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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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The Extensive Reading Foundation announces Language Learner Literature award winners

The Extensive Reading Foundation announced the winners of its annual Language Learner Literature Awards at the 2nd World Congress in Extensive Reading in Seoul, South Korea this month.

Virtual Teams: Making the Online Classroom a Learning Organization

When applying Senge's five learning disciplines in the classroom, the goal is to prepare students to become lifelong learners who are capable of contributing to the sustainability and vitality of the organizations they belong to. 

Personal Learning Environments

Discussion of some of the principles of the personal learning environment with a look at my own gRSShopper software as well as the Connectivism online course. (Keynote).. 

Texts & Corpora

Corpora and electronic texts from over 40 sources, e.g. Oxford Text Archive, The Gutenberg project. 

Will online training fail new English-language teachers?

Early on during a Celta course – the initial teacher training certificate offered by Cambridge Esol – the instructor is likely to give trainees a taste of communicative language learning by teaching them the equivalent of "My name is ..." and "What is your name?" in a suitably obscure foreign language.

Information Management Strategy framework now available

Effective use of data is a key issue for school management, as system integration enhances the smooth running of the school, with not only improved efficiencies but also possible cost savings. 

Teaching Prediction in Picture Books and Non-Fiction Texts

Prediction is an important way to encourage children to consolidate their information by thinking about possibilities about a text. 

James Evans discusses why researchers cite fewer research papers

Thanks to the Internet, scientists now have access to an astonishing number of research papers, scholarly journals and other papers. 

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