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Seminars

These seminars encourage debate on areas of contemporary interest in the field of English language teaching and learning. The series combines informal networking events with more formal workshops and presentations.

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The English Language Council lecture on science and the English language
Roberto Trotta

This British Council and the English-Speaking Union's English Language Council lecture focuses on the language of science and how to make science more publicly accessible.

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    The evening began with an inspiring talk by astrophysicist at Imperial College London, Dr Roberto Trotta. His book, 'The Edge of the Sky', asks all the most puzzling questions about our universe, written using only the most common thousand words in the English language.

    This was followed by a debate about the use of English to communicate about science. The discussion was chaired by presenter of BBC Radio 4's science weekly 'Material World', Quentin Cooper (described by The Times as 'the world's most enthusiastic man'). Dr Roberto Trotta was joined on the panel by Aarathi Prasad, television and radio writer and presenter with a PhD in Molecular Genetics from Imperial College and George Zarkadakis, science writer, playwright and novelist with a PhD in Artificial Intelligence.

    Click here to read Dr Trotta's blog post 'Can the universe be described in simple English?'

     

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    Our extensive range of seminars started in Dec 2009 as a way to bring ELT professionals together and to uncover and discuss the latest developments in ELT.

    Events are held around twice a month in a variety of venues up and down the UK. The series combines informal networking events with more formal workshops and presentations.

    Past seasons have featured stimulating seminars given by Mario Rinvolucri, Michael Swan, Catherine Walter, Ken Wilson, Luke Meddings, Jamie Keddie, Jeremy Harmer & Steve Bingham.

    To view all of our seminars please go to http://englishagenda.britishcouncil.org/seminars or click here

    Forthcoming seminars in our 2014 - 2015 series

    Creating a climate for innovation in language learning, evening event

    Wednesday 11 March 2015, 1800 - 2100
    10 Spring Gardens SW1A 2BN

    London and LIVE ONLINE

    Think differently! Try something new! Creating a climate for innovation in language learning.

    More than ever the world needs young people who are internationally-minded and able to participate positively in an interconnected and interdependent world. This means promoting a step change in our approach to multilingualism and cultural awareness.

    We would like to invite you to participate in a think tank and workshop to explore what we might do to promote new ideas in language learning.

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    ESOL Offender Learning Conference

    Friday 13 March 2015, 1200 - 1830
    The Studio, 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham, B2 5EP
    Birmingham + LIVE ONLINE

    The British Council and The Bell Foundation warmly invite you to a half-day continuing professional development conference in Birmingham for ESOL tutors, teachers and practitioners working in prison settings, as well as those involved in managing or leading provision of offender education across the UK.

    Register for Test Seminar in London, United Kingdom  on Eventbrite

    Upcoming events

    Creating a climate for innovation in language learning, evening event

    Wednesday 11 March 2015, 1800 - 2100
    10 Spring Gardens SW1A 2BN

    London and LIVE ONLINE

    Think differently! Try something new! Creating a climate for innovation in language learning.

    More than ever the world needs young people who are internationally-minded and able to participate positively in an interconnected and interdependent world. This means promoting a step change in our approach to multilingualism and cultural awareness.

    We would like to invite you to participate in a think tank and workshop to explore what we might do to promote new ideas in language learning.

    Register for Test Seminar in London, United Kingdom  on Eventbrite

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