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Teaching 21st Century Skills

Prepare your students to be critical thinkers and fully engaged global citizens in a multilingual world with 21st century skills
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Integrate 21st century skills into your classroom.

This course will explore what exactly is meant by “21st century skills” and how they can be successfully integrated into lessons and learning materials to prepare your students to be critical thinkers and fully engaged global citizens in a multilingual world.

This is a highly practical and interactive course that will give you evidence-informed strategies for promoting skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, communication, digital literacy and global awareness, whilst providing opportunities for language upgrade, development and practice.

You will also gain ideas for creating and adapting materials to teach 21st century skills as well as experience new activities for developing your students’ English language.

Minimum age
Minimum language level
Upper-Intermediate B2
Course start dates
17 July 2023 - 28 July 2023
Course length
2 weeks
Bell Teacher Academy
2-week course £1,830
Olga Kazakhstan
I really enjoy the quality of education at Bell, that's why I keep coming back. My first course was a CELTA, the second was Contemporary English and the third one is CLIL. The next one will definitely be Becoming a Teacher Trainer.
Elisa Spain
I’ve had a great time here at Bell Teacher Academy. I’ve enjoyed meeting people from all over the world and exchanging experiences.
Carla Brazil
At Bell, I found a really deep cultural learning environment which made me excited to go back to work and put it all into practice! As teachers, we have to keep learning so we can engage our students and teach more effectively

Course overview

On this course, you will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of what is meant by 21st century skills and why they are useful to your learners
  • Develop a greater understanding of contemporary topics in education such as meta-cognition and critical thinking
  • Learn practical strategies for including and assessing 21st century skills in your face-to-face, blended, or online lessons
  • Improve your ability to select and adapt materials to teach 21st century skills
  • Improve your language competencies and greater confidence in your own English
  • Have the opportunity to develop and disseminate innovative teacher practice regionally, nationally, and internationally

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for teachers who work with learners at upper-primary, secondary and tertiary levels and want to update and refresh their practice for the modern classroom.

Participants should have an Upper-Intermediate (B2+) language level or above.

Topics covered:

Each course we run is tailored by our expert tutors to the professional needs and priorities of the participants so content may be adapted to best suit the needs of your group.

Definitions of 21st Century Skills
Strategies for promoting collaboration and communication skills
How to include problem-solving and learner discovery in your lessons
Integrating global awareness into language lessons
Developing critical thinking skills
Teaching citizenship
Adapting textbooks and materials for teaching 21st century skills
Meta-cognition and teaching learners ‘how to learn’, increasing learner autonomy and awareness of personal development
Promoting digital literacy and how to be safe online
Assessing 21st century skills

Sample timetable


Course dates

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Bell Teacher Academy

17 July 2023 - 28 July 2023

1 Red Cross Lane,
Cambridge, CB2 0QU

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