John McDowell, an African American soldier in First World War uniform (Photo courtesy of National World War I Museum, Kansas City, Missouri USA)

John McDowell, an African American soldier in First World War uniform (Photo courtesy of National World War I Museum, Kansas City, Missouri USA)

John McDowell, an African American soldier in First World War uniform (Photo courtesy of National World War I Museum, Kansas City, Missouri USA)

On the occasion of Black History Month in the UK, the British Council recalls black soldiers in the First World War. Anne Bostanci, co-author of the report Remember the World as well as the War, highlights how black people from around the world were involved in and affected by the First World War – and…

"If you've got confidence that what you're doing is good and you feel it's a genuine expression, there's always a way to make it work." Photo of Matt Black by Martin Steinmetz

"If you've got confidence that what you're doing is good and you feel it's a genuine expression, there's always a way to make it work." Photo of Matt Black by Martin Steinmetz

"If you've got confidence that what you're doing is good and you feel it's a genuine expression, there's always a way to make it work." Photo of Matt Black by Martin Steinmetz

Matt Black, co-founder of record label Ninja Tune, spoke to Martin Steinmetz of the British Council’s office in Germany about the label’s success over the years.

'The key to successful storytelling is having the right story for the linguistic and cognitive ability of the children.' Photo: British Council

'The key to successful storytelling is having the right story for the linguistic and cognitive ability of the children.' Photo: British Council

'The key to successful storytelling is having the right story for the linguistic and cognitive ability of the children.' Photo: British Council

What makes illustrated storybooks such a good resource for teaching young learners of English? The British Council’s Gail Ellis, co-author of a storytelling handbook for primary English language teachers, explains. Listen to an interview with Gail in our podcast and register for her webinar taking place on Thursday, 2 October.

'The next ten years we will get to carry on supporting music that is experimental and original and is heartfelt and has a lot of integrity.' Image used with permission.

'The next ten years we will get to carry on supporting music that is experimental and original and is heartfelt and has a lot of integrity.' Image used with permission.

'The next ten years we will get to carry on supporting music that is experimental and original and is heartfelt and has a lot of integrity.' Image used with permission.

The record label Full Time Hobby formed ten years ago and went on to sign original acts such as Malcolm Middleton and Erland And The Carnival. Our Selector radio team spoke to Nigel, who co-founded the label, about how indie labels can help ‘increase the musical gene pool’. Scroll down to hear the show and read the transcript below.

Keeping a blog or even just captioning your photos is a good way to document your experience. Photo of the Teotihuacan pyramids by MCAD library on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

Keeping a blog or even just captioning your photos is a good way to document your experience. Photo of the Teotihuacan pyramids by MCAD library on Flickr/CC.

Keeping a blog or even just captioning your photos is a good way to document your experience. Photo of the Teotihuacan pyramids by MCAD library on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

How should we prepare for life in a new country? Every year, around 2,500 language assistants from the UK support the teaching of English in 14 countries around the world. Sarah Phillips, who worked as a language assistant in Mexico, imagines what advice she would give herself if she went back and did it all again.