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TeachingEnglish Asia
British Council TeachingEnglish Asia Spring 2017

Welcome to TeachingEnglish Asia

Welcome to our first edition of 2017 and we hope the year has started out well for you!

Our team in Malaysia has been busy with some CiSELT (Certificate in Secondary English Language Teaching) training and presenting results of action research projects at the MELTA conference.  Conferences have also been on the agenda in Japan, with our team organising two events to help teachers understand how to use Can-Do statements to improve English language learning.

We also have news of some new publications and upcoming online courses for teachers.

We hope you enjoy reading this edition and if you have any questions for us please email the TeachingEnglish Asia team.

News and events
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Action Research takes Centre-Stage in Malaysia

The British Council Malaysia team recently attended the MELTA International Research Conference in English Language Education where Lisa Walsh, teacher mentor, gave a feature presentation about helping teachers carry out, reflect on and share their classroom-based research.

Teachers Katie Martin and Samira Hazari gave poster presentations on their action research projects; Investigating the effectiveness of a form-focussed vocabulary game and Developing metacognition through recognition in young learners.

Find out more and read the poster presentations.

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Can-do Conference in Osaka and Tokyo

Over 300 teachers and education officials attended two conferences in Osaka and Tokyo on the topic of how to use Can-do statements to improve English-language learning.

The use of Can-do statements is gaining ground in English education at all levels in Japan, and these conferences, organised by the British Council, aimed to give teachers and Board of Education officials an insight into their theoretical and practical application.

Read more about the conference and how Can-do statements can help students.

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Kids Read - the story so far in Indonesia

Kids Read in Indonesia just completed its second year, reaching over 20,000 primary school students in Bandung, West Java.

The key focus of the year was teacher training, but there was still time for plenty of storytelling sessions, community events, parents' workshops and competitions.

Find out more about the success of year two.

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CiSELT success in Malaysia

CiSELT (Certificate in Secondary English Language Teaching) is an in-service course, written specifically for English language teachers working in secondary schools.

Recently a group of English teachers from Klang, Malaysia successfully completed the course.

Find out more about CiSELT and how it worked for this group of teachers.

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Online courses - TeachingEnglish Training

Our online training courses and self-study modules form part of the Teaching for Success approach to Continuing Professional Development, offering flexible study options to meet your training and development needs.  

These courses are starting soon so sign up now:

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Online courses - MOOCs

MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses are online courses open to anyone with internet access.  The British Council delivers a range of MOOCs on the FutureLearn platform, with several starting over the next month.  

Register now and try one of our great free courses:


British Council Resources

TeachingEnglish: Would you like to have your own blog on the TeachingEnglish website? Find out how to become a TeachingEnglish blogger and see what the blog topics for April are.

Publications: If you teach on or organise EAP courses then our paper English for Specific Academic Purposes: student partnerships across borders will be interesting for you.   Assessment can be a complex topic for teachers as our research paper Assessment: attitudes, practices and needs shows.

LearnEnglish:  If your students are preparing for IELTS or a similar English proficiency test you can find practice materials and advice to help them prepare for the listening, speaking, reading and writing modules of the IELTS test.

LearnEnglish Kids:  Learning and reviewing vocabulary should be fun, especially for children, so why not try out the word games section of the website with your students.

LearnEnglish Teens: The Speaking Skills section of the website has a range of graded videos and activities to encourage your students to practice speaking in a structured way.  They could also be useful for encouraging students to practice speaking outside of class.

Events: 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.



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