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Creativity in the Classroom

Refresh and renew your teaching with strategies to become more creative, new ideas and new possibilities to liven up your classroom practice.

Course type
Teacher development
Age of student
Language level
Upper Intermediate (B2) - Proficient (C2)
Course dates
28 June-11 July / 12-25 July / 26 July-8 August 2020 / 9-22 August 2020
Course Length
2 weeks
£1,825 / EUR 2,300
Bell Teacher Academy

Who is this course for?

  • Practising teachers of English who are working at secondary level or with adults.
  • Teachers who want to refresh their teaching and liven up the classroom experience for their students.
  • Teachers who want to improve the motivation and engagement of their students.

Course outcomes

You will have:

  • An increased capacity to plan lessons and teach grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and the four skills in engaging and motivating ways
  • A broader understanding of the conditions and strategies under which creativity develops and of how teachers can encourage creative thinking
  • Techniques and activities for improving motivation and engagement in your learners
  • Greater ability to select, design, and use materials that foster creativity in learners
  • Development of linguistic skills and intercultural awareness
  • A network of fellow professionals from different cultures and backgrounds with whom you can share ideas and best practice

Course description


43 hours per two week course

All Bell Teacher Academy courses are delivered by highly experienced teacher trainers. The team includes a whole host of leading ELT experts and published educational authors.

This course will refresh and renew your classroom practice and language skills and give you the tools and strategies to increase creativity for you and your students. Gain new ideas and learn how to adapt your English lessons creatively as well as how to develop your students’ own creativity. You will experience a wide variety of activities, share ideas with teachers from all over the world and create your own activities tailored to your context. You will also develop your English language skills and intercultural awareness in a safe, friendly and international environment.

Topics covered on Creativity in the Classroom include:

  • Creativity: the what, why and how
  • Strategies for developing creativity: simplicity, combination creativity, playfulness and risk taking
  • Creative warmers
  • Motivating the unmotivated
  • Technology and the creative teacher
  • Teaching grammar creatively
  • Teaching vocabulary creatively
  • Teaching pronunciation creatively
  • Language games
  • Using art and drawing
  • Drama techniques
  • Alternative methodologies
  • Creative writing
  • Materials design
  • Bringing the course book to life
  • Using music and songs
  • Storytelling

Topics can be adapted depending on participants’ professional needs, priorities, and teaching context.

Participants will have the opportunity to build up a portfolio of authentic materials to support the cultural component of their teaching.


In addition to the core development course, teachers choose two additional workshops a week, such as ‘Using film in the classroom’, ‘Motivating students’ and ‘Different ways to use songs in the classroom’.

Guest lectures and plenary sessions

Weekly guest lectures and plenary sessions by well-known ELT experts. 

Experience British life

Bell Teacher Academy is set in Stephen Perse in the traditional and beautiful city of Cambridge. You can explore the city with other teachers, visit the many museums and go to one of the many outdoor cultural events over the summer such as ‘Shakespeare in the park’. There are a host of activities held on campus too and trips to nearby cities including London.

Bell Teacher Academy partners with Cambridge University Press and Cambridge English Language Assessment.