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English for Teachers

English for Teachers (EFT) is a content-based English language course written by Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto, Chuck Sandy, and Kate Cory-Wright with input from twenty leading educators from around the world. The course is about teaching and learning and is designed for teachers who want to further develop their English skills. Lessons may be taken in any order, but we recommend working through the course in sequence if possible. We look forward to learning more about you and working with you.

EFT Lesson 1 is free!
  • EFT Lesson 1: How can we become better language learners?
    In this lesson, you'll explore the characteristics of good language learners and come up with a personalized plan to improve your English. Along the way, you'll use word families to discuss this topic as well as practice making suggestions using the base form of verbs and giving advice with modals. We're looking forward to hearing from you.
    Barb, Chuck, Kate, and the entire EFT Team
    Price: $0 (USD)
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  • EFT Lesson 2: What skills do students need to learn?
    In this lesson, you'll explore ways to plan lessons that include a variety of thinking skills. Along the way, you'll learn collocations to discuss this topic as well as practice using logical connectors to show purpose. You'll also learn how to use in order not to to talk about something we'd like to prevent. We're looking forward to hearing about how you plan lessons.
    Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto
    Price: $9 (USD)
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  • EFT Lesson 3: How can we teach for a variety of learning styles?
    In this lesson, you'll have a chance to explore the different ways that students learn, and how to include activities to reach a variety of learner preferences. Along the way, you'll learn phrasal verbs and idioms to discuss this topic as well as practice using gerunds. We're looking forward to hearing what you think about learning styles.
    Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto
    Price: $9 (USD)
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  • EFT Lesson 4: Do we need classroom technology?
    In this lesson, you'll have a chance to explore the benefits and challenges of using technology in language teaching. Along the way, you'll learn participial adjectives to discuss this topic as well as practice shortened relative clauses with by and about. We're looking forward to hearing your ideas about using technology in the classroom.
    Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto
    Price: $9 (USD)
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  • EFT Lesson 5: Do we teach only language?
    In this lesson, we'll explore the different types of teaching we do in the classroom in addition to teaching language and share our ideas with the community. Along the way, we'll learn compound nouns to discuss this topic. We'll also practice unreal conditionals and use could to discuss possibilities. We're looking forward to hearing what you think are the additional roles teachers play in the classroom.
    Kate Cory-Wright
    Price: $9 (USD)
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  • EFT Lesson 6: How can we make the most of coursebooks?
    In this lesson, we'll explore ways to evaluate and use a coursebook in your classroom. Along the way, we'll learn word families to discuss this topic as well as practice too and not enough. We're looking forward to hearing how you use coursebooks in your classroom.
    Kate Cory-Wright
    Price: $9 (USD)
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  • EFT Lesson 7: What does it take to be a teacher?
    In this lesson, you'll have a chance to explore what it means to be a teacher and share your ideas with others in the community. Along the way, you'll learn word families to discuss this topic as well as practice modals to express necessity. We're looking forward to hearing your ideas.
    Chuck Sandy
    Price: $9 (USD)
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  • EFT Lesson 8: What is the teaching life?
    What is the life of a teacher like and how do we keep our energy levels high enough to keep up with our busy schedules? You'll find out more about the teaching lives of the EFT team, explore ideas for making the most of your own life as a teacher, and share more about your own life and secrets for staying energetic and active. Along the way, you'll learn more about how phrasal verbs work as you further develop your language skills. We're looking forward to learning more about you!
    Chuck Sandy
    Price: $9 (USD)
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  • EFT Lesson 9: What do you believe about teaching and learning?
    In this lesson, you'll have a chance to further explore your beliefs about what it means to be a teacher and think about what teaching and learning really involve. Along the way, you will learn more about using noun clauses beginning with It (It is a very useful structure!) as well as noun clauses beginning with It. You'll also develop your vocabulary by working with some common verb + noun collocations. We hope you'll enjoy exploring this topic with us.
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  • EFT Lesson 10: How do we promote critical thinking?
    In this lesson, you'll explore ways to promote critical thinking in your classroom. Along the way, you'll learn phrasal verbs to discuss this topic as well as practice using have, make, let, help, and ask. We're looking forward to hearing from you.
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  • EFT Lesson 11: What should schools do to encourage learning?
    In this lesson, you'll explore ideas about what schools should and shouldn't do to encourage learning for both students and teachers as well as what level of access to social media sites and smart phones ought to be allowed in the classroom. Along the way, you'll learn collocations for discussing this topic as well as practice the modals should and ought to in the active and passive voice. We're looking forward to hearing your ideas.
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  • EFT Lesson 12: How can we encourage lifelong learning?
    In this lesson, you'll explore what it means to be a lifelong learner, and what options are available for continuing education. Along the way, you'll learn word families to discuss this topic as well as adverbs for expressing opinions. You'll also practice using logical connectors so and because. We're looking forward to hearing from you.
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  • EFT Lesson 13: How can we extend learning beyond the classroom?
    In this lesson, you'll explore blended learning and ways to use it to extend learning beyond your classroom walls. Along the way, you'll learn collocations to discuss this topic as well as practice relative clauses. We're looking forward to hearing from you.
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EFT lessons coming shortly:


Lesson 14: How can we make homework more effective?


Lesson 15: How do we assess students?


Lesson 16: How do we assess ourselves and other teachers?


Lesson 17: How can we deal with error correction?


Lesson 18: How do we teach large classes?


Lesson 19: What are the best classroom management techniques?


Lesson 20: How do we teach students of different levels?


Lesson 21: How can we get our students to collaborate?


Lesson 22: How can we motivate ourselves?


Lesson 23: What is active learning?


Lesson 24: How can we motivate our students?


Lesson 25: What do we do with difficult students?