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Premier Skills lesson plan competition

Do you write great lesson plans? Enter the Premier Skills lesson plan competition and you could win a fantastic prize.


ELT research awards - call for applications now open

The British Council is pleased to announce its 2015 call for research proposals for the ELT Research Awards scheme. Through this scheme we aim to facilitate the production of innovative research to benefit the learning and teaching of English throughout the world by co-funding a number of partnership awards. Resulting articles will be published as part of the British Council Research Papers series online. The deadline for the 7th round of applications is 20th April 2015.


Children worldwide inspired to learn English with new app

Children around the world can now learn English alongside woolly favourite Timmy as the British Council and Aardman Animations launch their first Learning Time with Timmy tablet app.

Become a speaker in the British Council Seminar Series 2015–16!

Are you interested in sharing your practical and innovative English language teaching ideas with colleagues around the world? We are delighted to announce that the call for proposals for the Seminar Series 2015 – 16 is now open!


Accentuate: bringing pronunciation to the fore

In February the British Council's EnglishAgenda website is taking a closer look at teaching pronunciation in the lead up to the NATECLA London/IATEFL PronSIG event on Saturday 21 February. We will be looking at questions such as 'What is the connection between pronunciation and other areas of learning English?',' How do we choose a model and priorities for ourselves and our learners?', 'What do we do if our own accent isn’t 'BBC'?'. Find out about content we will be featuring to help you review and build on your knowledge of what to consider when teaching pronunciation.

ELTons 2015 update

The longlisted products for the ELTons 2015 have been confirmed. Up until this stage ELTons judges have only been assessing application forms, now the judges will be sent product samples and get to experience the products first hand before making their suggestions for which entries will make up the 2015 shortlists.


ELT Journal gives free access to Special YL edition until 2nd February

The ELT Journal has made all papers in the Special Issue focusing on ‘Teaching English to Young Learners’ (Vol. 68/3) freely available online (from 19th January - 2nd February).

The Fair List, UK

Set up in 2013, The Fair List, is an annual award. It celebrates excellence in gender balance of plenary speakers, presenters or speaker panels at UK ELT events.

Vote for your favourite British Council web pages!

Is there a website, blog or Facebook page that you regularly read to satisfy your curiosity about English? Where do you go for your English language resources? The annual Macmillan Dictionary Love English Awards 2014 is your chance to vote for your favourite online English language hub! Vote now!

Uruguay school pupils taught English live from London

School children in Uruguay are being taught English live from London, thanks to a unique videoconferencing project from the British Council and Plan Ceibal. Despite the two countries being over 6,000 miles apart, the tech-savvy initiative is using HD communications equipment to effectively link-up the classrooms across their two different continents.


The Image Conference, Cordoba

The third edition of The Image Conference organised by International House is being held at the Hotel Eurostars Palace in Córdoba, Spain on Saturday 22nd November.

The Fair List, UK

Set up in 2013, The Fair List, is an annual award. It celebrates excellence in gender balance of plenary speakers, presenters or speaker panels at UK ELT events.

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. 


2014 Doctoral Dissertation Grants competition

TIRF – The International Research Foundation for English Language Education – is pleased to announce its 2014 Doctoral Dissertation Grants competition in partnership with the British Council. Grants of up to US $5,000 will be made to successful applicants. The application deadline is May 16, 2014.


ESOL offender learning conference - live webcast

The British Council and The Bell Foundation warmly invite you to participate online in a continuing professional development conference, taking place in Birmingham, for ESOL tutors, teachers and practitioners working in prison settings, as well as those involved in managing or leading provision of offender education.

Story sharing web conference

Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th February 2013

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

IATEFL conference coming soon!

The British Council is pleased to offer you the possibility to join the IATEFL conference online through our specially developed website. For those who are coming to the conference in person, the British Council invites all delegates of IATEFL Manchester to our popular networking reception taking place at the Town Hall on Saturday 11 April, 19.00-21.30.

Teaching Prediction in Picture Books and Non-Fiction Texts

Prediction is an important way to encourage children to consolidate their information by thinking about possibilities about a text.