Introducing students to a new language in primary school will make it easier for them to learn more languages later. Photo: Mat Wright
For the last day of International Education Week (18-24 November 2013), we asked Pauline Bourbigot, a former British Council French language assistant at several primary schools in Angus, Scotland, to share some tips and why she thinks language learning from an early age is so important.
Research shows that the UK's culture is a strong pull factor for international students. Photo of Shakespeare statue in Bancroft Gardens, Stratford Upon Avon: ©VisitBritain / Britain on View
There are several factors - beyond economic and demographic – affecting where students will choose study. The British Council's Elizabeth Shepherd asks what other 'Megatrends' there are and shares some important predictions.
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.
Learning 1,000 words in a new language is a manageable goal. Photo by zeh fernando under Creative Commons licence
Brits have a reputation for being poor linguists, so a group of UK institutions, including the British Council, launched a campaign last week to encourage everyone – not just the elites – to learn at least 1,000 words in another language. Campaign lead Teresa Tinsley explains.
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.