Anna Lloyd

Anna Lloyd

I'm Head of Education Technology at Cambridge English. I've worked in digital learning for about 10 years, and before that I was a teacher, Director of Studies and Principal.

Location Cambridge, UK.


  • Hi Omed. Welcome to the course! Hopefully we can answer some of your questions.

  • Hello and welcome to the course!

  • Hi Alex. If you're planning to take the IELTS exam, there are some free courses on Futurelearn that you can take:
    Our course:
    and one from the British Council:

    I hope that helps. Good luck with your exam!

  • Hi Alice. Welcome to the course.

  • Hi Lis. This course will run again, probably before the end of the year so ask your colleagues to look out for it. Registration will open for the next run in the next few weeks.

  • Hi Malak. It's fine to introduce idioms and other fixed phrases. Native English speakers actually use them all the time and English media etc is full of them, so it's important for understanding. Just check which ones are most common and prioritise those.

  • Good point. Phrasal verbs are very difficult, so is any kind of colloquial language.

  • Hi Mary. That's good advice. Also always check the instruction back from the group...then you can be sure it was understood.

  • Hi Abrar. Welcome to the course. This is the last day, but you can still access everything for a couple of weeks. Welcome!

  • Hi Eunice. That happens a lot...but students would rather work those things through with their teacher/classmates than a real-life stranger usually!

  • Hi Jo-Ann. It doesn't matter at all. People always join right up until the end of the course. It's normal. We're glad to have you here!

  • Welcome to the course ;)

  • Hi Roseline. Welcome to the course! We're in the final week now, but you can still access everything for a couple of weeks. I hope you find it useful.

  • Hi Lionetta. That's an important point. You have to be really careful never to do that to a student - even just be accident or by being careless. Student confidence is so fragile anyway of course, and that's much more important.

  • Hi Carole. That's a really clear way to put it - not disrupting their fluency. they won't be in a 'listening' frame of mind at that point anyway, so that's never the best time. But, you do want to create a chance to use the language correctly as soon as possible after a correction.

  • HI Pieter. Good idea about Quizlet if students have phones. It's free, and it works offline. You can either make your own quizzes or use some of the thousands that are there already (made by other teachers):

  • Hi Isobel. Good point. Students need to practise and test themselves on the new vocabulary over and over again. If you can't easily make quizzes etc, you can also just get everyone to write down the new words from the lesson, swap lists, and put them in pairs to make up a definition/the other person guesses which word.

  • Hi Lee. Definitely. If you just search for something like 'ESOL lesson plans' or 'Free ESL resources' or anything like that, you'll find loads of free materials (quality may vary...). The big publishers also all make free resources available on their sites. So, if you have access to a printer, it' always worth searching. If you can't make copies, you can often...

  • Thanks for sharing that. And thanks for your comment about practical short-cuts and work-arounds. Teaching learners to make best use of whatever help they have available to them is very important.

  • That's a good point about having a 'Plan B' ready. Also good to have something extra for anyone who finishes more quickly than other learners.

  • Great ;). We hope you find it useful.

  • Hi Louise. There's some good general advice here:

    And some specific song ideas here (and activities you could copy or use for...

  • Hi Patricia. Exactly what kind of app are you looking for? Someone might be able to recommend something.

  • Good point...

  • Hi Alanna. Welcome to the course!

  • Hi Sara. Welcome to the course! It'll be useful for everyone to hear about your experiences in Greece.

  • Hi Sheila. Welcome to the course. I hope you find it useful.

  • Hi Ola. Welcome to the course.

  • Hi Aeham. I think it's really common for people to find the listening part difficult. We'll focus on that for a week of the course, so you'll get some good advice and tips to help. Welcome to Inside IELTS!

  • Hi Dita. Welcome to the course! I hope you find it useful.

  • Hi Nurul. It's no problem that you're starting late. New people start every day. You can still work through all the content. Welcome!

  • Hi Muhammad. Welcome to the course! I hope we can help you achieve your goal.

  • Hi Abu, welcome to the course. We have information here about both bachelors and masters degrees.

  • Hi Ahad. Welcome to the course. We finish tomorrow, but you can still access everything for 2 more weeks. I hope you find it useful.

  • Great :). We'll see you in Week 3.

  • Hi Salu. That's great! Thank you for taking time to look at some personal statements.

  • Hi Mudahemuka. Welcome to the course! We'll be talking about applying to U.K. university in Week 2.

  • Hi Yusuf. Welcome to the course. I hope we can help you with your study plans.

  • Hi Remy. Yes, it's discussion only. You can do it any time you want.

  • Hi Missael. Welcome to the course!

  • It's great to hear you're enjoying the course! See you next week.

  • Hi Douaa. Welcome to the course!

  • Hi Dima. Welcome to the course. We'll be talking more about applying and improving your English next week.

  • Hi Amani. Welcome to the course. I think this is the right course for you to find the information you need. We'll be talking more about how to apply next week.

  • Hi Salah. Welcome! We'll be talking more about how you can improve your English skills next week.

  • Hi Mohamed. Welcome to the course.

  • Hello. There is an organisation called 'NARIC' that helps with finding out if your school/qualifications are acceptable for application in other countries. There is more information about applying next week.

  • Hi Habumugisha.

    No certificate for this course - it's only for information and discussion. And no exam. This course is just designed to be useful, not to test.

  • Hi Manju. Is there anything we can help you with?

  • Hi Liz. If you know of anything useful yourself that we haven't included here please do let us know so we can add it to the course.

  • Hi Alaa. Welcome to the course. we'll be talking about scholarships this week - look out for the step called 'Finance'.

  • Hi Marilou. If you go to the UCAS site: there is lots of general information for international students.

  • Hi Manju.
    If you look back at this step:
    you can find links to information about scholarships for studying in the UK.

  • Hi Zhang. We'll be talking about this as part of the course next week.

  • Hi Ahmad. Welcome to the course! I hope we can help you succeed with your application to study. We have another free course about IELTS that might be helpful for you too:

  • Hi Guure. Welcome to the course. We'll be focusing on English language skills as part of the course next week.

  • Hi Nafisa. We'll be talking about ways to improve your English next week. Welcome to the course!

  • Hi Firas. Welcome to the course!

  • Hi Amru. Great! I'm glad you found it useful.

  • Hi Qi. Welcome to the course.

  • Hi Adekola. Welcome to the course!

  • Hi Sandra. We'll be focusing on training and qualifications in the final week, talking about CELTA and other qualifications. I hope you find time to complete this time!

  • Hi James. Welcome to the course. You might also be interested in our 'Inside IELTS' course if you're preparing students for IELTS.