• Bili: Impact and Research

    By Charlie Foot, June 3, 2020

    I set up Bili as an indirect result of my MA in Education at the IOE. The weekly evening sessions (after my longest 7 period day), provided a space to reflect on the bigger picture than the piles of photocopying, marking and countless phone calls on my to-do list.

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  • Bilipals between Ghana and Estonia

    By Charlie Foot, April 8, 2020

    This blogpost profiles a school partnership we have set up between teachers Emmanuel Akasegri and Pillerin Arge. In this project we are collaborating with Teach For All to build an international community of language teachers, including Emmanuel representing Teach For Ghana and Pillerin from Noored Kooli (Teach for Estonia).

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  • Connecting the Dots

    By Charlie Foot, March 26, 2020

    As Bili Connects draws to an end, we delve a little deeper into the project and the exchanges between students spanning the UK, and 8 African countries and involving 35 different universities. Here we will look at the structure, the tools used and most importantly focus in on the real connections between individual participants.

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  • A Royal Visit

    By Joseph Hien Bèbè, March 6, 2020

    A month late, but worth the wait for an account of HRH Prince Edward’s visit to the Université Félix-Houphouët-Boigny in the Côte d’Ivoire. As part of his visit, accompanied by British Ambassador Ms Josephine Gauld, the Prince learnt about the British Council’s English Connects programme and engaged with a selection of students who showcased their Bili exchange with their partners from Warwick University in the UK. Read on to hear from Joseph Hien Bèbè what happened on the day! Much like a Bili exchange, this blog is written in two languages! 😉

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  • Alpha. Bili. Charlie.

    By Rachel Eager, January 23, 2020

    One day we will be Alpha, we will be Bili, we will be Charlie – but today, it’s simply another day at the Foreign Office. Bili is an online language exchange, founded by Charlie Foot, in which students can chat from all over the world and complete tasks in order to improve their language skills and learn about each other’s cultures.

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  • UVS and Cardiff Uni students showcase their Bili exchange to the Foreign Secretary

    By Charlie Foot, May 3, 2019

    In the first visit of a UK foreign minister to Senegal in almost 20 years, Jeremy Hunt MP joined us for a live demo of the Bili platform showcasing the 3-month pilot exchange between students in Senegal and Wales.

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  • Cardiff Uni students connect with Senegal

    By Charlie Foot, February 5, 2019

    The very first online language exchange initiative between students from Cardiff University and UVS and UCAD universities in Senegal, launched last week, and we’d like to share some of the first impressions!

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  • Interview: the Wyedean School

    By Eloah Van Houcke, July 24, 2018

    Today we’re happy to share with you this little chat we’ve had with a teacher at Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre, “rightly recognised as a centre in the South West [England] for academic high standards, aspirations and achievement”.

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