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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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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.

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Teaching IELTS: Skills and techniques to link English speaking and writing

In this engaging, concise seminar, Sam McCarter outlines the key characteristics of the IELTS exam and the common features of each of the IELTS papers. The talk provides several tips and strategies for English language teachers helping their students prepare for the IELTS examination.

Seminars

Image The secret of working with children - Carol Read

In February 2012, Carol Read gave a workshop at the British Council in Warsaw. Her talk covered a range of primary issues and she gave a number of invaluable tips about teaching primary students.

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Dr Philida Schellekens leads a debate on factors which would lift the effectiveness of classroom practice and discussed which areas can be implement by ESOL teachers themselves. February 2012, Belfast.

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What makes your students want to come to your class? This seminar, with Ken Wilson, outlines ten ways to create an atmosphere that makes them want to do just that. January 2012, London.

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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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In this seminar, Jamie Keddie shares a classroom technique for bringing storytelling to the YouTube generation. December 2011, London.

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Pauline Moon explores the idea of 'language and literacy as social practices'. She uses activities and discussion to consider how to support learners in using the culturally situated language and literacy practices they encounter in daily life. December 2011, Leicester.