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As you are aware, the  impact of the Coronavirus virus has resulted in the closure of many schools around the world and students spending much more time at home. In many cases teachers will be delivering online lessons for the first time and students will be accessing the internet for online lessons without many of the usual safeguards that are in place in the school environment. It’s also inevitable that students will be spending more of their free time online through the internet and social media while in lockdown. This represents an even greater risk to the safety of young people while they are online.

We have developed three guides to support schools in keeping young people stay safe while they are online. Please download these digital hacks below:

We are your best starting point for learning English. People from all over the world study English with us by following a course in one of our teaching centres or by using our free online resources for teachers and learners. We can give you the confidence and skills you need to communicate effectively in English. With over 70 years of English language teaching experience, we can help you achieve your goals.

Our websites engage adults and children globally, and provide valuable support for teachers.



Learn English online with the help of this free website from the British Council. You will find games, stories, listening activities and grammar exercises that will help you develop your skills.

In the Listen & Watch section, you will discover lots of new listening activities and videos and, in the Business & Work section, you can find materials aimed at helping you reach your professional aspirations by developing your English skills. We also have a new Grammar section and new IELTS exam practice materials.

If you want to find materials especially designed for young learners, you can visit Learn English Kids or Learn English Teens.

Become a member to add comments to the site and ask questions to get help with your English.


TeachingEnglish is the central point of reference for teachers, trainers and those working in other areas of English language teaching.

Across the site, you will find free classroom materials to download, from short activities to full lesson plans, for teaching children and adults. There are also articles on aspects of teaching, and free teacher development and teacher training materials.

Don't forget to register on the Teaching English site if you wish to interact fully with other users, add comments and download exam preparation material. As a member, you will be able to:

  • build your own profile and join an international online community
  • leave questions for our guest writers, teachers and other users
  • download teacher training materials for free
  • access the new materials before everyone else.

LearnEnglish Mobile

The British Council has released a suite of apps to help learners improve their English. Through these apps you can:

  • Listen to and watch conversations in real-life contexts to sharpen your everyday listening skills
  • Record and learn new words in a vocabulary flashcard app
  • Practice your grammar through interactive grammar activities
  • Challenge yourself and your friends through word games
  • Help children practise phonics sounds and watch children’s stories on tablet devices.

The British Council’s apps are suitable for English learners of all levels and ages, including young learners. Learn more about our apps that are available on iTunes Store, Google Play, BlackBerry App World and Windows Store or search for “British Council” in the app store to find all our apps.

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