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This study provides an investigation of the processes and practices involved in conducting action research on the use of ICT and new technologies in the classroom as experienced by 12 teachers located across different international contexts, from Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

This research report presents ‘bottom-up’ perspectives on teacher and learner attitudes to varieties of English across five global contexts (China, Thailand, India, Spain and Turkey).

This research report compares the processes of recruitment, education and retention of English language teachers at all levels in Latin America and the Middle East by means of six national case studies: Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Kuwait, the UAE and the remaining Arabian Gulf countries.

This research paper describes an innovative project in which teachers and learners worked together to explore issues of importance to them in Indian primary English classrooms.

Ying Zheng, Yanyan Zhang and Youyang Yan
 
This paper explores the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in relation to its current profile and use in China, and considers its possible application in assessing the writing of English by Chinese university students.
Jane Evison and Mary Bailey
 
In this study we listened to what school subject teachers from Nigeria, Kenya and Malaysia, teaching in the medium of English, had to say about their experiences of studying online with a UK university. 

Fiona Copland, Monika Davis, Sue Garton and Steve Mann

This report presents findings from a research project which investigates NEST schemes, how they operate and the experiences of the native English speaker teachers (NESTs) and local English teachers (LETs) taking part. The paper provides useful recommendations for how NESTs and LETs can be best supported to make the most out of their collaborations.

Fiona Copland, Monika Davis, Sue Garton and Steve Mann

These training materials have been created as part of a larger, British Council funded project: 'Investigating NEST schemes around the world: supporting NEST/LET collaborative practices'. They have been designed with the aim of developing cooperation and understanding between local English teachers (LETs) and native English speaker teachers (NESTs).

Fiona Copland, Monika Davis, Sue Garton and Steve Mann

This audit is part of a larger, British Council funded project: 'Investigating NEST schemes around the world: supporting NEST/LET collaborative practices'. The audit provides an overview of government sponsored schemes which attract native English speaker teachers (NESTs) to work in state education. It is intended for English language teachers who are interested in working in different countries and in different education systems. It will also be of interest to those who research these schemes and the experiences of teachers on them.

Lixian Jin, Jing Zhou, Xiaoyan Hu, Xiaolan Yang, Ke Sun, Mengdi Zhao and Fan Yang
 
This paper investigates attitudes and perceived experiences of English learning by Chinese kindergarten children, 4-6 years old, and their parents through the use of questionnaires and innovative methods: metaphor analysis and narrative analysis.

Łukasz Pakuła, Joanna Pawelczyk and Jane Sunderland

This research report looks empirically and critically at gender and sexuality in a selection of primary and secondary Polish EFL classrooms, in terms of representation in textbooks and classroom discourse overall. 

Penelope Robinson, Sandie Mourão and Nam Joon Kang
 
This research report presents an innovative approach to teaching English in pre-primary classrooms. The paper describes the development and implementation of the approach and evaluates the effectiveness of its key feature, the English learning area (ELA). The report and its appendices include the detailed lesson plans and copies of the teaching materials used successfully in the study. These resources, together with the description of the approach, will be of interest to teachers wishing to develop their own practice in teaching English in pre-primary classrooms.
 

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A volume of research papers giving an international and national perspective on English language teaching and learning in Nepal.

Penelope Robinson, Sandie Mourão and Nam Joon Kang
 
This research report presents an innovative approach to teaching English in pre-primary classrooms. The paper describes the development and implementation of the approach and evaluates the effectiveness of its key feature, the English learning area (ELA). The report and its appendices include the detailed lesson plans and copies of the teaching materials used successfully in the study. These resources, together with the description of the approach, will be of interest to teachers wishing to develop their own practice in teaching English in pre-primary classrooms.
 

Christopher J Hall, Rachel Wicaksono, Shu Liu, Yuan Qian and Xu Xiaoqing

This report describes an online course, Changing Englishes, designed to raise awareness of the ‘plurilithic’ nature of English, enable teachers to value the diversity of individually and locally appropriate learning objectives and outcomes, and promote the development and sharing of pedagogical strategies which respond to the global realities of the language. 

In 2017 the British Council, together with Norwich Institute for Language Education (NILE) from the United Kingdom, investigated the possibility of a nationwide early English initiative in initial education in Peru. 

This study of six secondary schools across Malaysia explores the potential for technology-focused communities of practice and recently-qualified English language teachers to develop and increase technology use in their teaching.

Łukasz Pakuła, Joanna Pawelczyk and Jane Sunderland

This research report looks empirically and critically at gender and sexuality in a selection of primary and secondary Polish EFL classrooms, in terms of representation in textbooks and classroom discourse overall. 

Fiona Copland, Monika Davis, Sue Garton and Steve Mann

This audit is part of a larger, British Council funded project: 'Investigating NEST schemes around the world: supporting NEST/LET collaborative practices'. The audit provides an overview of government sponsored schemes which attract native English speaker teachers (NESTs) to work in state education. It is intended for English language teachers who are interested in working in different countries and in different education systems. It will also be of interest to those who research these schemes and the experiences of teachers on them.

Sue Garton, Fiona Copland, Anne Burn
Investigating Global Practices in Teaching English to Young Learners was produced in collaboration with Aston University. The study uncovered a range of factors concerning the teaching of English to young learners globally from the perspective of teachers involved in implementing these programmes.

Jeannette Littlemore, Fiona MacArthur, Alan Cienki and Joseph Holloway
In recent years there has been a significant increase in the number of international students studying at British universities. This paper reports on a study of oral interactions between lecturers and international students studying at a British university and a Spanish one.
Florentina Taylor, Vera Busse, Lubina Gagova, Emma Marsden and Barbara Roosken
This paper explores the relationship between identity perceptions, declared learner achievement and teacher perceptions. The importance of providing a personally relevant learning and teaching environment is discussed and the report provides several practical suggestions of how this can be achieved.

Martin Lamb and Martin Wedell

What makes teachers motivating? This paper reviews the literature on motivational teaching and presents findings on the nature of inspiring teaching in two countries, looking at how learners perceive the qualities of teachers who inspire them.

This paper is a report of a study which aimed to understand the new and emerging global trend of EMI (English as a Medium of Instruction).

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