TeachingEnglish: How to teach vocabulary

Find out about our free online course 'How to teach vocabulary'. Enrolment ends on 24 March 2024 and the course closes on 31 March 2024.

Welcome to 'How to teach vocabulary'

How will the course help me?

Help your learners notice, record, recycle and use new vocabulary more confidently with engaging, classroom activities.

What does the course include?

How to teach vocabulary is a free self-study training course, which is divided into three hour modules. It also includes:

  • A dedicated Facebook community of course participants with up-to-date insight, resources and innovative ideas for you to try out.
  • Engaging discussions taking place in the Facebook community
  • A free workbook with extra learning content and resources.

What will I learn?

Module 1: Understanding vocabulary

The aim of this module is to explore major aspects of vocabulary, including form, meaning and use, and relate these to teaching and learning.

By the end of this module, you'll be able to:

-explain concepts used to describe aspects of vocabulary.
-explain some of the factors which lead to vocabulary errors by learners
-identify activities to use for error correction
-select activities to use to make vocabulary learning memorable.

Module 2: Engaging with vocabulary – recording and recycling

The aim of this module is to outline ways of helping learners to record and recycle vocabulary, while at the same time building their skills and encouraging autonomy.

By the end of this module, you'll be able to:

-evaluate a range of methods and techniques that help learners remember, organise and record vocabulary
-evaluate a range of activities for recycling vocabulary
-identify activities which develop the learners’ vocabulary skills and encourage greater autonomy
-plan the stages of a recycling activity taking into account a range of factors which promote learning.

Module 3: Engaging with vocabulary teaching

The aim of this module is to explore ways of presenting new vocabulary in the classroom. The module considers what is involved in learning new words, how to select words to teach, and a range of methods and techniques for presenting vocabulary that take into account an inclusive multi-sensory approach.

By the end of this module, you'll be able to:

- describe aspects of vocabulary that learners need to know
- use a range of techniques to express meaning when presenting new vocabulary
- evaluate a range of methods and techniques for presenting vocabulary
- use further techniques to express meaning, which take into account an inclusive, multisensory approach
- evaluate a range of methods and techniques for presenting vocabulary.

When is the course?

The course modules are open for self-study. Enrolment ends on 24 March 2024. The course closes on 31 March 2024. 

How much does the course cost?

The course is free.

How can I get a certificate?

For participants who successfully complete all tasks and achieve a score of 60% or above in the online exercises, there will be a downloadable certificate of completion at the end of the course.

What level of English do I need?

Minimum CEFR B1

How do I sign up for the course?

Please follow the steps below carefully to access this free training course.

IMPORTANT: If you are already logged in to your free TeachingEnglish account, we recommend that you log out and log in again.

Step 1: Log in to your existing TeachingEnglish account or create a free TeachingEnglish account.

You MUST be logged into your free TeachingEnglish account to access the course. Click or tap to Create a free account or log in to your existing account

Step 2: Enrol on your course

Click or tap the button below to enrol on this free course.

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How do I access the course after I have enrolled?

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From your desktop or laptop computer

  1. Log in to your free TeachingEnglish account.
  2. If you have enrolled in the course, you will see 'MY PORTFOLIO' in the menu bar at the top of the page next to the Home button.
  3. Move your mouse over MY PORTFOLIO to see the drop-down menu.
  4. Click on ‘My courses’ to access your training.

From your mobile device

  1. Log in to your free TeachingEnglish account.
  2. Tap the three horizontal lines next to the home button to open the menu.
  3. Below ‘Home’, you will see MY PORTFOLIO and ‘My courses’ below. Tap on MY PORTFOLIO if you don’t see ‘My courses’.
  4. Tap on ‘My courses’ to access your training.

Having problems accessing the course?

Please see our troubleshooting guide below if you are having problems accessing the course.

Support and troubleshooting

If you have signed up for this course and have problems accessing your learning, please make sure you are logged in, then click or tap the link below:


If you are still having problems accessing your course, please see the advice and videos below:

I can't register for the course

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I can't access the course. I am logged in to my account, but when I click or tap 'My courses' from MY PORTFOLIO I just go to my profile page

Check that you are not logged into your TeachingEnglish account on a different device or browser. Log out of your account on all devices and browsers, and log in again. Click or tap 'My courses' from MY PORTFOLIO. You should be taken to your training course. If you still can't access your course, log out, clear the cache on your browser and log in again.

I can't get my certificate

Certificates are available to participants who complete 70% of the course material. To access your certificate, go to the course platform where you have done your training. Click or tap 'My awards'. If you have completed 70% of the course, your certificate should be available to download.

The name on my certificate is wrong

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Submitted by Abigail Urbanec on Fri, 11/03/2023 - 09:21



It won't let me enroll for this course.

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Fri, 11/03/2023 - 10:49

In reply to by Abigail Urbanec


Hi Abigail

Thanks for your comment. We are aware that there is a technical issue with the courses platform which we are working hard to resolve as soon as possible. It does mean that you might not be able to enrol in the course for the moment. I will let you know when it is back up.

Sorry for the inconvenience.


TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by Rich11 on Fri, 10/20/2023 - 16:34


Hi, I am enrolled to this course 'How to teach vocabulary'.I have completed module 1 but on the site it is showing in progress. Is it a technical issue?
Thank you for your help.

Hi Rich11

If you have completed all of module 1 it should show that module as completed. However, you need to finish all of the modules in order for the course to be showing as completed. Please note that Module 3 of this course has multiple parts so you need to complete all of them in order to finish the course.

Please let us know if you are still having problems with this.

TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by Sahar Kastalli on Tue, 10/10/2023 - 14:24


I can't access any of the registred courses in my Portfolio.
Could you please solve this problem .
Thanks in advance .

Hi and unfortunately there is a problem with the site today ( this is quite unusual but happens now and then). Please try again early tomorrow and we look forward to seeing you on the courses!


Anne (TeachingEnglish team)

Submitted by Abuka on Sun, 10/01/2023 - 00:17


Hi there, I can not find my Portfolio or my courses. I have logged out and logged in as per the instructions. But nothing is working. Could you please help me out

Hi Abuka

Sorry you have been having problems, we are experiencing ongoing technical issues which we are working hard to resolve. I can confirm that I have restored your access to the courses platform so you should be able to access your training now through the MY PORTFOLIO - My courses tab. Please send us an e-mail to TeachingEnglish@britishcouncil.org if you are still having problems.

TeahingEnglish team

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Tue, 09/26/2023 - 09:04


Hi Siyu

Thanks for your comment. We have been having some technical issues but I can confirm that I have restored your access to the learning platform. If you are logged in, you should now see the MY PORTFOLIO tab. If you can't, please let us know.

TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by nazaroic23 on Fri, 09/01/2023 - 14:53


Hi! There is not a MY PORTFOLIO tab on my page menu even after logging in. How can I access my courses, please?
Thank you.

Submitted by Paul Braddock on Sat, 09/02/2023 - 11:04

In reply to by nazaroic23


Thank you for letting us know you are having problems accessing your training. We are having some technical issues and your access to your course was removed. I confirm I have reactivated your enrolment. You can now log in and access your training by clicking on 'My Portfolio' > My courses.

Best wishes

Paul (TeachingEnglish team)

Hello, I also couldn't find MY PORTFOLIO or my courses on the web page. I hope you could help me find my course, please.
Thank you.

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