Online ExpertTrack in Teaching

How to Plan and Teach Great English Lessons

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Understand and plan your professional development as an EFL teacher, with this flexible teaching ExpertTrack.

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Learn to plan and deliver thoughtful and engaging English lessons

Take responsibility for your own continuing professional development (CPD) with this ExpertTrack from the British Council.

The British Council’s CPD Framework identifies twelve professional practices that describe what a teacher does and help you plan your own professional development. These three courses look at all twelve practices from Knowing the Subject to 21st Century skills and provide you with a wealth of great suggestions and ideas to take into your own practice.

Each of the three courses looks at four CPD areas:

Lessons and Teaching

The first course in the ExpertTrack covers:

  • Planning lessons and courses – what to consider and how to approach planning your lessons.
  • Managing resources – assessing available resources and designing and making your own resources.
  • Managing the lesson- what should the teacher do in the classroom to ensure that learning takes place?
  • Taking responsibility for professional development - ideas for taking control of your own progress.

Learning and Learners

Course two covers:

  • Understanding Learners - How to establish rapport with your students.
  • Knowing the subject - What does a teacher need to know about language to teach it successfully?
  • Using inclusive practices - How can you ensure that every learner gets what they need from your lessons.
  • Assessing learning - You’ll look at different ways of measuring learners’ progress

The Classroom and the World

The final course in the ExpertTrack looks at four more professional practices:

  • Promoting 21st Century Skills - Critical thinking and working collaboratively.
  • Integrating ICT - How can you get the most out of technology to help your students?
  • Understanding educational policies and practice - Looking at how national policy affects local decisions and how to implement policies to protect your students.
  • Using Multilingual Approaches - how recognising your learners’ language backgrounds can help you to make lessons best-suited to their needs.

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  • You'll usually needA degree and teaching qualification

Key skills you will learn

  • English language teaching
  • Planning lessons
  • Managing resources
  • ICT
  • Inclusivity
  • Assessing learning
  • Teacher CPD

Learning outcomes

By the end of the ExpertTrack, you’ll be able to...

  • Explore planning classes, dealing with resources and managing the lesson
  • Reflect on how we assess learners, being inclusive and teacher subject knowledge
  • Investigate 21st century skills, technology and teaching, multilingualism and educational practices around the world
  • Experiment with new skills and develop professionally as a teacher

Experience required

You will need to be an English language or EFL teacher in order to benefit from this ExpertTrack. You do not need to have specific experience in the field, but you will need an intermediate level English (around B1 on the CEFR) in order to engage with the course materials.

Getting started

This ExpertTrack has been created for English language teachers who would like to take control of their professional development and improve in twelve professional practices across lessons and teaching, learners and learning, and the classroom and the world.

ExpertTrack course overview

  • Course 1

    4.9 (169 reviews)

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

    4 weeks

    3 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Planning lessons and courses
      • Planning ahead
      • Aims and stages
      • Task: lesson observation
      • Course planning
      • Review
    • Week 2

      Managing resources
      • What's available?
      • Using flashcards
      • Using realia
      • Using the board
      • Review
    • Week 3

      Managing the lesson
      • Factors that influence learning
      • Teacher language
      • Alone, in pairs or in groups?
      • Engaging learners
      • Review
    • Week 4

      Taking responsibility for professional development
      • Your professional development
      • Personal learning networks
      • Peer observation
      • Developing your reflective practice
      • Peer Graded Assignment: Lessons and Teaching
      • Next steps
  • Course 2

    4.8 (154 reviews)

    Understand learners, policy and practice with this CPD course for English language teachers.

    4 weeks

    3 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Understanding learners
      • What motivates your learners?
      • Building rapport
      • Getting learners talking
      • Review
    • Week 2

      Knowing the subject
      • What do teachers and learners know already?
      • What do learners need to know about new language?
      • Checking understanding
      • Practising new language
      • Review
    • Week 3

      Using inclusive practices
      • Understanding inclusive practices
      • Differentiating content
      • Differentiating process
      • Differentiating product
      • Review
    • Week 4

      Assessing learning
      • Why we do what we do
      • Types of assessment
      • Assessing speaking
      • Assessing writing
      • Peer Graded Assignment: Learning and Learners
      • Next steps
  • Course 3

    4.7 (131 reviews)

    Take control of your CPD and learn how to integrate 21st century skills and ICT into your English classroom.

    4 weeks

    3 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Promoting 21st century skills
      • Understanding 21st century skills
      • Critical thinking
      • Collaboration and communication
      • Creativity
      • Review
    • Week 2

      Integrating ICT
      • Technology and change
      • Evaluating technology
      • Technology, autonomy and collaboration
      • Review
    • Week 3

      Understanding educational policies and practice
      • Educational policy and teachers
      • Child protection
      • Internet safety
      • Applying policy
      • Peer Graded Assignment: The Classroom and the World
      • Review
    • Week 4

      Using multilingual approaches
      • The languages we speak
      • Other languages and learning English
      • Multilingual teaching approaches
      • World Englishes and the future of English
      • Review

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