Getting started with teacher development

Welcome to TeachingEnglish – a site for teachers and teacher educators working in schools, colleges, universities or language academies. On TeachingEnglish you’ll find a huge range of resources to help with your professional development, including training courses, webinars, articles, blog posts, videos, publications, information about events and much more. Our site is free of charge.

Here are two ways to find a page where you can get started:

  • Use the menu links at the top of every page to explore the site and see what materials we have.
  • Use the search button at the top-right of every page to find topics or teaching areas of interest to you.

Where to start

Explore the site. You can find our teacher development resources in different parts of the site.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The resources in our CPD section are organised around the twelve professional practices from the British Council’s approach to teacher development Teaching for Success. Register for free on our teacher training portal to assess your skills using our self-assessment tool and then access resources tailored to your developmental needs.

Training courses

Access our teacher training site to view the entire Teaching for Success training offer. With over 60 three-hour self-access modules to choose from, you can study as much or as little as you need to, or sign up for a longer online tutored course.

Articles for teaching kids, teaching teens and teaching adults

In our sections for teaching kids, teaching teens and teaching adults you’ll find articles specifically for teachers working with different ages. Divided into methodology, the four skills, pronunciation, resources, culture and literature, you’ll find hundreds of articles to help you develop your ideas and expand your knowledge.

Online conference, webinars, IATEFL Online and events

View more than 65 recorded talks from our five-day online conference and attend our monthly webinars. Our first online conference featured talks about all aspects of professional development, from mentoring and coaching to 21st century skills and teaching online. We also have a selection of conference recordings from large-scale British Council events for teachers and teacher educators in India and Russia. Watch Rod Bolitho, Gavin Dudeney, Simon Borg and many others talking at TEC conference and E-merging Forum. As well as all of this, we host regular monthly webinars on a range of topics. Visit our webinar page to find out about upcoming webinars and watch recordings from our collection.

British Council publications

Our extensive series of publications cover a complete range of teacher development issues and themes. You’ll find resource books and research with ideas for using creativity in your classroom, essays on the use of learning technologies, action research projects and much more to help you with your professional development.

Teaching reading and writing, teaching speaking, video tips and teaching in low-resource classrooms

We have a number of free training videos and worksheets aimed at helping you reflect and discover new approaches for teaching the four skills as well as ideas from British Council teachers on a range of topics and suggestions for enhancing learning in low-resource classrooms


Our magazine features top stories from the world of education, including a variety of projects and initiatives you can get involved in. We also have monthly blog posts written by our teaching associates and bloggers, who are experts in the field of education. With new topics every two months and posts divided by theme, there will always be something new to read and learn.

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