We have been recognised as a world leader in English teaching since our creation in 1934. Our work in English gives people – both in Britain and in the hundred-plus countries in which we work – opportunities to learn, share and connect with others worldwide. We continue to support the professional development of English teachers and students of all ages from all over the world learning English. 

Online teaching courses and resources

If you are an English language teacher or English Language Teaching (ELT) professional, we have lots of free resources to support your work.

You can:

  • sign up to our online teacher training courses
  • download free lesson plans and classroom materials
  • get tips, articles and information about professional development, conferences and qualifications
  • join discussion groups and access training materials. 

Find out more on our TeachingEnglish website and Online teaching courses and resources 

Support for learners of English

We support learners of English in improving their knowledge and command of the language, whatever their age, level of English or reason for learning.

LearnEnglish websites

Our websites offer free-to-use materials for over 20 million adults, business professionals, parents and kids annually.

Support for Assistant Language Teachers

The British Council has been working with Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) to support new JET Assistant Language Teachers upon their arrival in Japan.  

Request for Proposal - English Connects Japan project

The British Council Japan would like to procure the services of a UK organisation or consultant to investigate and report on gender roles in textbooks.