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Online Course – Engaging Learners with Simple Drawings

This course is a voyage of adventure in the land of graphic facilitation. A land where learners are engaged, colleagues are in awe and ELT mojos are always activated.

Prepare to embark on a journey ‘to the nicest corner of the internet’! (One of my course participants actually said that.) 

In just six weeks you’ll feel confident using basic graphic facilitation techniques and drawing simple icons.

And the best bit? Not one essay or report to write nor journal article to read! All you need is a pen and paper. Your coursework is all hand-drawn!


In this course, you will:

  • Get started building your visual dictionary (a library of icons you can draw quickly).

Drawing is a visual language – the more vocabulary you know, the easier it is to communicate. I’ll teach you some basic icons, and show you how to create your own.

There are twelve drawing tutorial videos in this course. These include: common ELT icons, common verbs, classroom objects, people, transport, equality and diversity, connectors, containers, transport, buildings, occupations and emotions. I am always happy to take requests and add to this video library. You’ll have lifetime access so you can practise even after the course is finished! 

Each live session will have drawing practise time too. You can ask me questions and practise icons useful to your work context. 



  • Gain confidence in basic graphic facilitation techniques.


Graphic or Visual Facilitation is a style of facilitating group training, meetings and other collaborative sessions using simple drawings and templates.

Using these techniques in the classroom instantly engages learners and makes lessons more memorable, supportive and fun. It also boosts student confidence, creativity and critical thinking. Check out my blog posts which will give you a flavour. 



  • Learn visual tips and tricks especially for English Language Teaching (e.g. vocabulary, grammar, 4 skills, pronunciation).

As teachers, we’re always looking for new activities and techniques to use in class. This course will share quick, simple multi-sensory tools to enhance your teaching practices. You’ll also get plenty of opportunities to discuss different ways to use these in class and share ideas with the group. 



  • Add a touch of magic to all aspects of your work.

The graphic facilitation techniques on this course are versatile and can be used in meetings, work plans, social media, presentations and other work related communications. This course is perfect for anyone in the English Language Teaching industry.



What does the course include?

4 x 90 minute online classes

These sessions will be supportive and allow you to practise your visual communication skills, collaborate and share ideas with other English language teaching professionals.

I’ll demonstrate some simple drawings, tools and activities and allow time for participants to practise and reflect.

Sessions will be recorded, so if you miss one, you can easily catch up.




Facebook group

A collaborative space for participants to share their work, leave feedback and access course resources. This is where the real learning happens. You’ll get inspired by other course participants, share ideas and build your professional network. 



Teaching and facilitation ideas

The sessions will leave you bursting with activities to use during your professional practice. Participants from my previous course said they could use their new skills immediately. You’ll learn to use and develop visual templates tailored to you (e.g. graphic organisers, visual feedback forms, reflection sheets, planning documents, future visioning tools and lesson plans).



Tutor support

Throughout the course, I’ll be available to guide you every step of the way. Catherine Lindsay, an Adult Learning Tutor said ‘Emily was so responsive, friendly and generous with her time.’ You can read her full testimonial at the bottom of the page.  



Be a Pioneer of Graphic Facilitation in ELT!

Graphic Facilitation has been around in other industries for years, but it’s pretty new in the English Language Teaching world. There’s much more to it than just drawing in the classroom. It’s such a supportive and creative way to deliver teaching and learning. Let’s lead the way! I am 100% sure you’ll be hooked. 


Course dates

Next course starts week beginning 17th of January 2022. It will run for 6 weeks (ending 27th February). Session times will be at the best suitable time for the group. 


Course fees

Early bird (book before 1st of December 2021): £395

Standard rate: £495

Click the shooting star to start your journey to the land of Graphic Facilitation. 

Click the shooting star to book!



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Need more information?

Watch the taster video (click the image to play):

Why not check out the testimonials from participants at the bottom of the page or my previous blog posts for some inspiration:

How to draw ELT icons: a video

Feedback comes in many forms, but the best is a fairy. 

Feel the fear and draw anyway! Launching #drawingELT

Sketchnotes from Innovate 2021: Day 1

Sketchnotes from Innovate 2021: Day 2

A zero-prep ice-breaker

Two myths and a lesson plan: proof that drawing online is quick and simple.

Why everyone can and should draw in their ELT Classroom

Visual templates for engaging environmental discussions

Simple drawings to support life skills

Draw what you see! Say what you draw! (The one with the Hirameki)

Welcoming whiteboards


Got some questions? No problem. Just email me via my site or contact me on social media:

Twitter: @E_Bryson.



Emily’s course resides at the nicest corner of the internet. The participants are incredibly supportive with one another and it’s nothing but inspiration.

Annette Flavel, ELT Author

Don’t hesitate to join Emily’s course: you are in for a treat!

Catherine Lindsay, Adult Learning Tutor, The ClementJames Centre

The weeks flew by and once I got to the end, I found that I was using Emily’s ideas and helpful guidance in lots of different aspects of my working life.

Charlotte Giller, Teacher and Teacher Trainer

Everything you want from a course – inspiring, creative, interactive, endlessly useful. It has had an immediate and lasting impact on my practice.

Eve Sheppard, ESOL Teacher, Advanced Practitioner

Emily’s course was a great mix of practical and theoretical, with lots of shared resources for further reading and watching.

Katherine Bilsborough – Author, Writer, Teacher Trainer

I now draw something almost every day.

Nergiz Kern (EdTech Specialist, Independent Editor & University EAP Teacher)