Premier Skills English: players interviews activity

Classroom activity using interviews with football players from different backgrounds about learning and using English. Premier Skills is the British Council's international partnership with the Premier League operating in 19 countries across Asia, Africa and the Americas from Afghanistan to Zambia. Premier Skills English helps teachers and learners of English with free, compelling learning materials, drawing on football-based content from the most exciting football league in the world.

Education Exchange: Language learning in lockdown

Has lockdown affected the way you teach languages? We heard from teachers in a range of different contexts on how they’ve worked to make sure that young people can still increase their knowledge and skills, whether they are learning, in class, at home or online. In this webinar organized by the British Council, speakers from around the world talk about the topic, followed by questions from the audience. About the panel: Ruth Horsfall is the Young Learner Courses Manager for the [...]

Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. In this TED Talk video, novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. About the speaker: Inspired by Nigerian history and tragedies all but forgotten by recent generations of westerners, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novels and stories are jewels in the crown of [...]

Scope & Sequence: final years of Elementary School – English language

The Scope & Sequence describes and organizes the learning objectives, skills and knowledge to be addressed in the final years of Elementary School and in High School, as indicated by the Common National Curricular Base (BNCC), demonstrating equivalences with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) descriptors. It also presents a suggestion for a logical sequence and progression development within the same year, in the case of the final years of Elementary School, and within the [...]

Dyslexia, Bilingualism, and Learning a Second Language: dyslexia in bilinguals and second language learners

Dyslexia is the most common learning disability and has been the object of much research published in books, chapters, and articles. Unfortunately, we know much less about dyslexia in bilinguals, in second language learners, or in students schooled in a second language. The latter can be in immersion or bilingual school programs or can come from minority language groups being educated in the majority language. In this interview, Psychology Today talked to Dr. Fred Genesee, Professor [...]

Dyslexia: Language and childhood

People with dyslexia around the world reveal the challenges of growing up and working with this condition. We also hear from scientists and educators working at the cutting edge of dyslexia learning and research. Reading and writing are fundamental tools in most societies, necessary for even the most basic of tasks. For the person with dyslexia this can cause an agonising disjuncture from an early age. Many dyslexic people will recall the difficulties of decoding words, the horror of the [...]

Teacher wellbeing: Five lessons from the experts

The National Health service (NHS) in the UK recognizes five steps to mental health and wellbeing. When Katherine Bilsborough first came across them, she was struck by how simple the advice is and also how appropriate it is for the teaching profession. The steps are based on evidence and the NHS claim that trying these things ‘could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life’. In this article, Katherine Bilsborough summarizes each point and adds a personal note about [...]

Distance learning and English language learners

Teachers and students around the globe have been facing challenging times as we face the COVID-19 pandemic. For many of our students and their families, these challenging times have turned into a crisis. Though a vaccine might offer signs of hope, it’s going to be many months until its distribution has a substantial positive impact on our communities. In this post, Larry Ferlazzo offers a number of suggestions that educators around the world might or might not find helpful as they craft [...]

Edgar Allan Poe and horror stories

This task sequence was created as a final product for Didática da Língua Inglesa, a discipline taught at UFRGS, as part of the English teaching curriculum. It was planned for the last year of high school. The activities were designed around the horror theme and the tale “The Black Cat”, by Edgar Allan Poe.

Social Projects: a lesson plan on the Playing for Change Foundation

This lesson plan aims to raise discussion and awareness on the topics of social projects and volunteering. It was planned by the author to be used with teenagers at school-level as a complement to the students’ textbook unit about volunteer work, however, it can be used on its own. It presents reading, video, and song […]

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