LANGUAGE TEACHING FOR THE PLANET ~ MESSAGE FROM COLM DOWNES

The British Council is supporting the UK’s role in the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26) through a global programme centred on climate change, including a specific strand focussing on environmental sustainability in English language teaching and learning called ‘Language Teaching for the Planet’.

Through this strand of the global programme, we are working with experts in the field to develop high quality resources to help build the capacity of national ELT teacher associations, schools and teachers to integrate environmental issues in English language curricula – raise awareness of these issues; equip learners with the language skills to understand, discuss and engage critically with climate change issues, and promote solutions to local and global environmental problems.

As part of this global programme, we have commissioned research into the current practice of English language teachers regarding the integration of climate change issues in teaching practice, as well as highlight initiatives being taken by the English language teaching sector, including schools and universities, to promote and facilitate environmental responsibility, reduce environmental impact, and incentivise sustainability.

We would highly appreciate your support in sharing our two global surveys with members of your national teacher associations. There are two surveys – both now open until Friday 12 Feb. The first survey is open to all English teachers, whilst the second survey is for ELT institutions (private language schools, universities, etc) and should only be completed by one person from each education institution.

Please feel free to send the PDF of Language Teaching for the Planet and the surveys to anyone you think may be interested.

For more information on the British Council’s ‘Language Teaching for the Planet’ programme, please contact Colm Downes, Technical Lead: colm.downes@britishcouncil.org.

PLEASE CUT, PASTE AND FORWARD THE TWO SURVEYS BELOW AS YOU FEEL APPROPRIATE

Language Teaching for the Planet – A British Council Global Survey for English Teachers

Do you incorporate climate change themes into your lessons? Do your coursebooks have enough environmental content? Do you ever experience resistance from students?

Please take a few minutes to complete if relevant for you – and/or share with English teachers you know.

This survey will help us understand more about how English Teachers are integrating climate change issues into their teaching practice. Your responses will help us raise awareness of good practice and help support the development of new initiatives to tackle the growing climate crisis.

Link: https://bit.ly/Survey_Teachers

Background: The British Council is supporting the UK’s role in the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26) through a global programme centred on climate action. As part of this global programme, we have commissioned research into the current practice of English language teachers regarding the integration of climate change issues in teaching practice, as well as highlight initiatives being taken by the English Language Teaching (ELT) sector to promote and facilitate environmental responsibility, reduce environmental impact, and incentivise sustainability.

This global survey is open to all English language teachers around the world and can be completed anonymously. The survey takes about 5-10 mins to complete.

Language Teaching for the Planet – A British Council Global Survey for Schools and Universities

This survey will help us understand more about initiatives being taken by ELT institutions (schools and universities) to promote and facilitate environmental responsibility, reduce environmental impact, and incentivise sustainability. Survey responses will help us raise awareness of good practice and help support the development of new initiatives to tackle the growing climate crisis across the global ELT sector.

Link: https://bit.ly/Survey_Institutions

This global survey is open to all schools, universities around the world. This global survey cannot be completed anonymously and should only be completed by one person from each institution.

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