May 1st 2017

Teaching Your Subject in English (FutureLearn)

Build your confidence to use English effectively to teach subjects such as Maths, Science or History with this free online course. Build your confidence and use English effectively to teach Maths, History, Science or any other subject. This five-week language course will help you use English to promote active learning at all stages of a lesson, from the very first moments, all the way to the end… and into the next lesson.

You’ll study:

- language to get your learners interested, motivated and engaged in your lesson content;

- language to help you develop your learners’ thinking skills;

- language to check learning;

- and more.

You’re welcome on the course, no matter what subject you teach, what your level of English is, or how long you’ve been teaching your subject in English. You can learn just a few phrases each week to try out in your classroom, or revisit and completely transform the way you use English with your learners.

Learn with experts and teachers worldwide

Experts at Cambridge English and Cambridge International Examinations will provide you with a range of functional language and practical tips for using it.

You’ll also join a community of teachers from across the world – you’ll be able to share your expertise in teaching your subject, find out what works for other teachers who teach similar subjects, and look for new ideas from a range of different contexts.

Both Cambridge English and Cambridge International Examinations are part of Cambridge Assessment, a not-for-profit department of the University of Cambridge.

Teach your subject effectively in English

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

- identify parts of a lesson where you can improve the English that you use to teach your subject;

- identify instructional language that you can try out in your lessons;

- put a range of instructional language into practice in your teaching context;

- experiment with suggestions from the course, to address some of the potential difficulties in using English in your context;

- and reflect on how your use of English in the classroom can help your learners succeed.

There will also be plenty of opportunities for you to explore how to use digital tools for teaching and learning as you work through the course.


This course is designed for current secondary school subject teachers who deliver lessons in English. It will be especially relevant for teachers involved in Bilingual Education and Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), and also relevant for teachers who expect to teach a subject in English in the future. Examples of language in the course come from a wide range of subjects, for example Maths, Science, History, Geography and Economics.

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