'Where Dylan Thomas felt he could improve the English language, he did so…and our beautiful language is the richer for it.' Photo by Reena Mahtani on Flickr/CC.

'Where Dylan Thomas felt he could improve the English language, he did so…and our beautiful language is the richer for it.' Photo by Reena Mahtani on Flickr/CC.

'Where Dylan Thomas felt he could improve the English language, he did so…and our beautiful language is the richer for it.' Photo by Reena Mahtani on Flickr/CC.

Actor and artistic director Guy Masterson says the famous Welsh poet didn't so much defy the rules of grammar as stretch them. Guy will be presenting at the next British Council seminar, live-streamed from London on 23 October 2014 as part of the Dylan Thomas Centenary Celebration.

'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.

'Many traditions associated with Chinese New Year are derived from puns on Mandarin words.' Photo by Alias 0591 under Creative Commons licence.

'Many traditions associated with Chinese New Year are derived from puns on Mandarin words.' Photo by Alias 0591 under Creative Commons licence.

'Many traditions associated with Chinese New Year are derived from puns on Mandarin words.' Photo by Alias 0591 under Creative Commons licence.

The final post in our weekly series on the ten most important languages for the UK’s future, as identified by the British Council’s Languages for the Future report, is about Mandarin Chinese. Here, the British Council's Asmaa Ibrahim explains the characters, tonal differences, and sound similarities that make the language so fascinating.

Independent schools in the UK are recognised by the OECD as being among the best in the world and are at the forefront of educational achievement in every way. Photo of Westminster School by Steve Cadman of Flickr/CC

'Independent schools in the UK are recognised by the OECD as being among the best in the world...' Photo of Westminster School by Steve Cadman of Flickr/CC

Independent schools in the UK are recognised by the OECD as being among the best in the world and are at the forefront of educational achievement in every way. Photo of Westminster School by Steve Cadman of Flickr/CC

For international pupils outside the European Economic Area (EEA), the choice of schools in the UK is limited to independent schools. Matthew Burgess, General Secretary of the Independent Schools Council (ISC), looks at what independent UK schools can offer these pupils and provides some tips to help parents choose the right school for their children. He is speaking

‘Migrant and refugee low-level learners of English will bring to the classroom vastly different worlds of experience’ Photo: iStock

‘Migrant and refugee low-level learners of English will bring to the classroom vastly different worlds of experience’ Photo: iStock

‘Migrant and refugee low-level learners of English will bring to the classroom vastly different worlds of experience’ Photo: iStock

English My Way is a new education programme to support migrants in some of the UK's most isolated communities. Project officer Frances Carbines shares tips here on how teachers and volunteers can help build confidence among low-level learners.