Getting Creative with Resources

15-28 March 2021
29 March - 11 April 2021
3-16 May 2021
27 September - 10 October 2021

2 weeks
5 hours of study per week
For English language teachers (primary, secondary or adult)
Fees: £150

Exploit authentic materials effectively
Design your own materials to engage students
Develop your own adaptable toolkit of resources

This is a course for English language teachers who want to develop their ability to both find and create engaging materials for classroom use. Whether you work with a course book, follow a curriculum or design your own materials, ensuring that your resources are current, relevant and engaging is going to maximise their effectiveness.

Sourcing teaching materials can be very time-consuming, so we will look at how to exploit authentic materials, saving on planning time and exposing your learners to real-world language. We will also look at how to create materials from scratch and build up a bank of templates for adaptable, low-prep and engaging activities that you can rely on time and time again.

Over the 2 weeks, you will be working on collaborative tasks with your peers and sharing good practice, with guidance and support from your online tutor.


Course Overview

Module 1

Familiarisation with the online platform, Moodle
Evaluating materials
Sourcing and exploiting authentic materials for language development

Module 2

Creating materials from scratch
Adaptable, low-prep activities


Each module should take about 5 hours. You can study at a time convenient for you, but each task must be completed by the specified deadline. There will be a variety of tasks to complete. Collaboration is a key part of the course, although this doesn't mean you have to be online at the same time as your peers. However, it's important you keep to the task deadlines to enable everyone to complete the necessary work. At the end of each module there will be an online live chat session, timetabled for a day and time that suits the majority. For those that are unable to attend the live session, it will be recorded and uploaded to the site.


Study at any time

You have 24-hour access to the learning platform, so you can study at a time that suits you.


Collaborate with teachers from around the world (you don't have to be online at the same time) in small classes of no more than 12.

Explore new ideas

Pick up tips and techniques, as well as lesson ideas that you can use straight away in the classroom. Your tutor will give you plenty of individual feedback too.

Receive a certificate

On successfully completing the course, you'll get a digital certificate as a record of your professional development activity.

What do I need?

You'll need access to a computer (mobile or tablet access is possible too, but with reduced functionality) with an up-to-date web browser, PDF reader and media player. You'll also need a webcam and microphone.

Time Commitment
We recommend dedicating at least 5 hours per week to the course. You can study at a time convenient for you, but each task must be completed by the specified deadline.

English Language Level
If English isn't your first language, you'll need a level of B1 (Intermediate) or higher.

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