English in Early Childhood

Discover how very young children learn English as an additional language and how you can help them progress.

About this online course

Teaching English to children while they’re still learning their mother tongue is a challenging but rewarding prospect. In this free online course, you’ll learn how and why children learn best through play.

What can parents and practitioners do to enable children to get the most out of a learning experience?

This course for parents and practitioners will explore how young children learn English and investigate many more aspects of early childhood learning and development.

British Council educators will share their insights and experiences, so that you can learn how to best talk to young children; how to create the best environment for them to learn English as an additional language; and how to monitor their progress.

Through articles, videos and live events you will hear from early childhood experts and parents, and see for yourself how young children learn inside the early years classroom. At every stage, you will be offered tips, advice and downloadable resources that will help you with teaching English as a foreign language to children.

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Submitted by hero2020 on Fri, 04/17/2020 - 21:29


I am Very enthusiastic about how children learn effortlessly their mother tongue hence they might encounter problems learning a second language . I am taking this course to invistigate and study more in this particular field, given the fact that there have been a wide range of fraud by so called educators in my country claiming that they can teach people English as a second language following the child - acquisition model 

Submitted by rencheva on Fri, 05/22/2020 - 20:39


This online course is fantastic, thank you! :)

Is paying for a certificate through FutureLearn the only way to get confirmation that I've completed the course? Is there another way?

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Mon, 05/25/2020 - 10:57

In reply to by rencheva


Hi Rencheva

Glad that you found the online course useful.  I'm afraid that yes, the only way to get the course certificate is to go through Futurelearn and select that option.



TE Team

Hello Khadija2021,

If you click on the link "Find out more" above, it will take you to the FutureLearn website where you can enrol on the course.

Hope you enjoy it.

Best wishes


TE Team

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Mon, 11/15/2021 - 11:10

In reply to by Kdeep Sidhu



Click on the "Find out more" link above - this will take you to the FutureLearn site where you can enrol on the course.



TE Team

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Fri, 01/07/2022 - 09:21

In reply to by Aasia Monower Ove


Hi Aasia

Just click on the "Find out more" link above - this will take you to the FutureLearn website, where you can register for the course.



TE Team

Submitted by annele on Thu, 04/07/2022 - 08:49


Hi Charles,
Thank you for your suggestion, and I'll pass it on.
Best regards,
TeachingEnglish team

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