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Teaching English: How to Plan a Great Lesson

British Council via FutureLearn

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Overview

Gain new teaching skills and practices to put towards your CPD

By learning to develop a great lesson, English language teachers give students the best opportunity to retain what they’ve learnt. On this course, you will look at four professional practices, share your own teaching experiences, and apply what you’ve learnt to your CPD.

You will learn to understand your students and build a rapport with them. You will explore the key factors to remember when planning lessons and courses, including using resources like technology and flashcards. You will also learn how to manage the lesson and keep your students engaged with your teaching methods.

This course is for English language teachers worldwide in any setting at primary, secondary, or higher levels.

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Chris Cavey

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Reviews for FutureLearn's Teaching English: How to Plan a Great Lesson Based on 101 reviews

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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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Anonymous
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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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Anonymous
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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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Anonymous
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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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Anonymous
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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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Anonymous
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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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Anonymous
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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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Anonymous
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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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Anonymous
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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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Anonymous
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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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Anonymous
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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, who is Claire, and it is very important to listen to her and read her when she answers, clarifies and question us as students.

The only one thing that I'd like to improve is that the time of the course is not 9 hours at all. I'd like to have a Certificate that proves more accuretely…
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Anonymous
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The course has been very insightful and helpful to me. In refreshing my former teaching knowledge and skills and wanting to improve upon them (from what I've learnt) for my next teaching/tutoring adventure; the Educators and fellow participants who contribute have really instilled a sense of belonging to a wider and collaborative network in education and teaching/learning specifically. The lesson and course planning modules were particularly useful to me and just reading/commenting daily on other teachers/participants ideas made me naturally want to improve on my own performance to become that better educator and produce (plan for) those better lessons. All in all a successful and thought provoking course, so thank you to the British Council, Future Learn and all those involved - I am (still) thoroughly enjoying it.
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Anonymous
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I am finding this course extremely helpful. As teachers we develop habits that we are slow to change. Often a course likes this encourages us to review our teaching behaviour and to develop new and more interesting lessons. This has certainly been the case for me on this course.

I took this course mainly to help with my English Language Teaching which I do infrequently and I knew I needed some help with my lesson planning for it. However, I can already see how it will really help me regenerate and rethink how I do my daily teaching which I now realise has become very stale and teacher centred (rather than student centred), particulalry due to teaching the same course for the last 8 years. The course hasn't been reviewed, but I really intend to review my approach to it for the coming teaching year.
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Anonymous
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I enjoy this course. It really helps me to evaluate my teaching experience, to see my strong and weak sides.I can compare my work with other teachers' work.I watch activities and extracts of lessons from different parts of the world. I am inspired by my enthusiastic colleagues. I found out many interesting ideas which I could use in my classroom with my students.

If I am interested in some information our educators are always ready to help and support.

Future Learn team provides us with additional resources and materials, useful articles and links.We can download materials for free.

I'm really glad to take part in this course.

Thank you for opportunity to develop my professional skills
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Iryna K
Iryna is taking this course right now.
I enjoy this course. It really helps me to evaluate my teaching experience, to see my strong and weak sides.I can compare my work with other teachers' work.I watch activities and extracts of lessons from different parts of the world. I am inspired by my enthusiastic colleagues. I found out many interesting ideas which I could use in my classroom with my students.

If I am interested in some information our educators are always ready to help and support.

Future Learn team provides us with additional resources and materials, useful articles and links.We can download materials for free.

I'm really glad to take part in this course.

Thank you for opportunity to develop my professional skills
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
The course is very good and it's coming at the right time for me because planning an English Language lesson can be challenging some times. The introductory aspect of the lesson is nice and engaging. I love the video mode of the lesson. The comments section is also good because it helps educators see the veiw of other educators and learn more.

I haven't reached the end of the course but I think it will be nice to include how to plan an English lesson for students with dyslexia and other health issues. This can be done briefly because some teachers have such learners in their classes.

I love the course . Thanks to the team behind this great work. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to learn.
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I am very grateful for this course! Authentic language of tutors, describing all the important stages to create your best lesson! I saved a lot of material, printed it to remember better later at work at school. I liked video with very interesting teachers from different countries talking about their own experience on various fields - it was very useful. Also the course is made like this that you can't stop thinking about what is going on later - it is really very interesting to find more and more resources, plans and material to build a great lesson. Thank you very much! Hope that many teachers could attend this course.
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I have really enjoyed this Course up to now and has found it extremely useful as it is full of practical advice and not only theory. The more useful links you provide us with, the best the outcome for us the techers.

What I would like to note down, is that teachers that have to work in classes with no Internet access (like me) need lots of and even more useful advise and practical ideas on how to tailor their lessons and adapt the course books. For these teachers it is more difficult to make the lesson more interesting and not boring!!

Thank you all for the excellent and contant effort you are putting on this Course.

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Anonymous
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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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Janaki S
Janaki is taking this course right now, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I've been loving reading the comments and tips of both the instructors and teachers who joined the course.

I could easily say is like discovering a new world, and that I have the possibility of becoming (one day) a good teacher.

I've discovered a large number of tools that I couldn't even dream of.

The texts and videos provided on the British Council website are priceless.

I don't know exactly how to describe the feelings, maybe happiness, and relief, because with the lessons it seems like anyone can become a good teacher working along with the right people and tools.

The course provides them.

Thank you so much you all.



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