'I enjoyed the beauty of the country, its wonderful parks and historical sites and especially the main square in Cracow.' Photo by Nick Moulds on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

'I enjoyed the beauty of the country, its wonderful parks and historical sites and especially the main square in Cracow.' Photo by Nick Moulds on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

'I enjoyed the beauty of the country, its wonderful parks and historical sites and especially the main square in Cracow.' Photo by Nick Moulds on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

Have you thought about becoming a teacher of English? Meryem Salhi, a teacher from Tunisia, explains why her decision to do the Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) at the British Council in Poland paid off. The next CELTA course in Cracow runs on 24 November - 19 December 2014. Courses run throughout the year.

'I became a great believer in the future after learning English.' Students at Al-Azhar English Training Center. Photo: British Council.

'I became a great believer in the future after learning English.' Students at Al-Azhar English Training Center. Photo: British Council.

'I became a great believer in the future after learning English.' Students at Al-Azhar English Training Center. Photo: British Council.

As Al-Azhar English Training Center, which was co-founded by the British Council at Al-Azhar University in Egypt, starts a new academic year, Mohammed Gamal, a former student at the centre, tells us how learning English has helped him study at top institutions and develop new points of view. Mohammed gave a talk to students at the university on this subject earlier this week.

'Students have a greater awareness of the importance of education and have a firm belief that hard work translates into success.' Photo by Ol.v!er [H2vPk] on Flickr under Creative Commons.

'Students have a greater awareness of the importance of education and have a firm belief that hard work translates into success.' Photo by Ol.v!er [H2vPk] on Flickr under Creative Commons.

'Students have a greater awareness of the importance of education and have a firm belief that hard work translates into success.' Photo by Ol.v!er [H2vPk] on Flickr under Creative Commons.

Is China so different from the west? Emma Wind, an English language assistant based in Tianjin, argues that despite the forces of globalisation, the world's most populous country remains culturally distinct. 

'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.