We all know that a good quality teacher development course is a worthwhile investment to give your teaching practice and career a boost.  However, what happens when the city you live in or your busy timetable makes attending face-to-face classes impossible?

Many teachers these days are turning to online education as a viable option that allows them to access quality training from anywhere at almost any time.   The options are seemingly endless with everything from MOOCs, webinars, short courses, online conferences, and even university qualifications.  If you are ready to give online learning a go, check out some of our favorite course providers.


I’ll start with one of my favourite online course providers The Consultants-e.  They offer a range of services, but are loved by ELT professionals everywhere for their online courses focusing principally on the use of tech and online teaching and training.

iTDi’s courses give teachers from anywhere the chance to learn online with classes led by renowned experts in ELT. Re-invigorate your teaching every month.

NILE is a world-leading centre of excellence, offering training and development from initial qualifications to an MA, both face-to-face and online.

Whether you’re an experienced English teacher or are just about to start your career in teaching, The British Council have a course for you. Their online teacher training and development programmes include self-access and moderated courses.

The IATEL run monthly webinars which are free of charge and are open to both members and non-members of IATEFL.  They have an amazing range of topics and great speakers.

Oxford TEFL are a leading provider of online and face to face teacher development courses for ELT. They off Trinity Certificates, Diplomas and a range of short courses in specialised areas. They are also a partner of Active English!

FutureLearn  have hundreds of online courses from top universities and specialist organisations to choose from. You can browse by category and start date, to find the right one for you.

In Brazil

Julio Vieitas has become a reference in the area of ELT management in Brazil and offers a range of courses and mentoring for English teachers and coordinators.

Teach-In, founded by Louise Potter and Juliana Tavares, offers a wonderful range of resources, consulting and courses for teachers.

Founded by Vinicius Diamantino , deprofpraprof offers online courses for private English teachers in Brazil.

Cecilia Nobre is well known in our Brazilian ELT community and is a successful online English teacher.  She now offers courses for teachers wanting to start or improve their online teaching.

Active English (that’s us!), have partnered up with Oxford TEFL to bring a range of Teacher Development courses to Brazil. More than offering just courses, they aim to start and strengthen communities of practice. The learning continues long after the course is over!

Higor Calvalcante is a talented speaker, writer and trainer here in Brazil.  His dedication to helping teacher develop their English has led to the publication of 2 books and the creation of a range of excellent courses that you can also access online.  You can contact him via his website for information.

We have to mention here the wonderful Thiago Viegga who has developed some excellent online courses for teachers preparing for the Cambridge exams.  Check them out!

Casa Thomas Jefferson is a school based in Brasilia.  You’ve probably heard of it!  They have great tutors and a range of online teacher development courses.

Well, those are just a few of the options I’ve been able to come up with.  Let me know who you think I’ve missed and I’d be happy to add them to the list!

AND! If you want to learn how to make the most from your online learning experience, don’t miss our free webinar with Nicola Meldrum on the 24th September at 13:00 (BRT).   She will show you the benefits of online interaction and give some insider tips as a course designer and tutor of online teacher development courses. This is useful if you are considering teaching online or doing an online course yourself.

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