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Call for papers, Journal of NELTA 2014

First published in 1996, the Journal of NELTA is a premiere publication of Nepal English Language Teachers’ Association (NELTA). This journal has been an integral part of NELTA’s mission for ‘enhancing the quality of English language teaching and learning through professional networking, supporting and collaboration’. 

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British Council Master Dissertation Award winners announced!

For the last two years, the British Council has partnered with UK universities to find the best ELT Masters' dissertations. The scheme is designed to recognise and celebrate the brightest minds in ELT at Master's level. This year’s entrants to the competition have been extremely impressive with research into ELT themes such as online listening; collocation acquisition; writing for preschool children; and covering a wide range of contexts such as Korea, Japan, Spain and Tanzania. Read about the winning dissertations.

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New volume of English Language Teacher Education and Development published

English Language Teacher Education and Development (ELTED) is an open access peer-reviewed journal for the worldwide ELT community which is produced by the English Language Learning, Teaching and Assessment (ELLTA) Research Group of the Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick. A new volume of ELTED has been published online.

Southampton University/British Council MA English Language Teaching: Online

Teachers from all over the world can take this part-time master’s degree programme, which is studied entirely online.

Developed collaboratively by the University of Southampton and the British Council, it offers postgraduate-level study in main areas of current theory and practice in applied linguistics and English language teaching.

Second conference on Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Education

The British Council in Serbia is organising the Second Conference on Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Education on Saturday 14 June in Sava Centre in Belgrade.

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New publication: Teaching and Learning English in the Arabic-Speaking World

This co-publication by The International Research Foundation (TIRF) and Routledge is an important contribution to the emerging body of research-based knowledge about teaching English to native speakers of Arabic. This volume presents empirical studies carried out in Egypt, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) - a region which has gained notable attention in the past few decades.

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Focus on global English - live webcast

Watch the next British Council Seminars live webcast on June 10th, with Richard Cauldwell on the theme: ' Accent and identity, prejudice and insecurity’ and Katy Davies and Laura Patsko on ‘Practical ideas for teaching pronunciation and listening in an English as a lingua franca (ELF) context’. The live webcast will take place on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

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Webinar: How to move into language school management

On our EnglishAgenda website, our next Continuing Professional Development webinar is on June 12th and is with Andy Hockley, who will be talking about ‘How to move into language school management’.

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How can Web Quests be used in teaching and learning?

Web Quest is a learner-focused and inquiry-based educational activity which uses the Internet to find, analyse and synthesize information. 

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. 

Digital Youth Research Report Released

"Kids' Informal Learning with Digital Media: An Ethnographic Investigation of Innovative Knowledge Cultures" is a three-year collaborative project funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. 

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). 

Staying Safe: Action Plan

Staying Safe was launched for consultation in July 2007, and during that period, parents, children and young people, members of the general public and practitioners were consulted about their concerns in relation to children's safety.... 

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.  

Leveraging Intelligent Agents and Directed Narratives in Online Learning Environments

Using video games, virtual simulations, and other digital spaces for learning can be a time-consuming process; aside from technical issues that may absorb class time, students take longer to achieve gains in learning in virtual environments. 

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