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There are no passengers on planet earth, we are all crew.

‘There are no passengers on planet earth, we are all crew.’ The British Council International School Award and wider schools offer.   Did you know that as the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, the British...

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Teacher Briefing 30: Language Trends 2021

Theme: Language Trends 2021 (impact of the pandemic)     Background:                                 The annual Language Trends survey carried out now by the British Council tracks what’s happening with regards to language teaching and learning in the UK   Some messages : “It is clear from our survey that teachers are working incredibly hard and there are many good news […]

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Australia needs to make languages compulsory

Over many decades, governments and others have made commitments to increasing Australia’s ‘Asia literacy’. But is this goal being met? Has the growth in investment in language programs and language study seen in the 1980s resulted in lasting change, or is Australia...

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European Day of Languages 2021

European Day of Languages 2021 Annual competition for schools in the UK organised in North-East England My time capsule ALLNE, NfLNE and partners are once again organising the annual European Day of Languages Competition for Schools and in 2021 it is again open to...

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BBC Future: How finger counting gives away your nationality

Many people around the world learn to count on their fingers, but we don't all do it in the same way. Could there be a better method? How would you count to 10 on your fingers? Do you start with the thumb or the index finger? Left hand or right? Dactylonomy (counting...

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Why some languages are almost wordless

Dozens of traditional cultures use a whistled form of their native language for long-distance communication. TOURISTS VISITING La Gomera and El Hierro in the Canary Islands can often hear locals communicating over long distances by whistling — not a tune, but the...

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Are Brain Breaks Worth Classroom Time? 10 Resources To Try

Have you tried out brain breaks in your physical or virtual classroom? Today’s blog post is all about brain breaks: what a brain break is and how to use them with your students. The purpose of a brain break is more than just a pause in instruction; it can have a big...

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