The British Council is committed to supporting the use of technology for the continuation of education in a crisis. As many teachers find themselves in an unfamiliar situation of having to teach their classes online, with little or no experience, the British Council TeachingEnglish website is committed to providing as much support as possible to help you navigate your way through the world of online teaching.
Below is a list of initiatives that we are currently providing, or planning to provide in the coming weeks.
We are currently running a series of four webinars specifically for teachers working online, with further webinars planned. These are held in Zoom with a capacity of 1,000. Due to high demand, registration is now full for most of our webinars. However, we will be live-streaming each one on YouTube. You can find the YouTube link weekly on our Facebook page. Please visit our webinar pages for more information.
The first, on Friday 20 March, looked at 'ways of using your coursebook with online classes' and 'ideas for using breakout rooms'. You can watch a recording of this webinar, and download the presentations and extra materials.
Other webinars in the series include:
- Teaching online - ways of using your coursebook with online classes' and ideas for using breakout rooms (recording)
- Teaching online - what to do if the technology fails and structuring lessons (recording)
- Teaching online - tech tools and the tutor's role (recording)
- Teaching online - supporting and mentoring teachers remotely (9 April)
- Online teaching and Young Learners - Making the most of the situation (17 April)
Online support clinics
Given the large number of educators attending webinars, we understand that not everyone will have all their questions answered. For that reason, we are working to schedule a number of online 'clinics' to support teachers and teacher educators, who are working in an online teaching context with little or no experience.
These online sessions will give teachers and teacher educators an opportunity to discuss issues they may be having with online teaching or management, and get advice from online teaching experts, as well as teaching colleagues around the world. It is expected that these clinics will take place in Zoom and also as Facebook Live events on our Facebook page. Please check back on this page and on our social media pages for regular updates.
The majority of our lesson plans are for face-to-face classroom use. However, we are working to adapt a number of our lessons for use in online classrooms. You can see an example of one of our lessons for secondary students here. The teachers' notes include general guidance about teaching online, as well as step-by-step activities and a variety of options depending on the platform you are using. The online class materials are available as a PowerPoint presentation, which can be edited if necessary. Over the coming weeks and months, we will be adapting more lessons to an online teaching context for all ages and levels.
A list of these will be provided below as they are completed.
For secondary students
For primary students
- The English at home treasure hunt (beginner level)
See our blog topics for April-June, which focus on teaching and teacher education for online delivery. These will all be available in the Magazine within our Integrating ICT section of the website over the next three months and add to a large and varied collection of blog posts, written by teachers and teacher educators all over the world. You can read all of our blog posts by visiting the Magazine in the different professional development sections (professional practices) for teachers.
- Find out how you can become a TeachingEnglish blogger, and share your own ideas and insights
- Read our latest blog post by Richard Fielden-Watkinson about teacher motivation during the Covid-19 crisis
In addition to many blog posts on the site, our professional development sections for both teachers and teacher educators provide hundreds of resources, including articles, video tips, webinar recordings and publications to support your career development. We are also running all three of our Teaching for Success MOOCs via the FutureLearn platform, as well a number of other online training courses. Visit our training pages to see what is currently available and also the British Council page on FutureLearn
Our Facebook page and teacher community are an excellent way to find resources from a wide range of sources, and attend Facebook Live sessions to help you with your professional development. Join our community and share ideas for online teaching and ways of managing your work during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Please check this page regularly to see updates about the resources and initiatives we are developing to support you in these difficult times.
We hope these suggestions help at this challenging time, and you may find these become new English learning habits even after the world goes back to normal.
Take care and best wishes,
The TeachingEnglish team