Language Teaching for the Planet


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 need sustainability in language teaching 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.

After the course, you will be able to:

  • 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.


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