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This research report presents ‘bottom-up’ perspectives on teacher and learner attitudes to varieties of English across five global contexts (China, Thailand, India, Spain and Turkey).

Watch the recording of this month's webinar. The presenters discuss how mobile technologies support active learner participation and look at the ways teachers can be guided to design language learning tasks to engage learners both in, and beyond the classroom.

All teachers want their students to be successful but are we including thinking skills, that will become life skills, with the four skills we are most comfortable teaching? 

Dr. Chris Lima discusses the ways of teaching Shakespeare to English language learners in order to make them familiar with his plays while improving their vocabulary and language skills.

This webinar explores some of the learner’s difficulties with reading and suggests practical strategies and techniques for teachers who want to support struggling readers and improve their reading comprehension.

This webinar looks at the teaching of English as a Foreign language in pre-primary education and shares the results of a project which investigated the effectiveness of incorporating an English learning area into the children’s play options.

Find out more about the award-winning 'Talk English' project, which helps people with the lowest levels of English to build their confidence, access services and get more involved in the community, by training and supporting volunteers.

The webinar explores the reasons behind the failure to implement learner-centred approaches in developing world contexts. Attempts to promote a balanced approach to pedagogy through a teacher education project in Burma are showcased.

Diana Lea, Editor of the Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Academic English, shows how the award-winning Dictionary of Academic English can support learners in reading academic texts and in using core academic vocabulary accurately and appropriately in their writing.

In this seminar, Alan Maley, Marisa Constantinides, Phuong Lee, Nik Peachey and Malu Sciamarelli discuss activities and ideas for introducing creativity into the classroom. The event took place in London in June 2015 and celebrated the launch of a new British Council publication, 'Creativity in the English language classroom'.

In this extract, Libor Stepanek presents 'The creative approach to language teaching', which has been developed, tested and successfully implemented at Masaryk University Language Centre.

In this extract Judit Fehér gives tips to teachers on how to integrate creativity into everyday classroom practice.

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