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Anna Whitcher and Kieran Donaghy: Image makers in the future of ELT

In November 2014, at The Image Conference in Córdoba, Spain, we presented a short video called A Visual Manifesto for Language Teaching. Following the success of the conference, we were asked by the British Council's TeachingEnglish website to write an article about the film. In this brief question and answer session, we will explain the ideas behind the creation of the film, how we went about making it, who and what was involved and where we see video and film going in the future of ELT.

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English at your students' fingertips

What advice do you give your students when they ask how they can improve their English? One thing that teachers often advise is that students need to immerse themselves in the language: listen to lots of English, frequently revise vocabulary, study the language and understand how the grammar affects meaning.

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Using music to motivate and engage teenage learners: The story of the Jean Monnet Broons Cup Song project

Like many good stories, the story of our Cup Song starts with a little something which gradually increases and gets much bigger than expected.

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Ben Goldstein - A history of video in ELT

Sometimes looking back can help us look forward. My talk - The History of Video in ELT, given at the Image conference – came about as a way to trace the changing role of video in the language classroom.

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English clubs

English clubs come in many different guises. What they do all have in common, however, is that they provide an opportunity for English language learners to practise using English in a relaxed and friendly setting. They can make an excellent contribution to student life at a university language centre, a state school or at a private language school, for example. English clubs give students a chance to practice English in a relaxed, informal environment, and to meet new people.

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Jamie Keddie - Visual literacy in ELT

They say that every picture tells a story. They are completely wrong. 

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Short and sweet: Using short films to promote creativity and communication

We are now living in the age of the moving image. 

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Stories waiting to be told

The power of an image often doesn’t lie in the image itself, but in its ability to trigger images and stories in the minds of our students and create a need and a desire to communicate. There are three types of images that I find particularly powerful as teaching tools.

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Online video for ELT

In this article I am going to explore the use of short video clips in the classroom. 

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Teaching without a coursebook

Whether you're starting with a new class or just changing direction a little the decision of how to structure a course without a coursebook can sometimes be difficult for a new or even experienced teacher.

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Low-tech learners - resources article
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Low-tech learners

Many teachers who have tried to take an English class onto the internet have often come back with a similar problem - students who are reluctant to work on computers.

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Managers and management training

Management vacancies that arise in LTOs (language training organisations) can be filled by candidates recruited from outside an organisation but are frequently taken up by teachers selected/promoted from within the organisation’s current staff.

ICT, vocabulary and motivation - resources article
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ICT, vocabulary and motivation

These days, using information and computer technology (ICT) really motivates students. This article looks at practical examples that encourage students to develop independent learning strategies, principally in the study of vocabulary, but also for presentations and report writing. 

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The magic of story time

Have you ever noticed children listening to a story so attentively that the classroom is completely quiet? Or have you ever noticed children participating in a story so actively that everyone in the class wants to contribute? If so, then you've witnessed the 'magic of story time'!

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Picture books for all

Can I hear you tutting? "Picturebooks for all? But aren't picturebooks for babies and small children?"

There are some wonderful examples of picturebooks, often in board book format, which are specifically for babies and small children, but picturebooks are not just for babies.

Webquests - resources article
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Webquests

As more students gain access to the Internet, there is growing pressure on teachers to help their students use this valuable resource as an effective study tool.

Personal Learning Networks - resources article - guest writers
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Personal Learning Networks

I'm fortunate enough to be able to go to quite a few face-to-face conferences every year, generally as a speaker, though I also attend as many sessions as I can at each event - there's always something to learn from any speaker, no matter how experienced they are.
Using Social Media in the Classroom - resources article
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Using Social Media in the Classroom

I’m a big fan of social media. Facebook, Twitter, blogging platforms and other ‘web 2.0’ sites offer users the ability to publish their thoughts and exchange ideas with a global audience.

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