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July 2020 | Updates Vol. 2

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Welcome to our latest newsletter edition!

In this edition, we are excited to introduce an opportunity to join a ‘Young Journalists’ team in Cyprus as part of the COOPower project. You can also check the latest resources for our Addvantage and PSGN scheme members.

Read about our work in Arts and Society. We invite you to attend to online events including two film festivals and to the 'Conversations of our time' second event. We also bring you, the newest article related to our 80th anniversary in Cyprus.

Thank you for staying up to date with the British Council and stay safe!

Best wishes,

British Council Cyprus

 
 

 

In this edition, you will find information about the following topics:

  1. Call for COOPower Young Journalists
  2. Register for Cambridge International Assessment Education examination October/November 2020 session
  3. More flexibility and choices for IELTS
  4. Continue to prepare for IELTS by using our free online preparation resources
  5. Resources available for our Addvantage members
  6. Resources available for our Partner Schools Global Network members
  7. Our work in Arts and Society
  8. 80 years of Cultural Relations in Cyprus.

 
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1. Call for COOPower Young Journalists

British Council is excited to introduce an opportunity to join a ‘Young Journalists’ team in Cyprus as part of the COOPower project.

Are you passionate about social change and interested in capturing the stories of people who work in innovative projects that have a social impact? If so, and you have a background in journalism, social media or communications, apply to join a team of young journalists in Cyprus.

Deadline for Submissions: 28 July at 23:59 EEST

Learn more

 
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2. Register for Cambridge International Assessment Education examination October/November 2020 session

The registration period for the Cambridge International Assessment Education for the October/November 2020 examination session, for the first-time entries and transfer entries from May/June 2020, is now open until 2 August 2020.

Please note that you need to register successfully before Sunday 2 August otherwise, you will need to pay late entry fees.  Unfortunately late fees will be charged automatically, therefore we will not be able to change or waive them.

Select the option 'Cambridge International Assessment Education' from the 'Online Registration and Application Forms' menu.

Register for these exams

 
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3. More flexibility and choices for IELTS candidates

Our test centres have now reopened with extra health and safety precautions in place. Check our updated schedule that offers more test dates for computer-delivered and paper-based IELTS.

Book your IELTS test now

 

4. Continue to prepare for IELTS by using our free online preparation resources

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IELTS Prep App

The easy-to-use IELTS Prep App gives you instant access to free practice tests, grammar tips, exercises, quizzes and more. You'll also find sample questions for Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking, as well as vocabulary practice.

 
Get IELTS Prep App
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Free IELTS Webinars and expert Facebook sessions

Due to popular demand we are continuing our free IELTS webinars with approved experts throughout the summer, and we have now added 4 brand-new topics throughout July. Sign up to get in-depth guidance on various aspects of the test and answers on all your IELTS questions.

 
Register now
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Study abroad survey

We know this is a stressful time and you are concerned about your international study plans.
We are keen to know how your plans are evolving. Please take this short survey as it will help us support you to achieve your goals.

 
Take survey

 

5. Resources available for our Addvantage members

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Cambridge’s Teach English Online Course

Due to popular demand, Cambridge is offering once again the opportunity for teachers to join the free award-winning Teach English Online course. During the 4-week course you’ll learn how to plan and deliver effective online English lessons.

 
Join Teach English Online course
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Cambridge’s Support Pack for Teachers

Cambridge’s interactive pack for teachers helps you to easily access exam preparation materials, digital resources, teaching advice and tips for supporting parents. Don’t forget to bookmark it so that you can explore the resources whenever you want.

 
Get your free pack

 

6. Resources available for our Partner Schools Global Network members

Education Exchange - May and June Webinar Recordings

Educators from all over the globe shared their experiences of online teaching challenges and strategies. Click on the below links to watch the recording of the British Council's webinars on:

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'The challenges of remote learning through online classrooms and resource hubs'

With many school buildings closed, remote learning could mean website, app, text, phone, radio or TV broadcast. How are teachers responding to this challenge in different contexts? This was a panel event, with speakers from around the world, followed by questions from the audience.

 
Watch the recording
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'The challenges of remote learning and pupil assessment'

Remote learning has meant teachers everywhere have had to rapidly adapt their way of working. Formal exams for 2020 have been cancelled in many countries, replaced with teacher assessments or predicted grades.

How can teachers know what learning has been achieved, whether pupils are retaining knowledge and skills, and whether they will be able to apply it later?

 
Watch the recording
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'The challenges of remote learning and teacher resilience'

Teachers are experiencing some of the most dramatic change in their careers and are under pressure to find new ways to support and reach their students.  70 per cent of school children are not attending school in buildings due to closures and rapid moves to remote learning.

What is the impact of this change on teacher resilience and wellbeing?

How are teachers and schools responding in different contexts?

This was a panel event, with speakers from around the world, followed by questions from the audience.

 
Watch the recording
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OSS Access Code - July 2020

The PSGN Online Support for Schools (OSS) platform provides regular and ongoing support through access to training and resources that can be accessed remotely from the safety of your home at a time that best suits you. There are resources that can be used in online lessons along with discussion forums to connect you with teachers across the globe. You can also connect with teachers through our monthly webinar series and learn how to successfully deliver lessons online.

Please note that the July access code to register on the PSGN Online Support for Schools (OSS) platform is:

202007KBWRTU

 
Join this fast growing community

 

7. Our work in Arts and Society

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Queer Wave 2020

Queer Wave marks the first LGBTQ+ film festival in Cyprus and we are thrilled to support it!

We celebrate love and diversity through the transformative power of cinema. Be a part of it!

ONLINE 1-8 August 2020
Access is free of charge

Further announcements will be made on the following pages:

 
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Cable Club: Four short films by Samson Kambalu

CABLE CLUB is a series of artist films from the British Council Collection posted online ready for audiences to enjoy around the world.

You can now watch short films in the British Council Collection by the contemporary artist and author Samson Kambalu – Cathedral, Superfly, I Take My Place in History and I Take The Stairs to 1952 – on the British Council Visual Arts website for 2 weeks, until 4 August 2020.

 
Watch films
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Conversations of our time - live event series

Conversations of our time is a series of free digital events that will give you the opportunity to learn from and engage with respected and inspiring thought leaders from around the globe. Each event will address a key societal issue and provide you with actionable insights from our expert panel to equip you to meet your societal challenges that have been intensified by Covid-19.

Our second event, 'Living through uncertain times', will investigate how people and communities adapt during times of significant change. Join us 13 August, 12.00 - 13.00 UK time.

 
Read more
 

 

 

8. 80 years of Cultural Relations in Cyprus

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Supporting prospective UK students

Who doesn’t know the UK universities education fair in Nicosia?

Since 1987 the British Council in Cyprus has been running the annual UK education fair bringing together UK Educational Institutions and Cypriot students planning to study in the UK. Within these 35 years, we brought to Cyprus a total of 2,427 UK Education exhibitors, having at least 45 UK universities at each fair and had a total of 182,628 visitors.

 
Read more
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Get involved

For more information about the events and activities celebrating the British Council's 80 years in Cyprus, follow #80YearsInCyprus campaign on social media and our website.

 
Learn more
 

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www.britishcouncil.com.cy

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Nicosia Office
1-3 Aristotelous street
1011, Nicosia
PO Box 21175, CY-1503
Nicosia, Cyprus

T: +357 22585000

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7, Şht. Üsteğmen Ünal Genç Sokak
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T: +90 392 2274938

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