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  British Council TeachingEnglish Asia June 2016  
Welcome to TeachingEnglish Asia

In this edition we have some great opportunities for you to develop your skills with our MA in ELT, or to share your skills at some upcoming British Council conferences.  We also have updates from a CPD project in Vietnam, an intensive teacher training camp in Thailand and a trainer development week in Burma.  

We hope you enjoy our newsletter and if you have any questions for us please email the TeachingEnglish Asia team.

Women sit listening to a speaker Calls for papers and proposals

We currently have an exciting call for papers and two calls for speakers at British Council conferences:

Call for expressions of interest for writing a chapter in a publication on creativity, a follow up to the very popular publication Creativity in the English Language Classroom, focussing on the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals.  Deadline: 16 June

Call for speaker proposals for the Teaching for Success Online Conference, which has an overarching focus on Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Deadline: 16 June

Call for workshop proposals for the British Council Myanmar 17th ELT Conference, with the theme of English and Opportunities. Deadline: 30 June

Students sit at a desk with laptops and tablet computers Applications open for Masters degree in English Language Teaching: Online

Applications are now open for the British Council and University of Southampton online Masters degree in English Language Teaching, with the next intake in September.

Enhance your teaching capabilities with this degree, which offers key modules through online learning, allowing you to develop your skills with a range of interactive media such as podcasts and video clips. Over the course of two and a half years, this part-time masters course will help you to become an inspiring English Language teacher.

The course was developed and is delivered collaboratively by the University of Southampton and the British Council and is open to teachers worldwide.

Find out more and apply now.

Teachers hold up their certificates at the end of the face to face course Professional Development for teachers in Vietnam

Teachers in the northern Nam Dinh province of Vietnam are currently trialling a new professional development scheme designed to improve language proficiency and develop teaching skills and methodologies in order to ensure quality in the classroom and enhance student learning outcomes.

Find out more about the scheme which includes both face-to-face and online elements.

Teachers practice classroom games, standing with their hands on their heads An intensive experience for Thai teachers

This spring over 300 Thai state English teachers attended an intensive five-week teacher development programme or 'Boot Camp' where they focussed on communicative, learner-centred activities.  

Read more about this exciting programme and what happens after the five week course.

Trainers sit focussed on a demo lesson Developing our trainers in Burma

The focus of our projects is often on teacher development or trainer development, but we also take time to develop our own trainers.  The trainers on the EfECT project in Myanmar recently spent a week honing their training skills and sharing best practice before returning to their colleges of education to continue methodology training with the local teacher educators.

Find out what the key learning points were for our EfECT trainers after their training week.

A group of kids look excitedly at a picture book Kids Read in Vietnam celebrates its second year

The Kids Read project in Vietnam recently completed its first year, achieving the widest reach of any of the eight participating countries in East Asia.  Year two has just been launched with the activity moving to the capital, Hanoi, where they hope to reach 4,000 pupils and give away more than 1,200 books to six primary schools.

Hear what the kids and teachers from year one think about reading after a year of Kids Read fun.

Two women sit together looking at a booklet New publications

The British Council produces a wide range of publications for teachers and trainers, which are available on our website.  Two recent ones are:

Early Childhood Education in English for Speakers of Other Languages looks at the issues around the increase in early childhood education and care (ages 0-7) and the fact that more non-English-speaking children are taught English in this context.  It looks at the East Asia context and features a range of case studies from around the world, including Hong Kong and Singapore.

Developing collaborative practice between LETs and NESTs provides practical materials designed with the aim of developing cooperation and understanding between local English teachers (LETs) and native English speaker teachers (NESTs).  Some are designed for face-to-face use with a trainer/facilitator, while others are designed for self-study and are suitable for teachers working on formal NEST schemes and for those working independently.

Two men sit at a conference dinner table Conferences in East Asia

Find out about ELT conferences and events taking place across East Asia in the coming months as well as deadlines for submitting papers, abstracts and presentations.

Here are a few of the many upcoming conferences that may be of interest:

Please note that as the majority of these events are not organised by the British Council, use the contact details on the website for each event if you have any questions

Kids draw a monster

TeachingEnglish: In 2016 we're marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death and to celebrate his work you can use lesson plans related to his life and work in your teenage English language classroom.

LearnEnglish Kids: Kids love dinosaurs and this Quiz-o-saurus will be a fun activity to test their knowledge of these prehistoric beasts.

LearnEnglishYou and your students can use our online English test to find out your English level for free. 

LearnEnglish Teens: Your teenage students may be able to tell you what FOMO means but you can share this interesting article about it, and accompanying activities, with them.


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