'The six-week programme is aimed at intermediate-level English language learners with a general interest in English language and culture.' Photo by Christopher Phin under Creative Commons licence.

'The six-week programme is aimed at intermediate-level English language learners with a general interest in English language and culture.' Photo by Christopher Phin under Creative Commons licence.

'The six-week programme is aimed at intermediate-level English language learners with a general interest in English language and culture.' Photo by Christopher Phin under Creative Commons licence.

From 1 September 2014, you can sign up to our first massive open online course (MOOC), ‘Exploring English: language and culture’, through FutureLearn. Irene Lavington of the British Council's English product development team explains how it works and why we are adding this new dimension to our English teaching.

Up to 70 per cent of all jobs advertised on tefl.com are for native English speaking teachers. Photo by Flazingo Photos on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

Up to 70 per cent of all jobs advertised on tefl.com are for native English speaking teachers. Photo by Flazingo Photos on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

Up to 70 per cent of all jobs advertised on tefl.com are for native English speaking teachers. Photo by Flazingo Photos on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

There are perceptions that native speakers of English make better English language teachers. Marek Kiczkowiak, winner of the British Council’s Teaching English blog award, argues that those perceptions need to change.

'The internet is a window of opportunity for teachers, it enables us to develop, create, share and teach independently wherever and however we choose.' Photo by Daniele Pieroni on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

The internet enables teachers to develop, create, share and teach independently, wherever and however we choose.' Photo by Daniele Pieroni / Creative Commons licence.

'The internet is a window of opportunity for teachers, it enables us to develop, create, share and teach independently wherever and however we choose.' Photo by Daniele Pieroni on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

Have you thought about teaching English online? Emma Segev, second-time winner of the British Council's Teaching English blog award, gives some practical tips and useful websites for getting started. 

New forms of ‘English’ are swiftly evolving. Photo by John Keogh under Creative Commons licence.

New forms of ‘English’ are swiftly evolving. Photo by John Keogh under Creative Commons licence.

New forms of ‘English’ are swiftly evolving. Photo by John Keogh under Creative Commons licence.

Linguistics expert David Crystal is in Russia to give a series of lectures. At the UK-Russia Linguistic Symposium at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow, he described 'the future of Englishes' and the evolution of global varieties of English across the world. Keira Ives-Keeler of the British Council in Russia explains.

'Prejudices about accents are undesirable, but powerful, and very easily learned.' Photo by Marc Wathieu on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

'Prejudices about accents are undesirable, but powerful, and very easily learned.' Photo by Marc Wathieu on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

'Prejudices about accents are undesirable, but powerful, and very easily learned.' Photo by Marc Wathieu on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

Are some accents better than others? English language teacher and author Richard Cauldwell examines the prejudices against various English accents and the effect they can have on one's sense of self-worth. He will be presenting on this topic at a British Council seminar, live-streamed from London on 10 June.