• British Council

Teaching for Success: Lessons and Teaching

Look at lessons, courses and resources with this continuing professional development course for English language teachers.

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Teaching for Success: Lessons and Teaching
  • Duration4 weeks
  • Weekly study2 hours
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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).

This course is part of our Teaching for Success: Practices for English Language Teaching program. In the program we will look at the 12 professional practices for CPD on the British Council’s teacher development framework.

In this course you will look at four professional practices:

  • Planning lessons and courses
  • Managing resources
  • Managing the lesson
  • Taking responsibility for professional development.

Learn with English language teachers worldwide

Each week will focus on one of these practices. Short video interviews with experienced teachers will be combined with classroom films from around the world to illustrate the main points of each week.

Video tutors, Suzanne and Claire, will guide you through each week’s content, offering tips, advice and downloadable resources at every stage.

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

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.


  • Week 1

    Planning lessons and courses

    • Planning ahead

      Listen to a teacher talking about why they plan and evaluate what should be in a plan

    • Aims and stages

      Watch different lesson stages and identify aims and stages in a lesson plan

    • Task: lesson observation

      Watch a writing lesson and identify aims for each stage

    • Course planning

      Consider factors important to planning a course and analyse a sample course plan

    • Review

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

  • Week 2

    Managing resources

    • What's available?

      Share pictures of your classroom resources and consider the role of technology in teaching

    • Using flashcards

      Watch teachers using different techniques and share your ideas

    • Using realia

      Ways to use real objects in your classes

    • Using the board

      Ideas, and a drawing lesson

    • Review

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

  • Week 3

    Managing the lesson

    • Factors that influence learning

      Discuss what most influences learning and listen to teachers talking about their role in class

    • Teacher language

      Consider the role of L1 and watch a teacher giving instructions

    • Alone, in pairs or in groups?

      Share a picture of your classroom and discuss different interaction patterns

    • Engaging learners

      Watch and share ways to involve learners in your lessons

    • Review

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

  • Week 4

    Taking responsibility for professional development

    • Your professional development

      Understanding your development needs and interests

    • Personal learning networks

      Collaborate with other professionals

    • Peer observation

      Evaluate observation tasks and take part in a virtual observation

    • Developing your reflective practice

      Reflect on a lesson and discover an action research project

    • Next steps

      Time to make some plans!

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.

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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.
  • Discuss factors involved in planning lessons and courses.
  • Identify the benefits of resources and the role of technology.
  • Explore classroom management and factors that influence learning.
  • Reflect on professional development needs and practices.

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.

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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