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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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What are your kids learning while you're not looking?

This was the title of a seminar which Miles Berry and I presented at the recent BETT show. 

The management of chaos: flexible learning in an inflexible system

What does classroom learning look like when pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning, progressing at their own pace and being assessed at a time and place that best suits them? 

Story sharing web conference

Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th February 2013

Telling, Reading, Sharing Stories...Unlock your students’ imaginations!

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. 

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.

Can the Best of Informal Learning Simultaneously Be the Worst Thing for Cognitive Processes?

It struck me recently that mobile learning (or m-learning) is no longer a discipline within e-learning because of the ubiquity, enhanced screen size, and improved display quality of mobile devices.

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. 

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