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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.
 

Edited by Guus Extra and Kutlay Yağmur

This report contains 25 detailed country and regional profiles, which focus on language policies and practices in the education sector, as well as in the media, public services and spaces, and business.

Edward de Chazal explains the challenges that EAP (English for Academic Purposes) learners face, and what teaching staff and lecturers need to do to make the task more manageable for them.

'Why was that funny?'. Humour is inextricably part of language and culture, and therefore understanding humour in English is a vital communication competence for all language learners to develop. This talk focuses on the challenges that international students face when dealing with humour.

Are your students too low a level to take the IELTS exam? Are you racing against the clock to get those A2 or B1 students to B2 or even C1 level in time to pass the exam? This poses real challenges for the IELTS teacher! Watch this seminar for some useful practical advice.

 

Laila El-Metoui focuses on strategies for integrating Equality and Diversity within English teaching practice, to foster a positive atmosphere conducive to learning. February 2014, London.

Johanna Stirling presents some common human characteristics and how they affect learning and classroom behaviour. January 2014, London.

 

Rupert Lezemore presents ideas for using diagrams to present both grammar and vocabulary. November 2013, Glasgow.

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. 

Given the breadth of learning needs in any classroom, how can schools best develop policies and practice to respond to this diversity? This webinar demonstrates how to develop a whole school approach to SEN, from policy to practice.

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.

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This survey of EMI in Higher Education in Kurdistan provides an overview of recent research and draws on responses from academics in thirteen universities to outline their experiences and views.

This 96-page handbook, published in 2009, has been produced for English teachers, by English teachers. It provides you with good practical advice and ideas on how to become more aware and integrate aspects of equal opportunity and diversity into your work.

Judy Kirsh explores some of the different approaches involved in teaching basic literacy to ESOL learners who have no, or very little, literacy in English. December 2011, Leicester.

The British Council and The Bell Foundation sponsored a continuing professional development conference for ESOL tutors, teachers and practitioners working in prison settings, as well as those involved in managing or leading provision of offender education.

Held at the British Council, London on June 15 2010, this event included presentations by four UK-based ESOL teachers/teacher trainers.

David Baker and Keith Harding explore the methodology and materials of ESP and reflect on how these might be used in an ESOL context. January 2011, London.

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.

Caroline Wilkinson and Amanda Wilson discuss a holistic approach to teaching, focusing on learners’ individual needs and the appropriateness of either an academic or vocational route. Spring 2011.

David Hayes

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.

The film explores the opportunities and challenges experienced by refugees newly arrived in the UK and engages with the need for refugees to develop their written and spoken English as soon as they arrive here. June 2011, London.

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.

In this original and stimulating talk, Luke Meddings explains how you can find highly creative and unusual stimuli in everyday situations, that can be brought to class and used as teaching material.

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