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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.


Introductory Brief to ELP Standards & Assessment Framework

The Assessment and Accountability Comprehensive Center is pleased to announce the availability of a new introductory brief to the "Framework for High-Quality English Language Proficiency Standards and Assessments." 

Parental participation in Peruvian education

Education planners now recognise that parental involvement is necessary to guarantee transparent and democratic administration in schools. 

Connectivism as a knowledge network

We can think about connectivism itself as a large scale knowledge network in which the practice of filtering to manage information overload is legitimate.  

Alternative English teaching methodologies

Over the last six to seven decades, a wide range of approaches to teaching English has evolved. 

Home-school agreements

Home-school agreements will provide a framework for the development of such a partnership.

Leveraging Intelligent Agents and Directed Narratives in Online Learning Environments

Using video games, virtual simulations, and other digital spaces for learning can be a time-consuming process; aside from technical issues that may absorb class time, students take longer to achieve gains in learning in virtual environments. 

What are your kids learning while you're not looking?

This was the title of a seminar which Miles Berry and I presented at the recent BETT show. 

The management of chaos: flexible learning in an inflexible system

What does classroom learning look like when pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning, progressing at their own pace and being assessed at a time and place that best suits them?