37 per cent of UK respondents were considering studying overseas, an increase of 17 per cent on the previous year. Photo by Shuji Moriwaki on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

37 per cent of UK respondents were considering studying overseas, an increase of 17 per cent on the previous year. Photo by Shuji Moriwaki on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

37 per cent of UK respondents were considering studying overseas, an increase of 17 per cent on the previous year. Photo by Shuji Moriwaki on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

More UK students are considering studying overseas this year than last, but there are still factors holding them back. The British Council's Elizabeth Shepherd summarises a report looking at the perceived barriers and changing attitudes to international study. The report, which draws on survey data from UK and US students, is published today.

Setting goals is an essential step to becoming an autonomous learner. Photo by Matthias Werner on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

Setting goals is an essential step to becoming an autonomous learner. Photo by Matthias Werner on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

Setting goals is an essential step to becoming an autonomous learner. Photo by Matthias Werner on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

How can we get adult learners of English in a one-to-one classroom to take charge of their own learning? English language teacher and trainer Shanthi Streat, who won the latest British Council Teaching English blog award, argues that teachers need to use coaching techniques.

'We need to recognise the roles and functions that different varieties of English fulfil.' Photo by Marc Wathieu on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

'We need to recognise the roles and functions that different varieties of English fulfil.' Photo by Marc Wathieu on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

'We need to recognise the roles and functions that different varieties of English fulfil.' Photo by Marc Wathieu on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

Ahead of UN English Language Day on 23 April, English language and linguistics specialist Dr Urszula Clark presents research on variations in the use of English and what these could mean for education policy and teachers of English. Her live-streamed British Council seminar is later today from 19:00 to 20:00 BST.

'Today’s widely accessible e-communication technologies could be leveraged to get students from different countries working together.' Photo by Michael Wyszomierski on Flickr / Creative Commons

'Today’s widely accessible e-communication technologies could be leveraged to get students from different countries working together.' Photo by Michael Wyszomierski on Flickr / Creative Commons

'Today’s widely accessible e-communication technologies could be leveraged to get students from different countries working together.' Photo by Michael Wyszomierski on Flickr / Creative Commons

How important are intercultural skills and proficiency in foreign languages to compete in the modern world? An essay competition, sponsored by Generation UK, invited UK students to tackle the question: How can our education better prepare us to compete in an increasingly globalised world? Read extracts from the winning essays below. The winners will participate in our UK-China Student Forum at Tsinghua University on

'Many online tools are easy to use and really support a child-centred approach to learning and teaching.' Photo by Tom Woodward on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

'Many online tools are easy to use and really support a child-centred approach to learning and teaching.' Photo by Brad Flickinger on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

'Many online tools are easy to use and really support a child-centred approach to learning and teaching.' Photo by Tom Woodward on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

How can ICT help children learn about people from other cultures? Teacher Wilma Gordon has this week won an eTwinning European prize for an online school project which joined together primary school pupils from around Europe. Here, she explains the benefits of using ICT in the classroom and tells us about some useful tools.