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01 Mar 2012

This 1979 issue of ELT Documents focuses on uses of radio and television in language learning.

22 Feb 2012

This is a study of the perceptions and practices in the use of computer-based materials beyond the classroom. 

02 Feb 2012

Effective in-service training (INSET) is vital for both teacher development and curriculum reform. 

20 Dec 2011

The ELLiE study provides an insight into the policy for early foreign language learning programmes in Europe.

24 Nov 2011

Learners with dyslexia have difficulties in reading and writing. 

14 Nov 2011

Viv Edwards and Daguo Li  This paper covers the impact of continuing professional development in China. 

18 Oct 2011

The study uncovered a range of factors concerning the teaching of English to young learners globally.

26 Sep 2011

This book, from 1990, looked at the practical benefits for teachers of classroom research.

26 Sep 2011

Originally published in 1987, this book aimed to address teachers’ needs according to context.

26 Sep 2011

This book, from 1986, provides a snapshot of developments in ESP teaching at university level during the 1970s and early 1980s.

26 Sep 2011

This is, of course, as much a key topic in the UK as it was in 1985 when this book was originally published.

26 Sep 2011

Very different to the other ELT documents, this volume focuses on the work of a single institution: the Modern Language Centre at the...

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26 Sep 2011

This document, from 1983, offers a selection of project case studies and commentaries from various African contexts.

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26 Sep 2011

This is a delightful read, which attempts to provide an introduction to latest thinking in 1982 on a wide range of humanistic topics.

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26 Sep 2011

This volume dates from 1979 and is a gem for anyone interested in the early days of university level ELT qualifications, especially in...

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26 Sep 2011

This concise volume from 1978 is pre-‘World Englishes’ and before the acceptance of Kachru’s model of the inner, outer and expanding...

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26 Sep 2011

This book was produced following the Hornby workshop on language improvement for teachers in Senegal in 2009.

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26 Sep 2011

This very practical and ‘teacher-friendly’ publication was produced following a Hornby workshop on teaching large classes in Ethiopia in...

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26 Sep 2011

This volume, published in 1988, consists of papers from the eponymous 1985 University of Reading Conference.

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26 Sep 2011

Published in 1981, this slim volume is concerned with helping teachers to develop the commitment to and capacity for professional...

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26 Sep 2011

This publication, from 1978, provides a useful introduction to pioneer approaches to self-directed learning and individualisation in ELT...

01 Aug 2011

This study presents the findings of a three-year investigation into the Bilingual Schools project in Spain.

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22 Jul 2011

This 1961 publication consists of papers from a high-level conference on University Training and Research in the Teaching of English as...

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19 Jul 2011

This 1978 title offers a snapshot of English teaching practices for overseas students in the UK in the late 1970s. The book is a...

13 Jul 2011

Directory contains over 700 entries from 57 departments or institutions in the UK.

14 Jun 2011

What advantages can the English language bring to individuals and societies? 

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02 Jun 2011

This booklet from 1977 accompanied a teacher training film about innovative ‘activity days’ at the British Council’s English Language...

16 May 2011

This publication consists of papers written by Brazilian ELT teachers and teacher educators between 2001 and 2010. 

09 May 2011

This project may be of interest to anyone involved in curriculum development.

27 Apr 2011

The British Council and IATEFL are pleased to launch a new handbook called Running an Association for Language Teachers.

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  • This paper reports on a study conducted by Huw Jarvis into the perceptions and practices of Thai and Emirati university students in the use of computer-based materials beyond the classroom.   It explores how these students use technology to support...
  • Alan Waters and Maria Luz C. Vilches   This paper contains a number of practical guidelines on how to maximise the potential for 'best practice' in ELT INSET. The research was conducted in the Philippines where Waters and Vilches gathered data...
  • Edited by Janet Enever The ELLiE study provides a detailed insight of the policy and implementation processes for early foreign language learning programmes in Europe, giving a rich description of learner experiences and contexts for learning....
  • L. Jin, K. Smith, A. Yahya, A. Chan, M. Choong, A. Lee, V.Ng, P. Poh-Wong, D. Young   In Singapore there are about 20,000 primary and secondary school learners with dyslexia.   This paper presents research findings on the perceptions and feelings...
  • The writers conclude that the recognition of English as an essential element in the modernisation of China, together with the growing awareness of the weaknesses of traditional approaches to the teaching of the language, has opened up new spaces for...
  • Sue Garton, Fiona Copland, Anne Burn  Investigating Global Practices in Teaching English to Young Learners was produced in collaboration with Aston University.  The study uncovered a range of factors concerning the teaching of English to young...
  • It consists of papers from practitioners from countries in Europe, North America and Australasia, but with detailed reference to a wider variety of global teaching contexts. Topics range from ‘Investigating Learners’ Language’ to ‘Researching...
  • Following an overview of developments to date, the authors investigated various key issues from PRESET, INSET and advanced teacher education at the time. These included teacher language; working with the need for change while coping with constraints...
  • In his Preface, Christopher Brumfit challenged a recent claim that ESP had ‘legitimised English teaching’, suggesting rather that it had made English teaching ‘more purposeful’. The papers in this book include an extensive one on task-based learning...
  • The book aimed to cover ‘English teaching to British residents’ and addresses teaching children in the school sector; teaching adults in education and in the workplace; and teacher training, among others. One chapter asks ‘Can ESL teaching be racist...
  • The book, published in 1984, introduces the Canadian context and the work of the Centre, and then provides articles on a range of research. Issues featured include minority language students; immersion education; learning strategies; and observation.
  • Most of the projects were British Council-run. The authors reflect the preoccupations of expatriate project workers of the day, and the lack of African contributors strikes the modern reader immediately. Nevertheless, this is a valuable resource for...
  • These included defining humanistic  values in ELT; community language learning; computer simulations; ‘suggestopedy’; and the Silent Way. The chapters are accessible, with references to the authors’ own teaching experiences. There are occasional...
  • Norman Whitney’s is the first chapter, in which he asked, with empathy, how ‘foreign applicants’ could be helped to choose the most appropriate course for them.  There follow chapters on the development of courses at Edinburgh, Lancaster, Bangor,...
  • Nevertheless, it is clear that the book’s authors were fully engaged with the diversity of English language use and the practical needs of learners. Mark Lester and others debate what might constitute International English and its value globally,...
  • The book was designed to be suitable for teachers at various levels of language proficiency. It is task-based, and can be used as a self-access or training course manual. The 10 chapters include ‘Using English effectively in the classroom’; ‘...
  • The book was put together by the workshop tutors, drawing on the materials and activities generated by the workshop trainers and participants. Part 1 provides an introduction to the issues involved when teaching in large classes; Part 2 looks at...
  • The choice of Academic Writing as a theme was designed to counteract the perception that it was the ‘Cinderella of EAP’, and the Conference aimed to enable practitioners to benefit from recent research in the teaching of writing from outside ELT as...
  • In her introduction, Gillian Marsh explains that the chapters that follow do not promote ‘modular, pre-packed solutions’. The contributors focus on different aspects of the teacher training process. Some look at specific methodologies and...
  • Authors discuss theory, terminology and particular methodologies and contexts. Also recorded are ways in which UK practitioners were learning from US educationists and psychologists, and from French counterparts in language teaching. The final...
  • This report presents the findings of an independent three-year investigation into the Ministry of Education/British Council Bilingual Schools project in Spain. Bilingual English/Spanish education is one of the most exciting innovations in the...
  • Papers cover topics including Contemporary English language and general linguistics and Training in the teaching of English, but relatively little attention was given to English literature. Of particular interest, perhaps, are the papers by the...
  • The seminar was organised by SELMOUS (The Group for Special English Language Materials for Overseas University Students), which had been founded in 1972 and was the forerunner of what is now BALEAP. In his Introduction, RR Jordan refers to the wide...
  • Compiled by Richard Smith, Seongsook Choi, Stuart Reid, Gosia Sky and Duncan Hunter, the follow up to the 2005-08 Directory. These entries include references to journal articles, chapters in edited books, papers in conference proceedings, authored...
  • The British Council commissioned the research organisation Euromonitor International to investigate and report on this complex topic. Their study focusses on five countries. We hope that this paper will trigger discussion and inspire further...
  • The film shows how students on one particular day selected and performed various activities. The booklet provides notes on the students featured in the film, describes how the day, the activity rooms and the activities were organised, and gives tips...
  • The papers were written as part of their Masters studies in the UK, as beneficiaries of the British Council Brazil and the Hornby Trust Scholarship. You can download the papers below. 
  • This handbook for teachers' associations provides advice and ideas for how associations can run themselves successfully and provide good services to their members. You can also read 'Running an Association for Language Teachers' online. This...
  • Governments increasingly recognise the importance of English to their economies and societies, and individuals see English as a tool that can help them to fulfil their personal aspirations. However, there are complex issues and challenges associated...
  • This collection of articles represents the contribution that ELT staff from the British Council made to the IATEFL annual conference in Harrogate in 2010. There are articles investigating the implementation of educational change, lessons learned and...

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