Setting goals is an essential step to becoming an autonomous learner. Photo by Matthias Werner on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

Setting goals is an essential step to becoming an autonomous learner. Photo by Matthias Werner on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

Setting goals is an essential step to becoming an autonomous learner. Photo by Matthias Werner on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

How can we get adult learners of English in a one-to-one classroom to take charge of their own learning? English language teacher and trainer Shanthi Streat, who won the latest British Council Teaching English blog award, argues that teachers need to use coaching techniques.

'We need to recognise the roles and functions that different varieties of English fulfil.' Photo by Marc Wathieu on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

'We need to recognise the roles and functions that different varieties of English fulfil.' Photo by Marc Wathieu on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

'We need to recognise the roles and functions that different varieties of English fulfil.' Photo by Marc Wathieu on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

Ahead of UN English Language Day on 23 April, English language and linguistics specialist Dr Urszula Clark presents research on variations in the use of English and what these could mean for education policy and teachers of English. Her live-streamed British Council seminar is later today from 19:00 to 20:00 BST.

Still from UK choreographer Russell Maliphant's show 'Still Current'. Photo: Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton Jones

Still from UK choreographer Russell Maliphant's show 'Still Current'. Photo: Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton Jones

Still from UK choreographer Russell Maliphant's show 'Still Current'. Photo: Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton Jones

Following yesterday’s sold-out performance of UK choreographer Russell Maliphant’s ‘Still Current’ in Ramallah, the British Council’s Suha Khuffash explains what dance, and especially contemporary dance, means to Palestinians.

'Viruses are strange creatures in that they are not exactly living organisms and not exactly non-living organisms either.' Photo by Novartis AG on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

'Viruses are strange creatures in that they are not exactly living organisms and not exactly non-living organisms either.' Photo by Novartis AG on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

'Viruses are strange creatures in that they are not exactly living organisms and not exactly non-living organisms either.' Photo by Novartis AG on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

What exactly is a virus and how does it behave in the human body? Raven Motsewabangwe, winner of FameLab in South Africa – a competition to find new voices of science across the world – will join the international final in Cheltenham in early June 2014. Here, he gives a summary of his winning presentation, which compares viral infections to…

Still from 'The Golden Age of the Russian avant-garde' exhibition. Copyright: Central Exhibition Hall, Manege, Moscow

Still from 'The Golden Age of the Russian avant-garde' exhibition. Copyright: Central Exhibition Hall, Manege, Moscow

Still from 'The Golden Age of the Russian avant-garde' exhibition. Copyright: Central Exhibition Hall, Manege, Moscow

Have you ever imagined a painting coming to life? From 14 April, art fans in Russia will be able to do just that, when Peter Greenaway and Saskia Boddeke’s ‘The Golden Age of the Russian Avant-Garde’ opens at the Moscow Manege exhibition venue, supported by British Council Russia. The exhibition animates art from Russia’s influential avant-garde movement,…