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TeachingEnglish Teacher Educator Newsletter

February 2021

Welcome to our February 2021 Teacher Educator newsletter!

This month we invite you to join not one, but THREE webinars on very different themes! Take your pick between learning about materials writing, storytelling online or getting creative in digital learning!

We also encourage you to complete two surveys and share your ideas, challenges and views on ‘Language teaching for the planet’ and your experiences of ‘Social media groups and professional development’.

Don’t forget to take a look at our latest practical resource book ‘Remote Teaching Tips’, packed full of ideas and advice to help make teaching at a distance work more smoothly.

In addition, because we find ourselves spending many more hours in front of the screen, why not try some yoga to help you and your students/trainees break out from the routine, relax and finish the lesson with a smile!

And finally, if you have experience with SEN ESOL learners, please support Isobel Netto de Oliveira in her MA TESOL research.

Do remember to let us know about your local teachers' associations, events or projects in your region. We can also help you with sending out surveys and questionnaires for your ELT research projects. Please send your content for our March newsletter by 28 February 2021 to

The TeachingEnglish Teacher Educator Team


Survey: language teaching for the planet

Do you incorporate #ClimateChange into your lessons? Help us understand more about how English Teachers are integrating climate change issues into their teaching practice. Your responses will help us raise awareness of good practice and help support the development of new initiatives to tackle the growing climate crisis. Please share the link with English teachers you know.

Complete the survey

Online storytelling: engaging, personal, creative

Join us on 18 February 2021 for a 90-minute webinar with David Heathfield looking at online storytelling.

Storytelling humanises online learning experiences in these challenging times of pandemic and change.

You will find out how, as a storytelling teacher or trainer, you can engage your learners intellectually, emotionally and imaginatively.

Find out more

MaWSIG: 'Creating ELT materials with no words (or very few)'

Join this IATEFL webinar on 20 February 2021 at 12.00 UK time, led by Jane Dobson, an award-winning freelance ELT writer and international trainer specialising in early years, young learners, digital pedagogies and safeguarding online. If you are looking for tips on creating engaging classes that not only involve the whole child, but also evoke curiosity and are full of humour and play, register now!


7 simple chair yoga moves to boost teacher wellbeing

How to beat the aches and pains of remote teaching? Join Sarah Power, yoga expert, today! Many hours of screen time for teachers and students every day has become the new normal.

Yoga can alleviate stress, boost energy and bring relief to back pain. Taking a short break from the computer will help you to be more relaxed through the day so you can engage your students and make a difference to the usual lessons.

Read the article

StudyWorld summer 16-18 March 2021

Plan ahead! This new event will focus on the UK short course summer market, with the chance to meet specialist agents and quality, innovative providers. The timing of the event comes after feedback from agents that this summer allocations and bookings will be later than usual. Seminars will focus on delivering a high quality, safe summer experience for students and group leaders.

Find out more

Apply for the ELTons innovation awards

Have you produced an innovative English language teaching or learning product, publication or service in the last two years? We are looking for courses, books, publications, apps, platforms, projects, and more, which find new ways to meet the real-life needs of English language learners and teachers around the world. Make your submission by Wednesday 10 March 2021, 23.59 UK time.

How to apply

Promoting creativity in digital learning

Join us on Thursday 25 February 2021 for a webinar with Nik Peachey looking at promoting creativity in digital learning. Nik Peachey will share ideas, exercises and activities which foster our students’ creativity and enable them to use language in a creative way.

The activities will show how the remote classroom can be leveraged to make language learning a creative and engaging experience.

Find out more

Recognising and teaching ESOL learners who may have SEN: research study

Calling ESOL teachers of teenage/adult classes where learners may have undisclosed SEN. Do you remember incidents where you recognised learners needs yourself? How did you recognise needs and differentiate teaching and assessments? What did and did not work? Please help by completing a confidential questionnaire for an MA TESOL research study.

Get in touch

Remote teaching tips

This new book includes ideas for teachers less familiar with remote teaching and fresh insights for teachers who already teach remotely.

With useful advice on a range of topics from keeping your learners safe online, to lesson planning and using Zoom. There is something here for everyone.

Read more

Social media groups for professional development

This short British Council survey asks how teachers and teacher educators use communication tools and social media for professional development. We want to know what you learn by engaging in online groups and what you do with what you learn.

Complete the survey

Communities of practice have converted to online mode across Egypt

The communities of practice across Egypt have turned online since last October, known as E-TAGs. This is part of the NTTP programme which works in partnership with the Ministry of Education, to improve teachers’ pedagogical and language skills, creating a profound impact on the lives of 20,000 teachers and about 12 million primary students.

More information
Teacher educator community of practice

Teacher educator community of practice

The British Council's teacher educator community is an online platform where teacher educators can meet together to share ideas and learn from one another. If you are a teacher educator and would like to learn more about best practice in teacher education, come and join us.

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