Teacher training and development videos

The British Council seminar series brings ELT professionals together to discuss the latest developments in ELT. Each seminar is recorded and published here. If you are in the UK and would like to attend a seminar, click here to find out more.

Browse the seminar collection or use our site search facility to select seminars by topic. 


Image Dylan Thomas centenary celebration with Hannah Ellis and Guy Masterson - live webcast

Join this special Dylan Thomas centenary celebration for English language teaching professionals, to be held in London and streamed live online. Hannah Ellis, granddaughter of Dylan Thomas, is our special guest speaker and will be joined by Guy Masterson, Olivier Award winner and recipient of Edinburgh Fringe Festival accolades.

Image Celebrating World Teachers' Day: Focus on English as an Additional Language (EAL) - live webcast

This seminar celebrates World Teachers' Day with the launch of the EAL Nexus website and discusses key questions in the area of EAL such as:

  • What resources can support EAL learners in class?
  • Why is it important for children and young people to use first language as a tool for learning?
  • What kind of pedagogy is best for EAL learners?
  • How can teachers develop their practice to suit the needs of EAL learners in their class?
  • What should a best practice school language policy include for EAL learners?
  • How can schools create and sustain parental/community/international links?


Image Every learner a language learner, every teacher a language teacher - live webcast

On European Day of Languages we celebrated multilingualism in a live webcast. This was an opportunity to listen to experts in English as an Additional Language (EAL); Modern Foreign Languages (MFL); Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and community languages from the UK. The seminar talked about outstanding practice in UK primary and secondary education and how multilingualism can greatly benefit your learners. The live webcast took place on Friday 26 September 2014.

Image There are rules, and there are rules: What should we teach about how language works?

Michael Rundell looks at who makes the rules about what makes language 'correct'? Is there one 'Standard English' which we all have to follow, or can we bend and break linguistic rules over time? This presentation gives an alternative (but equally rigorous) view of learning about language.

Image How are new technologies changing the relationship between student and teacher?

Karen Wilkins takes a look at anonymous feedback from teachers and students on how the relationship between the two is changing and talks about the technologies which are either forging or breaking traditional bonds. May 2014, London.

Image Is it time for educators to reclaim the technology debate?

Joanna Norton talks about mobile and social learning to support language and literacy development within a CLIL context. May 2014, London.

Next seminar

Dylan Thomas Centenary Celebration
Thursday 23 October 2014, 1800 - 2030

London and LIVE ONLINE

Hannah Ellis and Guy Masterson
A fantastic opportunity to join Hannah Ellis, granddaughter of the famous Welsh poet and Guy Masterson, an Olivier Award winning actor who recently performed 'Under Milk Wood ' at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, for the launch of the British Council's Dylan Thomas teaching materials for the English language teaching classroom.  This event is held in partnership with British Council Wales.
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An English Language Council lecture on Science and the English language
Wednesday 12 November 2014, 1730 - 2030

London and LIVE ONLINE

The next instalment of the English Language Council lecture series (past speakers include David Crystal and Ben Crystal) -  a collaboration between the English-Speaking Union and the British Council.  Join the lecture and panel discussion on communicating big ideas in science's lingua franca.

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UK-India publication launch: Innovations in continuing professional development
Friday 28 November 2014, 1730 - 2030

London and LIVE ONLINE

How can training change lives? Join the international live-stream from the UK and India, for the global launch of the British Council's Innovations in continuing professional development.

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