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Get started, get motivated and 'skill up' with Macmillan English this September!

Whether you’re preparing for your first class or looking for inspiration to reinvigorate the classroom, throughout the back to school season we'll be bringing you a special selection of resources to give your teaching an extra boost.

Explore our latest teaching resources below and follow us on social media for more #back2school fun.

1. Get Started  2. Get Motivated
Get started: back to school 2014

1. Get Started

Getting ready for a new term and new classes can be a daunting task. So to make sure you’re perfectly prepared, our ELT experts are here give you top tips and practical teaching advice to help you make the best possible start.


First Classes and Beyond:

Join Beyond authors Rebecca Robb Benne, Rob Metcalf and Robert Campbell on the 10th September, 3pm (UK time) for our first webinar of the 2014-15 academic year. Explore ideas to help teenage students get focused, aim high and invest in their own learning from their first day back.

Register for the webinar 


From icebreakers and first class tips to practical lesson plans for students of all ages, our teachers’ resource site onestopenglish has plenty of inspiration to offer. Take a look at our full collection of back to school resources or check out our selected highlights:

  • Survival Guide: Lindsay Clandfield and Duncan Foord offer easy-to-use ideas and advice to solve any ELT-related emergency
  • Topical news lessons: Weekly and monthly news lessons from The Guardian; adapted and graded for elementary, intermediate and advanced learners
  • Beyond lessons: Creative and dynamic lessons ranging from elementary to upper intermediate levels to explore school subjects such as the arts, geography and science

Explore our onestopenglish resources

Get motivated: back to school 2014

2. Get Motivated

Whether you teach adults, teens or young learners, understanding how to motivate your students is essential to ensuring students' success. Engage your students with productive activities and find advice on how to encourage active participation throughout the school year.



Open Mind – Analysing Strengths and Weaknesses: 

Evaluating your own strengths and weaknesses is a valuable first step to improving your language skills. In this exclusive elementary level lesson plan from the Student’s Book and Teacher’s Book of Open Mind, students discuss different ways of learning and set goals for self-improvement.

Download the lesson plan     Download the teachers' notes

Beyond – Motivating Students:  

In this video, Beyond authors Rob Metcalf, Robert Campbell and Rebecca Robb Benne offer their top tips for motivating teenage students, from developing mutual respect in the classroom to ensuring that students are always presented with the right level of challenge.

Readers and Drama in the Primary Classroom:  

The first in a series of guides on using drama activities in the classroom, this introduction highlights the benefits of  drama to engage young learners, build confidence and develop their skills across different areas of language. Every month we’ll be adding a new guide to the Macmillan Young Readers site so stay tuned!

Download the lesson plan from Macmillan Young Readers