The British Council and the Oxford English Dictionary sponsored a discussion with an expert panel on Thursday 27 September 2012. The event considered issues such as:
- Does ‘standard English’ exist in today’s globalised society?
- Who regulates the language – lexicographers, the education system, the media – or the public?
- Is the language being dumbed down? And does this matter?
- Should we be worried about the state of English today?
John Knagg, Head of English Research at the British Council chaired the discussion with these panel members:
- John Simpson, Chief Editor, Oxford English Dictionary
- Romesh Gunesekera, novelist
- Henry Hitchings, journalist and author of The Language Wars
- Prudence Raper, former Hon Secretary of the Queen’s English Society
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.