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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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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.

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India Announces Prototype of $10 Laptop for Education

R P. Agrawal, India’s secretary of higher education, told the newspaper that online courses are the only way to bring quality education to remote areas of the country. 

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... 

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.

Cool tools (for schools)

Yesterday we met with Microsoft who showed us some really exciting new (and older) tools and resources they have developed. 

Story sharing web conference

Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th February 2013

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

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 ... 

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