• British Council

Teaching for Success: Learning and Learners

Understand learners, policy and practice with this continuing professional development course for English language teachers.

95,299 enrolled on this course

Teaching for Success: Learning and Learners
  • Duration4 weeks
  • Weekly study2 hours
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Learn with English language teachers worldwide

This free online course is for English language teachers around the world. It will help you develop the skills and practices you need for your continuing professional development (CPD).

In this course you will look at four professional practices:

  • Understanding learners
  • Knowing the subject
  • Using inclusive practices
  • Assessing learning

Short video interviews with experienced teachers will be combined with classroom films from around the world to illustrate the main points.

Video tutors will guide you through each week, offering tips, advice and downloadable resources.


  • Week 1

    Understanding learners

    • What motivates your learners?

      Meet the educators, think about different types of motivation and how to get to know your learners better

    • Building rapport

      Watch a teacher interact with her learners and read about the importance of rapport and praise.

    • Getting learners talking

      Listen to teachers talking about what motivates their learners to speak and share your speaking activities

    • Review

      Watch the weekly round up and reflect on this week’s learning

  • Week 2

    Knowing the subject

    • What do teachers and learners know already?

      Consider different types of knowledge learners have and how teachers can make use of this in the classroom

    • What do learners need to know about new language?

      What and how to research

    • Checking understanding

      Watch and read about different ways to check that learners understand language

    • Practising new language

      Watch learners practising new language in different ways

    • Review

      Watch the weekly round up and reflect on this week’s learning

  • Week 3

    Using inclusive practices

    • Understanding inclusive practices

      Discuss diversity and evaluate a classroom activity

    • Differentiating content

      Help all your learners achieve by differentiating texts, tasks or media

    • Differentiating process

      Using learners' interests, support mechanisms and groupwork to help learners achieve

    • Differentiating product

      Consider how learners might produce different evidence of their understanding, analyse a lesson and evaluate your own teaching for inclusivity

    • Review

      Reflect on this week's learning and watch the round-up video

  • Week 4

    Assessing learning

    • Why we do what we do

      Compare your own assessment practice with other teachers and take part in our assessment poll

    • Types of assessment

      Analyse test questions and discuss how to assess learning from each lesson you teach

    • Assessing speaking

      Watch a teacher doing a speaking assessment and discuss ways to give feedback to learners about their speaking

    • Assessing writing

      How to assess and give feedback on writing

    • Next steps

      Reflect on your learning throughout the course, and plan what to do next

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

  • Available now

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Compare teaching approaches and experience with others from around the world.
  • Reflect on the factors involved in learner motivation and consider the implications for our teaching practice.
  • Discuss different types of knowledge and what a teacher needs to know.
  • Evaluate ways to check understanding and practice language.
  • Identify and value diversity, and apply strategies to promote inclusive education.
  • Evaluate different types of assessment and reflect on assessment criteria and activities for speaking and writing.

Who is the course for?

The course is aimed at teachers of English as a foreign language at all levels. Intermediate level English (around B1 on the CEFR) is required.

The course draws on the British Council’s many years of expertise in teacher training and development around the world. It will be useful for teachers of English at primary, secondary or higher levels.

You will be asked to share your experiences and opinions as you become part of a global community of English language teachers.

Who will you learn with?

Suzanne has been working in ELT since 1999. She's been working in teacher training and materials writing for over 10 years. Her online portfolio is: https://suzannemordue.wordpress.com

Who developed the course?

British Council

The British Council is on the ground in six continents and over 100 countries connecting the best of UK culture with a global audience and providing high-quality English language courses.

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