Teaching English: How to Plan a Great Lesson

Discover new English teaching methods and learn how to create an effective English lesson plan with this online teaching course.

  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Weekly study 2 hours
  • Learn Free
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Improve your English lesson planning and explore teaching with technology

Effective lesson planning will help your English students get the most from your classes.

On this teaching English course, you will look at four professional practices, share your own experiences, and apply what you’ve learnt to your CPD.

As you explore the key components of lesson planning, you’ll learn the importance of relationship-building and using technology to engage and support your students.

You’ll also learn the best ways to manage your lessons and make the most of any teaching resources available to you.

What topics will you cover?

Understanding Learners

  • Learner motivation.
  • Building rapport.
  • Getting learners talking.

Planning lessons and courses

  • Why and how do teachers plan lessons and courses.
  • What are the key factors to consider?
  • Identifying aims and stages in your own and others’ lessons.

Managing resources

  • Making the most of the resources available to you.
  • The role of technology.
  • Using flashcards and realia.
  • Boardwork, Sharing resources with others.

Managing the lesson

  • Factors that influence learning.
  • Teacher language and the use of L1.
  • Pair and group work.
  • Engaging learners.

When would you like to start?

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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.
  • Reflect on the factors involved in learner motivation and consider the implications for our teaching practice.
  • Identify and value diversity, and apply strategies to promote inclusive education.
  • Reflect on your approach to lesson planning and the factors that inform your planning decisions.
  • Interpret other teachers' approaches and decision making.
  • Identify appropriate teaching resources and assess their effectiveness.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for English language teachers around the world who want to improve their teaching methods and lesson planning.

You could be teaching at a primary, secondary, or higher education level.

Who will you learn with?

Claire Ross

Claire Ross

I research and develop courses for teachers and trainers. I'm interested in inclusion, online learning/teaching and pluralistic approaches to languages and cultures. I have an MA in Education (online)

suzanne mordue

suzanne mordue

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

Joshua Underwood

Joshua Underwood

I'm a British Council futurelearn educator.
- Teaching (online)
- EduDigComp Training
- EdTech DesignResearch
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=X5IlrVEAA
https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshuaunderwood

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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