The British Council works closely with universities and other research institutions to fund and publish ELT research. The Research Papers series gathers together the outputs of these partnerships and collaborations.

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This paper explores the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in relation to its current profile and use in China...

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Anne Burns, Muna Morris-Adams, Sue Garton and Fiona Copland, Aston University, Birmingham This paper addresses important issues relating...

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This research study used eyetracking methods to investigate how adults and young learners process readings which combine text, audio and...
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This book reports the results of the monitoring and evaluation of an innovative English Language Teaching training programme run by the...

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This literature review outlines how language of instruction policy and practice currently impact on student learning outcomes in Nigeria...

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Simon Borg, School of Education, University of Leed and Saleh Al-Busaidi, The Language Centre, Sultan Qaboos UniversityLearner autonomy...

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These training materials have been created as part of a larger, British Council funded project: 'Investigating NEST schemes around the...

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Agnes Kukulska-Hulme, Lucy Norris and Jim DonohueThis guide is for anyone interested in teaching and learning languages, and thinking...

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Lixian Jin, Changsheng Jiang, Jie Zhang, Yuan Yuan, Xiaohua and Qun Xie

This paper investigates attitudes, perceptions and...

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Graham Hall and Guy CookIn this research paper Graham Hall and Guy Cook explore teacher attitudes to own-language use in the classroom....

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Caroline Linse, Stephen van Vlack and Oscar BladasThis paper highlights a little-discussed global issue: the importance of school-home...

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L. Jin, K. Smith, A. Yahya, A. Chan, M. Choong, A. Lee, V.Ng, P. Poh-Wong, D. YoungLearners with dyslexia have difficulties in reading ...

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Martin Wedell and Martin Lamb This paper investigates the nature of inspiring English language teaching, reporting on observations of...

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Clare WardmanThis research paper reports on a study conducted in the north of England into the provision of support for children who...

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This paper investigates readers’ mental processes when taking reading tests. It will be of particular interest to researchers and...

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This paper investigates attitudes and perceived experiences of English learning by Chinese kindergarten children, 4-6 years old, and...

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In this study we listened to what school subject teachers from Nigeria, Kenya and Malaysia, teaching in the medium of English, had to...

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This book presents the issues facing local languages in Afghanistan, the complexity of teaching and learning English there, and...

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Graham Hall and Guy Cook

This paper explores the English language needs of young adults in the European Union. Drawing on a Europe...

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Barbara Skinner and Helen Hou

How do university supervisors and host teachers evaluate the teaching practice performance of non-...

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This paper reports on the experiences of secondary school students who study through the medium of English as an Additional Language (...

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Naeema Hann, Ivor Timmis, Ali Ata Alkhaldi, Beverley Davies, Carlos Rico Troncoso, Yong Yi

What benefits can English language...

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Simon Borg, Marilisa Birello, Isabel Civera and Theresa ZanattaWhat impact does pre-service English language teacher education have on...

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This study explores how metacognitive knowledge and strategy training may support and enhance language proficiency across cultures.

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This article summarises a report on an exploratory survey investigating both translingual practices in English language classrooms in...

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This paper explores the nature and role of emotional and social competences as key components of effective classroom practice.

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This study provides an investigation of the processes and practices involved in conducting action research on the use of ICT and new...

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Will BakerThis research paper, by Will Baker, reports on a study conducted in Thailand into the development of an online course in...

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This report details and evaluates the range of video-based practices currently being used in language teacher education.

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