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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.
Dickens descendent Lucinda Dickens Hawksley talks about the life and works of one of the UK’s greatest novelists and how her great-great-great grandfather contributed to what we know as the English Language today. December 2012, London.
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.
In this seminar, Gavin Dudeney gives a short history of the use of technology in education, followed by how the use of mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets, can be used for English language learning.
Language acquisition can be hindered if learners are not in an environment which is conducive to fostering a welcoming atmosphere where all feel free to talk about themselves. This is particularly relevant to LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) ESOL learners. Through workshops and talks, this conference aimed to equip ESOL practitioners with practical ideas to address these important issues. October 2012, London.
Luke Meddings explores ways to build memorable lessons and lesson sequences using non-‘teaching’ stimulus that is readily available to teachers and learners in the UK and elsewhere. September 2012, London.