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Welcome to Weekly – the exam preparation planner for teachers!
Save time and effort and let Cambridge English create your free, personalised exam preparation plans, with additional teacher support.
Weekly is currently a BETA product. Please note – in the current BETA phase, only Cambridge English: First for Schools is available.
Choose a challenge:
Create a professional development plan that works for you
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is about improving your teaching knowledge and developing your teaching skills. In this Challenge, you will learn more about professional development, your strengths as a teacher and identify areas you want to work on.
Find new ways to motivate your learners
A classroom with learners who are enthusiastic and motivated is a place where learning will take place. It is an exciting place for teachers and students to be. In this Challenge, you will learn more about theories of motivation, find out what motivates your learners, and plan new activities to use with your students.
Find new ways to identify and correct your learners’ mistakes
Making mistakes is an important part of language learning. Students make mistakes when they are practising and experimenting with language. In this Challenge, you will learn more about the causes and types of error, practise identifying and analysing learners’ mistakes, and find out about new correction techniques.
Be more confident using digital resources
Digital resources can help you to make lessons more interactive and learner-centred. In this Challenge, you will learn more about digital skills, the kinds of digital resources you can use, and plan new activities that use digital resources.
Grow your confidence using English in class
Using English in class shows learners that English is a real, living language. It maximises your students’ contact with English, helping them to increase their vocabulary, accuracy and knowledge about language. In this Challenge, you will learn more about using English in class, decide on the areas of your English that you want to improve, and select activities that will help you to use English more in class.
How the Challenges work
With each Challenge, you explore a key area of teaching in five simple steps. Each step takes just 1–2 hours to complete. Each week, we’ll email you a new step, with links to all the videos, articles and resources you need to complete it.
You can do as many Challenges as you like, and in any order. We recommend you do one at a time. Then, if you like, you can start another Challenge!
We will send you a Record of Achievement when you finish all five steps of your Challenge. You can complete this and add it to your professional development portfolio.
- Cloze test: a type of gap-filling task (sentence or text) in which whole words have been removed, and which candidates must replace. A multiple-choice cloze supplies three or four options, of which only one is correct. An open cloze does not supply any possible answers.
- Cohesion/cohesive: the way spoken or written texts are joined together with logical grammar or lexis, e.g. conjunctions (Firstly, secondly), lexical sets, reference words (it, them, this)
- Discourse management: discourse management refers to the extent, relevance, coherence and cohesion of speech.
- Paraphrase: to give the meaning of something using different words
- Prompt: the information in a task which indicates what candidates must produce. E.g. in a form-filling task, the subheadings; in a Writing task, the content points; in a Speaking task, a picture.
- Register: the tone of a piece of writing. The register should be appropriate for the task and target reader, e.g. a letter of application is written in a formal register.
- Scan: to read a text quickly to pick out specific information, e.g. finding a phone number in a phone book
- Skim: to read a text quickly to get a general idea of what it is about
Cambridge English Teacher – High-quality, affordable professional development for English language teachers
Develop your skills and access support
Cambridge English Teacher offers you opportunities to develop your skills and connect with other teachers and experts in English language teaching.
Cambridge English Teacher is run by two departments of the University of Cambridge with many years of experience and expertise in education and teacher development (including the CELTA, Delta and TKT qualifications):
How you can use Cambridge English Teacher
Cambridge English Teacher connects you to a network of English teachers across the globe and provides you with access to valuable professional development tools and resources to help you enhance your English teaching skills and build your confidence, as well as your career.
By joining Cambridge English Teacher and committing to your professional development you will:
- have access to courses that will help you with career progression
- receive high quality professional development from the experts
- learn new skills and teach with confidence
- join a community of ELT professionals
Become a Guest:
Registration is free and enables you to:
- access a free, five-hour Grammar for Teachers: Language Awareness course
- join a community of language teaching professionals
- take high-quality, online professional development courses (£25 per course)
- interact with other teachers and leading names in English language teaching through webinars and discussion forums
- build an online professional development profile that showcases your achievements.
Become a Member to open up all the benefits:
Annual membership costs only £28.50 and includes all the benefits above plus:
- a free 10-hour professional development course of your choice (worth £25)
- 20% discount on further professional development courses
- a digital subscription to English Teaching Professional magazine (worth £28)
- access to an exclusive library of Cambridge resources
- members’ only topical articles and webinars.