to do my best because I love to do it and to keep in touch with students.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    It's a very interesting course whether you are a novel teacher trying to understand how to plan your lessons or you are a teacher who has been working for a while but needs to brush up on teaching methods. Educators are nice and competent, the material provided is useful and interesting and there are lots of videos that show real teachers in action. Sharing material and ideas with other participants is also a good opportunity to grow professionally. Highly recommended.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    It's a great course with practical advice on how to build a good English lesson taking into consideration all aspects of it: motivation of learners, working with weaker and stronger students through differentiation types, techniques like tiered instructions, or scaffolding method, planning activities at different stages of a lesson, evaluation and reflection. It's useful, purposeful and constructive.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    This course is exceeding my expectations. I'm glad I decided to join and learning so much each week. I would definitely recommend it to teachers at their beginning of their careers, but also as a refreshment course for more experienced teachers.
    I would also like to mention that Claire, Sue and Josh are doing an awesome job when moderating the debates and on the Facebook Live videos.

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