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Resource/Tool Description

Didactic Analysis

The Teaching English course is perfect for SLA trainers. This free online course introduces the essential learning theories and practices needed to be a SLA instructor. The course details the needs of adult ESL learners, the learning styles of students, and how to facilitate intercultural communication in the classroom. Following this, it describes the activities and exercises that increase student comprehension of the English language. Finally it explains how to prepare for and conduct a lesson including creating a lesson plan, classroom management, and conducting tests. This free online course is ideal for fluent English speakers who wish to teach the English language in an English-speaking country. It will also be of interest to people who are considering teaching English as a foreign language or anyone who wants to know more about teaching and learning theories.

English language learning is possible in seven categories:

– 2 English diploma courses;

– 6 English grammar courses;

– 3 English literature courses;

– 3 Speaking English courses;

– 1 Teaching English course;

– 4 English for tourism courses;

– 1 Business English course.

The duration of each course is between 1 and 3 hours. The possible learning outcomes are: Extend the learners’ range of vocabulary in various areas; Improvement of the pronunciation skills; Practice the most used verbs, nouns and expressions in English; Good understanding of the rules of English grammar; Better understanding of the context in which a certain tense is used; Understanding the differences between spoken and written English; Understanding the basics of conversational English; Gaining knowledge of a combination of writing styles, as well as how to give a successful presentation to an audience; Communicate confidently with people in formal and informal environment.

The tool is perfect for self-preparation but with the necessary amendments the trainers could implement it also in class.

Pros and cons:
+ Special course for SLA trainers
+ Certification of the courses
+ Assessment
+ Good exercises
+ Several courses with different modules
+ Easy to use
– Better for self-preparation

ALISON’s online English language course will be of great interest to all learners who already have a basic knowledge of the English language and who want to further improve their vocabulary and pronunciation skills to be able to communicate more effectively.


Technical Analysis


Complexity of the development / implementation of the content High. It is a Over 750 course for free. You can track your progress, build your learner’s profile and get a certificate. As for learning English, the choice of courses available is not that great. There are two diploma course, six grammar courses, three speaking and one business English course. On the other hand a creative teachers can make use of different courses that are in English to teach the language or upload their own courses.
Comfort of use Moderate. Before you start you need to register (you can use many social media.) and enrol in the chosen course. The site is easy to navigate and there instructional video available.
Skills and knowledge required Advanced
Hardware requirements Computer.
Software requirements No specific software requirements
Expected technological tendency/trend High. ALISON is now one of the global leaders in online learning, with over 6 million registered users.
Open Source Yes Access Online
Mobile friendly Yes Registration required Yes

Additional Information

Target group

All Learners


Grammar, Listening comprehension, Speaking + phonetics, Vocabulary extension


Mobile friendly





English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish


A1, A2, B1, B2, C1