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Monthly Updates | April 2019

In this newsletter you will find information about the following topics:


1. Notice of Closure

2. Seminars: Cambridge English - Key and Preliminary exam updates 2020

3. Webinar: Assessment of writing at B2 to C1 levels

4. Our Future 2019: English exams competition

5. Going Global 2019

6. The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition



7. Exploring English: Shakespeare

8. Applying approaches to Special Educational Needs

9. WE ARE HERE: Artists' Moving Image from the British Council Collection and LUX

10. Attempts to Escape - Art Seen

11. Voices Magazine


1. Notice of Closure

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Easter Holidays

Please be informed that our office located in 1-3 Aristotelous street, will be closed from Friday, 26 April to Wednesday,1 May due to Easter holidays. Therefore, we will not be able to respond to any enquiries during this period.

Normal business operations will resume on Thursday, 2 May 2019.

Happy Easter celebrations!


2. Seminars: Cambridge English - Key and Preliminary exam updates 2020

Teachers discussing in a classroom


The British Council organises open seminars in Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca/Paralimni, Paphos, northern Nicosia and Famagusta.

The purpose is to inform teachers on the A2 Key and B1 Preliminary Updates coming up in 2020.


Key and Preliminary Updates: All you need to know

The British Council’s seminar presenters trained by Cambridge Assessment English will be guiding teachers through these key updates, making sure that they are equipped to successfully prepare their students.

All seminars start at 09.30 and finish at 12.30. Please note that a fee of 20 Euro (non-refundable) is needed to confirm your registration. 

Register for these seminars

3. Webinar: Assessment of writing at B2 to C1 levels

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We’re delighted to invite members of the Addvantage scheme to join the next webinar taking place on Thursday, 25 April 2019. The topic is on assessment of writing at B2 to C1 levels.

The webinar will be delivered by Sarah Ellis and Elena Louicellier from the Cambridge Assessment English team.


Webinar for teachers by Cambridge Assessment English, in collaboration with British Council, exclusively for Addvantage members.

After each webinar we will send you an email with a certificate of attendance, useful links and a link to view the recording.

We hope to see you there!

Register for this webinar

4. Our Future 2019: English exams competition

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For the second year, we are giving school-aged students and teachers in Europe a chance to work in a team and make their own English exam speaking question.

Enter the Our Future 2019 English exams competition with your students and help them prepare for their English exam through an exciting collaborative task.  There are fantastic prizes for students, and teachers can win a trip to the UK with entrance to IATEFL conference.


Our Future 2019 is the biggest English exams competition for school-age learners in Europe.

In order to participate in the British Council’s Our Future competition you need to be a member of our Addvantage membership scheme.

For more information and to activate your membership please contact Natasha Apostolidou, the Exams Business Pursuit and Account Relationship Manager.

The competition runs until 30 April 2019.

More information

5. Going Global 2019

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Going Global is a conference for leaders in international education to debate the future of further and higher education.


The conference will be held from Monday 13 to Wednesday 15 May 2019 in Berlin, Germany.

If you are a university or college vice-chancellor, president or principal, an adviser, minister or government representative, journalist or policy and strategy maker, or a professional and trade body working in international education, then we look forward to seeing you there.

Registration closes on Friday 3 May 2019.

Learn more

6. The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition

Online platform now open for entries wording in front of a theatre stage

Aspiring young writers

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition (QCEC) is the world’s oldest international schools’ writing competition and has been run by The Royal Commonwealth Society since 1883.

This highly regarded, pan-Commonwealth literacy programme is a unique opportunity for aspiring young writers to share their story and have their say on global issues, all whilst developing key skills.



The Competition is an opportunity for all young Commonwealth citizens and residents, regardless of region, education or background, to share ideas, celebrate their story and have their voice heard - all whilst developing key skills. For 2019, we want to hear from more young people across the Commonwealth, all stories and voices are important.

All entrants receive a Certificate of Participation and one Winner and Runner-up from the Senior and Junior categories will win a trip to London for a week of educational and cultural events.

The competition is open to all citizens and residents of the Commonwealth aged 18 and under and runs until 1 June 2019.

Submit your story

7. Exploring English: Shakespeare

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Increase your confidence

Improve your English language skills and learn about Shakespeare’s life and plays with the British Council’s new free online course Exploring English: Shakespeare.


A free six-week online course (Started 25 March 2019)

This free online course is for people who are learning English and interested in the language and legacy of William Shakespeare. This course will look at the life and works of William Shakespeare and at five of Shakespeare’s plays.

The material is designed for non-native English speakers who have studied English to around intermediate level (approximately B1 on the CEFR).

Register for this course

8. Applying approaches to Special Educational Needs

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Do you want to feel confident about teaching learners with special educational needs?

Enjoy the support of an expert British Council tutor in this online moderated training course and discover how to deal with a range of learning challenges students can face.

Price: £250 (British pounds)

Apply now to join this moderated course

9. WE ARE HERE: Artists' Moving Image from the British Council Collection and LUX

Ayo Akingbade, Tower XYZ, 2016. © Courtesy of the artist and LUX


The British Council is pleased to announce the launch of a new programme of moving image work called WE ARE HERE: Artists’ Moving Image from the British Council Collection and LUX, which features some of the UK’s most outstanding emerging and established artists.

WE ARE HERE interrogates how contemporary artists explore themes such as nationalism, marginality, and intimacy through biography, documentary, poetry and fiction in film.


Artists’ Moving Image from the British Council Collection and LUX

In a series of five artists’ film programmes inclusive of compilations and installations, some of the UK’s most outstanding emerging and established artists disrupt old narratives and encourage new global discussions.

We want to collaborate with global curators and cultural programmers to deliver a programme that will resonate with their audiences.

Explore our new programme

10. Attempts to Escape - Art Seen

Features Eva Marathaki tied on a chair


The exhibition brings together a polyphony of critical voices and diverse expressions by twelve contemporary artists, working within a variety of practices and methods. The selections of works and their re-configuration in space, propose alternative situations. These situations form re-negotiations towards ways of being(s), or even set forth, devices of withdrawals from current socio-political conditionings and cultural conventions. The works could be therefore, perceived as ‘escape attempts’, of different scales, analogies and languages.


Art Seen is delighted to announce the group exhibition ‘Attempts to Escape’ opening on the 27th of March 2019.

Participating artists: Spyros Anastasiou (CY), David J. Batchelor (UK), Aikaterini Gegisian (GR), Eva Marathaki (GR), Kyriakos Kallis (CY), Phanos Kyriacou (CY) Vicky Pericleous (CY), Société Réaliste (FR), Georgia Sagri (GR), Maria Theodoraki (GR), Diana Taylor (UK), Mark Wallinger (UK).

The exhibition is curated by Maria Stathi and will continue until the 10th of May 2019.

Learn more about the exhibition

11. Voices Magazine

Wendy Sadler holding a purple ruler

How to explain scientific ideas – six simple tips from a communication expert

Wendy Sadler is a lecturer at Cardiff University, and the founder of science made simple . These are her six simple tips to become a science communicator.

[Photo © British Council]

Read the blog post
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What did Europe mean to Shakespeare?

Professor Michael Dobson argues that Shakespeare was a champion of free movement, and averse to insular nationalism, ahead of his talk on Shakespeare and Europe at the British Council in Paris on 8 July 2016.

[Photo © NASA, licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 and adapted from the original]

Read the blog post

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