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

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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Winners of the 2014 Annual Language Learner Literature Awards announced

The Extensive Reading Foundation (ERF), an unaffiliated, not-for-profit organization that supports and promotes extensive reading in language education, have announced the winners of the 11th Annual Language Learner Literature (LLL) Awards for books published in 2013.

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Webinar on becoming a plenary/keynote speaker

The Fair List is running their first ever webinar, in collaboration with the IATEFL Leadership and Management Special Interest Group, on ‘Preparing for your first keynote talk or plenary'.

English Language Teacher Educator Conference 2015

English Language Teacher Educator Conference 2015 - Hyderabad: Call for papers

British Council and English and Foreign Languages University in India co-host an annual conference for English Language Teacher Educators. This event is considered to be the world’s largest English Language Teacher Educator Conference and is now in its fifth year. The conference will be held again at Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Hyderabad, India from 27 February – 1 March 2015.

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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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.

Information Management Strategy framework now available

Effective use of data is a key issue for school management, as system integration enhances the smooth running of the school, with not only improved efficiencies but also possible cost savings. 

Text in social networking Web sites: A word frequency analysis of Live Spaces

This article focuses on general social networking sites like MySpace and Live Spaces. 

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.

Enhancing oral participation across the curriculum

Internationally, English is increasingly being adopted as the language of post-secondary education.

James Evans discusses why researchers cite fewer research papers

Thanks to the Internet, scientists now have access to an astonishing number of research papers, scholarly journals and other papers. 

Safeguarding endangered languages

Half of the 6,700 languages spoken today are in danger of disappearing before the century ends, a process that can be slowed only if urgent action is taken by governments and speaker communities. 

Moving away from "one for all" learning to "one for me" Personalised Learning Environments

Today's learning management systems not only allow learners to obtain and select content, but also allow them to adopt tools according to their purposes, create their own learning portals, tag content or register RSS feeds that provide relevant news feeds... 

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