English Connects is our digital programme for all teachers and teacher educators of English worldwide, 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 English Connects we are able to gather evidence about ELT worldwide, understand the issues teachers face, and provide a forum for UK expertise and standards. We share global perspectives and through teachers reach communities and students worldwide.
Our TeachingEnglish website has over seven million unique users from 238 countries and more than four million people follow our TeachingEnglish channels on social media.
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 home-based teaching and learning. The programme, shortlisted for a 2020 Learning Technologies Award, engaged teachers and teacher educators worldwide and had a global reach of 3.4 million.
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.