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02 Sep 2015
In this seminar, Alan Maley, Marisa Constantinides, Phuong Lee, Nik Peachey and Malu Sciamarelli discuss activities and ideas for...
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21 Jul 2015

The British Council and The Bell Foundation sponsored a continuing professional development conference for ESOL tutors, teachers and...

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14 Dec 2012
This presentation by Huw Jarvis seeks to probe some of our established frameworks within the field of computer assisted language learning (...
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14 Dec 2012
This talk by Dr Richard Smith provides a fast-paced, informative chronology of ELT developments which counteracts some common myths and...
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03 Dec 2012

In this practical seminar Amy Lightfoot explores the current opportunities for learning English using mobile phones both in and out of...

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19 Oct 2012

Michael Rundell discusses the future of dictionaries. October 2012, London.

 

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08 Oct 2012

This workshop presents a genre/corpus informed EAP writing programme for MA students. Following a brief overview of the theoretical and...

27 Sep 2012

Luke Meddings explores ways to build memorable lessons and lesson sequences using non-‘teaching’ stimulus that is readily available to...

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10 Sep 2012

Edward de Chazal and Sam McCarter give a brief overview of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and show how it relates to other branches...

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10 Sep 2012

Simon Andrewes talks about English as a lingua franca, where English is used as a means of communication for work or study and where...

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04 Sep 2012

Kathleen M. Bailey discusses the topic of learner autonomy in the context of conversations in the target language. Speaking a new...

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04 Sep 2012

Michael Carrier talks about the work of TIRF, The International Research Foundation for English Language Education. June 2012, London....

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19 Jun 2012

Michael Carrier talks about how handheld and mobile learning technology extends the range of the teacher by extending learning beyond...

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19 Jun 2012

Sally Farley debunks several myths about Dyslexia and shows how, through the right teaching strategies, dyslexic learners can become...

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12 Jun 2012

Luke Meddings demonstrates a live dogme lesson with a group of intermediate level learners. He shows some core dogme tasks in action and...

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12 Jun 2012

Luke Meddings answers questions from the audience about his dogme lesson. April 2012, Exeter.

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30 May 2012

Judy Kirsh explores some of the different approaches involved in teaching basic literacy to ESOL learners who have no, or very little,...

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29 May 2012

Dr Philida Schellekens explores the quality of teaching and learning in further education, adult and community learning and work-based...

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29 May 2012

Hilary Nesi discusses the written genres university students are required to produce in different disciplines and at different levels of...

10 Apr 2012

Dot Powell, manager of the British Council's project to create a portal for ESOL teachers and learners, looks at criteria we use to make...

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04 Apr 2012

This is the second time Jeremy Harmer and Steve Bingham have performed at BC Seminars, with the distinctive mix of poetry, music and...

27 Mar 2012

Olwyn Alexander and Sue Argent show how EAP is different from ELT by comparing how the two approaches would deal with the same topic...

20 Mar 2012

Jamie Keddie shares a classroom technique for bringing storytelling to the YouTube generation. December 2011, London.

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14 Mar 2012

James Clarke explores ways of applying cinema, and potentially filmmaking, to the classroom as a means of enhancing student engagement...

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06 Mar 2012

Michael Swan looks at the theory and practice of grammar, and its role in the classroom. February 2012, London.

28 Feb 2012

Russell Stannard outlines some changes that technology is driving in English language teaching, particularly in EAP. November 2011,...

14 Feb 2012

Ken Wilson outlines ten ways to create an atmosphere that makes students want to come to class. January 2012, London.

23 Jan 2012

Pauline Moon explores the idea of 'language and literacy as social practices'. She uses activities and discussion to consider how to...

06 Jan 2012

Luke Meddings teaches a live dogme lesson to a group of intermediate level English language learners brought from local schools into a...

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23 Nov 2011

Liam Brown reflects on how you might 'survive' as an English language teacher and work on your own professional development. October...

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  • ‘Creativity extends right across all age-ranges, all levels of competence, all teaching contexts and all geographical regions. And it applies equally to teachers as well as learners. Creativity is a universal, though its manifestations may be...
  • The conference was part of the English Nexus Offender Learning project, which has the aim of connecting ESOL professionals through opportunities for developing practice and knowledge-sharing. */
  • This presentation seeks to probe some of our established frameworks within the field of computer assisted language learning (CALL) and suggest an emerging alternative. The advantages of computer assisted language learning (CALL) are of course well-...
  • This talk provides an informative overview of ELT history which counteracts some common myths and raises issues for critical reflection. The following questions are considered:How can ELT be defined?  When did it begin?What predated it?What people,...
  • In this practical seminar Amy Lightfoot explores the current opportunities for learning English using mobile phones both in and out of the classroom. She debates the pros and cons of this medium and looks at a variety of content that is currently...
  • Michael Rundell explores the future of dictionaries. In this seminar he discusses the idea that dictionaries are going the same way as encyclopedias. In just a few years most activity has moved from paper to electronic media and for pedagogical...
  • This workshop presents a genre/corpus informed EAP writing programme for MA students. Following a brief overview of the theoretical and practical bases of the writing development programme Chris Tribble and Ursula Wingate share examples of the...
  • The idea of found objects derives from taking things designed for another purpose and turning them into art: Picasso’s bull’s head made from bicycle parts is a famous example. The principle for teaching is the same: find something interesting and...
  • Edward de Chazal and Sam McCarter give a brief overview of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and show how it relates to other branches of English Language Teaching. They then discuss the content and preparation of a syllabus for an EAP course,...
  • Simon Andrewes talks about English as a lingua franca, where English is used as a means of communication for work or study and where native speakers may at best be marginally involved. He also discusses the consequences of this for teachers in the...
  • Kathleen M. Bailey's session approaches the topic of learner autonomy in the contexts of conversations in the target language. In order to get input, experience interaction, and produce conversational output, second language learners need to...
  • Michael Carrier talks about the work of TIRF (The International Research Foundation for English Language Education).Click here to find out more about TIRF.
  • Sally Farley debunks several myths about Dyslexia and shows how, through the right teaching strategies, dyslexic learners can become successful language learners.   
  • Luke Meddings demonstrates a live dogme lesson with a group of intermediate level learners. He shows some core dogme tasks in action and allows us to gain a sense of the ‘flow’ within an unplugged lesson.
  • Luke Meddings answers questions from the audience about his dogme lesson.
  • Judy Kirsh explores some of the different approaches involved in teaching basic literacy to ESOL learners who have no, or very little, literacy in English or any other language. She begins with a brief overview of possible approaches and theories of...
  • Dr Philida Schellekens is an internationally recognised consultant, author, teacher and teacher trainer and wrote the best-selling Oxford University Press ESOL Handbook (2007). The aim of this session was to explore the quality of teaching and...
  • Hilary Nesi, Professor in English language at Coventry University, discusses the written genres university students are required to produce in different disciplines and at different levels of study. The presentation draws on findings from the 6.5...
  • Dot Powell, manager of the British Council's project to create a portal for ESOL teachers and learners, looks at criteria we use to make judgements about ESOL materials, and offers a first look at the ESOL Nexus website.Click here to visit the ESOL...
  • This is the second time Jeremy Harmer and Steve Bingham have performed at BC Seminars, with the distinctive mix of poetry, music and language learning. 
  • Trained and experienced ELT teachers sometimes report feeling deskilled when they first teach EAP. They may be unaware that the criteria they normally apply to identify needs or evaluate lessons are not necessarily the same in EAP. In this workshop...
  • In this seminar, Jamie Keddie shares a classroom technique for bringing storytelling to the YouTube generation.You can read a report of the seminar here.
  • This presentation, with James Clarke, explores ways of applying cinema, and potentially filmmaking, to the classroom as a means of enhancing student engagement with issues of citizenship and self in relation to students' wider communities and...
  • The full title of this seminar is 'Some things that matter in grammar teaching, and some that don't'. Michael Swan looks at the theory and practice of grammar, and its role in the classroom.You can read a report of the seminar here.
  • Russell Stannard outlines some changes that technology is driving in English language teaching, particularly in EAP.
  • What makes your students want to come to your class? This seminar, with Ken Wilson, outlines ten ways to create an atmosphere that makes them want to do just that.You can read a report of the seminar here.
  • Pauline Moon, with over 25 years experience in EFL and ESOL, uses activities and discussion to consider how this idea might help us to support learners to use the culturally situated language and literacy practices they encounter in daily life. 
  • British Council Seminars' first live lesson was taught by Luke Meddings in November 2011. You can watch footage of the 'dogme' lesson in the first video below, in which Luke demonstrates the approach with a group of international students in London...
  • Liam Brown reflects on how you might 'survive' as an English language teacher and work on your own professional development, in this seminar filmed in London.You can read a report on the seminar by Scott Sherriff here.
  • In this seminar Gavin Dudeney asks 'What is digital literacy?' and considers its implications for teachers.Gavin refers to three YouTube videos in the talk, which you can see here:Penny Lane: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yJ2yWvGnkIEngage Me!: ...

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