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Jo Budden, Manager of the British Council's 'LearnEnglish Teens' website takes a look behind the scenes of the website. Jo will discuss how they keep the site safe and offer a supportive environment to our users. Then she will examine how and why teenagers interact and exchange ideas on the site and explores the language learning opportunities this provides.

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This co-publication by The International Research Foundation (TIRF) and Routledge is an important contribution to the emerging body of research-based knowledge about teaching English to native speakers of Arabic. This volume presents empirical studies carried out in Egypt, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) - a region which has gained notable attention in the past few decades.

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Find out how to do ELT management research in this first webinar in a new series from the IATEFL Leadership and management special interest group.

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The British Council has announced the winners of the ELTons 2014. Celebrating its twelfth year, the awards, run by the British Council and sponsored by Cambridge English, are a celebration of innovation and excellence in English language teaching (ELT) from around the world.

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All ESOL practitioners - from managers and researchers to teachers and trainees - are invited to join an innovative programme of practical workshops and networking opportunities, plus updates from the ESOL sector. A resources exhibition will also be available. The conference will take place on Saturday 10 May, 9:30 - 13:45, at Leicester College, Abbey Park Campus, Painter Street, Leicester, LE1 3WA.

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In this webinar on 6th May, Ceri Jones will explore how a range of micro writing tasks can activate language, encourage communication and aid class cohesion. She will be looking in particular, but not exclusively, at mulit-level secondary classrooms and the challenges they bring.

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TIRF – The International Research Foundation for English Language Education – is pleased to announce its 2014 Doctoral Dissertation Grants competition in partnership with the British Council. Grants of up to US $5,000 will be made to successful applicants. The application deadline is May 16, 2014.

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The Assessment in ELT: Opportunities and Challenges conference, organised by the Teacher Education and Applied Language Studies centre at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, will take place on 21 and 22 November, 2014 in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. Speakers include David Little, Neus Figueras Casanovas and Joan Turner.

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NATECLA, the National Association of Teaching English and Community Languages to Adults, is holding its National Conference from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 June at the University of Sheffield.

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First published in 1996, the Journal of NELTA is a premiere publication of the Nepal English Language Teachers’ Association (NELTA). This journal has been an integral part of NELTA’s mission for ‘enhancing the quality of English language teaching and learning through professional networking, supporting and collaboration’. The editorial board would like to invite contributions for the 2014 issue of the journal.

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What are the English language needs and priorities of young adults in Europe? What kinds of English do 18-24 year olds want to speak, and why? Has the development of new technologies and online communication affected the ways in which young adults use English, and if so, how? Has the emergence of English as an international Lingua Franca affected people's sense of their own identity? And what might this mean for English language teaching and learning?

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A new network within the IATEFL YLTSIG is about to be set up. It is intended to draw together teachers, heads and coordinators from around the world who are interested in sharing ideas and resources to better the English language provision for students with any kind of specific learning needs.

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