See a list of our practical resources and professional development opportunities to support you during the Covid-19 crisis.

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.

Below is a list of initiatives that we are currently providing, or planning to provide in the coming weeks.

Webinars

We have been running a series of webinars specifically for teachers and teacher educators working online, with further webinars planned. These are held in Zoom or Microsoft Teams with a capacity of 1,000. Please visit our webinar pages for more information.

The first, on Friday 20 March, looked at 'ways of using your coursebook with online classes' and 'ideas for using breakout rooms'. You can watch a recording of this webinar, and download the presentations and extra materials.

Upcoming webinars in this series

20 May 2020 | 09:00am UK time

The challenges of remote learning through online classrooms and resource hubs. This panel event features speakers from around the world. 

Register for the webinar by Tuesday 19 May 2020

Previous webinars in this series

We also recommend the following two webinars from our monthly series:

Online support sessions (Facebook Live)

Our next Facebook Live event - teacher well-being

Join us on May 19 2020 at 12:00pm UK time for a 30-minute Facebook Live with Rachael Roberts, Clea Thompson and Karen Waterston discussing your questions about teacher well-being. 

Given the large number of educators attending webinars, we understand that not everyone will have all their questions answered. For that reason, we have scheduled a number of online support sessions to support teachers and teacher educators, who are working in an online teaching context with little or no experience.

These online sessions will take place on our TeachingEnglish Facebook page. They will give teachers and teacher educators an opportunity to discuss themed issues they may be having with online teaching or management, and get advice from online teaching experts, as well as from colleagues around the world. See a schedule of our support clinics below and visit our Facebook page regularly for more detailed updates:

Online support for teacher educators

We apologise, but unfortunately the Q&A session with Beth Caldwell and Neenaz Ichaporia planned for Friday 15 May as a follow up to their Webinar on Supporting and Mentoring Teachers Remotely has been cancelled for the moment. If you are involved in supporting and training other teachers, join the teacher educator online community for help during the pandemic and for professional development ideas and resources.

Lesson plans

The majority of our lesson plans are for face-to-face classroom use. However, we are currently adapting a number of our lessons for use in online classrooms.

The teachers' notes include general guidance about teaching online, as well as step-by-step activities and a variety of options depending on the platform you are using. The online class materials are available as a PDF version of a PowerPoint presentation. Over the coming weeks and months, we will be adapting more lessons to an online teaching context for all ages and levels.

A list of these will be provided below as they are completed.

For older secondary and adult students 

For secondary students

For primary students

Professional development and guidance

Our professional development sections for both teachers and teacher educators provide hundreds of resources, including articles, video tips, webinar recordings and publications to support your career development. We are also running all three of our Teaching for Success MOOCs via the FutureLearn platform, as well a number of other online training courses. Visit our training pages to see what is currently available and also the British Council page on FutureLearn

Remote teaching tip series

The Remote Teaching Tips series provides practical ideas and guidance for teachers supporting their learners using a variety of platforms and approaches, across different contexts. We currently have guidance to help you in the following areas:

Articles

Social media

Our Facebook page and teacher community are an excellent way to find resources from a wide range of sources, and attend Facebook Live sessions to help you with your professional development. Join our community and share ideas for online teaching and ways of managing your work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Blog

See our blog topics for April-June, which focus on teaching and teacher education for online delivery. These will all be available in the Magazine within our Integrating ICT section of the website over the next three months and add to a large and varied collection of blog posts, written by teachers and teacher educators all over the world. You can read all of our blog posts by visiting the Magazine in the different professional development sections (professional practices) for teachers. 

Some of the posts below are not written exclusively for teaching online, but will give you some ideas about activities and techniques you can adapt for an online teaching context

Find out how you can become a TeachingEnglish blogger, and share your own ideas and insights  

Read our latest blog post by Richard Fielden-Watkinson about teacher motivation during the Covid-19 crisis

 

Please check this page regularly to see updates about the resources and initiatives we are developing to support you in these difficult times. 

We hope these suggestions help at this challenging time, and you may find these become new English learning habits even after the world goes back to normal. 

Take care and best wishes, 

The TeachingEnglish team 

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