'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.

‘Migrant and refugee low-level learners of English will bring to the classroom vastly different worlds of experience’ Photo: iStock

‘Migrant and refugee low-level learners of English will bring to the classroom vastly different worlds of experience’ Photo: iStock

‘Migrant and refugee low-level learners of English will bring to the classroom vastly different worlds of experience’ Photo: iStock

English My Way is a new education programme to support migrants in some of the UK's most isolated communities. Project officer Frances Carbines shares tips here on how teachers and volunteers can help build confidence among low-level learners.

'Most teachers in primary and secondary schools have EAL learners in their classes ' Photo by Bartosz Kali, used with kind permission.

'Most teachers in primary and secondary schools have EAL learners in their classes ' Photo by Bartosz Kali, used with kind permission.

'Most teachers in primary and secondary schools have EAL learners in their classes ' Photo by Bartosz Kali, used with kind permission.

As we prepare to celebrate World Teachers' Day on 5 October 2014, the British Council's Caroline Drummond looks at what schools in the UK are doing to support EAL learners, and gives practical advice on how teachers can best meet their needs in the classroom.