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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

Can continuing professional development change lives? - webcast recording

Watch the recording of the global British Council publication launch of 'Innovations in Continuing Professional Development for English Language Teachers'. We discuss the question 'Can continuing professional development change lives?' with speaker sessions and a panel discussion broadcast live from London and Delhi.

Image The English Language Council lecture on science and the English language - live webcast

Watch the British Council and the English-Speaking Union's English Language Council lecture, which focuses on the language of science and how to make science more publicly accessible.

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Watch this special Dylan Thomas centenary celebration for English language teaching professionals, held in London and streamed live online. Hannah Ellis, granddaughter of Dylan Thomas, is our special guest speaker and is 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.