'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.

'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 learn English through our first massive open online course (MOOC), ‘Exploring English: language and culture’ on 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.