'My aim was to discuss some of the biggest questions in science today with a language that is accessible to everybody.' Photo by Sweetie187 on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

'My aim was to discuss some of the biggest questions in science today with a language that is accessible to everybody.' Photo by Sweetie187 on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

'My aim was to discuss some of the biggest questions in science today with a language that is accessible to everybody.' Photo by Sweetie187 on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

How can we make complex scientific ideas more accessible? Dr Roberto Trotta tells us about his attempt to describe the universe using the most common 1,000 words of English and explains why science ultimately speaks to us through the language of mathematics. Roberto will be speaking at the English Language Council Lecture on Science and the English Language, live-streamed from London on 13 November.

'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.

Cul-de-sac: a street or passage closed at one end. Photo by Piermario on Flickr / Creative Commons.

Cul-de-sac: a street or passage closed at one end. Photo by Piermario on Flickr / CC.

Cul-de-sac: a street or passage closed at one end. Photo by Piermario on Flickr / Creative Commons.

How did so many French words and phrases make their way into the English language? Garry and Richard, English teachers at the British Council in Slovakia, delve into a bit of the history in their Language Corner radio show. Read an edited transcript below or scroll down to listen to the show.

'Prepositions mark special relationships between persons, objects, and locations.' Photo by uncoolbob on Flickr under Creative Commons.

'Prepositions mark special relationships between persons, objects, and locations.' Photo by uncoolbob on Flickr under Creative Commons.

'Prepositions mark special relationships between persons, objects, and locations.' Photo by uncoolbob on Flickr under Creative Commons.

Why are words like 'on', 'at', 'for' and 'about' so tricky for learners of English and how can teachers help? Adam Simpson, winner of the British Council’s Teaching English blog award for his infographic on prepositions, explains.