With school closures, teachers around the world are facing the same challenges. We can offer you a number of free online materials which will help you to work on your professional development and shift your classes into an online environment.

The British Council official 'TeachingEnglish' website

TeachingEnglish is brought to you by the British Council, the world's English teaching experts. If you want help planning your lessons, we have hundreds of high-quality resources to help you in the classroom as well as articles, videos, publications and courses to help you with your continuing professional development as a teacher or teacher educator.

Lesson plans for primary school teachers

There are more than 100 lesson plans and activities specifically designed for the primary school classroom for you to select. All our lesson plans and activities are divided by levels and you’ll find a range of topics from seasons and festivals, to ideas about using flashcards to help improve grammar.

Lesson plans for teachers teaching teenagers 

There are more than 200 lesson plans and activities specifically designed for the secondary classroom for you to select. We also have resources in our UK culture section will that help you to teach your students about famous British authors, including Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and Dylan Thomas.

Resources for IELTS teachers

Whether you’re an experienced IELTS teacher, or you’re teaching IELTS for the first time, we have everything you need right here. Guide your students through their IELTS test with our teaching support, including practice activities, recommended training courses and helpful IELTS teaching tips.

Browse through video resources from 'TeachingEnglish'

Subscribe to the YouTube channel of the official 'TeachingEnglish' platform and start watching videos on English teaching from a vast collection of videos.

Online professional development for teachers of English

We at the British Council have partnered with FutureLearn, globally, to transform access to education. Browse through a wide selection of different courses for English teachers, to pick the course that you want to follow, free of charge. Join any, or all of the courses, and start sharing your experiences with teachers from around the world.

Webinars on how to teach classes online

Many teachers are finding themselves in an unfamiliar situation of having to teach their classes online, with little or no experience. That's why we've organised a series of webinars to offer guidance in key areas. All webinars are recorded, so don't worry if you miss them, you can always watch the recording in your own time. 

Connect with other teachers online

If you'd like to find out what teachers from other countries are doing, why not join our global teacher community on Facebook? You can share your experience there and get new ideas from colleagues who are facing similar challenges. 

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