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Teachers of English often find it hard to reconcile their understanding of the ever-increasing global diversity of English with their assumed role as providers of its 'correct' forms. This seminar, adapting content from a British Council-sponsored online tutorial for ELT professionals in higher education, is designed to encourage teachers and teacher educators to become aware of, and reflect on, their own conceptions of English forms and functions. For example, do they see English as having essentially one correct set of forms, to which learners should aspire? Or do they conceive of it as a globally distributed set of variable forms which serve its various functions more or less effectively?
- (a) ontological: to what extent is the conception true?
- (b) ethical: to what extent is it fair?
- (c) political/economic: to what extent is it sustainable?
- (d) professional: to what extent is it helpful for learners?
Creating a climate for innovation in language learning, evening event
Wednesday 11 March 2015, 1800 - 2100
London and LIVE ONLINE
Think differently! Try something new! Creating a climate for innovation in language learning.
More than ever the world needs young people who are internationally-minded and able to participate positively in an interconnected and interdependent world. This means promoting a step change in our approach to multilingualism and cultural awareness.
We would like to invite you to participate in a think tank and workshop to explore what we might do to promote new ideas in language learning.
ESOL Offender Learning Conference
Friday 13 March 2015, 1200 - 1830
Birmingham + LIVE ONLINE
The British Council and The Bell Foundation warmly invite you to a half-day continuing professional development conference in Birmingham for ESOL tutors, teachers and practitioners working in prison settings, as well as those involved in managing or leading provision of offender education across the UK.