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Online course

Exploring the World of English Language Teaching

Learn what it means to be a TEFL or English Language Teacher, and start preparing for your first teaching job.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Exploring the World of English Language Teaching

Why join the course?

Thousands of English language teachers take up posts around the globe every year, Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) to different nationalities and speakers.

If you’re thinking about joining them, this free online course will help you find out more about the world of English Language Teaching (ELT).

We’ll be answering some key questions -

  • What is ELT and what does it involve?
  • Where can you teach English?
  • Who are your learners?
  • And what do you need to know about the English language?

Get practical advice from English language teachers and experts around the world

The course will run over six weeks and feature learners from different countries and teachers who’ve taught all over the world, giving you ideas and information on key areas of English language teaching.

Throughout the course, experts from Cambridge English Language Assessment – one of the leading providers of exams and qualifications, such as CELTA and TKT, for learners and teachers of English – will be asking you for your ideas and input. We’ll have articles, videos, quizzes and live events where you can ask the experts your own questions.

Explore the opportunities for teaching English as a foreign language

You’ll also learn more about where your new adventure can take you, and find out the best way to get started.

From teaching children in Vietnam, to teaching business people in Switzerland, we’ll give you a taste of what you’ll need to know. We’ll provide ideas on practical activities you can use in class and show you how you can look at English from a whole new viewpoint.

Thanks to Bell Cambridge International School, International House Budapest Teacher Training and EF International Language Centre Cambridge.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 11 secondsI really love to bring the potential out of people. I love the variety that it brings. Allowing them to work together on their own, in pairs, in groups. I think that really helps. Get ready! Ready, set, go! English Language Teaching is an exciting and rewarding experience that allows you to explore and discover the world, interacting with people of all ages and cultures.

Skip to 0 minutes and 40 secondsIf you're thinking of teaching English, or already have some experience and want to find out more, Exploring the World of English Language Teaching will help you make decisions about the kind of teaching experience you want to have and introduce you to the skills you need to be an effective English language teacher. I made the decision to change career and just pursue EFL because that's what I love doing. If you're going to be a language teacher you need a solid foundation in language. Be very, very organised. Patience. Enthusiasm. By the end of the six weeks, you'll have answers to the following questions; What does it mean to be an English language teacher? How can you motivate and manage learners?

Skip to 1 minute and 20 secondsWhat do you need to know about language? What resources are available for teachers to use? And what training can you do to help you become a confident and effective English language teacher in different cultures and contexts. An effective teacher should think about the learners and the learning. You can use books, magazines, songs, films, TED talks, board games. The world is your oyster really. During the course we'll talk to English Language Teaching professionals and find out about their experiences; where they've worked, how they prepared, and what top tips they have to pass on. So I taught in Hong Kong, I was in Vietnam, a little bit in Spain.

Skip to 2 minutes and 3 secondsWe'll also talk to students and ask them what they think makes a good English language teacher. The teacher that has a lot of passion do this kind of work. Can teach you grammar but also vocabulary and the culture. Throughout you'll have the opportunity to share ideas and learn from others and after the course the interactive forum will remain open so that you can continue to network and share experiences and teaching ideas. I like to do competitions and games with reading and writing, and speaking and listening as well so that kind of motivates them to listen more carefully. I'm Monica Poulter, Teacher Development Manager at Cambridge English Language Assessment and I'll be one of your guides throughout the course.

Skip to 2 minutes and 48 seconds I hope you enjoy exploring the world of English Language Teaching and that this will be only the start of your English Language Teaching journey. And so I thought, OK I'll try it and have a go, and turns out it is suiting my personality quite well, which is a relief to be fair!

What topics will you cover?

Teaching contexts
  • Places to teach
  • Types of classes
  • Motivations for learning English
  • Learners and the learning context
  • Different types of learners
  • Ways to motivate learners
  • Classroom management
  • Classroom language
Language skills: reading, listening, speaking, writing
  • Basic concepts and terminology used for describing communication skills; reading, listening, speaking and writing
  • Potential barriers to acquiring communication skills and suggestions for helping learners overcome them
Language analysis and awareness
  • Basic concepts and terminology used in ELT for describing language; grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation
  • Potential barriers to learning language and suggestions for helping learners overcome them
Using resources
  • Published resources
  • Authentic materials
  • Realia
  • Digital tools
  • Issues relating to selecting materials
Becoming an English language teacher
  • Qualities of an English language teacher
  • Different training options
  • Preparing for a CELTA course
Glossary
  • Terminology relating to ELT

When would you like to start?

  • Available now
  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

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

  • Identify ELT terminology
  • Engage with key topics in ELT
  • Evaluate a variety of ELT teaching and learning materials
  • Discuss different types of learners
  • Identify classroom management techniques
  • Explore language systems and language skills
  • Apply practical ideas about materials and activities for future use with learners
  • Evaluate training options

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone with an interest in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), either in your own country or abroad. No prior knowledge is required to take part in the course.

Who will you learn with?

Marie Therese Swabey

English Language Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Assessor and Joint Chief Assessor for a range of teaching qualifications from Cambridge English.

Monica Poulter

Teacher Development Manager at Cambridge English with over 20 years’ experience developing qualifications for English language teachers. Formerly a teacher and teacher trainer in a range of contexts.

Who developed the course?

Cambridge English Language Assessment is part of the University of Cambridge. We provide the most valuable range of qualifications for learners and teachers of English in the world.

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £39.00

Statement of Participation £24.00

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