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Publications

Read our latest publication, 'Creativity in the English language classroom' which helps teachers to explore the role of creativity in the classroom both in the sense of helping students to express their unique creative identity and also by helping them to think about and use language in a creative way.

You will also find our full range of books in this section. They are free to download in pdf format.

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Creativity in the English language classroom

The focus of this book is on practical activities which can help to nurture, develop and motivate our students.

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English in Latin America: an examination of policy and priorities in seven countries

With the aim to support policy and programme development, this research provides an in-depth, holistic assessment of English language learning in each of seven Latin American countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru.
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English language teaching in the Islamic Republic of Iran: Innovations, trends, and challenges

Edited by Professor Chris Kennedy

This publication provides an informed overview of English language teaching in the Islamic Republic of Iran from the viewpoint of local practitioners and researchers, for the enrichment of ELT professionals worldwide.

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Learning English in Brazil: Understanding the aims and expectations of the Brazilian emerging middle classes

English proficiency levels in Brazil are still very low, with only around 5% of Brazilians stating they have some knowledge of English. How can effective English teaching be implemented to reach the emerging middle classes? What are the aims and expectations of these learners? This report answers these questions and explores the specific needs of different groups. It is relevant to teachers, school managers, academics and policy makers interested in the teaching of English in Brazil.

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Starter Teachers: A methodology course for the classroom

Blandine Akoue, Jean-Clair Nguemba Ndong, Justine Okomo Allogo, Adrian Tennant

‘Starter Teachers: A methodology course for the classroom’ is aimed at equipping teacher trainers in low-resource contexts with skills and techniques they can use to play an active role in starter teachers’ continuous professional development. The book is the work of participants from a Hornby Regional School held by British Council Senegal in Libreville, Gabon in September 2014.

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Innovation in English Language Teacher Education

Edited by George Pickering and Professor Paul Gunashekar

This volume is a compilation of some select presentations made at the fourth International Teacher Educator Conference on the theme 'Innovation in English Language Teacher Education' held at Hyderabad, India on 21–23 February 2014.

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Professional development for English language teachers: perspectives from higher education in Turkey

Edited by Simon Borg

This collection is drawn from papers and presentations at the Ideals and Realities: Continuing Professional Development for Preparatory Year Instructors conference in Hacettepe University, Ankara, in 2014. The eight case studies in this volume describe how CPD has been managed in different institutional contexts in Turkey.

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English as a medium of instruction – a growing global phenomenon

Julie Dearden

This report is an attempt to set out a global view of English Medium Instruction today. It is a bird's eye view or a snapshot of the views and issues involved when implementing EMI. The report is based on a recent worldwide survey conducted with British Council staff acting as informed respondents and covers 55 countries; countries which are promoting, resisting or sometimes even reversing EMI in schools and universities.

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Language Rich Africa policy dialogue - The Cape Town language and development conference: Looking beyond 2015

Edited by Hamish McIlwraith

In October 2013, the British Council hosted the tenth International Language and Development Conference, which coincided with reviews of progress worldwide towards the 2015 UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This collection is drawn from papers and presentations delivered at the three day event. The writers look at African languages, varieties of English and other languages from policy level to practical application in the classroom, and in the home and wider community.

Note: This publication is a series of conference papers and we have added some relevant additional references not cited in the text for readers to access.

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Factors influencing success in teaching English in state primary schools

David Hayes

This accessible and informative report considers current best practice for teaching English as a Foreign Language in the primary sector. Based on three case studies of high performing education systems, the report’s recommendations will be of interest to anyone concerned with English at primary level.

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Common ground: Shared interests in ESP and communication studies

The editors of this 1984 volume in the ELT Documents series describe English for Specific Purposes (ESP) and communication studies (viewed as the teaching of writing and speaking skills to those with English as a first language) as ‘two halves of a single profession’.

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The English language abroad: Extracted from the British Council’s Annual Report, 1960–61

This pamphlet conveys an optimistic view of the expanding role of the English language worldwide, and a view of English language teaching (ELT) as no longer being the ‘prerogative of English-speaking countries’ alone. The publication is partly a call to action, and partly a description of the British Council’s work in ELT at the time.

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Teaching structures in situations

This title, published in 1967, was intended to be the first in a series of booklets designed to be of practical help to teachers of English as a second language, especially in West Africa. The booklet provides a clear overview of the methodological orthodoxy of the time, situational language teaching.

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Teaching English: A magazine devoted to the teaching of the English language in India, volume 1 number 4

This January 1955 issue of a magazine published in New Delhi is a revealing window on English language teaching relationships the British Council had formed with post-Independence India.
 

Self-access: Preparation and training

This practical 1992 booklet, the first in a series, considers ways in which institutions and staff, as well as learners, need to be prepared for self-access learning.

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The teaching of English as a foreign language: A report on the British Council summer conference held at Government House, Mahableshwar, India, 3–13 May 1950

This unique, blow-by-blow account of the 11-day 1950 conference records not only the presentations Professor EV Gatenby, Linguistic Adviser to the British Council, made at Mahableshwar, but also the follow-up discussion sessions.
 

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Games, simulations and role-playing

This 1977 booklet from the ELT Documents series contains four main chapters and a postscript which introduce communicative techniques, still at that time in an early stage of development, to a wider audience.
 

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Index to English language teaching journal, 1972–1977

This 1977 publication supplements the Index to Twenty-Five Years of English Language Teaching, which covered the years from the launch of the journal in 1946 to 1971. This follow-up volume contains 14 index sections, covering the same subject areas as the first volume, from spoken English to language learning, plus an author index.
 

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An index to twenty-five years of English language teaching, 1946–1971

Published in 1972, this volume covers the first 25 years of the journal now known as ELT Journal. Compiled by the British Council’s English Teaching Information Centre (ETIC), the index contains 14 subject sections, from spoken English to language learning, plus an author index.
 

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Foreign and second language teaching in the USSR

This brief report was written following a fact-finding visit to the Soviet Union in 1962 by a delegation of British education specialists. The visit took place during a determined, centralised drive to improve language teaching.
 

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The English language needs and priorities of young adults in the European Union: student and teacher perceptions

Graham Hall and Guy Cook

This paper explores the English language needs of young adults in the European Union. Drawing on a Europe-wide survey of teachers and learners, and face-to-face interviews in three European contexts, it finds that teachers and students share generally similar attitudes towards English.

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Mobile pedagogy for English language teaching: a guide for teachers

Agnes Kukulska-Hulme, Lucy Norris and Jim Donohue

This guide is for anyone interested in teaching and learning languages, and thinking about teaching practices. It sets out a philosophy and proposes a frame of reference to aid teacher-thinking when designing mobile language learning in and beyond the classroom, informed by research conducted with teachers and learners in ESOL and EAP contexts.

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Parents and young learners in English language teaching: global practices and issues in school–home contacts

Caroline Linse, Stephen van Vlack and Oscar Bladas

This paper highlights a little-discussed global issue: the importance of school-home communications in supporting effective language learning by young learners. It draws on eight contrasting contexts: France, Mexico, Spain, Korea, Namibia, Japan, the Philippines and Bangladesh.

The evaluation of non-native speaking English language trainee teachers' practice: unfolding university supervisors' and host teachers' perspectives on judging performance

Barbara Skinner and Helen Hou

How do university supervisors and host teachers evaluate the teaching practice performance of non-native English language teacher trainees? This paper explores this question in relation to four overseas TESOL trainees who study on a vocational Masters in TESOL at a UK university and carry out their teaching practice in Hungarian schools.

Motivations and expectations of English language learning among primary school children and parents in China

Lixian Jin, Changsheng Jiang, Jie Zhang, Yuan Yuan, Xiaohua and Qun Xie

This paper investigates attitudes, perceptions and motivations of Chinese primary school pupils and their parents towards the learning of English through both quantitative and qualitative methods, particularly using elicited metaphor analysis. The findings offer insights into these English learners and their parents, with wider implications for English teaching practice for young learners.

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The impact of teacher education on pre-service primary English language teachers

Simon Borg, Marilisa Birello, Isabel Civera and Theresa Zanatta

What impact does pre-service English language teacher education have on trainees’ beliefs? This paper explores this question through an innovative visual methods study at the University of Barcelona and will interest anyone involved in pre-service teacher education.

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The impact of English on learners’ wider lives

Naeema Hann, Ivor Timmis, Ali Ata Alkhaldi, Beverley Davies, Carlos Rico Troncoso, Yong Yi

What benefits can English language skills bring to a person’s life, both professional and personal? This paper addresses this question in relation to data collected from four contrasting contexts.

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Inspiring English teachers: a comparative study of learner perceptions of inspirational teaching

Martin Lamb and Martin Wedell

What makes teachers motivating? This paper reviews the literature on motivational teaching and presents findings on the nature of inspiring teaching in two countries, looking at how learners perceive the qualities of teachers who inspire them.

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Portraits of inspiring English teachers in China and Indonesia

Martin Wedell and Martin Lamb
 
This paper investigates the nature of inspiring English language teaching, reporting on observations of English language classes in China and Indonesia.

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Key factors and challenges in transition from primary to secondary schooling in ELT: an international perspective

Anne Burns, Muna Morris-Adams, Sue Garton and Fiona Copland, Aston University, Birmingham
 
This paper addresses important issues relating to the transition from primary to secondary school: how learners and teachers of English experience that change and how schools can help.

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CMcLellan's picture CMcLellan

Hi Katrina - Yes the document is free to download - just click on the link above.
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CMcLellan's picture CMcLellan

Hi Katrina,
Yes, you can download it - just click on the PDF link above (under 'Downloads...
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Katrina Qiubo's picture Katrina Qiubo

Is it free?


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