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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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