Motivating our learners - mini-event

Watch all of the recordings and download the practical guidance from our three webinars about motivating learners.

About the event

This one day webinar event took place on 8 June 2023 and featured three webinars with ELT experts from around the world. All three webinars focus on how teachers can motivate their learners. The webinars are for teachers of primary, secondary and young adult English language learners.

Watch a recording of all the webinars at the bottom of this page

About the webinars

Session 1: Should homework be humdrum?


Huma Hazna Riaz Ahmed

Session information: 

This practical session will introduce participants to a criteria used for making homework a positive experience for learners. In addition, the audience will evaluate mundane homework activities for different learner groups and brainstorm ways of making them more fun and relevant to their students. Also, participants will explore the connection between differentiation, technology and effective homework.

Click here to download a handout for this webinar

Session 2: Motivating learners: the ideal L2-self and secondary learners


Jessica Cheman & Sam Zurbrugg

Session information:

This workshop will look at the most dominant language learning motivation theory of the past 20 years, the L2 motivational self-system, and detail a 6-week programme to develop secondary learner’s ideal L2-self.  It will give practical ideas to help motivate learners. You will learn how action research related to language learning motivation can have a positive impact on both learners and teachers.

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Session 3: Maximising teacher language


Katy Kelly

Session information:

This workshop will look at how teacher language can positively impact teaching and learning in the young learner classroom. You will firstly look at language for classroom management, focusing on routines and daily interactions, then language we use to introduce new concepts and vocabulary, followed by the language you use to set up tasks. Finally, we will think about what we say and how we say it when we give feedback in class on tasks and activities.

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About the speakers

Huma Hasna Riaz Ahmed is a certified teacher, teacher mentor, materials writer, e-moderator and examiner from India who has donned many hats for the British Council for 12 years. She has worked in India, England and now the UAE. Providing students with an authentic learning experience and a sense of progress is the main focus of Huma’s lessons. In her free time, Huma enjoys reading, travelling and experimenting with spices in her kitchen.

Jessica Cheman and Sam Zurbrugg work together in the British Council Vietnam. 

Sam holds MA in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching, DELTA, CELT-YL and CELTA. He has experience teaching a wide range of levels and ages in both Bahrain and Vietnam.

Jessica is a Trinity Diploma, CELT-YL and CELTA qualified teacher. She has a range of experience teaching primary, secondary and upper-secondary young learners in Bahrain and Vietnam. Jessica is experienced in materials development and course planning.

Katy Kelly is a freelance teacher trainer and materials writer based in Spain, specialising in young learners. She has worked in the public sector and for private education providers in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia, providing face-to-face and online training on YL methodology, train-the trainer and CLIL. She has written a three book KG series, a three-year kindergarten curriculum, as well as a full primary EFL curriculum for an IB international school and a Moodle course for lower secondary teachers. In her spare time Katy enjoys gardening and collecting coffee beans from around the world.




Submitted by Teacher zohreh on Fri, 06/02/2023 - 06:20

Please make new decisions
I can't register 😕My country isn't in the list
It reminds me of bias.

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Mon, 06/05/2023 - 13:06

In reply to by Teacher zohreh


Sorry that you are unable to register because of the country you are in. This is a Zoom policy, which has restrictions for certain regions, and we cannot do anything about this. You have the option of watching the webinar live on our TeachingEnglish Facebook page: or watching a recording afterwards.

Best wishes,


Submitted by Cath McLellan on Fri, 05/19/2023 - 10:28


Sorry to hear you are having problems. I've just checked the link and it is working fine for me. Can you clear your browsing history, log out of your account and then try again? It might be a good idea to try on a different device or browser.

Hope that helps,


TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by Sneh Sonani on Fri, 05/19/2023 - 01:48

Please fix the registration link for this webinar, it isn't allowing me to register, it's showing up as "HTTP Error 502" when I click on the registration link, it's been happening since Monday 15th May 2023.

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