Activities, resources and ideas to liven up your classroom


Who is this course for?

One of our most popular courses, this course is for teachers who want a practical programme that covers developing resources, practical ideas and methods to liven up classrooms and motivate students.

What will you achieve?

Take this course to:

  • Select, adapt and design materials for different contexts
  • Build your confidence in using a variety of teaching techniques
  • Understand ways to motivate and engage learners
  • Share teaching experiences with other professionals

Course outline

Our Practical Teacher course will introduce you to new techniques and approaches that you can use in the classroom.

The course is an activity-based programme and examples include:

  • Activities to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • Selecting and exploiting materials
  • Activities for teaching pronunciation
  • Teaching using a task-based learning approach
  • Using student mistakes to aid understanding
  • Dealing with emerging language and reformulation
  • Introducing and practising new language: grammar, vocabulary, function
  • Integrating new technologies into language learning
  • Using songs, games and videos
  • Preparing students for examinations
  • Dictogloss and dictation activities

The course content will be chosen between your course group and tutor. You can include other topics not mentioned above. 


Meet the trainer:

Danny Norrington-Davies, CELTA and Delta Trainer

Danny started teaching English over 16 years ago in Botswana and gained his CELTA in the UK in 1995. He worked with Japanese volunteers in Malawi before returning to London to complete his Delta. He has taught in Argentina, South Africa and Thailand. Danny has been with IH London since 2007. He is a CELTA and Delta trainer and works on programmes at King’s College London. He is the author of a teaching methodology book, From Rules to Reasons, which was short listed for an ELTON award. He works on our partner courses at King’s College London.




The Practical Teacher Online course can be booked alone, or with an Online Level 6 Trinity Cert PT qualification. When studying with the Trinity Cert PT qualification, trainees will need to complete four additional assignments in order to gain their level 6 qualification. To find out more about the Trinity Cert PT qualification, visit the course page. 

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Gain a Level 6 Qualification

We also offer a Trinity Cert PT course, where you can study the Practical Teacher course with the addition of a Trinity qualification.

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  3. Transfer
  4. Accommodation
  5. Insurance
  6. Confirm & pay

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