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TeachingEnglish Asia
British Council TeachingEnglish Asia Autumn 2017

Welcome to TeachingEnglish Asia

We hope you had a good summer whether you were working or on holiday.

In this edition we have details of projects in Vietnam and Thailand as well as information on a fascinating new report on best practise for English Medium of Instruction education.  We also have a special offer, allowing you to read a new edition of the book 'The Non-Native Teacher' by Péter Medgyes online for a limited time.

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

News and events
  Participants in one of the Bac Giang groups pose for a group photo

Focusing on teachers’ needs in Vietnam

"I really love the new methodology, it engages the children better and it makes me feel younger as I enjoy the fun in the classroom."  This was the reaction of one teacher in Bac Giang, northern Vietnam, to the impact of the recent CPD training she attended.

The training was developed especially for the teachers in this province, tailored to their needs and context.

Find out more about the training and the impact it's had on teachers.

  Trainers and ministry officials at the launch of a new Regional English Training Centre in Thailand

Training for Success in Thailand

The Regional English Training Centres Project in Thailand is working to develop English levels and teaching methods to improve the confidence of thousands of primary and secondary school language teachers across Thailand.

As a result of the project teachers are using more English in class, making their classes more student centred, and the students are now more engaged in their lessons.

Read more about this fascinating project and the changes it's making to teachers across Thailand.

  A child wears a bear hat ready for an interactive storytelling session

Bringing the joy of reading to children in Vietnam for a third year

"Reading is a transferable skill that opens up a world of opportunities for children. The Kids Read project encourages Vietnamese primary children to read for pleasure both in the classroom and at home."

Kids Read has been bringing the joy of reading to children across Asia for several years now, and just celebrated the start of its third year in Vietnam.

See how the project is developing, bringing books and storytelling to schools in Ho Chi Minh.

  Students read books together around a table

Focusing on English medium of instruction

Two new publications focus on different areas of English medium of instruction (EMI):

  The Non-Native Teacher by Péter Medgyes

The Non-Native Teacher - read online

Péter Medgyes’ book 'The Non-Native Teacher' focuses on the issues faced by many teachers whose first language isn't English, whose own voices had been silenced after almost a century of systematically being considered failed native speakers, deficient communicators and second-best teachers. This new, updated edition of a classic work uses the content of the earlier editions as a basis for:

  • extending the native teacher/non-native teacher debate in terms of the past and the present
  • encouraging readers and users to relate that debate to their own teaching situations
  • providing new material and updated references for further reading and discussion

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  ELTons 2018 innovation awards

ELTons 2018 – Call for Applications

Have you produced an innovative and functional ELT product or service in the last two years?

The ELTons are the British Council international awards that recognise and celebrate innovation in the field of English language teaching (ELT).  Categories are:

• Excellence in course innovation
• Innovation in learner resources
• Innovation in teacher resources
• Digital innovation
• Local innovation

The deadline for applications is 3 November 2017.

Find out more and apply on the ELTons 2018 website.

  A teacher sits with a young girl helping her to read a book

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.  

Applying approaches to special educational needs starts on 3 October and will help you build an understanding of Special Educational Needs and how to immediately use inclusive practices with all your groups.


British Council Resources

TeachingEnglish: We have a great selection of resources, articles and lesson plans you can use when planning your lessons.

LearnEnglish:  If your students want to expand and practise their vocabulary outside of class we have a wide range of vocabulary exercises they can use. 

LearnEnglish Kids:  Your younger students will really enjoy our wide selection of games which they can play at home or in the classroom. 

LearnEnglish Teens: If your students are interested in life in the UK they'll really like our Read UK selection of articles about UK life and culture. 

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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