The TeachingEnglish website
TeachingEnglish is produced by the British Council with content and editorial support from the British Broadcasting Corporation. Both organisations receive funding from the UK government for their work in promoting English, supporting English language teaching (ELT) and providing information and access to ELT products, services and expertise from the UK.

All teaching materials on the site are free to access. They are designed for native and non-native speaker teachers of English working in primary, secondary and adult teaching in state schools and ELT around the world. 

Our purpose
We have designed this site to act in four ways:

  1. as a theoretical and historical archive: where you can read about teaching methodology, current practice and issues in ELT.
  2. as a practical resource: for teaching materials, activities and ideas.
  3. as a developmental resource: to help teachers of English with professional development and to provide access to further training through courses, conferences, seminars and webinars.
  4. as an information source: to be a point of reference with publications and research in the field of ELT, as well as an access point for consultancy services to implement educational policy reform.

Our content
The site is divided into five main sections based on the purposes described above:

  1. Teaching resources: where you can find practical lesson plans, activities and tips for all age groups, as well as tools for teachers and materials for specialist areas.
  2. Teacher development: where teachers can find help and guidance on professional development and policy makers can find resources to help guide educational policy reform.
  3. Teacher training: where you can find out about our teacher training courses online or at our offices around the world.
  4. Articles: where you can find articles for teachers on different aspects of teaching, from classroom practice to learning theory.
  5. Community: where you can watch discussions with teachers from around the world and add your voice, sign up for our global newsletter as well as our regional contacts scheme, and reflect with our featured blogs and bloggers. 

TeachingEnglish also allows users to comment on selected content across the site. Views expressed by our users are theirs and do not necessarily reflect the views of the British Council or the BBC.

The TeachingEnglish team
Meet us on the TeachingEnglish team page and find out more about our writers. Learn more about the British Council's online resources for teachers and learners of English.


Thank you for this nice page. I am a grad student in Jpn and my major is English education, especially second language acquisition. Actually I have little experiences to teach English children, however, I'm sure this webpage will help me think about lots of things. Thank you!

Dear Learning English Team.
When I find this site and registered with this site, after then, I find lot of interesting materials for teaching English to our kids and primary learners.
Thanks for this helpful ICT Educational Tools for world's dearest learners.
Zahidul Islam
English and Computer Literacy Teacher.
Partnerships Coordinator, DGSP Programme.
Alhajj Waliul Haque Adorsho School.

I´m looking forward to get information about teaching English!Thank you! malu reilinger

I' m happy to be a member in your website. I' m a teacher of English i teach beginners and i'd be glad to share   some information with you. Today i'm teaching new classes at the beginning my students were a little frustrated but i easily made them participate i just gave them the necessary language they may use in class in english and i made it clear then i said that they may make mistakes which is acceptable and they really talk freely. i told my students that what is important for me is that they try and this is a good start. i would be thankful if you give me other ways to teach english for the first time as you are native speakers of this beautiful language.

I found this web accidentally, but I find it will be very helpful for me, since I get get many useful articles and practises that I can apply as a teacher of English in a small town in Indonesia. So, Thank you very much Teaching English!

you are a teacher?i am in china (chinese),and i am a student in Junior High School,i am in grade 3,and i am going to finish school,in this term,i feel very tired ,i have got no idea about how to make it change?i hope you can know about chinese education,and give some advice,thanks

Dear Sir/Madam
In the 1960s I lived in the Argentine and taught English to a few Spanish-speaking children.  I was extremely impressed with the British Council books for teaching children.  Unfortunately, I left those books behind when I emigrated to South Africa.  The British Council in Buenos Aires, sadly, told me a couple of years ago that those books were discontinued a long time ago.  I'm talking about those books where the sounds were given a name, such as:  the 'r' was the curly sound, the 'a' of cat was the 'smiling' sound'.  Would you, by any chance, have those books still in your archives?  Are the new versions based on the same method?  How different are the books for adults?  I think teaching the correct pronounciation from the start is very important.  Bad habits acquired earlier are difficult to eradicate.
I would appreciate your comments and guidance, as I intend to teach English and Spanish to foreigners here in South Africa.
Victortia Macdonald

hi everyone,this is Anita, from Nottingham. i found this website through facebook, and the resources are excellent. as a phd student, this would be an interesting one stop resource page that i will go to for any ESL/EFL related discussion. i am writing up my findings now, and hope to be able to contribute to the current discussions regarding global English and intercultural communicative competence. really looking forward for more!