'The person being coached knows the answer already.' Photo by cybrarian77 on Flickr under Creative Commons

'The person being coached knows the answer already.' Photo by cybrarian77 on Flickr under Creative Commons

'The person being coached knows the answer already.' Photo by cybrarian77 on Flickr under Creative Commons

Professional development is important for good teaching. Ellen Darling of the British Council shares some of the more important coaching tips provided by education expert Loraine Kennedy during our webinar on 26 June 2013, attended by people from all over the world.

Online learning presents opportunities (image credit: Spree2010 via Flickr)

Online learning presents opportunities (image credit: Spree2010 via Flickr)

Online learning presents opportunities (image credit: Spree2010 via Flickr)

Ever thought about teaching English online? Sylvia Guinan, online English teacher and current winner of the British Council TeachingEnglish blog award, walks us through the opportunities and pitfalls.

English exists as a galaxy, rather than just a single planet (Photo by NASA)

English exists as a galaxy, rather than just a single planet (Photo by NASA)

English exists as a galaxy, rather than just a single planet (Photo by NASA)

In the latest from our English language seminars, Dr Christopher J Hall of York St John University explains why the idea that there is just one correct and unchanging form of English is a myth.

Art attracts, propaganda does not - Saudi Minister of Culture and Information Abdul Aziz Khoja looking at UK artist Graham Sutherland's 'Rocky Landscape', Photo by Rigel Klingman

Art attracts, propaganda does not - Saudi Minister of Culture and Information Abdul Aziz Khoja looking at UK artist Graham Sutherland's 'Rocky Landscape', Photo by Rigel Klingman

Art attracts, propaganda does not - Saudi Minister of Culture and Information Abdul Aziz Khoja looking at UK artist Graham Sutherland's 'Rocky Landscape', Photo by Rigel Klingman

Soft power is a state’s ability to achieve its international objectives through attraction and co-option – including education and culture – rather than through coercion (e.g., military force). As states invest more and more in their soft power, experts debated global trends in London on 18 June 2013. This is the transcript.

A performer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (image credit www.theedinburghblog.co.uk)

A performer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (image credit www.theedinburghblog.co.uk)

A performer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (image credit www.theedinburghblog.co.uk)

A new British Council report, 'Influence and Attraction: Culture and the Race for Soft Power in the 21st Century', discusses global trends in cultural relations and soft power. Anne Bostanci explains.