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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.

ELTons winner interviews and photos now available!

If you missed the live stream of the ELTons awards ceremony you can watch the red carpet interviews and a recording of the ceremony on the ELTons web pages. You can also view photographs of the event and see the backstage interviews with the winners.

Leadership and management special interest group webinar

Find out how to do ELT management research in this first webinar in a new series from the IATEFL Leadership and management special interest group.


ELTons winners announced for 2014!

The British Council has announced the winners of the ELTons 2014. Celebrating its twelfth year, the awards, run by the British Council and sponsored by Cambridge English, are a celebration of innovation and excellence in English language teaching (ELT) from around the world.


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.

English language needs of young adult learners - ELTRP survey

What are the English language needs and priorities of young adults in Europe? What kinds of English do 18-24 year olds want to speak, and why? Has the development of new technologies and online communication affected the ways in which young adults use English, and if so, how? Has the emergence of English as an international Lingua Franca affected people's sense of their own identity? And what might this mean for English language teaching and learning?


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.


IATEFL Harrogate Online is now live!

If you can't attend the 2014 Harrogate IATEFL Conference in person, follow the event online! Coverage will feature talks, sessions and recorded interviews with conference presenters and delegates.


Divided by a Common Language

According to the British Council, English is spoken as a first language by more than 375 million people and used as a second language by some 375 million more.

Text in social networking Web sites: A word frequency analysis of Live Spaces

This article focuses on general social networking sites like MySpace and Live Spaces. 

James Evans discusses why researchers cite fewer research papers

Thanks to the Internet, scientists now have access to an astonishing number of research papers, scholarly journals and other papers. 

Threading, Tagging, and Higher-Order Thinking

Their technology use has often reinforced, rather than helped them transcend, "traditional" ways of thinking and working. 

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. 

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. 

Junior safety zones for the ’world wild web’

Internet safety issues are even more of a priority in primary than secondary, and many primary schools wouldn't dream of letting their pupils anywhere near a blog without stringent safeguards. 

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.