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This week we interview Lucy Norris, Research Associate at The Open University and co-author of the recent British Council guide on mobile technologies. Lucy discusses the importance of the opportunities mobile technology can bring both inside and outside of the classroom. You can also hear what types of activities and apps Lucy and her fellow researchers identified as the most beneficial for language learning.

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This week we interview Katy Simpson, teacher and materials writer based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Katy is particularly interested in designing materials to support teachers whose students need to communicate in an English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) context and co-writes an extensive blog on ELF pronunciation with Laura Patsko. In this interview, Katy discusses how to deal with pronunciation from an ELF perspective and describes plenty of ideas for use in the classroom.

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This week we interview Tracy Dumais, Mobile Learning Consultant with the British Council app team. She gives some excellent advice on how to identify relevant quality apps and describes a variety of really useful apps for both teachers and learners.

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This week we interview Alison Barrett, the British Council's Director of English for Education Systems, South Asia who discusses her ideas on continuing professional development (CPD), based on her teaching and training experiences and her extensive work with teachers and policy makers in India.

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This week we interview Emma Segev, who gives some practical tips and recommendations on how to go about teaching English online successfully. Emma regularly teaches English via the internet and her blog for teachers and learners has twice been winner of the TeachingEnglish blog award.

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This week we interview Gail Ellis, co-author of 'Tell it Again! The Storytelling Handbook for Primary English Language Teachers', recently republished in its third edition by the British Council. Gail is Adviser Young Learners and Quality for the British Council and has over 30 years’ experience in English language teaching.

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This week we interview Chris Cavey, Lead Educator for the British Council's first ever Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), 'Exploring English: language and culture'. Interest in the course has been overwhelming and more than 100,000 learners have signed up to the course in the first week.

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This week we interview Tessa Woodward about 'The Fair List', which is an annual award that celebrates excellence of gender balance in plenary speakers, presenters and speaker panels at English Language Teaching (ELT) events in the UK. She talks about why she started 'The Fair List' and explains what 'The Fair List' website offers for UK ELT event organisers and for women who would like to present at conferences.

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This week we interview Russ Mayne, from the University of Leicester, who presented his talk at this year's IATEFL conference on the theme 'A guide to pseudo-science in English language teaching'. His presentation has been one of the most popular talks on the IATEFL 2014 online site and has created a lot of controversy and discussion among bloggers and on twitter.

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This week we interview Y.L. Teresa Ting, 2013 winner of the ELTon for New Talent in Writing, sponsored by Macmillan Education. She talks to us about how she started writing CLIL materials and how she developed a procedure and approach towards teaching CLIL.

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This week we hear about the ELTons and talk to Kieran Donaghy who won last year's Innovations in teacher resources award. He describes his website 'Film English', talks about the value of short films and shares some simple, practical ideas and activities on how teachers can work with films. He also gives a definition of 'cineliteracy' and explains why he feels it is an important aspect of our education.

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This week we interview Glenda Smart about the IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) conference. Glenda, the Executive Officer of IATEFL, talks about the first ever IATEFL conference and discusses how the conference has grown. We also get a glimpse of some of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to plan and organise the conference each year.

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