Milestones in ELT

A series of classic texts from the British Council, made available online to celebrate the British Council's 75th and 80th anniversaries.

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English as an International Language

This concise volume from 1978 is pre-'World Englishes' and before the acceptance of Kachru's model of the inner, outer and expanding circles of English language use.

Focus on the Teacher

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

English teaching abroad and the British universities

This 1961 publication consists of papers from a high-level conference on University Training and Research in the Teaching of English as a Second/Foreign Language organised by the British Council in London, 15–17 December 1960. The conference brought together heads of departments of English and experts in linguistics and phonetics, with experts in education being relatively under-represented.

Pre-sessional courses for overseas students

This 1978 title offers a snapshot of English teaching practices for overseas students in the UK in the late 1970s. The book is a collection of edited papers from the national seminar, Pre-sessional English courses for Overseas Students in Higher Education held at the University of Manchester in April 1977.

Activity days in language learning: Notes for teacher trainers

This booklet from 1977 accompanied a teacher training film about innovative 'activity days' at the British Council's English Language Teaching Institute in London. Activity days were designed to provide English language learners with a range of intensive, stimulating and personalised language practice tasks.

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