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Teaching English: How to Plan a Great Lesson

British Council via FutureLearn

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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.

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Claire Ross

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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 interesting because it has a very engaged teacher,...
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 teachers. This course, however, was completely...
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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.
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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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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.
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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.

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I very enjoy the course. It is very professional and well made.

I take a lot of advice and make notes.

I think it will help me to create better lesson plans.

However, I think I will not finish the course due to lack of time.

Next time, probably, thank you very much!!!
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This course has been very enriching because now I have new ideas to improve my performance and to help my students in the process of learning. Teaching is a way to learn to, thanks for everything.

I highly recommend this course the material is so interesting and attractive.

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This course helps me a lot for all before, during, and after the lessons. Many ideas are eye opening for me and it is great that I can try those ideas the following day. I’ve taken some other courses in fiturelearn but this one is the best so far!
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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 .
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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!
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The course content is excellent. The Find out more section is most interesting and useful and the educators' comments are very much appreciated.
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I am grateful to Future Learn for enabling me to have such top notch and committed educators and providing me with such useful resources
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The course was very comprehensive and addressed all the issues that teachers face ranging form knowing the interest of learners , how to incorporate them in the lesson , how to make classes more inclusive by taking into account different learning styles to managing resources etc. to name a few areas...
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As a teacher, joining this course gives me incredibly useful knowledge and insights . The course answers questions relating issues that may not only me but also other English teachers around the world encounter, such as learners' differences, teaching techniques to the four skills and planning a great lesson. The learning steps in this course provides here is is well packed and well developed and super comprehensive. The course provides abundant resources such as video and articles which we can reread or watch for more understanding. Most importantly is the discussion session where the course provides questions or issues to be discussed and reflected. Here, sharing experience and comments from teachers around the world and responses from Educators are invaluable.

The course has risen my insights of my profession and I feel more confident in designing my lessons and implementing them. I am so grateful to part of this course. Thanks to Future Learn and team.
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What a fantastic course, don't know where to start really. I'm very much at the bottom end of the spectrum as far as teaching goes so as a beginner with limited classroom experience this has been of immeasurable aid. The language used by the tutors is not full of technical jargon that would make you want to give up after the first few lessons. It is language that is simple but yet conveys wonderful ideas by which you can improve your teaching experience. The videos of various classes around the world enable you to see first hand how teachers deliver, adapt and enthuse their learners. The .pdf's at the end of each lesson, again in simple terms, give a list of wonderful tips and guidelines that are going to make the teaching experience a more memorable and enjoyable one.

New to teaching, been doing it for a while, possibly a long time. I still think you will find something here that will give you pause for thought and perhaps remind you of things long forgotten.
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I have enjoyed This Course for the activities and advices given to us. It is important to take into consideration some aspects when teaching a lesson such as: choose the right topic, Be specific, give support and preparation Time, allow learners to work together and provide a clear purpose. Activities where students can use their imagination, writing in groups, teaching mixed level groups are useful for the students. Teachers need to think about all kind of students they have in a class; that Is why to teach AND in What order is essential. We need to know What to achieve in a lesson in order to help our students to learn AND spend Time with them, This means to check understanding.Finally I have to say that when we engage the students they Will feel connected and motivated to learn. Threads activities are the Best sample to work with them, because they are activities they can develop everyday and they are familiar with them.
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