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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’.

EnglishAgenda podcast with Russ Mayne

In our latest EnglishAgenda podcast we talk to Russ Mayne, from the University of Leicester, about debunking neuromyths in English Language Teaching.

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Sheikh Nahayan Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

TIRF - The International Foundation for English Language Education - is sponsoring the 2010 Sheikh Nahayan Fellowships for doctoral research on English language and teaching in the Arab World. 

Divided by a Common Language

According to the British Council, English is spoken as a first language by more than 375 million people and used as a second language by some 375 million more.

Student won’t be expelled over Facebook study group

A Toronto university student will not be expelled for running a Facebook study group that his school had argued constituted cheating... 

Virtual Teams: Making the Online Classroom a Learning Organization

When applying Senge's five learning disciplines in the classroom, the goal is to prepare students to become lifelong learners who are capable of contributing to the sustainability and vitality of the organizations they belong to. 

Threading, Tagging, and Higher-Order Thinking

Their technology use has often reinforced, rather than helped them transcend, "traditional" ways of thinking and working. 

Personal Learning Environments

Discussion of some of the principles of the personal learning environment with a look at my own gRSShopper software as well as the Connectivism online course. (Keynote).. 

Cell phones tackle reading, language barriers

New technologies that enable cell phones to translate speech on the fly and read documents for the visually impaired could have important implications for both educators and students.... 

Bangladesh calls up 1m mobile phone lessons

The BBC World Service Trust says that its Janala project to provide English language lessons via mobile phones in Bangladesh has delivered more than 1m lessons in its first three months. 

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