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The 4th annual Reform Symposium Conference (RSCON), a free online three day event bringing together educators, students and innovators from around the world, will be held between October 11th and 13th in conjunction with Connected Educator Month. The entire conference will be held online using the Blackboard Collaborate platform.

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This Saturday 28 September, the British Council in Spain is holding its annual teacher’s conference with talks in teaching centres across the country, including Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia. You can follow the live stream of speakers from 9am BST on the British Council’s newly upgraded livestream channel.

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The Extensive Reading Foundation announced the winners of its annual Language Learner Literature Awards at the 2nd World Congress in Extensive Reading in Seoul, South Korea this month.

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The European Profiling Grid (EPG) is a tool for mapping and assessing language teacher competencies internationally. It contains sets of descriptors organised over six stages of professional experience as a language teacher (novice to very experienced) and summarises the main competencies of language teachers and the background in training and experience that would be expected at each stage.
 
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Walking into the classroom for the first time as a newly qualified teacher is never easy. The Guardian blogger Lulu Kuper gives some excellent advice on how to prepare for the first day and make sure that your teaching career gets off to a smooth start.

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The British Council is accepting applications for the ELTons 2014 awards from 2 September 2013 until 22 November 2013. The ELTons, sponsored by Cambridge English, are the only international awards that recognise and celebrate innovation in the field of English language teaching (ELT). 

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The British Council and English and ForeignLanguagesUniversity co-host an annual conference for English Language Teacher Educators. This event is considered to be the world’s largest English Language Teacher Educator Conference and is now in its fourth year. The conference will be held again in Hyderabad, Telangana (formally known as Andhra Pradesh), India. The last date to submit a proposal has been extended to 15 September 2013. 

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Are you thinking of making a career teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL)? Already qualified with a CELTA or Trinity Certificate in TESOL and looking for opportunities abroad? The British Council employs over 2000 teachers worldwide and we’re growing. This year we need to recruit around 800 teachers and Senior Teachers to work for us on a variety of contracts overseas. If you’re interested in finding out more, come to our free drop-in event in central London on Thursday August 1st.

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Jenny Pugsley reviews Innovations in English language teaching for migrants and refugees, edited by David Mallows and published by the British Council in the series - Innovations: Teaching English.

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The British Council held this conference for Palestine’s English teachers, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and UNRWA, at Dar Al Kalimeh College, Bethlehem on 18 and 19 May. The conference focused on skills that the Palestine Ministry of Education recognizes as needed in making children active participants in learning English.
 
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As part of his work in the HoTEL project (EU Support Action), Richard Millwood has created a report on learning theories and a related map.

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As part of Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture, Going Global - British Council and WISE - Qatar Foundation were delighted to co-host an evening debate entitled ‘Future models of learning: will the teaching profession as we have known it become obsolete?'. The debate was followed by the announcement of the 2013 WISE Awards Finalists.

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