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Language Teaching for the Planet

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Sustainability & Language Teaching in a Course?


Sustainability in Language Teaching: an Online Course


Have you ever felt that your role as a teacher does not end with your students’ language learning? Or do you feel that you should do something about the environmental crisis affecting the lives of you and your students? Are you a language teacher who takes your professional development seriously? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you will benefit from this course.


What is the course like?


The course is fully online and runs for two weeks. It is for language teachers and links language teaching practice with environmental matters. The people behind the course make this possible. For instance, Owain, the course writer, has worked as a teacher, teacher trainer, and academic manager at the British Council. Additionally, he has written modules of online courses and teaching materials on environmental issues. He is studying for an MA in online language learning. This is blended with a background in protecting nature. In addition, Ben, the tutor is a creative teacher and skilled teacher trainer. Furthermore, he has a diploma in language teaching. What is more, he contributes to teaching conferences on language teaching and sustainability. In this course, you will benefit from their know-how and passion. Above all, you will share the ideas of the other people on the course.


The background to this course


This course came from the ELTsustainable website which has provided free lessons for language teachers. These helped involve learners in the sustainability dialogue. In addition, it grew out of a concern with language teaching centering on language learning just as a career tool. In conclusion, the course aims to help learners collaborate with the languages they learn to fix the environmental matters that affect us all.


What would you like to know about this course? If you have any questions, check out the FAQ page, or write to us via the contact form

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What Will You Learn?

  • Enable language learners to take part in the international dialogue in sustainability on their language learning journey and beyond.
  • Create motivating and pedagogically sound activities to focus on environmental matters in the language classroom.
  • Develop a clear professional development path as an environmentally-conscious language teacher.

Course Content

1. Getting started
In unit 1 you get to know the other participants and the tutor and share your experiences. In this unit, we create a learning community.

  • Welcome to Language Teaching for the Planet
  • 1.1 Welcome to the Unit
  • 1.2 General Rules and Online Etiquette
  • 1.3. A Message from Owain
  • 1.4 About the course
  • 1.5. How to Use the Course Platform Video Tutorial
  • 1.6 Start of Course Survey
  • 1.7. About your Course Tutor
  • 1.8. What About You?
  • 1.9 Our Students
  • 1.10. Optional extra Part 1 task. A localised environment photo
  • Part 1 Learning Points

2. Investigating existing environment-themed lessons

3. Creating my own Materials

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Mila Pandzic
2 years ago
An excellent course!