Help & training
English My Way is a 24 week blended learning programme, with a mix of classroom based activities, online exercises, and more.
English My Way is aimed at learners whose English skills are below Entry Level 1, helping those with the most basic skills to learn the language and become more involved with their communities.
Being a volunteer or tutor
A Digital Champion is anyone who helps someone do more using the internet. Learn My Way has a whole page about being a Digital Champion, and even if you’re not helping people to get online, there are loads of general tips about being a volunteer or tutor.
You can find out about the skills and qualities you need to start becoming a volunteer or tutor, get some ideas to help support your community to get online, and learn the practical things you have to keep in mind when volunteering or tutoring. Why not get started today?
Planning and delivering your sessions can sometimes feel like a mammoth task, but you can use the English My Way website to help you to do this.
To get a clear understanding of the specifics of what you’re teaching, you might want to look at this guide, which will take you through the syllabus, the types of learner you might expect to teach, and some ideas for teaching and learning approaches you can use.
When you’ve planned what you want to include in a learning session, you’ll have to think about how to deliver it. This delivery guide will give you loads of useful advice about using the resources on the English My Way website to help you deliver your session.
The first step in a learner’s ESOL journey is to complete an initial assessment. The initial assessment will give you a good idea about the level of English a learner can speak, and will help you to decide whether English My Way is the right course for them. As the course is aimed below Entry Level 1, it might not be challenging enough for learners who are above this level. You can find more tips about the initial assessment in the Delivery Guide.
Once you’ve begun teaching the course, it’s a good idea to include different forms of assessment in your lessons to give you an idea about how the learners are progressing. The Diagnostic Assessment will help you to understand the learners’ strengths and weaknesses so that you can plan future sessions based on what they’re having trouble with. Here’s the diagnostic assessment booklet, along with some teacher notes to help you complete it.
The English My Way website brings together all of the different resources and tools you’ll need to successfully deliver the English My Way programme.
Sections of the website
The English My Way website is split into sections to help you find the information and materials you need, when you need them.
When you’re signed out of English My Way, the homepage is the first page you land on, and is simply an introduction to the English My Way programme. You won’t find any learning materials here, but it’s a good place to begin. You’ll see an infographic explaining how learners should progress through the course, as well as information about the Initial Assessment.
The teaching materials section houses a few different sub-sections, ordered in the way we’d recommend that you use them.
The initial assessment is the first thing you’ll have to complete with your learners. It’s a short quiz which will let you know whether each particular learner is suitable for the English My Way programme.
Getting Started is part of the teaching materials section and is the best place to start when you’re running your first few sessions. It’s split into 3 sections, ‘Getting started 1’, ‘Getting started 2’, and ‘Getting started 3’, which each have 4 hours of resources. There are aims and objectives, teachers notes and loads more information to use for each session.
Under the ‘Topics’ heading, you’ll find 10 different topics with materials designed to help you cover 8 hours of learning. This includes session plans, printable resources and eLearning materials.
At first, you might find it useful to support each learner through the eLearning materials. As a learner becomes more confident, you can create them their own login details so that they can have a go at completing the eLearning unsupported.
The Next Steps section is designed for your learners to test what they’ve learned during the programme and see if there’s any areas they need to improve on. In this section, you’ll find assessments available for each subject area. After your learners have completed this section, they can have a go on Learn My Way to learn more about things like applying for jobs, looking after their health and using public services.
Designed by the BBC, a Learning Circle is a session that happens outside of the main English My Way Programme. They build on and complement the content of English My Way, and make learning English a more social and collaborative experience.
The Learning Circles section has loads of useful materials and resources that will help you to run sessions for yourself. There are videos, storyboards, handouts and other materials for you to choose from. Whatever your background, you’ll find these materials useful for running your own session with friends and family.
Managing your learners’ progress is really important. When you log in, the first page you’ll see is where you can record all of the learner information you need to.
Where to go next
Delivering English My Way is a great tutoring experience. To develop your career even further, you could think about getting officially recognised for your skills by working towards a qualification.
City & Guilds Level 3 award in Education and Training
This qualification is great for those working or wishing to work as teachers/trainers in a wide range of contexts. It's not specific to ESOL but will help you to teach more effectively in the further education and skills sector.
ESOL Teaching Certificates
- Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults
- Trinity College London CertTESOL
The CELTA & CertESOL are the most widely recognised qualifications of their kind. They are designed for teachers at the start of their careers and help you to get the skills, knowledge and hands-on teaching practice you’ll need to be a successful English Language Teacher. The courses are broadly similar in terms of level, content, length and cost.
To find courses in your area visit the Cambridge English or Trinity College London websites.
There is also a blended learning version of the CELTA delivered in conjunction with International House. Input is online and can be done at your own pace so it is really flexible.
Already got recognised initial ESOL teacher training?
The next step after initial ESOL training, for those who have a few years’ teaching experience and would like to progress their career further, could be to get Qualified Teaching and Learning Status (QTLS) with ESOL subject specialism. Find out more about the benefits of QTLS.
To get QTLS
- You will usually need to have studied a further teaching course, such as DET, PGCE or DTLLS
- You will have to join the SET and go through ‘professional formation’.
The teaching courses can be studied at FE colleges, local authority adult learning provision and/or universities. Contact your local college or university to find out more, or post a question on the forum and we’ll be happy to help you out.
Want to develop, but not with an accredited course?
NATECLA organises continuous professional development events for ESOL teachers in different parts of the country. Find out more at www.natecla.org.uk
After your learners have completed the English My Way programme, they could go on to study at a higher level. The British Council’s ESOL Nexus has some great self-access resources for learners at a range of different levels, as well as resources to develop language for work and knowledge of UK culture.