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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsHello, and welcome. I'm Helen, and along with Kay and Paul, I'll be guiding you through the course. Each week we'll be looking at a key question. For example, this week it's how do you get learners ready to learn subject content? We'll look at language, and ideas from teachers and experts. And we'll help you to consider the best language to use with your learners in your context. To help you feel more confident teaching in English, there are plenty of opportunities to repeat and respond to audio recordings, to record your voice, to practise your pronunciation, and to try out the language in your classroom. We've built in lots of opportunities for you to share your ideas about language and teaching.

Skip to 0 minutes and 52 secondsYou can take part in the talking point discussion, and add your thoughts at the end of each step. We'll share our expertise with you, and we hope that you'll join in the discussion with other teachers who teach their subject in English, like you. Do read other teachers' comments and questions, and like or reply to the ones that you think are interesting or important. We'll be responding to some of your questions, and some of the issues that you raise in the comments, in our Q&A steps, and in the end-of-week reviews. First of all this week, we're going to start by getting to know you.

Welcome to the course

Welcome to Teaching your Subject in English. This course aims to help you to build your confidence and use English effectively to teach your subject, whether that’s maths, history, science or any other subject. We’ll focus on language you can use at different stages of a lesson and each week you’ll explore three areas of functional language, for example eliciting, or setting up group work, or monitoring.

You’re welcome on the course, no matter what subject you teach, what your level of English is, or how long you’ve been teaching your subject in English. You can learn just a few phrases each week to try out in your classroom, or revisit and completely transform the way you use English with your learners

Weekly focus

We’ll start each week by focusing on a key question about what we say and do in the classroom and how this affects teaching and learning. You may have different experiences and preferences to other teachers, depending on the subject you teach, the school you work in and the learners that you work with and there are plenty of opportunities for discussion.

Key questions:

  • Week 1: How do you get learners ready to learn?
  • Week 2: How do you help learners to understand subject-specific content in English?
  • Week 3: How do you get learners thinking about subject topics?
  • Week 4: How do you get learners working productively in English?
  • Week 5: How do you make sure learning is happening?

Our educators, mentors and hosts will be joining in the discussions and each week we’ll respond to common themes, comments and queries in our end-of-week video. You’ll be able to ask us your questions about language and teaching and we’ll respond to the most popular questions in our weekly Q&A steps.

Functional language

You’ll find lots of language to use and adapt for your classroom. You’ll have the chance to check your understanding and accuracy and to practise saying new language. We aim to raise your awareness of key features of language and pronunciation, to help you to share and find useful advice, and to help you try out new language in class.

During the course we’ll hear from teachers who use English when teaching different subjects and from teacher trainers and experts in the field. We hope that the course will help you to use the English language more effectively when teaching your subject in English and that this will help you to engage your learners and help them succeed in your subject.

Tips for improving your spoken language:

  1. Listen to audio examples carefully, repeat the bits you want to say until you feel confident.
  2. Choose or adapt language so that it fits your context.
  3. Record yourself and compare with examples of language in the course.
  4. Try out the language in your classroom.
  5. If you can, record yourself in class, compare what you said with what you intended to say and then think about how you could improve next time.

Before you start

If you haven’t done so already, please fill out our pre-course survey.

If this is your first FutureLearn course, you may find it helpful to browse the Using FutureLearn and FAQ pages before moving on.

Prove what you’ve learned with a certificate

If you want a record of your course, you can upgrade your course for a Certificate of Achievement when you are eligible.

Certificate of Achievement

The Certificate of Achievement is a great way to prove what you have learned on the course and is evidence of your Continuing Professional Development. This is a personalised certificate and transcript, detailing the syllabus and learning outcomes from the course. It comes as a printed certificate as well as a digital version which you can add to your LinkedIn profile. To qualify, you must have marked at least 90% of the steps in the course complete.

Upgrading will also give you unlimited access to the course. You can go at your own pace and return to the material whenever you like, with access to the course for as long as it exists on FutureLearn.

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Teaching Your Subject in English

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