English Connects is our digital programme accessible to all teachers and teacher educators of English worldwide.

It is delivered through our global TeachingEnglish platforms and regional/country and partner platforms. It provides professional development opportunities, resources, peer support and networking for a global community of English language teaching professionals and practitioners.

Through this programme we are able to gather evidence about ELT worldwide, understand and influence issues teachers face, provide a forum for UK expertise, establish standards for the ELT profession. We are able to facilitate global perspectives and through teachers reach communities and students worldwide.

Our TeachingEnglish website has over 7 million unique users from 238 countries and TeachingEnglish on social media has four million followers.

Through English Connects, we support individual teacher educators and teachers of seeking to supplement formal CPD, take responsibility for their own professional development (one of the 12 professional practices in the Teaching for Success CPD frameworks), enhance their practice and their careers or looking for new ideas or to connect to an international community of practice.

When faced with the mass closure of schools during Covid-19, we were quickly able to understand and mobilise the support teachers needed. We developed our remote teacher training programme, delivered through the global TeachingEnglish platforms and additional regional and country initiatives, to help teachers transition to remote teaching and homebased teaching and learning. The program, shortlisted for a 2020 Learning Technologies Award, engaged teachers and teacher educators worldwide and had a global reach 3.4 million.

Latest project

Co-financed by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the British Council, the regional Sub-Saharan Africa English Connects project is delivered in-country with nine UK English language teaching and educational technology providers. The project now operates in Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Angola, Cameroon, Djibouti, Gabon, Guinea, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Niger.