Welcome to English and Exams News, the British Council's e-newsletter for professionals working in ELT and related fields.
At the British Council we're always looking for innovative ways to collaborate with you, our UK partners, to meet and support the global demand for English - helping teachers and learners access high quality resources, showcasing the best of British ELT materials, products and services, and promoting the UK as a study destination for learning English.
Our English in Brazil event took place in London this week. Delegates enjoyed a day of cutting-edge insights into the opportunities and challenges of the Brazilian English language market. We welcomed industry experts from both Brazil and the UK who shared their experiences on a range of areas from public and private education systems, to the demand for skills. We hope from this event that new partnerships will be formed and opportunities explored by the UK sector.
Last month we celebrated innovation in English language teaching at our annual ELTons Awards Ceremony.
This year sees a diverse range of products winning a prestigious ELTon award. These include a professional development programme using low-cost mobile phones for teachers in Bangladesh and DVD readers that bring British TV to the classroom. You can watch interviews with our winners on our EnglishAgenda site.
For further information about anything included in this newsletter, or to provide us with some welcome feedback, please contact Amy Rogers, UK ELT Marketing Manager.
Director English Language
British Council Assessment Research Awards and Grants
An exciting opportunity for innovative research into language assessment.
In support of the rich, diverse and extensive research in the field of language assessment in the UK, we are excited to announce the winners of this year's British Council Assessment Research Awards and Grants. Find out who they are on our EnglishAgenda site.
UK grant award winners this year include:
Dr Tineke Brunfaut and Gareth McCray (Lancaster University): their project explores cognitive processing whilst reading.
Dr John Field (University of Bedfordshire): his project explores the impact of single and double play on candidate behaviour in tests of L2 listening.
Professor Steve Walsh and Professor Paul Seedhouse (Newcastle University): their project explores corpus-based study of interactive competence.
We are now inviting applications for next year's awards from both individuals and academics in four categories.
Brita Haycraft - Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Presented by Liz Soars
The winners of the British Council ELTons, a celebration of innovation and excellence in English language teaching from around the world, were announced last month.
Sponsored by Cambridge English Language Assessment, awards were given in seven categories.
This year sees a diverse range of products winning a prestigious ELTon award. These include a professional development programme using low-cost mobiles phones for teachers in Bangladesh and DVD readers that bring British TV to the classroom.
Since last year, UK and international ELT professionals have competed alongside each other in the same categories - in recognition of the increased mobility and globalisation in the sector.
Visit our EnglishAgenda site to find out who the winners are. You can also watch the winners' interviews and the awards ceremony.
Promoting the UK's English language teaching sector
English Language Market reports: Japan and Russia
Last month we launched our two latest English Language Market reports: Japan and Russia. These reports are part of a new series of comprehensive market studies to be produced as a collaboration between British Council and English UK in order to provide support for UK English language providers in recruiting students from overseas.
The series is intended to help the sector maximise its business opportunities by understanding the parameters of demand in these key markets with up-to-date data and analysis.
The reports have been produced exclusively for British Council accredited providers. More information can be found on our EnglishAgenda site.
We exhibit at key international events to promote the UK as a destination to learn English.
Here's our schedule of events for Summer/Autumn 2013:
Market report launch event
Where we have recently been
ALPHE Istanbul, April
BETA Youth Travel workshop, May EAQUALS Annual Conference Dublin
English UK Annual Conference London, May
English UK Fair Lima, May
IALC Lisbon, April
Where we will be
ALPHE UK, August/September StudyWorld London, September ICEF South America, September English UK Fair Beirut, October English UK Fair Chiang Mai, November
The exhibition examines the reasons why English is one of the UK's greatest assets - as well as exploring the benefits it brings to countries and people around the world, and giving an insight into its status as a global language that reflects its contact with countries and cultures throughout history.
The exhibition has three zones:
The first, Changing Lives, looks at the personal benefits the English language has brought to people around the world.
The second zone, Economic Benefits, investigates the value of the English language to the UK economy - and the economic benefits for English-speaking countries around the world.
In the third zone, A Global Language, a giant map of the world shows the extent to which English has evolved by absorbing words from other languages.
Find out more information about the exhibition hereand join the debate on Twitter: #EnglishEffect
Continuing Professional Development webinars
The first series of continuing professional development webinars ended with an excellent session given by Loraine Kennedy on Coaching and mentoring skills for ELT. Find recordings of all our previous continuing professional development webinars on topics such as Keeping staff motivated, Observations and Developing as a manager on ourEnglishAgenda site.
We are currently planning a new series for the Autumn.
British Council UK Seminar Series
If you were unable to attend our UK seminars over the past few months, you can find recent highlights on ourEnglishAgenda site. Highlights include:
Jim Scrivener discussing 'Demand High' teaching
David Crystal reflecting on 'The future of global English', in his annual lecture for the English-Speaking Union
Dr Christopher J Hall explaining why the idea that there is just one correct and unchanging form of English is a myth
Johanna Stirling on how to help learners with the challenges of English spelling
There are now over 70 seminar films in the collection for you to watch.