The British Council's New York team dressed up as Banksy in front of one of his New York pieces

The British Council's New York team dressed up as Banksy in front of one of his New York pieces

The British Council's New York team dressed up as Banksy in front of one of his New York pieces

To celebrate Hallow'een, the British Council's New York team dressed up as the British street artist Banksy, who's spent the last few weeks in New York on a month-long residency. JJ El-Far, arts program coordinator, explains the elusive artist's transatlantic appeal.

Students graduating from UNESP in Brazil (photo by Luiz Gustavo Leme under Creative Commons)

Students graduating from UNESP in Brazil (photo by Luiz Gustavo Leme under Creative Commons)

Students graduating from UNESP in Brazil (photo by Luiz Gustavo Leme under Creative Commons)

The British Council's John Bramwell describes how the booming South American economy faces complex challenges, following a recent discussion among Brazilian university leaders about how to improve the country's higher education system.

Learning to present your arguments in a public debate is a useful life skill (image credit: Carla de Souza Campos on Flickr under Creative Commons)

Learning to present your arguments in a public debate is a useful life skill (image credit: Carla de Souza Campos on Flickr under Creative Commons)

Learning to present your arguments in a public debate is a useful life skill (image credit: Carla de Souza Campos on Flickr under Creative Commons)

Sheanna Patelmaster, 17, is a student at Withington Girls' School in Manchester and was part of the winning team at the UK vs India Debating Matters Competition International Final last week. She explains why learning to win arguments is a useful life skill.

E-books can be read on e-readers such as iPads and Kindles (image credit: kodomut via Flickr)

E-books can be read on e-readers such as iPads and Kindles (image credit: kodomut via Flickr)

E-books can be read on e-readers such as iPads and Kindles (image credit: kodomut via Flickr)

Victoria Boobyer is the academic manager of the Anglo European School in Bournemouth and has taught English in Greece, Korea and Vietnam. She recently presented a British Council Teaching English seminar on how to use e-books in the classroom.

Students may need to practice the American pronunciation of US cities like Louisville (image credit: Monique Wingard)

Students may need to practice the American pronunciation of US cities like Louisville (image credit: Monique Wingard)

Students may need to practice the American pronunciation of US cities like Louisville (image credit: Monique Wingard)

The Study USA programme provides scholarships for Northern Irish students to study business at US universities for a year. Páraic Rafferty writes about his experience of spending a year at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.