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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.

Use our seminar training materials in training sessions or for self access continuing professional development.

Seminar training materials

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Beyond computer assisted language learning

Huw Jarvis takes English language teachers on the journey from the origins of computer assisted language learning in English Language Teaching to the modern world of English usage and mobile phones, and discusses what implications this has on English language learning and teaching today.

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mLearning: From theory to practice

This practical seminar by Gavin Dudeney takes a look at the history of mobile and handheld learning and discusses practical ideas that teachers can immediately implement in their classes across a variety of levels and contexts. November 2012, Cambridge.

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Some things that matter in grammar teaching and some things that don't

Do you feel like you teach too much or too little grammar in the classroom? Can we ever expect our English language learners to produce perfect grammar? Gain a better understanding of the typical grammar mistakes learners make and how to prioritise the grammar you teach and learn about Michael Swan’s 'three Ex’s' for teaching grammar and how to include grammar in other language practice.

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Teaching grammar inductively

What does it mean to teach grammar inductively? What is the difference between inductive and deductive grammar teaching? When teaching English grammar, what happens if learners are encouraged to work out grammar rules for themselves? Catherine Walter’s session aims to explain the advantages there might be in teaching grammar in this way.

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Teaching IELTS: Producing materials for the academic reading and writing modules

To stick to the IELTS coursebook can become boring and repetitive for learners. One way to spice up your lessons and to provide extra extensive practice for students is to produce your own learning materials. In this seminar, Sam McCarter provides guidelines and advice on producing materials for IELTS.

Seminars

Image The essay and beyond: writing for different purposes in British universities

Hilary Nesi, Professor in English language at Coventry University, discusses the written genres university students are required to produce in different disciplines and at different levels of study. May 2012, Liverpool.

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Sally Farley debunks several myths about dyslexia and shows how, through the right teaching strategies, dyslexic learners can become successful language learners. May 2012, Liverpool.

Image A dogme lesson with Luke Meddings at Exeter

Luke Meddings demonstrates a live dogme lesson with a group of intermediate level learners. He shows some core dogme tasks in action and allows us to gain a sense of the ‘flow’ within an unplugged lesson. April 2012, Exeter.

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Luke Meddings answers questions from the audience about his dogme lesson. April 2012, Exeter.

Image Learning from learners – practical approaches to EAP writing development

This workshop presents a genre/corpus informed EAP writing programme for MA students. Following a brief overview of the theoretical and practical bases of the writing development programme Chris Tribble and Ursula Wingate share examples of the teaching materials they are using. March 2012, London.

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Dot Powell, manager of the British Council's project to create a portal for ESOL teachers and learners, looks at criteria we use to make judgements about ESOL materials, and offers a first look at the ESOL Nexus website. February 2012, Belfast.