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

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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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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Cool tools (for schools)

Yesterday we met with Microsoft who showed us some really exciting new (and older) tools and resources they have developed. 

Note to homeschoolers: Don’t be psychotic!

On March 17, Stephen Downes, a senior researcher with the National Research Council who also writes and speaks extensively on education issues, published a brief entry on the court ruling in California in which he essentially equated homeschooling with abuse... 

Demand rockets for English

New software packages are cracking language learning codes across the spectrum, from literacy in English all the way through to Mandarin ... 

Appropriate and accessible ICT tools for women's education and empowerment

The study did not divide ICT tools into "new" and "old" technologies, but instead took into account traditional means of communication such as theatre and face-to-face discussion alongside newer tools such as radio and television, as well as the latest ICT, such as cellular phones and computers.... 

Desktop virtualization as means of providing low-cost computers for schools

The development community is experiencing an explosion of interest in providing low cost devices, such as laptops, to students in developing countries. 

Re-thinking language instruction

There is no single reason for the failure of traditional language teaching. 

Fixing Humpty Dumpty

Tim Gill is interested in what he calls 'the shrinking horizons of childhood'. 

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.

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