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

EnglishAgenda webinar: Evidence-based observation - tips and tools

If you are involved in observing teachers, then the next webinar on the British Council's EnglishAgenda website will be of interest to you. Silvana Richardson will be giving a presentation on 'Evidence-based observation - tips and tools' on Friday 31 October.

ELTons 2015 - Application deadline approaching!

Have you produced an innovative and functional ELT product or service in the last two years? Then why not send in an application for an ELTon award? The ELTons, sponsored by Cambridge English, are the only international awards that recognise and celebrate innovation in the field of English language teaching (ELT).

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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Fractured Fairy Tale cum ICT

The teachers in Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School in Singapore have found one way to motivate and enable the students in Primary Four, aged 10 years, to improve their writing skills. 

Virtual Worlds Research Discussion Group

Welcome to the Virtual Worlds Researcher's Group.  

Open Educational Resources: the Way Forward

The document, Open Educational Resources: the Way Forward, is the fruit of the community's collective reflection on how to advance the OER movement. 

Boston students struggle with English-only rule

In one of the most striking findings, the study found that the high school dropout rate nearly doubled for students still learning to speak and write in English, according to the report

Texts & Corpora

Corpora and electronic texts from over 40 sources, e.g. Oxford Text Archive, The Gutenberg project. 

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... 

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.

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. 

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