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ELT research partnerships - call for applications now open

The British Council is pleased to announce its 2015 call for research proposals for the ELT Research Awards scheme. Through this scheme we aim to facilitate the production of innovative research to benefit the learning and teaching of English throughout the world by co-funding a number of partnership awards. Resulting articles will be published as part of the British Council Research Papers series online. The deadline for the 7th round of applications is 20th April 2015.


Children worldwide inspired to learn English with new app

Children around the world can now learn English alongside woolly favourite Timmy as the British Council and Aardman Animations launch their first Learning Time with Timmy tablet app.

Become a speaker in the British Council Seminar Series 2015–16!

Are you interested in sharing your practical and innovative English language teaching ideas with colleagues around the world? We are delighted to announce that the call for proposals for the Seminar Series 2015 – 16 is now open!


Accentuate: bringing pronunciation to the fore

In February the British Council's EnglishAgenda website is taking a closer look at teaching pronunciation in the lead up to the NATECLA London/IATEFL PronSIG event on Saturday 21 February. We will be looking at questions such as 'What is the connection between pronunciation and other areas of learning English?',' How do we choose a model and priorities for ourselves and our learners?', 'What do we do if our own accent isn’t 'BBC'?'. Find out about content we will be featuring to help you review and build on your knowledge of what to consider when teaching pronunciation.

ELTons 2015 update

The longlisted products for the ELTons 2015 have been confirmed. Up until this stage ELTons judges have only been assessing application forms, now the judges will be sent product samples and get to experience the products first hand before making their suggestions for which entries will make up the 2015 shortlists.


TIRF - 2015 Doctoral Dissertation Grants (DDG) competition

The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF) is pleased to announce its 2015 Doctoral Dissertation Grants (DDG) competition.


ELT Journal gives free access to Special YL edition until 2nd February

The ELT Journal has made all papers in the Special Issue focusing on ‘Teaching English to Young Learners’ (Vol. 68/3) freely available online (from 19th January - 2nd February).

The Fair List, UK

Set up in 2013, The Fair List, is an annual award. It celebrates excellence in gender balance of plenary speakers, presenters or speaker panels at UK ELT events.

Vote for your favourite British Council web pages!

Is there a website, blog or Facebook page that you regularly read to satisfy your curiosity about English? Where do you go for your English language resources? The annual Macmillan Dictionary Love English Awards 2014 is your chance to vote for your favourite online English language hub! Vote now!

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.


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. 


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.


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.

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.

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.

CAELA Digests and Q&As

CAELA's publications provide information about literacy education for adults learning English as a second language (ESL). 

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

Alternative English teaching methodologies

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