Teaching online - using your coursebook and ideas for breakout rooms

Watch a recording of the first in our series of webinars to help you get started with teaching online.

About the webinar

The British Council is committed to supporting the use of technology for the continuation of education in a crisis. As many teachers find themselves in an unfamiliar situation of having to teach their classes online, with little or no experience, the British Council TeachingEnglish website is committed to providing as much support as possible to help you navigate your way through the world of online teaching.

This is the first in a series of three webinars, which offers guidance in key areas. This webinar focuses on:

  1. Ways of using your coursebook with online classes
  2. Ideas for using breakout rooms

Each presentation will last for approximately 30 minutes, followed by an extended Q&A clinic.

See information about our other webinars in this series:

About the speakers

Lindsay Clandfield is an award-winning writer, teacher, teacher trainer and international speaker in the field of English language teaching. He has written more than ten coursebooks including Studio (Helbling Languages), Global and Straightforward (Macmillan).

Lindsay was the series editor of the Delta Teacher Development books and has co-written various methodology books for teachers, notably Dealing with Difficulties and Teaching Online (Delta Publishing) which he co-wrote with Nicky Hockly. His most recent methodology book was Interaction Online (CUP) which he co-wrote with Jill Hadfield. 

Lindsay is also the creative force behind various web projects including the popular blog Six Things, the e-publishing collective The Round, the sci-fi/adventure materials website Extreme Language Teaching and the podcast The TEFL Commute. Lindsay has tutored on online and face-to-face courses with the Consultants-E for more than 10 years

Carol Rainbow lives and has taught in the UK for many years. She trained as an English and Music teacher and has taught all ages from pre-school though primary and secondary schools, university and adults. When computers arrived on the educational scene she soon became absolutely hooked on what they could offer for education, quickly because and ICT Coordinator and went on to become an ICT Consultant for Oxfordshire LA working with teachers to make sure ICT plays a key role in enhancing pupil education in Oxfordshire schools. Currently Carol is on online tutor for The Consultants-E, teaching teachers from all over the world how to use technology to enhance their teaching or how to teach online.

With thanks to The Consultants-E for their support in organising this webinar

Watch a recording of the webinar below


Submitted by Farjad on Mon, 09/28/2020 - 02:29

That was very useful, thank you! 

Definitely have to rewatch it in a couple of months when I have had time to have a meaningful experience wih the platforms. 

Submitted by Blerta on Tue, 07/07/2020 - 12:43

Thank you very much for all of your invaluable assistance with planning our online teaching. Your expertise in handling the workspace, digital literacy and technical issues, providing individual support, strategies for building intrinsic motivation, rewards and commitment, personalization and differentiation, sharing and supporting each other were greatly appreciated.

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Wed, 07/08/2020 - 07:21

In reply to by Blerta

Thanks for the positive feedback, and we are very happy that you have found the online teaching resources useful!

TE Team

Submitted by AlexB91 on Tue, 06/02/2020 - 05:34

I watched the video and read the PDF, is it possible to get a certificate with my name? I need one for my future job. Thank you.

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Tue, 06/02/2020 - 09:34

In reply to by AlexB91


To get the certificate, you need to open the PDF above using Google Chrome. Click on the box underneath "This is to certify that" and you can write your name in the box. Then you can save the document to your computer to print.

Hope that helps,


TE Team

Submitted by Aparnasingh on Sat, 05/16/2020 - 07:12

Watching it..and going through a lot of things to implement during teching online...

Submitted by Arsalan Sohail Butt on Mon, 04/27/2020 - 08:01

How can i get my certificate with my name on it.

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Tue, 04/28/2020 - 09:31

In reply to by Arsalan Sohail Butt

Hi Arsalan

You can download the certificate by clicking on the link above. It's an editable PDF so that you can enter your name on the certificate yourself.



TE Team

Submitted by Igorora on Tue, 04/14/2020 - 20:46

It was interesting to learn today. 

We must be patient every time we start the session as internet can be slow.

Thank you! 

Submitted by Jima Alejandra… on Wed, 04/01/2020 - 20:59

I have a problem to get my certificate, because it says only 1 hour and I have more hours, please help me ?

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Thu, 04/02/2020 - 09:57

In reply to by Jima Alejandra…

Hello Jima

You can download the certificate by clicking on the document above, and then edit it to add your name. The webinar was one hour, but with the introduction and end comments it ran slightly longer.



TE Team

Submitted by Gulshan Ara on Thu, 03/26/2020 - 06:23

This webinar focuses on:

  1. Ways of using your coursebook with online classes
  2. Ideas for using breakout rooms

I think this webinar series will give us an idea to understand what online learning is and to what extent online learning is useful where face to face learning opportunities are not available for learners. As now a days, in Pakistan and all over the world a social distance is necessary for possible danger of Covid-19. Now if educators and learners are connected through online frameworks, they can better handle learning environment. I am thankful for British Council for these webinar series and specially to Lindsay Clandfield and Carol Rainbow who have provided us very informative learning tools. I am also thankful to Paul Braddock for organizing such a wonderful webinars for educators. Hopefully in upcoming sessions, more usefull and beneficial informations will also be shared to educatos.


Gulshan Ara

District Teacher Educator (Pakistan)

Submitted by PatriciaBonocielli on Mon, 03/23/2020 - 15:08

Great webinar, guys! Thanks for the effort to help us in these dire times.

Even if you are able to increase viewer capacity this week, please make it available for later viewing. It may be more practical for some of us.

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Tue, 03/24/2020 - 10:42

In reply to by PatriciaBonocielli

Hi Patricia

Glad you found the webinar useful - this week's will also be available on the site for watching later.

Best wishes,


TE Team

Submitted by StephanieBrennan on Sat, 03/21/2020 - 15:35

Thanks for a great Webinar! I was one of those registered but outside the 500 so it was good to be able to view the recording today. Thanks to both Lindsay and Carol for generously sharing their slides and ideas, all very welcome as I move to a new and untried (for me!) way of teaching.

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Mon, 03/23/2020 - 10:22

In reply to by StephanieBrennan

Hi Stephanie

Thanks for taking the time to leave this positive feedback - we are glad you found the webinar useful - as you say this new situation is presenting lots of challenges to teachers all over the world, so we are happy that you found this useful -good luck with your online classes!


TE Team

Submitted by fabfranco on Fri, 03/20/2020 - 15:43

I'd like to see this particular webinar again. Could you please provide the recording? 


Submitted by Cath McLellan on Mon, 03/23/2020 - 10:21

In reply to by fabfranco

Hi fabfranco

You can watch the webinar again on this page. Click on the play icon on the embedded video above. If you can't see that on your screen, you could try using a different web browser to see if that fixes the problem.

Let us know if you are still having problems.

All the best,

TE Team


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