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See a list of our practical resources, professional development material, as well as insights and research to support you during the Covid-19 crisis.

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.

Insights and research

Covid-19 insight reports 

The two reports here provide insight into how education systems and teachers and teacher educators have responded to the impact on education of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lesson plans

The majority of our lesson plans are for face-to-face classroom use. However, we are adapting a number of our existing lesson plans for use in online classrooms. We are also developing new lesson plans designed to help you with your remote teaching.

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 PDF version of a PowerPoint presentation. 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 older secondary and adult students 

For secondary students

For primary students

Webinars

We have been running a series of webinars specifically for teachers and teacher educators working online, with further webinars planned. These are held in Zoom or Microsoft Teams with a capacity of 1,000. 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.

Upcoming webinars

Information about our upcoming webinars in this series will be announced soon. For more information about our webinars, please visit our dedicated webinars pages

Previous webinars in this series

ELT Research Awards (ELTRA) webinars

Other relevant webinar recordings

Online support sessions (Facebook question and answer sessions)

Given the large number of educators attending webinars, we understand that not everyone will have all their questions answered. For that reason, we have scheduled a number of online support sessions on Facebook to support teachers and teacher educators, who are working in an online teaching context with little or no experience.

Our next series of Facebook question and answer sessions event will take place in September 2020. 

These online sessions will take place on our TeachingEnglish Facebook page. They will give teachers and teacher educators an opportunity to discuss themed issues they may be having with online teaching or management, and get advice from online teaching experts, as well as from colleagues around the world. See a schedule of our support clinics below and visit our Facebook page regularly for more detailed updates:

Online support for teacher educators

Webinar recording | Online workshop for teacher educators - Using online collaboration tools

Watch a recording of this workshop, specifically for teacher educators and those who are (or will be) running online teacher training sessions. This interactive 90 minute workshop includes hands-on practice with online collaboration tools followed by a discussion on how to use these in the classroom. The session was recorded on 24 June 2020 and facilitated by Deepali Dharmaraj and Reshmi V M.

Watch the recording

Join the teacher educator online community

If you are involved in supporting and training other teachers, join the teacher educator online community for help during the pandemic and for professional development ideas and resources.

    Professional development and guidance

    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

    Remote teaching tip series

    The Remote Teaching Tips series provides practical ideas and guidance for teachers supporting their learners using a variety of platforms and approaches, across different contexts. We currently have guidance to help you in the following areas:

    Articles

    Social media

    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.

    Blog

    Some of the posts below are not written exclusively for teaching online, but will give you some ideas about activities and techniques you can adapt for an online teaching context

    Find out how you can become a TeachingEnglish blogger, and share your own ideas and insights  

    Read our latest post by Larry Ferlazzo: Four questions - and answers - about teaching English online

    'There are so many challenges facing us as we move to teaching our students online. And, since this situation is likely to be with us for quite a while, what are some ways to overcome them?'

    Please check this page regularly to see updates about the resources and initiatives we are developing to support you. 

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