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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.

Olwyn Alexander and Sue Argent show how EAP is different from ELT by comparing how the two approaches would deal with the same topic using different texts and tasks. November 2011, Glasgow.

British Council Seminars' first live lesson was taught by Luke Meddings. Watch footage of the 'dogme' lesson as well as a recording of the follow up question and answer session.  November 2011, London.

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

Gavin Dudeney considers the question 'What is digital literacy?' and looks at the implications for teachers and learners. October 2011, Bournemouth.

Philida Schellekens provides an introduction and feedback on a debate about the state of ESOL teaching and learning in the UK. September 2011, London.

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.

To stick to the IELTS coursebook can become boring and repetitive for learners. One way to spice up your lessons and to provide extra extensive practice for students is to produce your own learning materials. In this seminar, Sam McCarter provides guidelines and advice on producing materials for IELTS.

Sam McCarter's seminar looks at ways to effectively learn vocabulary for the listening module in the IELTS examination. The talk will appeal to all English language teachers who teach IELTS preparation courses. Did you know students are quite good at answering questions on a text they have never seen? That seems impossible, doesn’t it? Watch the video to find out how.

In this engaging, concise seminar, Sam McCarter outlines the key characteristics of the IELTS exam and the common features of each of the IELTS papers. The talk provides several tips and strategies for English language teachers helping their students prepare for the IELTS examination.

Sam McCarter provides an excellent overview of the common features of texts written in English for the IELTS exam in this seminar. All IELTS teachers, whether new to the exam or very experienced, will find valuable ideas to take into the English language classroom within this talk.

Luke Meddings provides a stimulating talk on the main ideas that underpin the teaching unplugged approach to English language teaching (ELT). 

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What does it mean to teach grammar inductively? What is the difference between inductive and deductive grammar teaching? When teaching English grammar, what happens if learners are encouraged to work out grammar rules for themselves? Catherine Walter’s session aims to explain the advantages there might be in teaching grammar in this way.

Johanna Stirling presents some common human characteristics and how they affect learning and classroom behaviour. January 2014, London.

 

Sam McCarter provides an excellent overview of the common features of texts written in English for the IELTS exam in this seminar. All IELTS teachers, whether new to the exam or very experienced, will find valuable ideas to take into the English language classroom within this talk.

To stick to the IELTS coursebook can become boring and repetitive for learners. One way to spice up your lessons and to provide extra extensive practice for students is to produce your own learning materials. In this seminar, Sam McCarter provides guidelines and advice on producing materials for IELTS.

In this engaging, concise seminar, Sam McCarter outlines the key characteristics of the IELTS exam and the common features of each of the IELTS papers. The talk provides several tips and strategies for English language teachers helping their students prepare for the IELTS examination.

Sam McCarter's seminar looks at ways to effectively learn vocabulary for the listening module in the IELTS examination. The talk will appeal to all English language teachers who teach IELTS preparation courses. Did you know students are quite good at answering questions on a text they have never seen? That seems impossible, doesn’t it? Watch the video to find out how.

Philida Schellekens presents findings from the Cambridge ESOL sponsored research she carried out into first and second language acquisition with a specific focus on reading. Spring 2011.

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

Watch the British Council and the English-Speaking Union's English Language Council lecture, which focuses on the language of science and how to make science more publicly accessible. This lecture and discussion was recorded in London in November, 2014.

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.

Philida Schellekens provides an introduction and feedback on a debate about the state of ESOL teaching and learning in the UK. September 2011, London.

Hilary Nesi, Professor in English language at Coventry University, discusses the written genres university students are required to produce in different disciplines and at different levels of study. May 2012, Liverpool.

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