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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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If you can't attend the 2014 Harrogate IATEFL Conference in person, follow the event online! Coverage will feature talks, sessions and recorded interviews with conference presenters and delegates.

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Join a special webinar by Keith Kelly on the successful implementation of Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) on 6 March, 10am UK time. This webinar discusses four of the factors relevant to the successful implementation of CLIL.

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The British Council has convened an invitation-only policy workshop to draft a new strategy for CLIL in Europe, to take place on 10-12 March 2014 by Lake Como. With support from ministries of education and sector specialists throughout Europe, the key objective of the gathering is to draft a set of recommendations for the European Commission.

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The British Council is running a photography competition for international students who are currently studying in the UK. Students can win a fantastic prize from the Visit Britain online shop... their own UK adventure!

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The ALTE Paris 2014 Conference will take place on 10 - 11 April, 2014 and is of relevance and interest to anyone who works with Cambridge English Language Assessment. This event is a major contribution to the understanding of global language learning, teaching and assessment.

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Northumbria University and King's College London in conjunction with the British Council, are surveying student and teacher perceptions of the English language needs of young adults in Europe, and the implications of this for English language teaching. You can help by completing a short questionnaire which should take approximately twenty minutes.

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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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News of three regional conferences coming up in November and December, organised by NATECLA, the National Association for Teaching English and other Community Languages to Adults. 

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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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'The Mystery and Magic of Language’ is the theme for NATECLA’s thirty-fourth National Conference. Learning to distinguish patterns and make associations – the magic moment when we realise that everything has a name – is all part of the journey to communication and the mysterious bond that ties humanity together. The Liverpool conference will explore these themes and much more besides.

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The British Council is seeking contributions for a new publication, to join its growing collection of global publications, on the theme of 'English across the fracture lines: the contribution and relevance of English to security, safety and stability in the world'.

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The British Council is delighted to announce a new series of free webinars on various aspects of continuing professional development by experienced ELT consultants.

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IATEFL Research SIG has published an open access book entitled ELT Research in Action: Bridging the Gap between Research and Classroom Practice

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The ELT Council, Malta has published a free downloadable book, ‘Creativity in English Language Teaching’, edited by Daniel Xerri and Odette Vassallo.

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A new book all about teacher research has just been published by the IATEFL Research SIG. The book contains chapters written by teacher-researchers working at universities across Turkey and aims to share research relating to classroom practice with the wider ELT community.

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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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Are teachers able to assess themselves accurately? Do they have the right assessment tools to do so? This research paper investigates these questions and takes a closer look at the British Council’s Self Assessment Tool (SAT) for teachers of English.

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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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The British Council has launched a new online list of specially trained education agents around the world. The aim is to increase the number, effectiveness and quality of agents working on behalf of UK schools, colleges, language centres and universities and to build agent capacity and professionalism in an industry that plays a key role in the worldwide international student recruitment market.

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