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Kathryn Board and Teresa Tinsley present the Language Trends Survey, which is the only school-focussed, subject-specific research exercise of its kind. November 2013, London. 

Hywel Coleman

This publication examines the language situations in eight West African nations – Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal and Togo. It describes the roles that English plays, ways in which English is taught, who teaches it, and how learners and their teachers perceive the language.

This publication offers information about all the discussions held in 2012 at the first Policy Dialogues: English for the Future in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. The proceedings document contains lots of useful information for policy makers and ELT specialists around the world to guide them on the kind of critical elements to take into account when conceptualising or implementing policy on English language both at national and regional/local levels.

Shelagh Rixon

This global survey provides an overview of recent policy decisions and trends in the area of teaching English to primary school children, in a wide variety of countries and regions. It will interest and inform policymakers, researchers and practitioners in the field.

Lee Hawkes discusses a descriptive case study carried out at at Queen Mary, University of London, and asks what can be done to help foreign students feel a part of the country they are living in? March 2013, London. 

Edited by Rod Bolitho and Amol Padwad

We hope that the ideas and experiences contained in this collection will provoke a more active and deeper interest in CPD, will lead to more experiments, innovations and research, and will help CPD to be seen as a central priority in teacher education, a development which is long overdue.

The second Primary Innovations Research Seminar in Bangkok, March 2008 was a regional information sharing forum where the results of British Council research were presented. There were also status reports on our projects to support teacher trainers and teachers.

Edited by Dr Philip Powell-Davies

This volume brings together papers and presentations from a three-day Primary Innovations Regional Seminar held in Hanoi, Vietnam, in March 2007. It covers a range of issues including: language policy and planning across both primary and secondary levels; teacher training systems; the implications of introducing systemic change; curriculum reform, and case studies. A summary report of the research undertaken in eight countries on primary ELT prior to the seminar concludes the volume.

This Access English Symposium saw the launch of British Council’s English Bilingual Education (EBE) project in East Asia. The aim of the symposium was to bring together key ministry officials and academics to discuss and debate the benefits and possible risks of  EBE – type programmes in the region and elsewhere.

This presentation, by Professor Lixian Jin & Professor Martin Cortazzi, discusses the key concepts of Cultures of Learning, and provides examples of international student experience in ways of learning, perspectives on educational success and how classroom behaviour and different expectations of learning and teaching can be taken for granted or misunderstood with intercultural consequences. March 2013, London.

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.

Edited by Brian Tomlinson and Claire Whittaker

Blended learning is an area of ELT that continues to be of interest to practitioners in the field. Despite this, little can be found in the literature on blended learning course design or detailed descriptions provided of blends used in ELT contexts. This publication, which contains twenty case studies from around the world, addresses this deficit by illustrating blends being employed on EAP, ESP, Teacher Development and general EFL courses.

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Drawing on findings from a mixed methods research project investigating global practices in teaching English to young learners, this webinar identifies key factors affecting the implementation of primary school English.

Philida Schellekens uses the British Council’s ESOL Nexus project as a case study to demonstrate what types of research evidence can be used to underpin project planning and proposal writing. November 2012, Bristol.

Edited by George Pickering and Professor Paul Gunashekar

This volume is a compilation of some select presentations made at the fourth International Teacher Educator Conference on the theme 'Innovation in English Language Teacher Education' held at Hyderabad, India on 21–23 February 2014.

This non-academic research book demonstrates ten teacher educators' professional reflective journeys through action research.

This book presents an up-to-date panorama in Spanish of the teaching of English in state schools in Venezuela. It is aimed primarily at EFL teachers and researchers, as well as education authorities who design and implement language policy. The book is the result of an extensive research project carried out throughout the country by groups of researchers from ten local universities, under the coordination of the British Council in Venezuela.

This publication constitutes the edited proceedings of the 7th International Language and Development Conference, held in Addis Ababa, in October 2005. The conference was hosted jointly by the Ministry of Education of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and by the British Council Ethiopia.

The book ‘Language and Social Cohesion in the Developing World’ brings together fifteen of the most important papers presented at the 9th International Conference on Language and Development held in Colombo in 2011.

 

Hywel Coleman and Tony Capstick | 2012
 
This report contains recommendations regarding the development of policy for language in education in Pakistan. These recommendations are based on policy dialogues, a case study and the analysis of research findings.

 

This book is about the role of language in the integration of migrants. The writers of the chapters are all engaged in the education of migrants as teachers, researchers or policy makers in a wide variety of contexts and they provide us with a rich and thought-provoking array of perspectives from teachers and learners on language issues in migration and integration.

Edited by Hamish McIlwraith

In October 2013, the British Council hosted the tenth International Language and Development Conference, which coincided with reviews of progress worldwide towards the 2015 UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This collection is drawn from papers and presentations delivered at the three day event. The writers look at African languages, varieties of English and other languages from policy level to practical application in the classroom, and in the home and wider community.

This closing report was commissioned by the British Council to provide an overview of the European and local recommendations that came out of the Language Rich Europe project and in the likelihood that new opportunities can be found for the further development of what has already been achieved.

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