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Creating a climate for innovation in language learning - webcast recording

Watch a workshop to explore what we might do to promote new ideas in language learning. Teachers and leaders were invited to join an international event on how to innovate in their contexts, looking at six UK and international case studies from across different fields: immersive learning, learner autonomy, technology and gaming.
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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!

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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.

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.

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.

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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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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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.

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British Council teacher survey for English language teachers in the Middle East and North Africa

The British Council invites English language teachers from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to participate in a survey which aims to better understand the digital behaviour of English language teachers in MENA. The survey will be conducted in the week of 16th March and there will be one week to complete it.

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New Special Educational Needs (SEN) network in the YLTSIG for IATEFL

A new network within the IATEFL YLTSIG is about to be set up. It is intended to draw together teachers, heads and coordinators from around the world who are interested in sharing ideas and resources to better the English language provision for students with any kind of specific learning needs.

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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CLIL policy and practice: an invitation-only policy workshop to draft a new strategy for CLIL in Europe

The British Council has convened an invitation-only policy workshop to draft a new strategy for CLIL in Europe, to take place on 10-12 March 2014 by Lake Como. With support from ministries of education and sector specialists throughout Europe, the key objective of the gathering is to draft a set of recommendations for the European Commission.

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.
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Extensive Reading Foundation Awards

The Extensive Reading Foundation Awards for 2014 were recently presented to the winners at an evening ceremony during the IATEFL Annual Conference.
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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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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.

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