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

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The English Language Council lecture on science and the English language - live webcast

The British Council and the English-Speaking Union invite you to the fourth English Language Council lecture, which will focus on the language of science and how to make science more publicly accessible.

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.

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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Languages and immigration: bilingualism is an asset

Politicians in western countries are today drafting laws to tighten immigration conditions and are introducing language and culture tests. 

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.

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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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.

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.

Story sharing web conference

Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th February 2013

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

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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).

Plagiarism Awareness Teaching Materials for Secondary Schools

Plagiarism is a high-profile issue for schools, particularly issues relating to the internet and coursework. 

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