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.

Teachers and students are naturally attracted to texts that have not been produced for the purpose of language learning. Photo by Javier Corbo under Creative Commons licence.

Teachers and students are naturally attracted to texts that have not been produced for the purpose of language learning. Photo by Javier Corbo under Creative Commons licence.

Teachers and students are naturally attracted to texts that have not been produced for the purpose of language learning. Photo by Javier Corbo under Creative Commons licence.

How should teachers use 'authentic' texts in class? Author, trainer and teacher Rachael Roberts gives valuable advice on the example of newspapers. She will also be delivering a live-streamed presentation from Belfast on writing effective classroom materials, 11 March 2014.

'Flattery and reassurance are Lady Macbeth’s favourite persuasive tools – and isn’t the art of persuasion one we would all like to master?' Photo by Andrew Smith under Creative Commons licence.

'Flattery and reassurance are Lady Macbeth’s favourite persuasive tools – and isn’t the art of persuasion one we would all like to master?' Photo by Andrew Smith under Creative Commons licence.

'Flattery and reassurance are Lady Macbeth’s favourite persuasive tools – and isn’t the art of persuasion one we would all like to master?' Photo by Andrew Smith under Creative Commons licence.

As we celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth this year, English tutor and resource writer Genevieve White responds to some of the common problems teaching Shakespeare in the English language classroom.