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What is the connection between pronunciation and other areas of learning English? How do we choose a model and priorities for ourselves and our learners? What do we do if our own accent isn’t 'BBC'? This thought-provoking talk by Robin Walker took place at the Creative ELT Conference, organised by the British Council in Madrid, September 2014.

Watch the British Council and the English-Speaking Union's English Language Council lecture, which focuses on the language of science and how to make science more publicly accessible. This lecture and discussion was recorded in London in November, 2014.

Watch this special Dylan Thomas centenary celebration held in London in October 2014. Hannah Ellis, granddaughter of Dylan Thomas, is our special guest speaker and is joined by Guy Masterson, Olivier Award winner and recipient of Edinburgh Fringe Festival accolades.

Katy Davies and Laura Patsko present practical ideas for teaching pronunciation and listening in multilingual classes, based on their teaching experiences in Dubai and London. June 2014, London.

Richard Cauldwell invites us to reflect on accent and prejudice, and provides strategies for determining pronunciation goals with our students. June 2014, London.

Compiled by Richard Smith of Warwick University, with Seongsook Choi, Imogen Liggins and Gosia Sky, the Directory of UK ELT Research 2011-12 contains a total of 721 entries from 60 different institutions.

Michael Rundell looks at who makes the rules about what makes language 'correct'? Is there one 'Standard English' which we all have to follow, or can we bend and break linguistic rules over time? This presentation gives an alternative (but equally rigorous) view of learning about language.

Urszula Clark talks about 'English, speech and society' and draws upon recent, Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC) funded research into the relationship between English and social, regional and national identities. April 2014, London.

The English-Speaking Union and the British Council partnered to present the third English Language Council Lecture, which celebrates Shakespeare and the English language. The lecture, with Ben Crystal, marked the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare. February 2014, London.

By Gail Ellis and Jean Brewster

This new revised edition of 'Tell it Again!' shows how a story-based methodology brings together the best of primary English language teaching and the rich and motivating resource of children’s literature.

So, you want to put your creative talents to good use by designing excellent and engaging materials for your English lessons but you don’t know how to get started. Look no further! Rachael Roberts, in less than an hour, gives you the material design recipe you’ve been looking for!

Lucinda Hawksley looks at the language and images employed by British journalists, propagandists and artists during the First World War. This lecture looks at the vision of war that those in Whitehall wanted to be portrayed – as well as that which was created by those at the front line. November 2013, London.

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