'Films and TV shows are an integral part of students’ lives so it makes perfect sense to bring them into the language classroom.' Photo by Lubs Mary on Flickr/CC

'Films and TV shows are an integral part of students’ lives so it makes perfect sense to bring them into the language classroom.' Photo by Lubs Mary on Flickr/CC

'Films and TV shows are an integral part of students’ lives so it makes perfect sense to bring them into the language classroom.' Photo by Lubs Mary on Flickr/CC

What can film and video add to the learning experience? Kieran Donaghy, who won the British Council’s Teaching English blog award for his post I want to learn English because…, explains why film is such a good resource, and recommends some useful websites.

'Galleries are keen to curate their stands to make them more like exhibitions than shop fronts.' Photo of Frieze brochure by Emma Gifford-Mead

'Galleries are keen to curate their stands to make them more like exhibitions than shop fronts.' Photo of Frieze brochure by Emma Gifford-Mead

'Galleries are keen to curate their stands to make them more like exhibitions than shop fronts.' Photo of Frieze brochure by Emma Gifford-Mead

What actually happens at an international art fair? Emma Gifford-Mead of the British Council’s visual arts department explains what goes on behind the scenes and which artists to look out for at Frieze London, which runs this week.

'There’s not a single word in any of the languages I translate that can map perfectly onto a word in English. So it’s always interpretative, approximate, creative.' Photo by Erik Tjallinks under Creative Commons licence.

'There’s not a single word in any of the languages I translate that can map perfectly onto a word in English. So it’s always interpretative, approximate, creative.' Photo by Erik Tjallinks under Creative Commons licence.

'There’s not a single word in any of the languages I translate that can map perfectly onto a word in English. So it’s always interpretative, approximate, creative.' Photo by Erik Tjallinks under Creative Commons licence.

‘Poetry is what gets lost in translation’, the American poet Robert Frost is quoted as saying. So how do you translate literature effectively? The British Council’s Ted Hodgkinson spoke to Daniel Hahn, director of the British Centre for Literary Translation, and Urdu language translator Fahmida Riaz, during a literary translation workshop taking place in Karachi on…

'No aspect of the Harlem Renaissance shaped America as much as jazz, which flouted conventions with its syncopated rhythms and improvised instrumental solos.' Photo by Roger Do Minh under Creative Commons licence

'No aspect of the Harlem Renaissance shaped America as much as jazz, which flouted conventions with its syncopated rhythms and improvised instrumental solos.' Photo by Roger Do Minh under Creative Commons licence

'No aspect of the Harlem Renaissance shaped America as much as jazz, which flouted conventions with its syncopated rhythms and improvised instrumental solos.' Photo by Roger Do Minh under Creative Commons licence

In the early 20th century, mass migration from the US’s southern states, and the experience of black soldiers fighting in the First World War, led to a social, cultural, and artistic movement that formed the intellectual centre of debate about the future of African Americans. This Black History Month in the UK, the British Council’s Paul…

'I grew up in a world where nobody could put the two things together: an enjoyable job and good pay.' © Anita Schiffer-Fuchs / taken at the British Council Literature Seminar in 2003

'I grew up in a world where nobody could put the two things together: an enjoyable job and good pay.' © Anita Schiffer-Fuchs / taken at the British Council Literature Seminar in 2003

'I grew up in a world where nobody could put the two things together: an enjoyable job and good pay.' © Anita Schiffer-Fuchs / taken at the British Council Literature Seminar in 2003

John Burnside grew up in Scotland and worked as a software engineer before dedicating his time to writing poetry and fiction. He recently worked with inmates at Moabit, one of Germany’s largest prison remand centres. The T.S. Eliot Prize-winning poet tells us about working in prisons, family life and the eeriness of English suburbs.