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.

Formal meetings with the Burmese president are conducted as above. This is where the chair of the British Council announced the launch later this year of a £4.2m project called 'English for Education College Trainers'. Photo by Thaik Htun.

Formal meetings with the Burmese president are conducted as above. This is where the chair of the British Council announced the launch later this year of a £4.2m project called 'English for Education College Trainers'. Photo by Thaik Htun.

Formal meetings with the Burmese president are conducted as above. This is where the chair of the British Council announced the launch later this year of a £4.2m project called 'English for Education College Trainers'. Photo by Thaik Htun.

Decades of military rule and isolation have had a detrimental effect on Burma. Thanks to a recent political transition, however, and a new desire for reform and international contact, Burma's future is looking brighter. Vernon Ellis, Chair of the British Council, visited senior Burmese officials last week and tells us why the country places special hope in its education sector,

'To make the right impression, it's important to teach in a business-like way. This affects what you say, and how you behave, but also what you wear.' Photo by British Council.

'To make the right impression, it's important to teach in a business-like way. This affects what you say, and how you behave, but also what you wear.' Photo by British Council.

'To make the right impression, it's important to teach in a business-like way. This affects what you say, and how you behave, but also what you wear.' Photo by British Council.

How is teaching business English different from teaching general English? Teacher and trainer Gabrielle Jones, who won the most recent British Council Teaching English blog award, tells us how to succeed in the business English classroom. Comment below this post if you have further tips.

A corpus is a collection of texts used for language research, but corpora can also be of use in teaching. Photo by Ines Seidel under Creative Commons licence.

A corpus is a collection of texts used for language research, but corpora can also be of use in teaching. Photo by Ines Seidel under Creative Commons licence.

A corpus is a collection of texts used for language research, but corpora can also be of use in teaching. Photo by Ines Seidel under Creative Commons licence.

What verb does 'negotiation' go with? Do you 'make' or 'conduct' a negotiation? Adam Kilgarriff, Director of Lexical Computing, explains how 'corpora' can help us answer such questions where dictionaries meet their limits. He presented a British Council seminar on the subject yesterday.