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News stories from the world of education, language learning and teaching.

Continuing Professional Development month on EnglishAgenda and TeachingEnglish

November is Continuing Professional Development (CPD) month for the EnglishAgenda and TeachingEnglish websites, as we celebrate the launch of the latest British Council publication, ‘Innovations in the continuing professional development of English language teachers’. We will be featuring blogs, podcasts, book extracts and webinars all on the subject of CPD throughout the month, leading up to the livestreamed publication launch event on Friday 28th November.

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The English Language Council lecture on science and the English language - live webcast

The British Council and the English-Speaking Union invite you to the fourth English Language Council lecture, which will focus on the language of science and how to make science more publicly accessible.

The Image Conference, Cordoba

The third edition of The Image Conference organised by International House is being held at the Hotel Eurostars Palace in Córdoba, Spain on Saturday 22nd November.

EnglishAgenda webinar: Evidence-based observation - tips and tools

If you are involved in observing teachers, then the next webinar on the British Council's EnglishAgenda website will be of interest to you. Silvana Richardson will be giving a presentation on 'Evidence-based observation - tips and tools' on Friday 31 October.

ELTons 2015 - Application deadline approaching!

Have you produced an innovative and functional ELT product or service in the last two years? Then why not send in an application for an ELTon award? The ELTons, sponsored by Cambridge English, are the only international awards that recognise and celebrate innovation in the field of English language teaching (ELT).

British Council India - Master trainer teaching tips posters

Download a series of six Top Tips posters designed by Master Trainers based in India. As part of a three-year project between British Council India and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) Punjab to develop the English language teaching skills and language confidence of secondary level English language teachers in government schools across the state of Punjab, 200 Master Trainers were invited to take part in a competition to design a poster under one of three specific themes.

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EnglishAgenda podcast interview with Gail Ellis on the power of using storybooks to teach English

This week Rob Lewis interviews Gail Ellis, co-author of 'Tell it Again! The Storytelling Handbook for Primary English Language Teachers', recently republished in its third edition by the British Council.
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Every learner a language learner, every teacher a language teacher - live webcast

Join the British Council seminars programme on European Day of Languages to celebrate multilingualism. This is an opportunity to listen to experts in English as an Additional Language (EAL); Modern Foreign Languages (MFL); Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and community languages from the UK. The live webcast will take place on Friday 26 September 2014, 1745 - 2030 BST.

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Becta report drops security bombshell on schools

Becta consultants worked with the Department for Children Schools and Families (DCSF) and the Information Commissioner to clarify and update guidance on information security in light of the latest Cabinet Office report (link below). 

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A focus on IELTS - live webcast

Watch the webcast of two seminar presentations which focus on IELTS preparation. Fiona Aish and Jo Tomlinson will look at how to prepare lower level students for IELTS. This will be followed by a talk about creativity and the IELTS Writing Task 2 by Sam McCarter.

Threading, Tagging, and Higher-Order Thinking

Their technology use has often reinforced, rather than helped them transcend, "traditional" ways of thinking and working. 

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2014 Doctoral Dissertation Grants competition

TIRF – The International Research Foundation for English Language Education – is pleased to announce its 2014 Doctoral Dissertation Grants competition in partnership with the British Council. Grants of up to US $5,000 will be made to successful applicants. The application deadline is May 16, 2014.

Bangladesh calls up 1m mobile phone lessons

The BBC World Service Trust says that its Janala project to provide English language lessons via mobile phones in Bangladesh has delivered more than 1m lessons in its first three months. 

Sheikh Nahayan Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

TIRF - The International Foundation for English Language Education - is sponsoring the 2010 Sheikh Nahayan Fellowships for doctoral research on English language and teaching in the Arab World. 

The Reinventing Education Change Toolkit

The Reinventing Education Change Toolkit, based on the work of Harvard Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter, is a website created by IBM to help education professionals be more effective at leading and implementing change... 

Connectivism as a knowledge network

We can think about connectivism itself as a large scale knowledge network in which the practice of filtering to manage information overload is legitimate.  

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