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The British Council were the sponsors of the live-streaming of the IATEFL Pronunciation SIG - NATECLA London conference 'Accentuate: bringing pronunciation to the fore'. Here we have the first plenary session recording with David and Ben Crystal who reflect on some of the issues that arose when writing their recent book, 'You Say Potato: A Book About Accents'.

This webinar suggests how tutors can help international students who are entering Higher Education, to develop their academic writing skills, by focusing on reader expectation and on academic requirements and principles.

Blandine Akoue, Jean-Clair Nguemba Ndong, Justine Okomo Allogo, Adrian Tennant

’Starter Teachers: A methodology course for the classroom’ is aimed at equipping teacher trainers in low-resource contexts with skills and techniques they can use to play an active role in starter teachers’ continuous professional development. The book is the work of participants from a Hornby Regional School held by British Council Senegal in Libreville, Gabon in September 2014.

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.

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The British Council sponsored the live-streaming of the IATEFL Pronunciation SIG - NATECLA London conference 'Accentuate: bringing pronunciation to the fore'. Here we have the session given by Mark Hancock, author of 'Pronunciation games'.

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.

Olwyn Alexander and Sue Argent show how EAP is different from ELT by comparing how the two approaches would deal with the same topic using different texts and tasks. November 2011, Glasgow.

This webinar suggests how tutors can help international students who are entering Higher Education, to develop their academic writing skills, by focusing on reader expectation and on academic requirements and principles.

Written by Clare Lavery and published in 2001, The 'Language assistant manual' is a guide and handbook for novice English language teachers taking their first steps into the classroom. Since the inception of the language assistants programme in 1904 many thousands of young people have benefited from this unique opportunity to spend an academic year in a foreign school.

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. December 2011, Leicester.

This 54-page booklet comprises a collection of papers with contributions from leading researchers on global citizenship in language education in several corners of the globe. It provides not only sound theoretical frameworks for investigation but also practical findings for application in diverse segments of ELT, ranging from university environments to public schools and from EFL to ESL contexts.

In this talk, Russell Stannard introduces new, innovative ways of giving feedback using technology, which both inspire and motivate students to learn more successfully! Find out how to use free Jing screen capture software to provide feedback on students' written work.

Alan Maley suggests some excellent ideas for how to set up the conditions in the classroom in order to enhance creativity.

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!

The British Council were the sponsors of the live-streaming of the IATEFL Pronunciation SIG - NATECLA London conference 'Accentuate: bringing pronunciation to the fore'. Here we have the first plenary session recording with David and Ben Crystal who reflect on some of the issues that arose when writing their recent book, 'You Say Potato: A Book About Accents'.

In this extract, Brian Tomlinson looks at why we should be creative with our coursebook and suggests some interesting ideas for teachers to experiment with in class.

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