Teaching English podcast: What are your top tips for teaching English?

Download the tenth episode, activity booklet, show notes and transcript from series 2 of our podcast 'British Council Teaching English'.

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British Council: TeachingEnglish - series 2 overview

In our second series of this ten-part podcast series from the British Council, we try and provide solutions to some of the key questions being asked by English teachers around the world. Each episode explores a specific topic through interviews, a focus on recent developments and reports on British Council initiatives in English language teaching.

For each episode, an activity booklet, practical show notes and transcripts in English and Arabic are available to download at the bottom of the page.

Episode 10: What are your top tips for teaching English?

In this final episode of series 2, we ask 19 experienced ELT professionals to give us their top tips for teaching English effectively. These tips cover five key areas, namely: the importance of personalisation and context; criticality; humanistic approaches to teaching language; using social media; and general pedagogy. These concise, focused suggestions will hopefully maximise the learning experiences and learning outcomes in your classes and make your own ELT journey more pleasurable.

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Show notes

Each episode contains downloadable show notes. These include the following:

  • Ideas for how you could use the podcast in your teaching
  • Detailed notes with extra information about the contents of the episode
  • Useful links

Using this podcast for lessons or training 

  • You can download a transcript of the episode from the podcast homepage. To help you and your learners with preparation and language analysis, all words at the B2, C1 and C2 CEFR level have been highlighted.
  • There is an ‘activity booklet’ for this episode, which contains activities you can use in your classroom. The activities focus on speaking, listening, grammar and language. They are available in both pdf and in editable PowerPoint format, in case you wish to edit them to make them more relevant for your specific classroom.

How to listen or subscribe to the podcast

You can listen and subscribe to the podcast in the following ways:


Download the following resources at the bottom of the page.

  • Episode 10 audio file
  • Episode 10 Show notes
  • Episode 10 activity pack
  • Episode 10 Transcript (Arabic and English)

Production team

  • Hosts: We'am Hamdan and Chris Sowton
  • Producer: Elizabeth Dyer
  • Executive producer: Kris Dyer 
  • Arabic language consultant: Sawsan Abu Qare


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Submitted by Vianney97 on Sun, 03/03/2024 - 11:00

I like this podcast as it provides different important tips for teaching the English language which we can all use in English class as English language teachers.

Hi Rugabajambo777

Thanks for your feedback - we're glad you found this useful!

TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by Jean Bosco Byu… on Thu, 02/15/2024 - 10:31

Incorporating podcasts into English lessons can significantly enhance language acquisition, foster authentic language use, and create interactive and engaging learning experiences. It adds depth, authenticity, and dynamism to language learning while catering to diverse learning styles and preferences

Submitted by GulBaig on Mon, 12/25/2023 - 06:00

Yes, it is quite significant. Also, critical thinking is a must too. In brief, all the tips given in the podcast are meaningful and i will follow them practically.

Submitted by Kirsteen_admin on Tue, 12/26/2023 - 13:59

In reply to by GulBaig

Thank you GulBaig, we hope you have success and you can post your reflections here once you are using these techniques in class.

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Mon, 12/04/2023 - 10:16

In reply to by Nadia30

Hi Nadia30

We're glad you found the podcast tips helpful!


TeachingEnglish team

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