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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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Story sharing web conference

Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th February 2013

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

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 ... 

Sharing the journey of facilitator and learner: Online pedagogy in practice

Two perspectives are used to reflect on the learning design of a postgraduate online course – that of the designer/facilitator and that of the learner. 

Enhancing oral participation across the curriculum

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

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. 

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