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May  2020
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Argument Mapping for IELTS Preparation

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Where did you get that idea?

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Online Platforms for IELTS prep teachers

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Teaching in Practice
 

Argument Mapping for IELTS Preparation

Nick Mann from the British Council in Guangzhou discusses how teaching students about argument mapping strategies can help them to develop better Writing Task 2 responses.

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Where did you get that idea?

Daniel Pinder from the British Council in Beijing discusses the importance of “Wider Reading” in helping students to build vocabulary, plan a structured response, and present a clearer understanding of an idea.

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Online Platforms for IELTS prep teachers

Neil Webb from the British Council in Guangzhou discusses the suitability of different online platforms that teachers can use to conduct remote lessons.

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Resource for Teaching
 
 
 

Test-Teach with a Twist-Test

Omar Badr from the British Council in Beijing discusses a method he has used to conduct practice IELTS tests in his classes.

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Upcoming Events
 
 



NEW DIRECTIONS CONFERENCE: CALL FOR PAPERS – DEADLINE EXTENDED

The eighth New Directions conference in East Asia will be held in 2020 in Singapore. Call for papers. The conference theme is “Connecting Contexts: Linking Assessment, Learning, and Language Use” with sub-themes in:
• Alternative approaches to assessment in learning systems
• Connecting assessment and real-life language use
• English ownership, identity, and consequences for assessment
• Assessment practices across lifelong learning
• Impact and consequences of technology
• A teaching perspective: quality assessment and the impact in the classroom

Find out more at: https://www.britishcouncil.sg/new-directions. The call for papers deadline is set for the 31st of May 2020 so be sure to submit your paper soon!

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Assessing World Languages Conference 2019!

The third Assessing World Languages conference will be held at the University of Macau from the 6th until the 9th of November 2019. The call for papers has unfortunately passed but this does not mean you will have to miss it. Plenty of noteworthy speakers are lined up as you can see for yourself here: https://fah.um.edu.mo/laser/awl2019/ . Registration to attend will open soon so keep an eye out!

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Assessing World Languages Conference 2019!

The third Assessing World Languages conference will be held at the University of Macau from the 6th until the 9th of November 2019. The call for papers has unfortunately passed but this does not mean you will have to miss it. Plenty of noteworthy speakers are lined up as you can see for yourself here: https://fah.um.edu.mo/laser/awl2019/ . Registration to attend will open soon so keep an eye out!

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2017 IATELF Conference

The 51st IATEFL Conference will be held in Glasgow in April 2017. The IATEFL International Annual Conference & Exhibition is one of the key events in the English Language Teaching calendar. It attracts more than 2,500 ELT professionals from more than 100 countries, and involves a 4-day programme of around 500 talks, workshops and symposiums. It offers attendees a unique opportunity to meet leading theorists and writers, and exchange ideas with fellow professionals from all sectors of the ELT industry.

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TEACHERS, SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE!

Are you a teacher with great experience, advice and suggestions that you would like to share with others? Then we would love to hear from you!

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ILACE 2019 Call for Papers

Are you a teacher, examiner, assessment specialist or language expert that wants to build your experience presenting at international conferences and to be part of sharing best practice in English language assessment? The ILACE 2019 Call for Proposals is now open! ILACE - the International Language Assessment Conference in Egypt - is offered through a partnership between the British Council in Egypt and the American University in Cairo (AUC). The conference seeks to provide opportunities for professional development, networking, and scholarly discussion within the area of English language assessment. It also aims to promote the active participation of teachers, researchers and educational leaders in the exchange of ideas and expertise to improve, transform and reform assessment policy and practice. ILACE 2019 is taking place September 3-4 at the AUC in Downtown Cairo, Egypt. This year's conference theme is ‘Assessment in Practice: Applying Testing Principles to Classroom Use’.    

Conference flyer and Call for Proposals attached. Deadline for submitting proposals is 1st May. Visit conference website here:  http://conf.aucegypt.edu/ILACE2019

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2017 IATELF Conference

The 51st IATEFL Conference will be held in Glasgow in April 2017. The IATEFL International Annual Conference & Exhibition is one of the key events in the English Language Teaching calendar. It attracts more than 2,500 ELT professionals from more than 100 countries, and involves a 4-day programme of around 500 talks, workshops and symposiums. It offers attendees a unique opportunity to meet leading theorists and writers, and exchange ideas with fellow professionals from all sectors of the ELT industry.

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TEACHERS, SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE!

Are you a teacher with great experience, advice and suggestions that you would like to share with others? Then we would love to hear from you!

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Burning Questions!

Do you have questions about teaching, English or IELTS that you would really love an answer to? Send them to
neil.ryder@britishcouncil.org

Remember, we also have a Frequently Asked Questions list onwww.chinaielts.org, for you to visit!

 

Do I need to speak in a British or American accent in order to attain a high score on the IELTS speaking test?

Answered by Daniel Meakin from the British Council


"Do I need to speak in a British or American accent in order to attain a high score on the IELTS speaking test?"


Many English learners believe in the importance of developing a “native” accent as a necessary feature of becoming proficient in the language, and some become overly preoccupied with trying to "sound American" or "sound British”. This leads me to consider its overall value in the context of the IELTS speaking test and how it impacts on the scores an examiner might give a candidate for pronunciation.


Speaking with a crisp and clear standard native accent will certainly do no one any harm in an IELTS speaking test. Additionally, in terms of general English use, having a native accent will likely add some credibility to the speaker's ability to communicate in the language.


But the question is how important is it and should it be a priority?


If a candidate's accent meant that parts of their speech were incomprehensible to the examiner, then this would obviously have a negative effect on their score. But it is important to note that examiners are not assessing a candidate's accent. The most important facets of good pronunciation are stress, timing, rhythm, intonation, and clarity. These are what an examiner is assessing a candidate on and these are the main features a learner should focus on. If an English learner finds cultivating a “native” accent enjoyable then it is not something I would discourage. Nevertheless, trying to speak with a native accent for the sake of it is probably not something a learner should become too preoccupied with - their time could be better spent on learning other aspects of English.


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