Understanding the teaching context

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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.

Are you challenging your students enough to learn English? How do you know if tangible learning is taking place in your English language classroom? Jim Scrivener explores these questions in this stimulating talk and suggests a number of simple, practical extension activities to include in lessons that will demand more from students and stretch them to their full potential.

The British Council and The Bell Foundation sponsored a seminar for teachers working in the field of English as an additional language. A panel of EAL specialists discussed different aspects of working in EAL. May 2013, London.

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.

Do you conduct your English classes entirely in English, or do you use the learners’ own language in the classroom as well? Are you wondering how other teachers around the world use L1 and L2 in their teaching? This stimulating seminar puts the spotlight once more on the important subject of L1 versus L2 usage in the ELT classroom.

In this annual lecture for the English-Speaking Union, David Cystal discusses examples of cultural cross-purposes when communicating in English. He also outlines the kind of cultural awareness all English speakers need to have when they interact with others on a global scale. February 2013, London.

 

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.

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

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.

Ken Wilson looks at ten quotations with the aim of making teachers think and reflect on their own practice. January 2013, London.

Edited by Hamish McIlwraith

This is a collection of papers written by both UK and Arabic academics on the theme of how the growing knowledge and use of English is affecting the region. The researchers have tackled a broad range of topics: interfaith dialogue; the influence of English on individuals’ life chances; social inclusion; and English in the workplace.

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