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Uruguay has been a world leader in providing an OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) to every pupil in state school. Now the Plan Ceibal project has turned its attention to resolving the problem of a lack of English language teachers in the Uruguay state school system.

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Did you know that there are about 225 European languages? Add all the other languages spoken in Europe by families from other continents and you have an extremely rich and valuable linguistic and cultural environment. That is the motivation behind the European Day of Languages, which is a celebration not only of European languages but also of the 6000 or more languages spoken around the world. 

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Bilingual children were found to outperform children who speak one language in problem-solving skills and creative thinking, according to research led at the University of Strathclyde.

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Susan Sheehan, of the British Council, will be attending the The British Association for Applied Linguistics' 45th annual meeting at the University of Southampton from the 6th to the 8th of September. This year's focus is on "Multilingual Theory and Practice in Applied Linguistics" and brings together eight researchers united in their commitment to conducting research in collaboration with and for the benefit of a range of multilingual communities. Susan's blog over the next three days will give an insight into some of the ideas under discussion.

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The British Council, EFL – U (English and Foreign Languages University), ELTAI (the English Language Teachers’ Association of India) and IATEFL (the International Association for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) have come together again to host the 3rd International English Language Teacher Educator Conference. This conference will be held in Hyderabad from 16 – 18 March 2013 at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre. Speakers are invited to email their proposals to speak on the theme 'English Language Teacher Education in a Diverse Environment’ and it’s sub themes.

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The ELTons, sponsored by Cambridge ESOL, are the only international awards that recognise and celebrate innovation in the field of English language teaching (ELT).

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English UK is putting together the programme for their 2012 Teachers' Conference.   

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The British Council and Instituto Cervantes have officially launched 'Word for Word, Palabra por Palabra', a joint publication on the social, political and economic impact of English and Spanish in the world. During the launch event there was a lively exchange of ideas and experience on the impact of two of the world's major international languages.

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The British Council has sponsored a new award, the British Council Award in English Language Teaching (ELT) Writing in collaboration with The Society of Authors. 

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The International Research Foundation (TIRF) and Cambride ESOL, in collaboration with the British Council, recently sponsored a seminar to discuss strategies for promoting learner autonomy.

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At an event hosted by the British Council, Martin Davidson, Chief Executive, pledged to continue the British Council’s work within Burma to develop its education system, which is seen as vital to generate stability and opportunities for the country’s future. 

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Chris Tribble has written an article in 'The Guardian' about the latest British Council publication and lessons learned from around the world about managing change in English Language Teaching.

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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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Find out from leading education experts some practical things that teachers can do to reduce stress.

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Discover the events included in the International Festival of Teacher-research in ELT 2017, taking place from April to October this year. The festival is holding a range of face-to-face and online events promoting teacher-research.

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Join thousands of ELT teachers for a week of inspiring events, all completely free to attend from the comfort of your own sofa, from Monday 11th to Friday 15th November.

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The British Council launched the Power of Reading Project this month, which involves donating over 30,000 books to schools and helping teachers to adopt simple methods to use the books. 

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NATECLA, the National Association for Teaching English and Community Languages to Adults, has organised three continuing professional development (CPD) events in May and June, for teachers in the UK.

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Over at 'The Guardian', Brian Lucy provides some excellent tips on how to organise an academic conference.

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The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF) is pleased to announce its 2015 Doctoral Dissertation Grants (DDG) competition. In 2015 the British Council will be partnering with TIRF for the TIRF-British Council DDG.

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TIRF – The International Research Foundation for English Language Education – is pleased to announce its 2018 Doctoral Dissertation Grants (DDG) competition.

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TrashedWorld is a global schools' platform for curriculum exchange work on the topic of waste with the dual aims of developing awareness of waste issues and developing skills and knowledge in the English language.

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Are you keen to get your class exchanging views about the Games with friends all over the world?

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The British Council is hosting an interactive forum to discuss strategic, commercial, academic and research opportunities around English skills for employability in India. The event will take place on Tuesday 20 January 2015 from 10am to 4.30 pm at the Amba Hotel in London. The event is for English language skills providers, corporations, publishers, UK Exam Boards, UK government agencies, donor partners and foundations in the UK, as well as academics and researchers from UK institutions. Online registration is essential by 16th January.

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