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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.