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Phil Bird and Mike Harrison talk about online continuing professional development opportunities. Spring 2011.

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.

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.

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

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!

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.

This is the second time Jeremy Harmer and Steve Bingham have performed at BC Seminars, with the distinctive mix of poetry, music and language learning. February 2011, London.

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.

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

Filmed at the British Council in October 2010, this is the first part of Jamie Keddie's seminar, all about video in ELT.

In this seminar Dr Janet Enever and Jayne Moon look at how English is being taught at increasingly younger ages in an expanding number of countries. Their presentations draw on evidence from a recent international conference and related publication. September 2010, London.

Have you ever considered what the English language would be like if there was no grammar? Or why in fact we need grammar in the first place?

In this entertaining seminar, Michael Swan illustrates why grammar exists and invites you to answer these questions through a selection of fun tasks.

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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.

 

Helen Ashton and Sarah Shepherd discuss features of English accents and our attitudes towards them. May 2013, London.

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.

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.

Michael Carrier talks about the work of TIRF (The International Research Foundation for English Language Education). June 2012, London.

These excerpts were recorded at Jeremy Harmer and Steve Bingham's British Council Seminar, 'Touchable Dreams', held in London in April 2010.

This is the second time Jeremy Harmer and Steve Bingham have performed at BC Seminars, with the distinctive mix of poetry, music and language learning. February 2011, London.

Kathryn Board and Teresa Tinsley present the Language Trends Survey, which is the only school-focussed, subject-specific research exercise of its kind. November 2013, London. 

Brita Haycraft, co-founder of International House and winner of the 2013 ELTons Lifetime Achievement Award, presents some practical ideas for improving learners' pronunciation. October 2013, London.
 

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 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.

Fitch O'Connell, BritLit Manager, talks about how to exploit literature in the classroom. This seminar took place in Manchester in December 2009.

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