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IATEFL is just two weeks away!

The British Council is pleased to offer you the possibility to join the IATEFL conference online through our specially developed website. For those who are coming to the conference in person, the British Council invites all delegates of IATEFL Manchester to our popular networking reception taking place at the Town Hall on Saturday 11 April, 19.00-21.30.

EnglishAgenda podcast on mobile technologies and pedagogy

Listen to our latest podcast with Lucy Norris, Research Associate at The Open University and co-author of the recent British Council guide on mobile technologies.

Cyberbullying webinar recording by Carol Rainbow

The IATEFL Global Issues Special Interest Group (SIG) recently held a webinar all about cyberbullying, defined as the repeated use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) particularly mobile phones and the internet to deliberately upset someone else. Carol Rainbow talks in depth about the phenomenon and what we can do to counteract this. An invaluable presentation for all teachers and parents of teenagers.


British Council ELTons Awards 2015 shortlist announced!

The British Council have announced the shortlist for the ELTons 2015, the annual awards celebrating innovation in English language teaching (ELT) from around the world.

Free training videos on elt-training

Elt-training is a web site that aims to provide training support for trainee and novice English language teachers as well as more experienced teachers, too. There are short video films about wide-ranging topics. For example recent films have been about ‘Setting up activities’, ‘Using authentic materials’ and ‘Grammar teaching’. A new video is published every month.

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. In 2015 the British Council will be partnering with TIRF for the TIRF-British Council DDG.


ESOL offender learning conference - live webcast

The British Council and The Bell Foundation warmly invite you to participate online in a continuing professional development conference, taking place in Birmingham, for ESOL tutors, teachers and practitioners working in prison settings, as well as those involved in managing or leading provision of offender education.

Creating a climate for innovation in language learning - webcast recording

Watch a workshop to explore what we might do to promote new ideas in language learning. Teachers and leaders were invited to join an international event on how to innovate in their contexts, looking at six UK and international case studies from across different fields: immersive learning, learner autonomy, technology and gaming.

Premier Skills lesson plan competition

Do you write great lesson plans? Enter the Premier Skills lesson plan competition and you could win a fantastic prize.


ELT research awards - 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.



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.

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.


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.

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. 

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.