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Online teaching resources to support educators

British Council statement on Covid-19 "Keeping our distance but staying connected"

The British Council is committed to supporting teachers and teacher educators 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 is committed to providing as much support as possible to help you navigate your way through the world of online teaching.

In this newsletter you can find a list of initiatives that we are currently providing, which we hope you find them useful.

With regards to the recent developments of the Corona virus and the measures taken in Cyprus, please check our website here:


In this newsletter you will find information about the following topics:


1. Teaching resources from TeachingEnglish

2. British Council offers free courses through FutureLearn platform

3. Free resources from Cambridge Assessment International Education

4. More resources from Cambridge Assessment English

5. Cambridge Assessment English webinar for teachers



6. IELTS for teachers monthly webinars and Facebook group

7. English in Early Childhood: Language Learning and Development online course

8. Migrants and Refugees in Education: A Toolkit for Teachers

9. E-safety brochures for Teachers, Parents and Students


1. Teaching resources from TeachingEnglish

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Teaching online – if the tech fails, and structuring lessons

This is the second in our series of three webinars which offer guidance in key areas of teaching online. This webinar focuses on what to do if the technology fails and transferring some of the course elsewhere, plus lesson structure and task-types.

Watch a recording of the webinar and find out about other webinars in the series.

More information
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Teaching for Success online courses

We are currently running our three Teaching for Success online courses via FutureLearn. Enrol for free and take your professional development to a new level. Explore 21st-century skills, ICT and multilingual approaches with 'The classroom and the world'; understand learners, policy and practice with 'Learning and learners'; look at lessons, courses and resources with 'Lessons and teaching'.

Find out more
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Children love learning about festivals and the way other people celebrate them. It’s also fascinating for them to compare how they celebrate the same festival in their own country. Why not adapt some of these activities to online teaching? Or get young learners to do activities on the LearnEnglish Kids site? You could also get parents involved in helping out during remote teaching.

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Artificial intelligence – a tool for inclusivity in education?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the very fabric of the world as we know it. This blog post reviews an approach to improving students' reading comprehension that has been provided to the teaching profession to use for free. Read theory allows a teacher to create a class to which students can enrol. The reading level is assessed for each individual student, which the teacher can observe in the class dashboard and then monitor the individual progress each student makes. At the same time, students can also see their own progress.

Find out more

2. British Council offers free courses through FutureLearn platform

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Join courses for free

Learn new skills, pursue your interests or advance your career with our short online courses.

Learn more

3. Free resources from Cambridge Assessment International Education

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Deliver effective teaching and learning outside the classroom


Continue your own professional development.

Here you will find free resources to help you deliver effective teaching and learning outside the classroom, and continue your own professional development. You will also find resources and study tips for your learners, as well as guidance to help parents support their children to learn at home.

Learn more

4. More resources from Cambridge Assessment English

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Interactive support pack for teachers

Cambridge Assessment English created a free teacher support pack which brings together lots of useful resources to help teachers support their students at each stage of their learning journey.

From digital resources, games and exam preparation to teaching materials and support for parents, it’s packed with ideas and tools to help your students learn wherever they are in the world.

Explore the pack
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Learn how to teach English online

During the 4-week course teachers will learn how to plan and deliver effective online English lessons.

Teachers can learn how to adapt their face-to-face teaching skills to an online environment and gain insights from online teachers and trainers, plus share ideas with other participants.

Join the course for free
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Quick and easy access to exam resources

Cambridge Assessment English new digital posters help you to easily access exam resources and share student activities for each level. They’re available for A2 Key for Schools, B1 Preliminary for Schools and B2 First for Schools.

Download them for free and start sharing these resources with your learners:

A2 Key for Schools

B1 Preliminary for Schools

B2 First for Schools

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Exam Boosters

To help support teachers and students who are having to adapt to new ways of learning, you can now download each of the Exam Boosters for free.

The Exam Booster series is perfect for self-study and allows learners to practise each part of the exam three times.

Download them for free and share with your learners:

A2 Key and A2 Key for Schools

B1 Preliminary and B1 Preliminary for Schools

B2 First and B2 First for Schools

C1 Advanced


Resources to help teachers adapt to new ways of teaching

Supporting Every Teacher features free teaching resources, information, webinars and a range of other online resources and support.

Discover resources

Global teacher webinars

Cambridge Assessment English teacher webinars are a great way to stay up to date with the latest developments and interact with Cambridge Assessment English experts whilst at home.

Discover full webinar programme

5. Cambridge Assessment English webinar for teachers

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Attendance is free of charge

The aim of the seminar is to enable teachers working within the Greek context to approach the Writing Paper tasks with greater confidence and provide constructive feedback to their students preparing for this popular examination.


Assessing C2 Proficiency Writing Confidently

Moreover, towards the end of the session, we will look at what resources and materials are available from Cambridge Assessment English and Cambridge University Press, to support you, as you quickly adapt to new ways of teaching in these difficult circumstances.

When: Wednesday 8 April 2020 at 10.30 am.

Find all the future webinars available from Cambridge Assessment English.

Register now

6. IELTS for teachers monthly webinars and Facebook group

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Are you an English Language teacher preparing your students for IELTS? Or are you considering becoming an English Language teacher? If you can say yes to either question, our FREE monthly webinar can help.

In just one hour a month, each month, we’ll give you access to English Language experts and cover the topics below, along with many others, helping you to support your students, and giving you the knowledge to help you further your career in English Language teaching.

Topics to be covered: Academic Writing Task 1 and Task 2, General Training Writing Task 1, Academic Reading, Speaking and other. 


Sign up to the free webinars using the links below:


IELTS Teachers Facebook group

We have created a Facebook group to enable you to share your teaching expertise, IELTS lesson plans, preparation resources and tips with other IELTS teachers around the world. It is a great platform to reach out to other IELTS experts with your query and make use of their experience.

Join the group and invite other teachers to join it.

Join the Facebook group

7. English in Early Childhood: Language Learning and Development online course

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This course explores how young children learn English and investigates many other aspects of early childhood learning and development.


Free online course

This free online course has been created for English teachers; early childhood practitioners; or anyone who is interested in the areas of child development and language acquisition. It will also be of interest to parents of young children, who wish to support their child learning an additional language.

Register for this course

8. Migrants and Refugees in Education: A Toolkit for Teachers

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Find out how to help students dealing with trauma

You’ll hear from experienced teachers talking about the challenges of refugee education, what they learnt, and strategies they have used when teaching migrant learners both in countries affected by conflict and in host countries.


Learn how to teach and support young people across the globe affected by violence, conflict or displacement.

Whether you are a language teacher, a teacher of another subject, or a volunteer working in migrant and refugee education, you’ll find ideas and strategies that you can use to better understand your learners. The course will help you to build inclusive classrooms and develop your learners’ confidence, taking into account the languages they know and their cultures.

Join course for free

9. E-safety brochures for Teachers, Parents and Students

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In many cases, teachers will be delivering online lessons for the first time and students will be accessing the internet for online lessons without many of the usual safeguards that are in place in the school environment. It’s also inevitable that students will be spending more of their free time online through the internet and social media while in lockdown. This represents an even greater risk to the safety of young people while they are online.



We have developed three brochures to support schools in keeping young people stay safe while they are online. These brochures are aimed at teachers, parents and young people:

  • Life hacks for Kids – aimed at lower primary / upper secondary students
  • Life Hacks for Parents and Carers – aimed at parents but is a family centered approach to staying safe online at home
  • E-safety resource for schools – aimed at staff in schools and looks at how schools can develop an effective e-safety policy
Download brochures

Contact us:

+357 22585000

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Nicosia Office

British Council (Cyprus)
1-3 Aristotelous street
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Nicosia, Cyprus

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7, Şht. Üsteğmen Ünal Genç Sokak
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