19 June 2014

Webinar: What's hot, and what's not in coursebooks?

Date: Saturday 21 June 2014

Time: 15:00 BST

Presenter: Lindsay Clandfield

Lindsay is an award-winning writer, teacher, teacher trainer and international speaker in the field of English language teaching. He has written more than ten coursebooks for language learners and is the co-author of various methodology books for teachers. He is the co-founder of the round, an independent self-publishing collective at www.the-round.comYou can find out more about Lindsay at his website www.lindsayclandfield.com.

This webinar will focus on coursebooks as the indicator of what is popular at the moment in English language teaching. Lindsay will discuss what's hot in the latest generation of international coursebooks and what things are losing popularity. He will also take a look at several recent “flagship” courses from the major publishers and share some of the behind-the-scenes decisions made when a new coursebook series is launched. The webinar will wrap up with a look into the future and the question of whether or not we will be able to call these publications courseBOOKS.

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10 June 2014

Webinar: Speaking Skills for Cambridge English: First for Schools 2015 Update

Date: Monday 16 June/Wednesday 18 June 2014

Time: 14.00 – 15.00/10.00 - 11.00 UK time

Presenters: Jill Buggey, Evelina Galaczi

This webinar is for teachers who are preparing candidates, or going to prepare candidates, for the Cambridge English: First for Schools exam. Alongside discussing the skills assessed in the Cambridge English: First for Schools Speaking paper, this webinar will help teachers understand the assessment scales for speaking at B2. Finally, the presenter will suggest teaching ideas to practise the skills required for the Cambridge English: First for Schools Speaking paper.

Register for this webinar for Monday 16 June or Wednesday 18 June.

9 June 2014

'To be or not to be' Competition

In honour of the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare, British Council Russia is organising a competition << To be or not to be >>, in which you can win a royal pillow with Union Jack flag on it.

 1. Post a photo on Instagram on the topic «To be or not to be» until June 19th 2014;

 2. Put #450shakespeare hashtag and tag British Council (@rubritish) in your photo

 3. Get the most number of «likes» and the royal pillow is yours!

There will be three winners overall. Russian citizens and those older than 14 years are eligible for the competition.
Check out all the information at British Council Russia.

Good luck!

2 June 2014

Webinar - An Introduction to Blended Learning

Date: 4 June (Wed), 2014

Time: 2pm UK

Speaker: Deirdre Cijffers

In this webinar, Deirdre will explore the basic principles of blended learning and ways of making it work, including what tools are available, and the role of teachers and learners in blended learning courses. She  will discuss the task of lesson planning and how they are affected by the inclusion of new technologies, and how good teaching remains good teaching even with these new challenges in potentially uncharted territory.

Visit Cambridge English Teacher to register.