TeachingEnglish website

If you are an English language teacher, teacher educator or English Language Teaching (ELT) professional, we have lots of free resources to support your work.

You can:

  • download free lesson plans and classroom materials for a range of levels and contexts (including for online, face-to-face and remote delivery)
  • get resources, 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.

Teaching resources

Here you can find a wide range of practical resources to use in your classroom, whether you are teaching primary students, secondary students, or adults and business students. There are over 400 full lesson plans to choose from, covering different topics and themes, all organised according to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).

We also have shorter activities, as well as ideas for using songs, poems and stories to help your learners improve their English in engaging, motivating and enjoyable ways.

All of our practical materials are written by experts in English Language Teaching and are free to download.



Find and download a wide variety of research publications and resource books for teachers, trainers and other English Language Teaching (ELT) professionals. In this section, you will find an extensive collection of publications that provide practical insights, perspectives and learning on current issues in ELT. These publications will help inform your work and ensure you remain up to date, whether you are a teacher, teacher educator, policymaker or other professional in the field of ELT.

Teacher Training

We offer a range of teacher training courses covering areas such as primary and secondary teaching, learning technologies and many other subjects. The courses are three or four weeks long and there are a range of topics, from assessing learners to planning a great lesson. Study at your own pace and communicate with other teachers from all over the world. 

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.

News and Events

In this section you can register for our upcoming webinars and watch recordings of previous online events. You can watch previous talks from our annual World Teachers' Day events, and view wide range of seminars. You can find out about our yearly ELTons Innovation Awards and catch up on some of the top stories in the world of English language teaching.

You can also join the conversation with ELT professionals from across the world on Facebook @TeachingEnglish.BritishCouncil and Twitter @TeachingEnglish