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.
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.
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.
There are hundreds of mobile apps available for English language students. Photo by Chris Whittle, used with permission.
Mobile devices and apps are changing the way people learn English. Teacher Emma Segev, who won last month's British Council Teaching English blog award, shares her ideas for learning English on the go. Comment below this post if you have further tips.
University seminars can be humourous places. Photo by Arnett Gill on Flickr / Creative Commons licence.
Can English language students be 'trained' in humour? Ahead of her live-streamed British Council seminar on Wednesday, 26 February, teacher and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) specialist Emma Greenhalgh tells us why humour should be incorporated into language learning.