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

Uruguay school pupils taught English live from London

School children in Uruguay are being taught English live from London, thanks to a unique videoconferencing project from the British Council and Plan Ceibal. Despite the two countries being over 6,000 miles apart, the tech-savvy initiative is using HD communications equipment to effectively link-up the classrooms across their two different continents.

EnglishAgenda podcast interview: the best apps for teachers and learners of English

The latest EnglishAgenda podcast is an interview with Tracy Dumais, who is a Mobile Learning Consultant with the British Council app team. She gives some excellent advice on how to identify relevant quality apps and describes a variety of really useful apps for both teachers and learners.

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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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.

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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.

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. 

Alternative English teaching methodologies

Over the last six to seven decades, a wide range of approaches to teaching English has evolved. 

Languages and immigration: bilingualism is an asset

Politicians in western countries are today drafting laws to tighten immigration conditions and are introducing language and culture tests. 

2013 Reform Symposium E-Conference (RSCON)

The 4th annual Reform Symposium Conference (RSCON), a free online three day event bringing together educators, students and innovators from around the world, will be held between October 11th and 13th in conjunction with Connected Educator Month. The entire conference will be held online using the Blackboard Collaborate platform.

Story sharing web conference

Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th February 2013

Telling, Reading, Sharing Stories...Unlock your students’ imaginations!

David Crystal lecture on the King James Bible and the English language

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