A teacher looking at British Council online teaching resources

If you are an English language teacher or ELT professional, the British Council has lots of free resources to support your work.

You can:

  • sign up to our online teacher training courses 
  • download free lesson plans and classroom materials 
  • get tips, articles and information about professional development, conferences and qualifications 
  • join discussion groups and access training materials.

Find out more on our TeachingEnglish website or see below for an overview of the different sections. 

Teacher training

We offer a range of teacher training courses covering areas such as primary and secondary teaching, learning technologies and many other subjects. Learn more about teacher training.

Teaching resources

If you are a busy English language teacher or trainer looking for support and development materials for your classroom, we can help you with the collection of free materials on the British Council’s website for teachers. Find out more about our teaching resources.

Lesson plans

Our lesson plans give you a series of activities to use in your classroom, including procedure and worksheets to download. If you are an English language teacher looking for materials, the British Council can help you with regularly updated lesson plans and classroom materials. Learn more about lesson plans.

Classroom activity

If you are an English language teacher looking for materials, we can help you with our regularly updated classroom activities. Learn more about classroom activities.

TeachingEnglish articles

If you are an English language teacher and want to develop your understanding of teaching methodology and practice, the TeachingEnglish articles offer regularly updated pieces by experienced teachers and ELT professionals. 
Read our TeachingEnglish articles.

Using literature in English language teaching

If you are looking for literature-based materials, we can help you with texts, activities and listening materials. 
Find out more about our resources to help teachers use literature in the classroom.

Tablet app for classrooms

LearnEnglish Kids: Phonics Stories (School Edition) is a phonics-based story app which helps children learn to read and speak English. Each story practises phonics sounds and includes a game and dictionary. A teachers guide offers expert advice on how to use the app in the classroom.

Download from the Apple App Store (iPad only).