This website is a free resource designed for, but not limited to, non-native speaker teachers of English by the British Broadcasting Corporation and the British Council. English is the language used exclusively throughout the website which contains a forum for teachers to exchange thoughts and ideas about teaching, lesson plans and materials to aid in teaching, and an archive of articles focused on the theoretical and historical aspects of teaching English. To gain access to all of the resources on the site, users must have a computer with download and audio capability. Teaching English can be used in a one-computer format for demonstration purposes, and has a feature that provides links to outside resources which might be useful for teachers.
This module presents a vast collection of models, lessons, articles, and resources for teachers of English.
Target Student Population:
Teachers of ESL/EFL
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Type of Material:
Evaluation and Observation
The purpose of this module is clearly to help teachers of English learn and exchange ideas about teaching. The amount of material included in this website is excellent, with more than 100 articles, and hundreds of lesson plans and teaching ideas and techniques. The website is organized into three main categories: Think, Talk, and Try, with featured items from each category listed on the main page, and an Other Features menu on the right side of the page with links to each category as well as other sites and contact info for the module itself. All outside links are relevant to the teaching profession.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This module is potentially a very effective as a tool to support teaching and learning. As it is created for an audience of teachers, the site is not useful for student independent study, but for teachers, the site is complete, easy to use, and engaging. Activities and lesson plans presented on the site can be used by teachers to plan their future teaching. Articles can be used to ignite thought and discussion about teaching practices. And all downloadable tools can be printed and used immediately integrated into established learning environments.
The presentation of the materials in this module can significantly improve faculty members abilities to teach English. As teaching English is the discipline focused on throughout the module, all materials can be used to enhance language learning activities. The goal of the site is easily identifiable as one that is dedicated to enhance, improve, and support effective teaching of English. While educators are able to read and print lesson plans and assignments from the website itself,
downloadable items are relevant to the goal of teaching English, and it is very easy for instructors to write good learning assignments based on the materials.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This website is well organized and very easy to use. All button and links are clearly labeled and active, and all screens are easy to read. The audio files are of good quality, and it is very easy for users to locate and click on the downloadable audio files. Users of this site can understand its organizational system very easily with the aid of the modules simple yet effective use of a basic color scheme.
All of the labels, buttons, menus, and text items are clearly stated and easy to locate and read. There is a consistency among the pages of the website in which titles of learning activities/materials are presented first, as hyperlinks, with brief synopses of the activities/materials printed just below. While navigating the many pages of the website, users will find the Other Features menu consistently located on the right side of each screen, with active links to the main pages of each area of the module. Users are able to asynchronously communicate with other users via a message board, and all users can post questions and comments, as well as respond to other users questions and comments. Designed for teachers, this site requires users to do no more than simply log on and begin browsing the resources available. For teachers, this website is extremely useful and attractive because of the vastness of its collection of supporting articles, materials, lessons, and tools for teachers of English.