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Sheila Thorn explains why the types of listening comprehension activities typically done in class are not really helping our students to listen and shares some alternative advice for improving learners' listening skills.

Edited by Susan Sheehan
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. This volume gathers together research published since 2009. This volume also includes reports of research not conducted within the Partnership scheme.

Richard Cauldwell presents low- and high-tech activities to help learners improve their understanding of authentic speech. January 2013, Bournemouth.

Chris Lima looks at some interesting and effective ideas on how to use the work of Charles Dickens in the English language classroom. December 2012, London.

Dickens descendent Lucinda Dickens Hawksley talks about the life and works of one of the UK’s greatest novelists and how her great-great-great grandfather contributed to what we know as the English Language today. December 2012, London.

Michael Rundell discusses the future of dictionaries. October 2012, London.

An expert panel discuss the English language, who cares about it and whether we should be worried about the state of English today. September 2012, London.

This talk by Dr Richard Smith provides an informative chronology of ELT developments which counteracts some common myths and raises issues for critical reflection. June 2012, Cardiff.

Hilary Nesi, Professor in English language at Coventry University, discusses the written genres university students are required to produce in different disciplines and at different levels of study. May 2012, Liverpool.

Luke Meddings answers questions from the audience about his dogme lesson. April 2012, Exeter.

Do you feel like you teach too much or too little grammar in the classroom? Gain a better understanding of the typical grammar mistakes learners make and how to prioritise the grammar you teach and learn about Michael Swan’s 'three Ex’s' for teaching grammar.

This workshop presents a genre/corpus informed EAP writing programme for MA students. Following a brief overview of the theoretical and practical bases of the writing development programme Chris Tribble and Ursula Wingate share examples of the teaching materials they are using. March 2012, London.

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Sheila Thorn explains why the types of listening comprehension activities typically done in class are not really helping our students to listen and shares some alternative advice for improving learners' listening skills.

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.

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.

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 Adrian Underhill, on 'Proprioception in learning new sounds, words and connected speech'.

Do you feel like you teach too much or too little grammar in the classroom? Gain a better understanding of the typical grammar mistakes learners make and how to prioritise the grammar you teach and learn about Michael Swan’s 'three Ex’s' for teaching grammar.

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.

Everybody seems to have something terrible to say about English spelling. But how much of that talk is really true? And how much of it focuses on practical solutions for the English language classroom? Thankfully, Jo Stirling shines some positive light on the subject.

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.

Edited by Paul Gunashekar, Amol Padwad, Daphne Pawelec
This volume is an anthology of some select presentations made at the first international conference of English language teacher educators on the theme 'Starting, stimulating and sustaining English language teacher education and development' held at Hyderabad, India on 22 - 24 January 2011.

Sue Kay and Karen Spiller tell us about their training modules in materials-writing skills, and their relevance to creating materials for your own classes, self publishing and teacher training.

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.

A selection of papers presented at IATEFL 2010 by British Council staff. Find a range of articles on various themes such as educational change, the development of teacher trainers, the application of new technologies to English teaching, and aspects of classroom teaching as well as issues facing ELT such as inclusion and diversity, sustainability and politics.

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