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 English as a medium of instruction: a global challenge for the 2010s

This seminar about English as a medium of instruction (EMI) for academic subjects in Higher Education was held at the British Council's Going Global 2014 conference. The speakers discuss the fact that the movement has given rise to social and legal arguments in Europe. The position and future of EMI in Latin America is also considered.

Image Speaking the bright and beautiful English of Shakespeare - The English Language Council Lecture

The English-Speaking Union and the British Council partnered to present the third English Language Council Lecture, which celebrates Shakespeare and the English language. The lecture, with Ben Crystal, marked the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare. February 2014, London.

Image Focus on materials development

Rachael Roberts talks about 'More than just a worksheet: How to write effective classroom materials'. Her talk is followed by Adam Kilgarriff who discusses 'Corpora in the classroom without scaring the students'. March 2014, Belfast.

Image Focus on global English - live webcast

Watch this webcast recording with Richard Cauldwell talking about: 'Accent and identity, prejudice and insecurity', followed by Katy Davies & Laura Patsko talking about: 'Practical ideas for teaching pronunciation and listening in an English as a lingua franca (ELF) context'. The webcast took place on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

Image Does learning a foreign language make you smarter? What should we teach about how language works? - live webcast

Watch this webcast recording with Miguel Angel Munoz talking about: 'Scientific research on the cognitive costs and benefits of learning a foreign language', followed by Michael Rundell talking about: 'What we should teach about how language works'. The live webcast took place on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

Image Focus on English for academic purposes

Edward de Chazal talks about 'Listening in EAP: Academic listener as interpreter and recorder'. His talk is followed by Emma Greenhalgh who discusses 'Laughter in English as a Lingua Franca in university seminars'. February 2014, Bristol.