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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.

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice the British Council is proud to present: 'One must speak a little you know! (or how Lizzie got her man)'. June 2013, London.
 

 

Helen Ashton and Sarah Shepherd discuss features of English accents and our attitudes towards them. May 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.

Willy Cardoso proposes some principles and practices that can place the socio-cultural aspects of learning how to teach at the core of teacher training and education. April 2013, London.

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. 

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.

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.

Everybody seems to have something terrible to say about English spelling. But how much of that talk is really true? And how much of it focuses on practical solutions for the English language classroom? Thankfully, Jo Stirling shines some positive light on the subject.

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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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.
 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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