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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.

Ken Wilson looks at ten quotations with the aim of making teachers think and reflect on their own practice. January 2013, London.

Chris Lima looks at some interesting and effective ideas on how to use the work of Charles Dickens in the English language classroom. December 2012, London.

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.

This seminar explores some of the key issues facing practitioners and policy makers in the teaching of English for those within the youth criminal justice system. 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.

Michael Rundell discusses the future of dictionaries. October 2012, London.

An expert panel discuss the English language, who cares about it and whether we should be worried about the state of English today. September 2012, London.

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So, you want to put your creative talents to good use by designing excellent and engaging materials for your English lessons but you don’t know how to get started. Look no further! Rachael Roberts, in less than an hour, gives you the material design recipe you’ve been looking for!

The British Council were the sponsors of the live-streaming of the IATEFL Pronunciation SIG - NATECLA London conference 'Accentuate: bringing pronunciation to the fore'. Here we have the first plenary session recording with David and Ben Crystal who reflect on some of the issues that arose when writing their recent book, 'You Say Potato: A Book About Accents'.

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.

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.

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.

These presentations by Susan Sheehan and Brian North introduce the Core Inventory for General English. November 2010, London.

Joanna Norton talks about mobile and social learning to support language and literacy development within a CLIL context. May 2014, 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.
 

 

Richard Cauldwell presents low- and high-tech activities to help learners improve their understanding of authentic speech. January 2013, Bournemouth.

Pauline Moon explores the idea of 'language and literacy as social practices'. She uses activities and discussion to consider how to support learners in using the culturally situated language and literacy practices they encounter in daily life. December 2011, Leicester.

American and British examination systems have influenced testing and assessment all over the world. But did you know they are based on entirely different principles and perspectives? Watch this video with Barry O’Sullivan to find out more!

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