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      Seminars

      These seminars encourage debate on areas of contemporary interest in the field of English language teaching and learning. The series combines informal networking events with more formal workshops and presentations. We are pleased to announce the new seminar programme for 2013 - 2014.

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      Latest Seminar

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      Celebrating differences: Exploration of Equality and Diversity in the ESOL classroom

      This seminar focuses on strategies for integrating Equality and Diversity within your English teaching practice, to foster a positive atmosphere conducive to learning. Language acquisition can be hindered if learners are not in an environment which is conducive to fostering a welcoming atmosphere where all feel free to talk about themselves, their identities and personal lives. This is particularly relevant to LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) ESOL students. However, ESOL learners can sometimes display strong homophobic views, linked to culture, religion and personal beliefs.

      LGBT lives will be used as an example of integrating E&D. Participants have the opportunity to reflect on potential classroom issues and share good practice. It also explores some of the challenges surrounding sexual diversity raised by the new legal climate created by the 2010 Equality Act.

       

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        Previous Seminars

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        Our extensive range of seminars started in Dec 2009 as a way to bring ELT professionals together and to uncover and discuss the latest developments in ELT.

        Events are held around twice a month in a variety of venues up and down the UK. The series combines informal networking events with more formal workshops and presentations.

        Past seasons have featured stimulating seminars given by Mario Rinvolucri, Michael Swan, Catherine Walter, Ken Wilson, Luke Meddings, Jamie Keddie, Jeremy Harmer & Steve Bingham.

        To view all of our seminars please go to http://englishagenda.britishcouncil.org/seminars or click here

        Check our 2013-14 schedule

        Forthcoming seminars in our 2013-2014 series

        Tuesday 22 April, 1830 – 2030 | British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, SW1A 2BN

        LONDON

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        UNESCO English Language Day

        English, Speech and Society

        Is English coming to mark an identity which cuts across other factors such as age, gender, social class and ethnicity? Based on Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC) funded research, attend to debate the relationship between the English language and identity.

        Urszula Clark

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        Tuesday 13 May, 1730 – 2030 | Central location

        LEEDS

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        ‘It’s not about language, it’s about people.’ Do English language learners benefit from engagement with museums?

        Museum visits can improve learners’ language skills, whilst enabling those from around the world to make meaningful connections with the UK. Join this event to share your experiences and identify ways to make your next museum visit a success.

        Julie Carr

        Creative ESOL: The power of participatory arts in English language learning

        An introduction for English language teachers to a creative, participatory arts approach to language learning. Practical ideas for planning and delivering schemes of work based around the arts, as well as one-off creative activities.

        Eleanor Cocks and Theah Dix

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        Tuesday 20 May, 1800 – 2030 | British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, SW1A 2BN

        LONDON

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        World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (WTISD) Debate

        It’s time for educators to reclaim the technology debate

        Technology has shared a long history within education. With each new invention came assurances that teaching and learning would never be the same again. However, during each innovation pedagogy has been mostly absent, instead informed by consumer behaviour.

        Joanna Norton

        How are new technologies changing the relationship between student and teacher?

        An intriguing look at anonymous feedback from teachers and students on how the relationship between the two are changing, and the technologies which are either forging or breaking traditional bonds.

        Karen Wilkins

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        Tuesday 3 June, 1730 – 2030 | Central location

        CARDIFF

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        Does learning a foreign language make you smarter? Scientific research on the cognitive costs and benefits of learning a foreign language

        Learning a language is said to improve memory, attention, multitasking, performance and mental health. However, rather than pop psychology, understanding should be based on sound scientific evidence. Attend for a balanced view of the latest research to highlight the real cognitive benefits.

        Miguel Ángel Munoz

        There are rules, and there are rules: What should we teach about language learning?

        Who makes the rules about what makes language ‘correct’? Is there one ‘Standard English’ to which we all must adhere, or should we expect linguistic rules to be bent and broken over time? Join this talk for an alternative (but equally rigorous) view of learning about language.

        Michael Rundell

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        Tuesday 10 June, 1800 – 2030

        British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, SW1A 2BN

        LONDON

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        World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (WTISD) Debate

        Accent and identity, prejudice and insecurity

        What accents do you like and why? Do you insist, in teaching, on correct pronunciation? If so, which accent? Attend to become aware of prejudice around accents, and to decide which pronunciation goals to set your students.

        Richard Cauldwell

        Practical ideas for teaching pronunciation and listening in an ELF context

        We often debate English as a Lingua Franca, but how do we teach it? Practical ideas for prioritising pronunciation work in multilingual classes and developing students’ ability to understand the speech of fellow learners.

        Katy Davies and Laura Patsko

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        Upcoming events

        Tuesday 22 April, 1830 – 2030

        British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, SW1A 2BN

        LONDON

        UNESCO English Language Day

        English, Speech and Society

        Is English coming to mark an identity which cuts across other factors such as age, gender, social class and ethnicity? Based on Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC) funded research, attend to debate the relationship between the English language and identity.

        Urszula Clark

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