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Skip to 0 minutes and 1 second I’m Claire Ross, and my colleague Suzanne Mordue and I will be your tutors throughout this course. As teachers and teacher trainers, you’ll all be familiar with many of the challenges that English language teachers face. And in each week of this course, you’ll consider a different aspect of teaching to help you develop professionally as a teacher. Whatever your level of experience, and no matter what learners you teach, this course will give you the opportunity to reflect on and share your current practise. And you’ll find new ideas and activities to try with your learners, too. There are opportunities to ask our team questions throughout the course. For now, we’d like to know a bit more about you.

Skip to 0 minutes and 46 seconds So please tell us where you teach and what you hope to get out of the course.


In this video Claire Ross and Suzanne Mordue welcome you to the course and tell you what’s in store in the weeks ahead.

Over the next four weeks, we’ll look at what you can do to make your lessons great, to enable you to develop the skills and practices you need for your continuing professional development (CPD). Each week focuses on a different topic: understanding your learners, planning lessons and courses, managing the lesson and managing resources.

You will also have the chance to ask the educators questions, starting with a Facebook Live broadcast this week. You’ll find details of other events later on in the course.

We’ve included a glossary of terms commonly used to talk about English language teaching. If you see a word in pink, click on it to find the definition in the glossary.

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Teaching English: How to Plan a Great Lesson

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