Understanding the teaching context
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English proficiency levels in Brazil are still very low, with only around 5% of Brazilians stating they have some knowledge of English. How can effective English teaching be implemented to reach the emerging middle classes? What are the aims and expectations of these learners? This report answers these questions and explores the specific needs of different groups. It is relevant to teachers, school managers, academics and policy makers interested in the teaching of English in Brazil.
This report is an attempt to set out a global view of English Medium Instruction today. It is a bird's eye view or a snapshot of the views and issues involved when implementing EMI. The report is based on a recent worldwide survey conducted with British Council staff acting as informed respondents and covers 55 countries; countries which are promoting, resisting or sometimes even reversing EMI in schools and universities.
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.
Miguel Á. Muñoz presents scientific research on the cognitive costs and benefits of learning a foreign language. June 2014, Cardiff.
This accessible and informative report considers current best practice for teaching English as a Foreign Language in the primary sector. Based on three case studies of high performing education systems, the report’s recommendations will be of interest to anyone concerned with English at primary level.
This seminar celebrates World Teachers' Day with the launch of the EAL Nexus website and discusses key questions in the area of EAL.
On European Day of Languages we celebrated multilingualism in a live webcast. The seminar talked about outstanding practice in UK primary and secondary education and how multilingualism can greatly benefit your learners. The live webcast took place on Friday 26 September 2014.
Karen Wilkins takes a look at anonymous feedback from teachers and students on how the relationship between the two is changing and talks about the technologies which are either forging or breaking traditional bonds. May 2014, London.
Joanna Norton talks about mobile and social learning to support language and literacy development within a CLIL context. May 2014, London.
Eleanor Cocks and Theah Dix focus on Rewrite’s pioneering Creative ESOL model of practice, a participatory arts approach to language learning for newly arrived young migrants and refugees. May 2014, Leeds.
Julie Carr talks about how visits to museums improve the life skills of ESOL learners as well as their language skills. May 2014, Leeds.
This seminar about English as a medium of instruction (EMI) for academic subjects in Higher Education was held at the British Council's Going Global 2014 conference. The speakers discuss the fact that the movement has given rise to social and legal arguments in Europe. The position and future of EMI in Latin America is also considered.