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Richard Cauldwell invites us to reflect on accent and prejudice, and provides strategies for determining pronunciation goals with our students. June 2014, London.

Miguel Á. Muñoz presents scientific research on the cognitive costs and benefits of learning a foreign language. June 2014, Cardiff.

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.

Michael Rundell looks at who makes the rules about what makes language 'correct'? Is there one 'Standard English' which we all have to follow, or can we bend and break linguistic rules over time? This presentation gives an alternative (but equally rigorous) view of learning about language.

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.

Richard Smith gives a definition of English language teaching research and shows how it can be of practical relevance to teachers. November 2012, Bristol.

Urszula Clark talks about 'English, speech and society' and draws upon recent, Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC) funded research into the relationship between English and social, regional and national identities. April 2014, London.

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.
 

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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.

Jeremy Harmer and Steve Bingham present a performance to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth, producing a show that fused excerpts from Dickens’ novels with original music. February 2012, London.

Huw Jarvis takes English language teachers on the journey from the origins of computer assisted language learning in English Language Teaching to the modern world of English usage and mobile phones, and discusses what implications this has on English language learning and teaching today.

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.

Jez Uden's seminar is about the importance of reading for pleasure among English language learners in the UK. March 2011, Brighton.

Watch edited highlights of the global British Council publication launch of 'Innovations in Continuing Professional Development for English Language Teachers'. We discuss the question 'Can continuing professional development change lives?' with speaker sessions by Amol Padwad and Tessa Woodward and a panel discussion broadcast from London and Delhi.

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.

This seminar celebrates World Teachers' Day with the launch of the EAL Nexus website and discusses key questions in the area of EAL. 

This seminar, by Christopher J. Hall, is designed to encourage teachers and teacher educators to become aware of, and reflect on, their own conceptions of English forms and functions. May 2013, Manchester.

Dot Powell, manager of the British Council's project to create a portal for ESOL teachers and learners, looks at criteria we use to make judgements about ESOL materials, and offers a first look at the ESOL Nexus website. February 2012, Belfast.

This workshop explores what we might do to promote new ideas in language learning. Teachers and leaders were invited to join an international event on how to innovate in their contexts, looking at six UK and international case studies from across different fields: immersive learning, learner autonomy, technology and gaming.
 

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.

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