Thought leadership

  • English teaching and learning is an ever-evolving, specialist field. Research and dialogue are vital in understanding the effectiveness of methodologies and ensuring knowledge and resources reach a wide global audience.
  • The British Council is a world authority in English language teaching, training and learning.  With over 80 years of experience in over 100 countries as well as our unique relationships with UK sector specialists, we are able to lead and convene events and commission publications in all of the regions where we work.
  • We share our expertise through an unrivalled collection of free publications, written by leading English language teaching (ELT) experts, through regular seminars and webinars, and through globally recognised ELT conferences and awards.

English Agenda

On the English Agenda website you can find out about the British Council's work in English, from our support for research to our partnerships with governments. You can also browse our track record with ELT projects around the world, watch videos of our seminars and find out about our research papers and books.  

Publications and research

We have a huge collection of free publications by leading experts in the field. Examples of recent publications are:

More publications on TeachingEnglish

More publications on EnglishAgenda

Conferences & Seminars

  • East Asian conferences - The British Council supports a large number of the most important regional and national conferences and events. We provide keynote speakers, workshop presenters, travel grants for individual teachers, and competitions and free resource give-aways at a variety of events such as Thai TESOL, Myanmar Annual Conference for Teachers of English and the RELC conference, Singapore.
  • The IATEFL Online project - A British Council/IATEFL partnership which provides online conference coverage of the prestigious UK annual Conference. 
  • British Council Seminars - An annual series of events which encourage debate on areas of contemporary interest in the field. The series combines informal networking events with more formal workshops and presentations.  They are available online for those who are unable to be there in person.
  • British Council webinars – Taking place throughout the year, the webinars cover a wide range of subjects and are delivered by ELT experts.  Archived webinars are also available for viewing. 

Social Media

Through our networks on Facebook we share ideas, resources and tips with teachers across the region, reaching over 140,000 teachers, trainers and ELT professionals. Some of our most popular sites in the East Asia region are: 


  • ELTons - The only international awards that recognise and celebrate innovation in the field of English language teaching. Recent winners include Michael Swan, 2014 winner of the British Council lifetime achievement award, and the Academic Skills Series by Collins, 2014 winner of the award for innovation in learner resources.
  • The Assessment Research Awards - These awards are designed to assist research students in their studies or dissemination activities.  Recent award winners include Dr Tineke Brunfaut & Gareth McCray (Lancaster University, UK) for their project, which explores cognitive processing whilst reading, and  Dr Christine Coombe of Dubai Mean’s College, UAE for her promotion of excellence in language assessment internationally. 
  • Masters Research - The British Council ELT Masters Dissertation Award recognises work with the best potential for impact on ELT practice on UK universities Masters programmes. The scheme is an opportunity for recent graduates to establish themselves in the field.

MA in English Language Teaching: Online, in partnership with the University of Southampton

Teachers anywhere in the world, with an internet connection, can take this part-time (two and half years), Masters degree programme in English Language Teaching. Developed and delivered collaboratively by the University of Southampton and the British Council, it offers postgraduate level study in key areas of current theory and practice in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching.