Creativity and 21st century skills in English language teaching - mini-event

Watch recordings of the four webinars from our mini-event on the theme of creativity and 21st-century skills in the classroom.

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About the event

This mini-event, recorded on 28 April 2023, featured four webinars with ELT experts from around the world. Each webinar focused on a different aspect of focusing on creativity and 21st century skills, for teachers of primary, secondary and young adult learners. 

You can watch the recordings from all the sessions at the bottom of the page.

About the webinars

Session 1: There are no wrong answers- confidence and creativity for teens


Teresa Bestwick

Session information: 

This workshop shares practical, low-prep activities for teenage learners. By having tasks for which there are no wrong answers, learner confidence will be boosted, they’ll be creative, and will think outside the box. All the activities in the workshop can be adapted to different ages and levels, and can be used with any coursebook/materials.

Download the webinar handout for this session

Session 2: Bringing text alive- Producing a Play


Jazmin Cazal

Session information:

This workshop provides teachers with practical ideas on how to produce a play. The session looks at the process of production and everything involved in it. From budget planning, costume design, props needed, to making sense of the script, this workshop helps teachers find the light at the end of the tunnel, play production-wise.

Download the webinar handout for this session

Session 3: English for employability: why and how English teachers should prepare learners for their career journey


Ehsan Gorji

Session information:

This workshop gives English language teachers creative ideas to design and scaffold practical and fun learning experiences for teenager/adult learners to help them in their career journey. Smart lesson objectives will prepare language learners for job hunting, office life and the soft skills they will need in their careers.

Download the webinar handout for this session

Session 4: Drama and creativity in the teen classroom


Siham Merzouk

Session information:

This session explores a set of drama activities that can be used in the teens’ classroom to trigger their creative thinking. The activities include hot seating, thought tracking, role on the wall and freeze frames. These activities can be used to teach different school subjects and an be adapted for online classes.

Download the webinar handout for this session


About the speakers

Teresa Bestwick is a teacher trainer and materials writer based in Spain. She is the newsletter editor for the organisation TESOL-SPAIN and also runs an online development group for ELT professionals. In her free time, she enjoys walking, watching sci-fi and learning German.

Jazmin Cazal is a passionate teacher of English with a solid background in theatre. Having acted in, produced and directed Musicals both for children and with children, she knows the ins and outs of putting a play together. She teaches for the British Council in Paris, France.

Ehsan Gorji is an Iranian teacher, teacher trainer and teacher educator. He designs strategic plans, devises study syllabuses, runs quality-check observations, and develops materials and tests for different language institutes and schools around the globe. He currently owns and manages THink™ Learning & Teaching Solutions, and also works as TED-Ed Student Talks Leader.

Siham Merzouk currently works with the British Council Kuwait, has taught in both public and private schools in Algeria and Kuwait, and has delivered training sessions for CERT+ and TYLEC courses. She is interested in teaching young learners: their engagement, communication, behaviour, and building their confidence and well-being.

Watch all the recordings from this online event below or on our YouTube channel


Submitted by GusGalvao on Tue, 06/06/2023 - 15:03

It is always breathtaking learning from teachers with such diverse background. Their experiences can and will help me loads develop my skills.

Submitted by Salama Mohamed on Sun, 04/30/2023 - 08:18

That's awesome

Submitted by osmelitovargas on Sat, 04/29/2023 - 01:33

I have lived one of the best webinars on this day. I have learned a lot and I can only thank this wonderful team from the British Council for making it possible for teachers to improve, making our classrooms the happiest and most creative space for teaching and learning the English language. Thanks galore.

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Tue, 05/02/2023 - 08:24

In reply to by osmelitovargas

Thanks for the positive feedback omselitovargas! We're glad you enjoyed the event and found the webinars useful.

All the best,


TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by Mohammed Abdul… on Fri, 04/28/2023 - 17:08


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