University of Cambridge Free Course for Career in English Language Teaching

The University of Cambridge is offering massive open online course (MOOC), “Exploring the World of English Language Teaching”. It will help applicants to understand what it’s like to be an English language teacher.

The course covers topics such as motivating learners, developing communication skills, and resources to use in the classroom. This 6-week course starts on

Course At A Glance

Length: 6 weeks
Effort: 2 hours pw
Subject: English language
Institution: University of Cambridge and FutureLearn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course starts on 

Providers’ Details

Cambridge English Language Assessment is a part of Cambridge Assessment, a not-for-profit department of the University of Cambridge. Their role is to develop and deliver English language testing, teacher development and curriculum reform worldwide, as part of the University’s educational mission. They have around 650 staff working in offices in more than 20 countries worldwide and a global network of 2,800 authorised centres who deliver our exams.

FutureLearn is a social learning platform based in the UK and providing free, online courses from the world’s leading educators. They have over 3 million registered learners studying over 6.5 million courses.

About This Course

Thousands of English language teachers take up posts around the globe every year, Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) to different nationalities and speakers.

If you’re thinking about joining them, this free online course will help you find out more about the world of English Language Teaching (ELT). The course covers topics such as motivating learners, developing communication skills, and resources to use in the classroom.

Why Take This Course?

It will help you to understand what it’s like to be an English language teacher. If you’re thinking about travelling and teaching abroad, this MOOC can help you learn about the skills that English language teachers need and what training is available.

Learning Outcomes

The course will run over six weeks and feature learners from different countries and teachers who’ve taught all over the world, giving ideas and information on key areas of English language teaching.

Applicant will also learn more about where their new adventure can take them, and find out the best way to get started.

From teaching children in Vietnam, to teaching business people in Switzerland, University will give applicant a taste of what they shall need to know. University will provide ideas on practical activities they can use in class and show how they can look at English from a whole new viewpoint.


Marie Therese Swabey

English Language Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Assessor and Joint Chief Assessor for a range of teaching qualifications from Cambridge English.

Monica Poulter

Teacher Development Manager at Cambridge English with over 20 years’ experience developing qualifications for English language teachers. Formerly a teacher and teacher trainer in a range of contexts.


This course is designed for anyone with an interest in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), either in your own country or abroad. No prior knowledge is required to take part in the course.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, applicant will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, students will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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