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TeachingEnglish Asia
British Council TeachingEnglish Asia September 2016

Welcome to TeachingEnglish Asia

This month we bring you exciting news of the British Council's first online CPD conference for teachers and teacher educators.  We have some practical teaching tips from the recent MELTA conference in Malaysia as well as an interesting look at the theory behind Indonesia's Creative Education programme.  

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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Teaching for Success Online Conference: 5 – 9 October 2016

The British Council is running its first global online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) conference from 5th to 9th October 2016. Starting on World Teacher’s Day, the conference will focus on CPD for teachers and teacher educators of all subjects and deal with a range of themes, from strategies to help you or your teachers take responsibility for your professional development to integrating 21st Century Skills into your classroom and training.

Find out more about the conference and register now.

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Highlights and takeaways from MELTA 2016

The British Council supported the 2016 MELTA conference, with workshops and presentations exploring inclusivity, the development of critical thinking, primary classroom management, approaches to teaching and learning, and online tools for developing language and educators own CPD.

All the workshops and presentations had a very practical focus and we’ve pulled together some of the key learning points from a few of sessions.

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Creative Education supporting teachers in Indonesia

Using art works from Prudential Eye and the British Council Collection, the Creative Education programme encourages the development of 21st century skills, rich language and creative thinking in students. The programme was delivered in Indonesia last year and teacher training expert Itje Chodidjah shares some of the rationale behind the programme and how it was developed to support English teachers in Indonesia and provide them with opportunities to generate quality language interactions in the classroom.

Read Itje's full paper and find out more about this fascinating project.

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Bringing the joy of storytelling to disadvantaged children in Vietnam

A group of children from a specialist orphanage in Hanoi, Vietnam enjoyed a day of storytelling, games and activities thanks to the British Council and HSBC supported programme, Kids Read.  

Find out more about this fantastic programme and hear what the kids themselves thought about the day.

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Intensive training for EfECT participants in Burma

Staff from the National Centre for English Language at the University of Yangon are taking part in the EfECT programme. Recently two intensive training programmes took place at the Centre, the first of which focussed on general English proficiency for teachers who work with undergraduate students.  The second was specially tailored for English Literature lecturers from universities all over Myanmar to help them teach literature using a thematic, interactive approach.

Read more about both of these programmes and the rationale behind them.

  Participants and Trainers of the pilot run of the British Council’s Academic Teaching Excellence Course with Central Colleges of the Philippines President

Academic Teaching Excellence in the Philippines

The Academic Teaching Excellence (ATE) course is an intensive week-long course designed for non-native English speaking college and university lecturers who teach their subjects in English, offering lecturers of all disciplines hands-on linguistic tools and teaching strategies in order to communicate their materials more effectively.

Find out more about the ATE pilot at the Central Colleges of the Philippines. 

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Still time to apply for Masters in English Language Teaching: Online

Enhance your teaching capabilities with the British Council and University of Southampton online Masters degree in English Language Teaching. Over the course of two and a half years, this part-time masters course will help you to become an inspiring English Language teacher.

Applications are still open for this degree starting in September.


British Council Resources

TeachingEnglish: The TeachingEnglish Magazine includes blog posts on a range of topics as well as top stories in the world of English language teaching. You can even become a TeachingEnglish blogger and have your articles published on the site.

Publications: The report Children and teachers as co-researchers in Indian primary English classrooms looks at the idea of teachers and learners working together to explore issues of importance to them in the classroom. Findings show that teachers and children were overwhelmingly positive about the project and that teachers’ beliefs changed in important ways. 

LearnEnglish: The Professionals Podcasts will help your students to improve their English with a focus on careers and the workplace.  They cover a large number of business and work themes and could be the basis for an interesting listening lesson.

LearnEnglish Kids: The Flashcards section of the site is a very useful resource if you need to quickly find some high quality flashcards for a young learners' lesson.  You can print them out and use them to play lots of fun vocabulary games.

LearnEnglish Teens: Making sure your students stay safe online is an important thing to consider.  This article on How to be a safe and smart searcher will help your students improve their reading skills while learning how to safely search for information online.



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