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Luke Meddings demonstrates a live dogme lesson with a group of intermediate level learners. He shows some core dogme tasks in action and allows us to gain a sense of the ‘flow’ within an unplugged lesson. April 2012, Exeter.

Do you feel like you teach too much or too little grammar in the classroom? Gain a better understanding of the typical grammar mistakes learners make and how to prioritise the grammar you teach and learn about Michael Swan’s 'three Ex’s' for teaching grammar.

This workshop presents a genre/corpus informed EAP writing programme for MA students. Following a brief overview of the theoretical and practical bases of the writing development programme Chris Tribble and Ursula Wingate share examples of the teaching materials they are using. March 2012, 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.

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.

Dr Philida Schellekens leads a debate on factors which would lift the effectiveness of classroom practice and discussed which areas can be implement by ESOL teachers themselves. February 2012, Belfast.

In February 2012, Carol Read gave a workshop at the British Council in Warsaw. Her talk covered a range of primary issues and she gave a number of invaluable tips about teaching primary students.

What makes your students want to come to your class? This seminar, with Ken Wilson, outlines ten ways to create an atmosphere that makes them want to do just that.

In this seminar, Jamie Keddie shares a classroom technique for bringing storytelling to the YouTube generation. December 2011, London.

This presentation, with James Clarke, explores ways of applying cinema, and potentially filmmaking, to the classroom as a means of enhancing student engagement with issues of citizenship and self in relation to students' wider communities and related concerns. December 2011, London.

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.

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.

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Are your students too low a level to take the IELTS exam? Are you racing against the clock to get those A2 or B1 students to B2 or even C1 level in time to pass the exam? This poses real challenges for the IELTS teacher! Watch this seminar for some useful practical advice.

 

Kathleen M. Bailey's session approaches the topic of learner autonomy in the contexts of conversations in the target language. June 2012, London.

What is the connection between pronunciation and other areas of learning English? How do we choose a model and priorities for ourselves and our learners? What do we do if our own accent isn’t 'BBC'? This thought-provoking talk by Robin Walker took place at the Creative ELT Conference, organised by the British Council in Madrid, September 2014.

The British Council sponsored the live-streaming of the IATEFL Pronunciation SIG - NATECLA London conference 'Accentuate: bringing pronunciation to the fore'. Here we have the session given by Adrian Underhill, on 'Proprioception in learning new sounds, words and connected speech'.

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. 

Edward de Chazal and Sam McCarter give a brief overview of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and discuss the content and preparation of an EAP syllabus. May 2012, Manchester.

Michael Carrier talks about how handheld and mobile learning technology extends the range of the teacher by extending learning beyond the physical lesson in the physical classroom. May 2012, London.

Do you feel like you teach too much or too little grammar in the classroom? Gain a better understanding of the typical grammar mistakes learners make and how to prioritise the grammar you teach and learn about Michael Swan’s 'three Ex’s' for teaching grammar.

The English-Speaking Union and the British Council partnered to present the third English Language Council Lecture, which celebrates Shakespeare and the English language. The lecture, with Ben Crystal, marked the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare. February 2014, 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.

Liam Brown reflects on how you might 'survive' as an English language teacher and work on your own professional development. October 2011, 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.

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