'Knowing languages is a skill that will never fall out of fashion.' Photo by Matthew Burpee on Flickr / CC.

'Knowing languages is a skill that will never fall out of fashion.' Photo by Matthew Burpee, Flickr / CC.

'Knowing languages is a skill that will never fall out of fashion.' Photo by Matthew Burpee on Flickr / CC.

Alex Rawlings, who won a competition to find Britain's most multi-lingual student in 2011, explains why learning foreign languages is so rewarding, and how his school helped set him on this path.

'Perhaps the most famous example of academic collaboration is CERN'. Photo of bubble chamber at CERN by David Perez under Creative Commons licence.

'Perhaps the most famous example of academic collaboration is CERN'. Photo of bubble chamber at CERN by David Perez under Creative Commons licence.

'Perhaps the most famous example of academic collaboration is CERN'. Photo of bubble chamber at CERN by David Perez under Creative Commons licence.

Universities cannot solve problems if they work on their own. The British Council's Teresa Birks explains the power and complications of 'consortia' ahead of a related dialogue in Indonesia on 20-21 November 2014.

'Sport proved an excellent way to make friends and stimulate discussion.' Photo: British Council.

'Sport proved an excellent way to make friends and stimulate discussion.' Photo: British Council.

'Sport proved an excellent way to make friends and stimulate discussion.' Photo: British Council.

Iraq changed a lot in the last two years. But Joe Easdown's fondness of the place from when he got involved with the British Council's Sport in Iraq programme during his final year of school in 2012 is still the same. As we celebrate International Education Week, Joe explains how the experience improved him.

'You can’t be a great singer unless the sound you make is your own, and to make something your own, you have to understand and believe the words that are coming out of your mouth.' Photo by Armando G Alonso on Flickr / CC

'To make something your own, you have to understand and believe the words that are coming out of your mouth.' Photo by Armando G Alonso on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

'You can’t be a great singer unless the sound you make is your own, and to make something your own, you have to understand and believe the words that are coming out of your mouth.' Photo by Armando G Alonso on Flickr / CC

What can songs teach us about a language? Richard Stokes, Professor of Lieder at the UK’s Royal Academy of Music, talked to Ellie Buchdahl of Education UK about teaching the wonder of language through music.

'Mobile apps encourage interaction, calling out to the child to touch, tap, swipe, shake and talk to the device.' Photo: British Council

'Mobile apps encourage interaction, calling out to the child to touch, tap, swipe, shake and talk to the device.' Photo: British Council

'Mobile apps encourage interaction, calling out to the child to touch, tap, swipe, shake and talk to the device.' Photo: British Council

As we release our latest app for primary learners of English (ages 6 - 11), mobile learning consultant and young learner specialist Tracy Dumais provides advice for parents and teachers on getting kids talking in English.