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The IATEFL Global Issues Special Interest Group (SIG) recently held a webinar all about cyberbullying, defined as the repeated use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) particularly mobile phones and the internet to deliberately upset someone else.  Carol Rainbow talks in depth about the phenomenon and what we can do to counteract this. An invaluable presentation for all teachers and parents of teenagers.

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Do you write great lesson plans? Enter the Premier Skills lesson plan competition and you could win a fantastic prize.

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The British Council is recruiting suitably qualified and experienced candidates to join the Accreditation UK inspectorate over the coming year. Candidates should have a background in English language teaching (private or state sector), including management and delivery of courses in the UK.

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Children around the world can now learn English alongside woolly favourite Timmy as the British Council and Aardman Animations launch their first Learning Time with Timmy tablet app.

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Are you interested in sharing your practical and innovative English language teaching ideas with colleagues around the world? We are delighted to announce that the call for proposals for the Seminar Series 2015 – 16 is now open!

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We’ve collected together some more teaching pronunciation resources in connection with the NATECLA London/IATEFL PronSIG event which took place on Saturday 21 February. This time we look at English as a lingua franca (ELF) and the future of English.

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We’ve collected together some more teaching pronunciation resources in connection with  the NATECLA London/IATEFL PronSIG event which took place on Saturday 21 February. This time we look at how to teach pronunciation and develop students' listening skills.

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The longlisted products for the ELTons 2015 have been confirmed. Up until this stage ELTons judges have only been assessing application forms, now the judges will be sent product samples and get to experience the products first hand before making their suggestions for which entries will make up the 2015 shortlists.

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We have collected together some interesting and thought provoking articles and seminars to help you reflect on accent and identity and how this might impact on your teaching.

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In February we are taking a closer look at teaching pronunciation on the EnglishAgenda website in the lead up to the NATECLA London/IATEFL PronSIG event on Saturday 21 February. Find out about content we will be featuring to help you review and build on your knowledge of what to consider when teaching pronunciation.

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Anna Parisi will be giving an OUP webinar on 27th and 28th January. She will be talking about the 'why/what/when/how' of teacher-led, classroom-based research and how it builds on the processes of evaluation and research we, teachers, carry out daily.

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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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The annual ERF Reception and Awards Ceremony will take place in the Clyde Auditorium at IATEFL Glasgow on Wednesday 21st March 18.45-19.45. The event is sponsored by IATEFL, the British Council, and major publishers, and is hosted by Jeremy Harmer. Certificates will be presented to the winners of the five categories (Young Learners, Adolescent and Adult: Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate, Upper-intermediate and Advanced) and the finalists in this year’s competition will be announced. A lifetime achievement award, the John Milne Innovation Award, will be presented to Robert O’Neill.

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The British Council ELTons Awards Ceremony and red carpet interviews will take place this week, live and online on Thursday 4 June, 1815-2015 BST. Read a blog on recent trends in ELT and find out which products are winning innovations.

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Over on Edsurge they have produced a list of forty products to help learn a language.

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If you would like to learn English for free with the British Council, then join this online course for learners. The course looks at British culture and examines English in use to help you improve your language skills. This is the second time this course has been run. The first course attracted over 120,000 registered participants!

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Join a TESOL Electronic Village Online (EVO) course, opening on January 9th for those teaching in difficult circumstances in developing country contexts.

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IATEFL run monthly webinars which are free of charge and are open to both members and non-members of IATEFL. The next one is on 27 September 2014, 15:00 UK time. Susan Hillyard will be talking about 'Challenging ELT: Challenging Methodology to Reach Challenging English Language Learners'.

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Gain practical tools and theoretical insights to help dyslexic students learn second languages, with this free online course devised by ELTons winning authors of DYSTEFL in association with Lancaster University.

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As the year begins to come to a close, Language Teaching has brought together a selection of the most downloaded articles of 2012, available free-of-charge.

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The British Council are currently recruiting freelance positions for the EAL Nexus Project, which provides support to learners who speak English as an Additional Language (EAL) and to their teachers in the UK. This is in accordance with our ongoing vision to support integration strategies, build capacity in the sector and facilitate community links.

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Over the next few weeks we will be looking at how to promote creativity in the English language classroom to celebrate the forthcoming launch of a brand new and exciting teacher resource book from the British Council on this theme. Find details of webinars, a live-streamed seminar and published extracts from the book!

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On Wednesday 24 June we have the live-streamed launch of our brand new publication ‘Creativity in the English language classroom’. Here we look at a few suggestions for how you can use activities from our websites, LearnEnglishKids and LearnEnglishTeens to promote creativity in the young learner classroom.

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