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Develop professionally as an English language teacher

This British Council program will help English language teachers understand and plan their own professional development needs and share their experience with other teachers around the world.

Continuing professional development (CPD) has been defined as:

> “The process by which, alone and with others, teachers … acquire and develop critically the knowledge, skills and emotional intelligence essential to good professional thinking, planning and practice.”<BR>Day, C (1999)

The British Council’s CPD Framework identifies 12 different practices that teachers should consider as they plan their professional development inside and outside the classroom. From planning lessons and courses to promoting 21st century skills, the Framework is a practical guide for teachers in all situations.

The Teaching for Success program looks at the 12 professional practices in three areas:

  1. Lessons and Teaching
  2. Learning and Learners
  3. The Classroom and the World.

Taken in any order, the three courses will equip any English language teacher with the tools they need to take responsibility for their own CPD. Each course will look at four professional practices, explain their importance to the continuously developing teacher, and offer a range of practical advice and suggestions, as well as the opportunity to interact with fellow teachers around the world.

Accessible on desktop, tablet or mobile and delivered in bite-sized chunks, the courses provide a flexible way to develop as a teacher – whatever your situation.

When you complete all three courses and obtain a Certificate of Achievement for each, you will earn a FutureLearn Award as proof of completing the program of study.


To get an award you will need to upgrade all courses on this program, then qualify for a Certificate of Achievement on each course. To qualify you need to do at least 90% of each course and score an average of 70% or above on any tests.

Once you have qualified for a Certificate of Achievement on every course you will receive a FutureLearn Award.

This program will require 12 weeks of learning and cost a total of $237.

Learn with English language teachers worldwide

The course draws on the British Council’s many years of expertise in teacher training and development around the world.

On each course, short video interviews with experienced teachers will be combined with classroom films from around the world to illustrate the main points.

Video tutors, Suzanne and Claire, will guide you through each course's content, offering tips, advice and downloadable resources at every stage.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the program, you will be equipped with the skills to understand and plan your professional development as an English language teacher, using the 12 professional practices from the British Council’s CPD Framework:

  • Planning lessons and courses
  • Understanding learners
  • Managing the lesson
  • Knowing the subject
  • Managing resources
  • Assessing learning
  • Integrating ICT
  • Taking responsibility for professional development
  • Using inclusive practices
  • Using multilingual approaches
  • Promoting 21st-century skills
  • Understanding educational policies and practice.

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