'Singing as part of the whole class creates a safe space for shy children to find their voice.' Photo: British Council

'Singing as part of the whole class creates a safe space for shy children to find their voice.' Photo: British Council

'Singing as part of the whole class creates a safe space for shy children to find their voice.' Photo: British Council

Music is one of life’s greatest pleasures. So how can teachers encourage shy children to sing? Jane Wheeler is a singing leader on the British Council’s World Voice programme teaching children around the world to sing in each other’s languages. She shares her tips here.

'I used to really get upset when people would copy my stuff and put it up on the web.' Best-selling author Neil Gaiman talks 'piracy', radio drama, social media and beards. Photo by Jutta under Creative Commons licence

'I used to really get upset when people would copy my stuff and put it up on the web.' Best-selling author Neil Gaiman talks 'piracy', radio drama, social media and beards. Photo by Jutta under Creative Commons licence

'I used to really get upset when people would copy my stuff and put it up on the web.' Best-selling author Neil Gaiman talks 'piracy', radio drama, social media and beards. Photo by Jutta under Creative Commons licence

British writer Neil Gaiman is credited as being one of the creators of the modern graphic novel as well as an author whose work crosses many genres. He’s a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics and radio drama. He writes books for readers of all ages.

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Up to 70 per cent of all jobs advertised on tefl.com are for native English speaking teachers. Photo by Flazingo Photos on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

Up to 70 per cent of all jobs advertised on tefl.com are for native English speaking teachers. Photo by Flazingo Photos on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

Up to 70 per cent of all jobs advertised on tefl.com are for native English speaking teachers. Photo by Flazingo Photos on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

There are perceptions that native speakers of English make better English language teachers. Marek Kiczkowiak, winner of the British Council’s Teaching English blog award, argues that those perceptions need to change.

Aerial view of London's Tate Modern under construction, before the neighbourhood went through a period of regeneration. Photo courtesy of Tate.

Aerial view of London's Tate Modern under construction, before the neighbourhood went through a period of regeneration. Photo courtesy of Tate.

Aerial view of London's Tate Modern under construction, before the neighbourhood went through a period of regeneration. Photo courtesy of Tate.

We tend to think of museums as places we can visit to look at valuable things, for example art. But they can have positive effects beyond their exhibiting function. Donald Hyslop, Head of Regeneration and Partnerships at London’s Tate Modern, tells us how the museum has regenerated a whole neighbourhood since it first opened in…

More than two million people have fled Syria since the beginning of the conflict in 2011. Photo by Marc Veraart under Creative Commons licence.

More than two million people have fled Syria since the beginning of the conflict in 2011. Photo by Marc Veraart under Creative Commons licence.

More than two million people have fled Syria since the beginning of the conflict in 2011. Photo by Marc Veraart under Creative Commons licence.

When a country is at war, what happens to its universities? And why does it matter to its young citizens? The British Council’s Sally Ward describes the heartbreak facing the young Syrians who wish to educate themselves and rebuild their country.