Visuals may be better suited for some students to memorise grammar and vocabulary than talking. Photo by Sarah C / Creative Commons
Different learners require different learning methods, so we shouldn’t always favour a ‘communicative’ approach over an ‘academic’ one, argues Rupert Lezemore. He is speaking at our seminar for English language teachers (ticket link) in Glasgow on 26 November 2013.
Teachers are helping students to use English as a lingua franca (photo by Ivan McClellan photography)
Katy Simpson Davies and Laura Patsko will run a British Council Seminar in Glasgow on 26 November 2013 on teaching pronunciation and listening in an ELF context (English as a lingua franca). They explain how teachers can teach ELF in their classrooms.
Introducing students to a new language in primary school will make it easier for them to learn more languages later. Photo: Mat Wright
For the last day of International Education Week (18-24 November 2013), we asked Pauline Bourbigot, a former British Council French language assistant at several primary schools in Angus, Scotland, to share some tips and why she thinks language learning from an early age is so important.
Research shows that the UK's culture is a strong pull factor for international students. Photo of Shakespeare statue in Bancroft Gardens, Stratford Upon Avon: ©VisitBritain / Britain on View
There are several factors - beyond economic and demographic – affecting where students will choose study. The British Council's Elizabeth Shepherd asks what other 'Megatrends' there are and shares some important predictions.
The UK’s reputation, despite an increasingly multilingual population, is stubbornly monolingual. Photo by Wendy Copley / Creative Commons
When it comes to foreign languages, the UK’s reputation is not exactly the strongest. Researchers Teresa Tinsley and Kathryn Board give us a summary of ‘Languages for the Future’, a report – published yesterday – on which languages the UK needs to learn now.