Welcome to 'TeachingEnglish: Inclusive classrooms'
How will the course help me?
Make your classes inclusive learning spaces by identifying barriers that can affect learning and practical strategies to overcome them.
What does the course include?
Inclusive classrooms is a 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
- Live events with your course tutor and language teaching experts.
- A free workbook with extra learning content and resources.
What will I learn?
- Module 1 - Introduction to inclusion
In this module, you'll learn about the nature of inclusion and exclusion, consider how you can make your school more inclusive and also think about the barriers to inclusion which exist generally in your own school and English classroom.
By the end of the module you’ll be able to:
-define inclusion and identify learners who may be at risk of exclusion
-define the characteristics of an inclusive teacher
-describe the attitudes, behaviours and commitment necessary for successful inclusion
-identify different models for inclusion
-describe the changes in school culture necessary for successful inclusion
-describe the impact of teacher behaviour and teacher expectations
-identify the four main types of barriers to inclusion and how they impact learners' learning and development
-suggest ways of overcoming some of these barriers.
- Module 2 - Creating an inclusive classroom environment
In this module, you'll learn about the features of inclusive English classrooms, explore strategies that support inclusive teaching and learning and develop the ability to create an environment for differentiated learning. You’ll also identity and evaluate strategies to reduce barriers to developing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
By the end of the module, you’ll be able to:
-describe the features of an inclusive English language classroom and identify the ways in which learners may be different
-define the roles and responsibilities of teachers and learners in making classrooms inclusive
-describe the importance of differentiation in the inclusive classroom and apply different strategies for differentiating according to level of English proficiency
-use different types of questions to differentiate learners' tasks, design inclusive projects and apply learner grouping for inclusive learning
-identify general procedures that will help to enhance skills practice activities
-describe some of the barriers neurodivergent learners face when working on each of the four language skills
-use techniques and approaches appropriate to help the development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
- Module 3 - Making your school culture more inclusive
In this module, you'll learn about some of the wider issues around inclusion, both inside and outside your classroom. You’ll look at how to design inclusive assessment and how to develop materials based on principles of accessibility and inclusion. You’ll also see how to raise awareness of issues around inclusion in your classroom and with your peers.
By the end of the module, you'll be able to:
-design assessment to allow all learners to show what they know
-design materials to raise awareness of unconscious bias
-manage issues of exclusion and inclusive representation in the design of learning materials
-use role play techniques to develop learners’ empathy skills
-identify how the UN’s sustainable development goals support the development of inclusion in the language classroom
-identify the difference between equality and equity
-describe the benefits of living in an inclusive society
-plan and apply strategies for advocating for inclusion.
When is the course?
The free online modules will open on 5 December 2023. Enrolment ends on 25 December 2023 and the course closes on 2 January 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.
- Step 2: Enrol on your course
How do I access the course after I have enrolled?
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From your desktop or laptop computer
- Log in to your free TeachingEnglish account.
- 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.
- Move your mouse over MY PORTFOLIO to see the drop-down menu.
- Click on ‘My courses’ to access your training.
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- 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:
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- I can't register for the course
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- I can't get my certificate
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- The name on my certificate is wrong
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What can I do now?
While you're waiting for the online modules to open, if you're interested in learning more about inclusive classrooms, you can:
- Get teaching ideas from our Courses for teachers Facebook community.
- Access learning content related to our courses on Facebook (Facebook account required).
- Access teaching resources on the TeachingEnglish website.
I want to participate
Hi Tatiana Portilla
If you would like to enrol in this free course, you just need to follow the two-step instructions above under "How do I sign up for the course?" First, you need to be logged into your TeachingEnglish account and then if you click on the drop-down menu for Step 2, you will see the enrol button.
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