This strand is focussed on climate action and environmental sustainability in English language teaching. It targets English language teachers, teachers’ associations, and policy and decision makers in private and public English language teaching systems.  

As part of this, we have produced three online professional development courses for language teachers globally. 

They will be self-access, free and certified courses designed to train English language teachers on how to integrate environmental issues into English language teaching, equip learners with the language skills to understand, discuss and engage critically with climate change issues, and make a meaningful difference.

The three modules constitute a total of nine hours of learning. Information on course content, how to register and learning outcomes for each module can be accessed here: 

Apart from these courses, Climate Action in Language Education will also involve: 

The Climate Connection - Podcast series (May 2021) 

The Climate Connection (#TheClimateConnection) is a new podcast series from the British Council which explores the relationship between the climate crisis and language education. Across the ten episodes, we’ll hear from a wide range of leading practitioners working in the sector – teachers, trainers, researchers, publishers and authors. We’ll travel from Colombia to China, Moldova to Mali, and Palestine to Poland in our quest to share what’s happening at the cutting edge of climate action in language education. In partnership with the Oxford English Dictionary, we’ll also learn more about the origins of climate-related language, in both English and other languages. 

Global ELT Sector Report (June 2021)

Working together with experts in the field we are conducting research into ‘green’ initiatives across the global English language teaching industry. We are conducting interviews with key ELT stakeholders as well as surveys for English language teachers, schools and universities. The findings from this research will be used to publish a report highlighting global efforts being taken to make the global ELT sector greener, promote and facilitate environmental responsibility and incentivise sustainability. 

We are also currently designing global climate action themed competitions for English language teachers and English language students to be launched in July / August 2021.

For further information, please contact climate.connections@britishcouncil.org.tr