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

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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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Free IATEFL webinars

IATEFL run monthly webinars which are free of charge and are open to both members and non-members of IATEFL. The next one is on 27 September 2014, 15:00 BST. Susan Hillyard will be talking about 'Challenging ELT: Challenging Methodology to Reach Challenging English Language Learners'.
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Giving praise to learners

An important aspect of teaching is knowing how and when to praise learners for their behavior and work. Using praise correctly provides learners with positive reinforcement and can motivate them to learn and participate in lessons. A new study throws light on the subject of praise in classrooms.

EnglishAgenda podcast interview with the creator of the British Council's MOOC for learners

This week Rob Lewis interviews Chris Cavey, Lead Educator for the British Council's first ever Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), 'Exploring English: language and culture'. Interest in the course has been overwhelming and more than 100,000 learners have signed up to the course in the first week.

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2015 ELTons awards

Applications for the 2015 ELTons are now being accepted. Now in their thirteenth year, the ELTons awards, run by the British Council and sponsored by Cambridge English Language Assessment and Macmillan Education, are a celebration of innovation and excellence in English language teaching (ELT) from around the world.
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British Council MOOC reaches 100,000 registrations

A record number of people from around the world have joined the British Council's new course ‘Exploring English: Language and Culture’ and it's not too late for learners to sign up.

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Winners of the 2014 Annual Language Learner Literature Awards announced

The Extensive Reading Foundation (ERF), an unaffiliated, not-for-profit organization that supports and promotes extensive reading in language education, have announced the winners of the 11th Annual Language Learner Literature (LLL) Awards for books published in 2013.

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A Time to End the Silences

Educators call them "teachable moments." Circumstances accidentally cross paths, creating the opportunity or need to learn about a certain topic... 

Virtual and real blur in Eve Online

Virtual worlds are becoming increasingly rich and diverse environments with complex social and economic eco-systems. 

Fluency pressures build

Sharman Sullivan, the principal of the Edward F. Parthum School, credits the success in part to Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol, a program that began in Lawrence three years ago where English is taught during other academic classes, and teachers use strategies to make content accessible to English language learners. 

Connecting the online study circle and the online learning community

CFL uses a net-based study circle paradigm to offer teacher training courses in net-based study circle pedagogics and methodology for the non-formal sector. 

Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA)

Launched in 2007 by ITU Secretary-General, Dr. Hamadoun I. Touré, the ITU Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA) is a framework for international cooperation aimed at enhancing confidence and security in the information society. 

Virtual worlds and simulations

This special issue of Innovate presents a collection of frameworks, design experiences, research results, and informed opinions that seek to bridge this divide and advance our understanding of effective teaching and learning in these new environments.

Fractured Fairy Tale cum ICT

The teachers in Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School in Singapore have found one way to motivate and enable the students in Primary Four, aged 10 years, to improve their writing skills. 

Virtual Worlds Research Discussion Group

Welcome to the Virtual Worlds Researcher's Group.  

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