British Council program

Teaching for Success: Practices for English Language Teaching

Understand and plan your professional development as an English language teacher, with this flexible program of online courses from the British Council, looking at the 12 professional practices from its CPD Framework.

  • Overview 3 courses
  • Duration 12 weeks
  • Learn Free

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."
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, these online english 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.

Open program

When you complete all courses, upgrade and earn a Certificate of Achievement for each, you will receive a FutureLearn Award as proof of completing the program of study and deeper subject knowledge.

12 weeks recommended learning
$222 USD (course costs)
3 courses

What skills will I learn?

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.

Courses on this program

3 courses

How does our pricing work?

Start Learning Free
$222 USD - Course Upgrades

Can I learn for free?

Programs are made up of short courses, most of which you can join for free.

However, if you want to take the final assessment and unlock the award or accreditation for the program, you must upgrade each individual course or buy Unlimited to gain a Certificate of Achievement for all the courses in the program.

How do course upgrades work?

If you want to spend more time on course material and better demonstrate what you've learned, you may choose to upgrade each course. You can upgrade your courses at any point after you enrol.

When you upgrade a course, you get ongoing access to the course material for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn. This means you can return to the subject whenever you like.

You will also be given access to any course tests, and the ability to qualify for a downloadable and printed Certificate of Achievement to show what you’ve achieved.

How does Unlimited work?

If you have Unlimited, you will get access to all of the short courses in this program, plus hundreds of other short courses and tests for a year.

You have the ability to learn at your own pace throughout the year and gain digital Certificates of Achievement on all your courses.

If you gain a certificate on a course, you will keep access to the course’s content beyond your Unlimited year so you can revise the content whenever you need.

Unlimited costs $279.99 for a year. Find out more about Unlimited.

Are these the final prices?

Yes. There are no additional fees. The price you see here includes everything - such as test fees, tuition and any additional accreditation provided by the course.

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.