Stem cells (green) could be used to treat some of the world's most dreadful diseases. Photo by UC Irvine under Creative Commons licence.

Stem cells (green) could be used to treat some of the world's most dreadful diseases. Photo by UC Irvine under Creative Commons licence.

Stem cells (green) could be used to treat some of the world's most dreadful diseases. Photo by UC Irvine under Creative Commons licence.

A cure for Parkinson's disease is yet to be found. However, Hannah Churchill of Parkinson’s UK is optimistic as she returns from the second BIRAX (Britain Israel Research and Academic Exchange Partnership) conference for regenerative medicine, which took place at the Technion in Haifa on 25-26 March.

Not everyone speaks English. In fact, only a quarter of the world does. Photo by Dhammika Heenpella under Creative Commons licence.

Not everyone speaks English. In fact, only a quarter of the world does. Photo by Dhammika Heenpella under Creative Commons licence.

Not everyone speaks English. In fact, only a quarter of the world does. Photo by Dhammika Heenpella under Creative Commons licence.

Good intentions alone will not help us introduce languages such as Chinese and Arabic into the curriculum. If we want to thrive in a global society, we need to take firm action now, says the British Council's Vicky Gough.

'Learners should feel free to talk about themselves, their identities and personal lives'. Photo by Antoine Walter on Flickr under Creative Commons licence

'Learners should feel free to talk about themselves, their identities and personal lives'. Photo by Antoine Walter on Flickr under Creative Commons licence

'Learners should feel free to talk about themselves, their identities and personal lives'. Photo by Antoine Walter on Flickr under Creative Commons licence

Can English language teachers afford to ignore lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues? Following her recent British Council Seminar, education consultant Laila El-Metoui tells us about the importance of creating an inclusive and positive atmosphere in the classroom.

Young people are most likely to mistrust their governments. Photo by Hossam el-Hamalawy, Creative Commons licence.

Young people are most likely to mistrust their governments. Photo by Hossam el-Hamalawy, Creative Commons licence.

Young people are most likely to mistrust their governments. Photo by Hossam el-Hamalawy, Creative Commons licence.

Leaders from the most important sectors in North Africa and the UK came together during our Hammamet Conference in November 2013 to discuss this question. The British Council’s Ellen Berry gives us a glimpse into the report, published today.

It can sometimes be difficult to keep students' attention. Photo by Linderesa (Creative Commons licence)

It can sometimes be difficult to keep students' attention. Photo by Linderesa (Creative Commons licence)

It can sometimes be difficult to keep students' attention. Photo by Linderesa (Creative Commons licence)

Following her recent presentation in our seminar series for English language teachers in the UK (video below), Johanna Stirling offers ways to deal with human 'weaknesses' in teaching situations.