Understanding the teaching context

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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.

Victoria Boobyer talks about some practical ideas for activities using e-books in different contexts. September 2013, London.

Dr Gary Motteram shows how learning technologies have developed over time and discusses how they now offer a wide range of possibilities for the ELT world. September 2013, London.

Dr Martin Lamb discusses the features of inspiring teaching and presents results from a research project funded by the British Council. May 2013, Manchester.

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. 

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.

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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.

In this talk, Russell Stannard introduces new, innovative ways of giving feedback using technology, which both inspire and motivate students to learn more successfully! Find out how to use free Jing screen capture software to provide feedback on students' written work.

Sally Farley debunks several myths about dyslexia and shows how, through the right teaching strategies, dyslexic learners can become successful language learners. May 2012, Liverpool.

This study, by Dr Simon Borg of the University of Leeds, assesses the impact that studying English has on students’ lives.

This webinar explores some of the learner’s difficulties with reading and suggests practical strategies and techniques for teachers who want to support struggling readers and improve their reading comprehension.

Sally Farley explains the ‘7 Principles of Learning’ in order to increase the presence, participation and achievement of all learners in the class. March 2011, London.

Edited by David Mallows
 
This collection brings a wealth of ideas and practices in English language teaching, and aims to stimulate new thinking and experimentation, by providing accounts of innovative experiences from a range of national and international contexts. The focus of this volume is on English language teaching for migrants and refugees.

Dr Gary Motteram shows how learning technologies have developed over time and discusses how they now offer a wide range of possibilities for the ELT world. September 2013, London.

Dr Martin Lamb discusses the features of inspiring teaching and presents results from a research project funded by the British Council. May 2013, Manchester.

This webinar looks at the teaching of English as a Foreign language in pre-primary education and shares the results of a project which investigated the effectiveness of incorporating an English learning area into the children’s play options.

This Resource Pack provides practical activities for teachers. While primarily for use in Latin America, the pack can be adapted to suit other international contexts, as a tool for understanding other cultures and promoting reflection in order to avoid cultural bias and challenge stereotypes.

This webinar looks at the creative use of web tools and digital environments to deliver successful learning outcomes.

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