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August 26, 2015

Japan | Events

Upcoming TEMI seminars in Nagoya, Hamamatsu and Tokyo

Regular ELT News contributor Helene Jarmol Uchida will be giving teacher-training seminars in Hamamatsu (Sept. 19), Nagoya (Sept. 20) & Tokyo (Oct. 11) and Oct. 12 ). The events are organized by the NPO Teaching English Methods Institute (TEMI). Participating in these TEMI Seminars leads to obtaining the TEMI Certificate, a valuable addition to your credentials and professional development. Helene is the founder of TEMI, Director of Little America English Schools, and a lecturer at Seinan Gakuin University, Fukuoka Women's University, and Chikushi Jogakuen University. For more information about these seminars, please see the TEMI website, temi.or.jp/1st-carat or contact Yuki Matsubara, TEMI National Coordinator (092-521-8826).

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July 27, 2015

Japan | Publishing | Events | Awards & Competitions

Cengage Celebrates Launch of Our World Series With Free Gift Campaign

Cengage Learning has announced the full publication of its long-awaited series for young learners, Our World, in partnership with the National Geographic Society.

Our World is an award-winning series packed with fascinating content to capture children’s attention, featuring stunning National Geographic photographs and videos. The series incorporates core 21st Century skills – communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking – and is an engaging and relevant way for children to learn English.

To celebrate the publication of the series, Cengage Learning are offering a special gift to all teachers who apply via the following URL by August 15th and complete a short survey: http://www.instant.ly/s/7vCRe

The launch of Our World comes at a time when English education in Japan is undergoing major changes, with English being set as a compulsory elementary school subject from the third grade. Cengage Learning believe English education will become even more important for our children’s future and hope that young learners in Japan the 21st Century will be able to communicate confidently and naturally with their international peers in our global community.

• More about the Our World campaign
• Order Our World online

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September 12, 2014

Japan | Events

National Geographic Learning Event to be Live-streamed

National Geographic Learning | Cengage Learning will be live streaming their mini-conference English, 21st Century Skills and Young Learners! on Sunday 21st September 2014 so you can join from the comfort of your own home. The event will feature a bumper selection of skills, games, and exercises to incorporate 21st Century Skills into your classroom. Global educator Dr. Joan Kang Shin, will share ideas on storytelling, cross-curricular topics and engaging activities that bring your classroom to life, and will give you the tools to help your young learners succeed as global citizens.

The event will be broadcast from 2:00pm Japan time on Sunday 21st September via the link below.

• Live Broadcast
• Read More

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April 01, 2014

Events | Japan

Cambridge University Press to hold tribute event for Robert Habbick

Cambridge University Press in Japan (CUP) has announced that there will be a tribute to Robert Habbick held on April 24th at the Gakushi Kaikan near Jimbocho Station in central Tokyo.

Robert Habbick passed away on September 30th, 2013. An initial tribute event was held at the JALT National Conference last year, but due to the timing, many people were not able to come.

CUP stated: "The purpose of the event is to share fond memories of Rob, be they stories or photos. There will be an open mic and projector. Everyone interested in participating is invited to submit photos either by email to the address below or by bringing a memory stick on the day itself." Those not able to come may send on messages for the condolence book to the same email address (below).

The party will start at 7.15 pm, there will be drinks and light food, and the party will close around 8:45.

The access details can be found here:
http://www.gakushikaikan.co.jp/info/access.html

Everyone with friends or colleagues who were close to Robert is invited, and CUP has asked that friends and colleagues inform other friends and colleagues of Robert's about the event.

Anyone wishing to attend the the tribute party should contact the organiser by email at japanelt@cambridge.org, by April 17th, with 'Robert Habbick' in the subject line.

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January 30, 2014

Events

Upcoming TEMI seminars in Osaka, Tokyo

temi-seminars.jpgRegular ELT News contributor Helene Jarmol Uchida will be giving three seminars, one in Osaka and two in Tokyo. The events are organized by the Teaching English Methods Institute (TEMI).

Participating in the seminars leads to TEMI teacher certification, a valuable addition to your credentials and professional development. 1st Carat Seminars are for first-time attendees, 2nd Carat for second-time, and so on up to 4th Carat.

Helene is the founder of TEMI, Director of Little America English Schools, and a lecturer at Seinan Gakuin University, Fukuoka Women's University, and Chikushi Jogakuen University.

For more information about these seminars, please see the TEMI website, http://temi.or.jp/temi-seminars?lang=en or contact TEMI coordinator Michitaka Komatsu (092-521-8826).

Helene will also be giving free workshops in Osaka and Nagoya next month, organized by Little America and Matsuka Phonics.

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November 14, 2013

Events | Japan

Tokyo - Oxford Day 2013

wine-cheese.jpgWould you like to explore some practical new techniques for your classes?

Oxford University Press Japan would like to invite you to a day of thought-provoking and practical workshops by international and Japan-based experts on a range of high-interest areas in English language teaching. Topics to be covered include blended learning, creativity, CLIL, testing, using tablets, “Can-Do” statements, critical thinking, and more.

Presenters include: Goodith White, Keith Morrow, Grant Trew, Malcolm Swanson, Chantal Hemmi, Ben Shearon, Shigeru Sasajima

Also on offer:

  • Lunch* (vegetarian option available)
  • Wine and cheese party*
  • 20% discount on books
  • "Early bird" prize draw

Cost: FREE, but pre-registration is required.
Date: Saturday, November 23rd
Time: 09:30-17:00 (Doors open at 09:00)
Venue: AP Shibuya Dogenzaka 11F
(three minutes from the "Hachiko exit" of Shibuya station.)

(* For pre-registered guests only)

P.S. If you can't make it for Oxford Day, you can still hear Goodith White talk about "Technology in the classroom" at a special event in Shinjuku on November 25th. For more information, click here.

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November 04, 2013

Events | Bulgaria

BETA Conference in Bulgaria April 2014

Teach-English-in-BulgariaFor those of you who like to plan well in advance, the 23rd BETA Bulgaria Annual International Conference will be held next April.

 Theme: The English language classroom: Can research meet practice?

Date: 11 - 13 April 2014.
On 11th April (Friday), BETA will host the Annual General Meeting of the South Eastern Europe Teachers' Associations (SEETA).

Venue: South-West University in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria

Plenary speakers: Terry Lamb (UK), Desmond Tomas (UK), Elisaveta Boyadzhieva and Gergana Apostolova (Bulgaria).

Topics: Applied Linguistics; Blended Learning; Content and Language Integrated Learning; Global Issues; Literature, Media and Cultural Studies in ELT; Teacher Education and Development; Teaching English for Specific Purposes; Teaching Young Learners and Teenagers; Testing, Evaluation and Assessment.

A programme of social events including a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Rila Monastery will offer the participants the opportunity to combine their professional growth with delightful experiences.

Speaker proposal submission deadline: 12 January 2014

Contact BETA Bulgaria or visit their website for more info.

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October 23, 2013

UK | Events

Pearson to host UK growth strategy panel

pearson-logo.jpgThe PIE (Professionals in International Education) News reports on an upcoming event aimed to boost the ELT industry in the UK.

Stakeholders from the UK’s English language teaching (ELT) industry will convene next week to discuss the UK’s new growth strategy for international enrolments and its likely impact on the sector at an event hosted by education giant Pearson.

In July, the UK government announced the it wants to see 15-20% growth in overseas enrolments at its universities.

The plan includes exporting UK English language teaching standards as the global benchmark and promoting the UK as an English learning destination.

Maddalaine Ansell, Head of the International Knowledge and Innovation Unit for the Government’s Department for Business Innovation and Skills, will present the keynote address at the event on 31 October.

This will be an overview and explanation of the UK government’s International Education Strategy and Implications for ELT within its five themes including; international student recruitment, transnational education, education technology, partnerships, and branding.

Read the full post on The PIE News.

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October 10, 2013

Online | Events

Free on-line training day: using technology in teaching

ltsig-logo.jpgThe IATEFL Learning Technologies Special Interest Group will be discussing the theme Using technology in teaching on Saturday 12 October 2013. The following speakers will be participating in the on-line conference: Christel Broady, Carol Chapelle, Gavin Dudeney, Elizabeth Hanson-Smith, Deborah Healey, Nicky Hockly, Phil Hubbard, Sophie Ioannou-Georgiou, Paige Ware & Shaun Wilden.

This is the first joint online conference by TESOL CALL-IS (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, USA - Computer Assisted Language Learning Interest Section) and IATEFL LTSIG (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language, UK - Learning Technologies Special Interest Group).

Find out more on the Learning Technologies SIG website.

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October 04, 2013

Canada | Events

Record Ontario communities proclaim ESL Week, Oct. 20-26

teach-English-in-Canada.jpgThe upcoming ESL Week is part of efforts in Ontario to raise awareness of the importance of English language learning opportunities in Canada.

To date, a record number of 45 Ontario communities have proclaimed English as a Second Language (ESL) Week for October 20 - 26 this year. The annual celebration of ESL education and learning will take place throughout the province at this time.

Created by TESL Ontario (Teachers of English as a Second Language), ESL Week involves Ontario communities, thousands of ESL professionals, students of all ages, and many learning institutions and school boards.

For the past several years, ESL Week continues to raise awareness of the importance of ESL education for Ontarians and newcomers to Canada. According to Renate Tilson, executive director of TESL Ontario, "ESL Week enables us to thank the language training professionals who help new Canadians adapt to our culture. At the same time ESL Week acknowledges the determination of those new to our country to learn English."

Read the full press release from Digital Journal.

Read more about ESL Week on the TESL Ontario website.

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September 26, 2013

Events | Online | Spain

Annual teachers' conference live online from Spain

british-council-logo-blue.jpgThis Saturday 28 September, the British Council in Spain holds its annual teacher’s conference with talks in teaching centres across the country, including Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia. You can follow the live stream of speakers between 09.00 and 14.15 UK BST on the British Council’s newly upgraded Livestream channel.

The streamed speakers this year are IATEFL President Carol Read (on Creativity in the Classroom), Samantha Lewis (on getting Teens to speak using games), John Liddy (on using literature to promote learners' creative writing), and Ali Smith (on making stories and storytelling interactive). The event concludes with a performance by professional storyteller Tim Bowley.

All talks are to be streamed via Livestream; the channel URL is: http://new.livestream.com/britishcouncilspain. No registration is required to view the streams.

  The talks have been chosen to appeal to any teaching or teacher training staff, regardless of age range taught or level of experience. Please note that edited recordings of the talks will be available after the event, both on the Livestream channel and on the British Council's TeachingEnglish website.

For more information, see the British Council, Spain website.

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September 24, 2013

Events | Sweden

2014 Early Language Learning conference - call for abstracts

umea-university-logo.pngIn the year when Umea, Sweden celebrates its role as European Capital of Culture, Umea University is hosting a major international conference in June 2014 on the theme of young children, aged 3-12 years, learning second and foreign languages.

Theme of The Conference: Early Language Learning: Theory and Practice in 2014
Venue: Department of Language Studies, Umea University, Sweden
Date: 12 -14 June 2014
Deadlines:
Colloquia submissions - 27th October 2013
Papers and Poster presentations - 24th November 2013

Plenary speakers
Dr. Annie Hughes, York University, UK
Prof. Marianne Nikolov, Pécs University, Hungary
Dr. Yuko Butler, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Prof. Jelena Mihaljevic Djigunovic, Zagreb University, Croatia

Read more on the Umea University website.

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September 13, 2013

Events | Brazil

English language learning project for World Cup kicks off

teach-English-in-Brazil.jpgA new English language learning project will help prepare young people in Brazil for the world of work and encourage them to become volunteers to help tourists during the FIFA World Cup 2014.

The initiative is part of a collaboration between PlugMinas (Centre for Formation and Digital Experimentation), the Government of the State of Minas Gerais, Cambridge English Language Assessment and Cultura Inglesa (educational institution in Belo Horizonte). The project also has support from SECOPA MG (Special Secretariat for the World Cup) as part of its programme of social inclusion.

As part of the project Cambridge English exams will be taken by participants of a language course offered by the Cultura Inglesa. The students, aged between 14 and 24, are all current or former students from public municipal and state schools or colleges.

Rone Costa, Development Manager of Cambridge English Language Assessment in Brazil said:

“We support this project, as a good knowledge of English will certainly help these students both in preparing for the world of work, as well as communicating with the thousands of football fans from all over the world, who will come to Brazil in 2014.”

The project got underway earlier this year when a group of 60 students were selected to participate in the preparation course for the exam Cambridge English: Key.

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September 11, 2013

Malta | Events

ELT Malta conference inspires teachers

teach-English-in-Malta.jpgThe Malta Independent yesterday reported on last week's second annual ELT Malta Conference.

The English as a Foreign Language Monitoring Board organised the second edition of the annual ELT Malta Conference between 6 and 7 September.

Around 330 ELT professionals, working in both private language schools and the mainstream educational sector, attended the conference.

The audience was provided with the opportunity of attending talks by world-renowned ELT experts like Jeremy Harmer, Adrian Underhill and Ken Wilson. The conference had a total of six plenary talks and 21 workshops. A number of these workshops were led by local ELT practitioners.

In his welcoming speech, Education Minister Evarist Bartolo praised the EFL Monitoring Board’s initiative to organise an annual conference for teachers working in the local ELT sector.

He emphasised the importance of high English standards in Malta as a means of retaining a competitive edge internationally. For this reason the country’s bilingual status needs to be safeguarded at all costs.

Read the full article from the Malta Independent.

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September 06, 2013

UK | Events

IATEFL 2014 - Speaker application deadline

iatefl-conference-sign.jpgThis a quick reminder that the 48th IATEFL Annual Conference and Exhibition will be held at Harrogate International Conference Centre, Harrogate, UK from 2nd to 5th April 2014.

Plenary speakers at the event will be David Graddoll, Kathleen Graves, Michael Hoey and Sugata Mitra.

Conference registration for speakers and delegates has been open since mid June 2013. Here are some upcoming important dates:

  • Speaker application deadline - 19th September 2013 (you will be notified of the results by end of November 2013)
  • Speaker payment deadline - 12th December 2013
  • Early bird payment deadline - 30th January 2014
  • Online booking available until 19th March 2014 and existing orders can be paid prior to arrival at conference.

Full details at the IATEFL 2014 website.

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September 05, 2013

Events | Indonesia

Indonesia: English teachers aiming to up their game

Teach-English-in-IndonesiaThe Jakarta Post seems to be a bit harsh in its sweeping statement about the abilities of Indonesia's English language teachers, in this report on the recent TEFLIN Conference.

As the majority of English language teachers in Indonesia lack competence, more than 500 teachers from all over the country are meeting in Jakarta to exchange knowledge and experiences, involving their counterparts from the region and native speaking countries.

“The speakers and presenters at the three-day conference are expected to offer input, based on their research and experience, on how to improve the teaching of English as a foreign language in Indonesia,” the president of the Association of Teaching of English as a Foreign Language in Indonesia (TEFLIN), Fuad Abdul Hamid, told The Jakarta Post after the opening ceremony of the conference recently.

The 60th TEFLIN International Conference, presented 10 main speakers in general sessions and 316 presenters in parallel sessions. The speakers and presenters come from various universities in Australia, the UK, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and the US.

The conference was organized by the TEFLIN, in cooperation with the University of Indonesia’s (UI) Faculty of Humanities and Universitas Siswa Bangsa Internasional.

Fuad acknowledged that even though English language teachers in Indonesia were required to have teaching certifications, most of them were poor in English proficiency, making their teaching ineffective.

Read the full article from The Jakarta Post.

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India | Events

10th International Congress on English Grammar

English-in-IndiaYou are invited to submit papers for the 10th International Congress on English Grammar, which will be held in southern India in January 2014.

Sri Ramakrishna Engineering College, Coimbatore, India in association with Systemic Functional Linguistics, Hyderabad, is organizing the 10th International Congress on English Grammar (ICEG 2014) on 23-25 January 2014.  The theme of the conference is Grammar and Grammar Teaching: Changing Perspectives.

The Congress aims to support and uphold interaction and meaningful discussion among researchers from all over the world in the fields of English Grammar, Lexicography, Linguistics, English Language Teaching and Communication Technology in Language Teaching. The first ICEG was held in Hyderabad in July 1999. This world renowned Congress was subsequently hosted by some of the elite and premier institutions in India and abroad.

ICEG 2014 focuses on current topics in Language, Linguistics and Literature. The event creates a platform for scholarly interactions on the major changes in teaching of English. The Congress draws researchers from all over the world to present their research findings and to implement these language teaching techniques to the needs of the learners.

Participants are requested to send abstracts based on their original and unpublished research articles related to the above mentioned topics. The abstracts should not exceed 200 words and should envelop creativeness, scope, methodology followed, findings/observations and discussions. The names, affiliations, mobile, email address and full mailing address of all authors must be mentioned.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 5 November 2013.

For more details, please  visit the ICEG 2014 website.

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August 26, 2013

Online | Events

Upcoming IATEFL webinar dates

iatefl-logo.jpgLater this week and in the coming months, here are some IATEFL webinar dates to pencil into your diary.

Claudia Ferradas PhD - 'Reading across cultures: literature for intercultural awareness'; 31 August 2013, 3pm BST

 

In a context of growing intercultural communication, reading and responding to texts in which cultures come into contact can help us develop intercultural awareness, as the encounter with otherness can encourage reflection on how meanings can be communicated across cultures. This webinar explores texts written in English in which intercultural encounters are highlighted and proposes activities and resources for the classroom which aim at developing the linguistic repertoire necessary to express our own meanings in English.

 

Claudia Ferradas is an experienced presenter and ELT author based in Argentina who travels the world as a teacher educator. Among many international presentations, she was the closing plenary speaker at the IATEFL conference in Cardiff in 2009. She is a lecturer in advanced language and literature at teacher training and translation programmes and has been in charge of MA seminars and research supervision in Argentina, Spain and the UK. Claudia works as a consultant for the British Council and has co-chaired the Oxford Conference on the Teaching of Literature on five occasions. She has also worked as Project Manager for the Penguin Active Readers Teacher Support Programme

 

Other dates:

Adrian Underhill - 'The Jazz of Teaching and Learning' 14 September 2013, 3pm BST

 

Vicki Hollett - 'Learning to speak 'merican' 19 October 2013, 3pm BST

 

Scott Thornbury - 'Fossilization: is it terminal?' 30 November 2013, 3pm GMT

 

Tessa Woodward - 'Enjoying personal and professional creativity' 31 January 2014, 3pm GMT

 

Mike McCarthy - 'Spoken fluency revisited' 22 February 2014, 3pm GMT

 

For more details about this week's webinar, see the IATEFL website.

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August 22, 2013

Mongolia | Events

Mongolia TESOL International Conference, October 2013

teach-English-in-Mongolia.jpgThis year the 7th National TEFL / 3rd Mongolia TESOL International Conference will be held at the Mongolian University of Science and Technology, Ulaanbaatar. The conference will be held on October 4-6, 2013 under the theme "Sharing Language Learning Experiences." University and secondary school teachers, university students, ELT professionals and educators are invited to present and participate in the conference.

Founded in 1997, the English Language Teachers' Association of Mongolia (ELTAM) aims to develop English language teachers at nationwide level and promotes all kinds of English programs. It supports English language teachers' development and, therefore, one of its major activities is organizing an annual conference to bring teachers to share their teaching practices and experiences and promote their networking.

Those wishing to present at this year's conference should request a proposal form with the guidelines for those who are willing to share ideas, experiences and discuss some of the latest ELT innovations. There is also an opportunity to volunteer during the conference preparation and organization. Contact organizers by e-mail (miraedu@yahoo.com, mongoliatefl@gmail.com) or telephone at 99-279-476.

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August 10, 2013

India | Events

Call for papers - Teacher Educator Conference 2014

tec14-logo.jpgThe deadline is approaching to submit proposals for next year's International English Language Teacher Educator Conference in India.

The British Council, in full partnership with English and Foreign Languages University (EFL-U) Hyderabad, will come together again to host the International English Language Teacher Educator Conference in India with support from the English Language Teachers’ Association of India (ELTAI) and the International Association for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL).

This event is considered to be the world’s largest English language teacher educator conference and is now in its fourth year. The conference will be held again in Hyderabad, Telangana (formally known as Andhra Pradesh), India from 21 – 23 February 2014.

The main theme of the conference will be 'Innovation in English Language Teacher Education' and the conference will be structured around following three sub themes - 'Innovations in Continuing Professional Development for English language teacher educators and teachers', 'Learning from Experience', and 'Technological resources for language education'. So far, the only plenary speaker announced is Simon Borg, Professor of TESOL at the School of Education, University of Leeds.

A call for papers has been announced and those who wish to present at this conference can submit their proposal online. The last date to submit a proposal is 30 August 2013. Only online submissions will be accepted for vetting.

More details and proposal submissions on the British Council website.

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August 09, 2013

Events

TESOL to hold events in Cameroon, Brazil, & China

tesol-logo.jpgIn a press release today, TESOL announced plans to hold one-to-two-day regional events in Cameroon, Brazil, & China.

TESOL International Association will be holding three international events for English language educators, administrators, policy makers, and researchers this year. The events will take place in Yaoundé, Cameroon; São Paulo, Brazil; and Guangzhou, China. Each event is a one-to-two-day regional program held in collaboration with a TESOL affiliate, and all provide participants a unique opportunity to meet face-to-face with leading experts in the field on a specific topic or issue.

The acronym TESOL stands for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, a professional association for English language educators engaged in the field of English as a second or foreign language.

“As an international community, it is important for us to advance the field and address the needs of English language learners and professionals worldwide through events like these,” noted TESOL Executive Director Rosa Aronson.

Read the full press release.

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August 08, 2013

South America | Events

Upcoming events in Latin America

latin-america.jpgAugust Academic Saturday "Back to School", Mexico City MEXTESOL local chapter
Date: August 31, 2013
Location: Instituto Progreso y Esperanza (Av. 5 No. 89 Col. Granjas San Antonio, Del. Iztapalapa), Mexico City
For further details, please check the Mexico City MEXTESOL Facebook profile or e-mail Bertha Gpe. Paulo Guerrero, Secretary-Treasurer, Mexico City MEXTESOL. Click here for a map or click here to register.

Panama Annual TESOL Congress
Panama TESOL is holding its Annual Congress on September 20-22 in Panama City. The theme of the congress is "Bridging Language, Heritage, and Culture".
Date: September 20-22, 2013
Location: Universidad Latina de Panama, Panama City
More information is available at the Panama TESOL website or by writing to Joanne Pyra or Joel Alvarez.

48th ASOCOPI Annual Conference, Bogotá, Colombia
The Colombian Association of Teachers of English - ASOCOPI, is pleased to invite professionals and college students in the area of English language teaching to attend the upcoming 48th ASOCOPI Annual Conference "ELT and Culture: Conceptual and Practical Perspectives".
Date: October 10-12, 2013
Location: Universidad El Bosque, Bogotá
For further details, please contact organizers through the ASOCOPI website or by e-mail.
Contact: Melba Libia Cárdenas B.
ASOCOPI Secretary, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Phone: (57 1) 2115018 

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July 26, 2013

ELT People | Online | Events

IATEFL Webinar with Jeremy Harmer - July 27

jeremy-harmer.jpgThis time tomorrow you'll be able to tune in to watch one of ELT's leading lights. Jeremy Harmer will be holding a webinar on IATEFL BESIG on July 27 from 3pm to 4pm (BST).

The theme of the event is 'Yes, but why do we need teachers at all?'

We all think that teachers should motivate their students and help them to become successful learners - but what does that actually mean? And what is the balance of 'the-teacher-as-motivator', and the teacher who knows - and knows how to help students know? Furthermore, in a world where people are offering digital solutions to learning problems, how has/will the teacher's role change?

This session will look at opinions from English language teaching - and from outside the field - to come up with a new way of looking at how we can help our students to be more effective.

Jeremy - a frequent presenter, seminar leader and teacher both in the UK and, more frequently, around the world - currently works as as an online tutor for the MATESOL at The New School, New York.

To join the webinar please go to http://iatefl.adobeconnect.com/jeremyharmer/. Ensure "Enter as Guest" is selected; enter your name and country; and click "Enter room." You do not need to register in advance to join this webinar.

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July 18, 2013

Chile | Events | Teacher Development

ELTeach aiming to boost teacher confidence in Chile

elteach-logo.jpgELTeach - a new teacher training and assessment initiative launched by Cengage Learning and ETS - will be the focus of a seminar for English language teachers in Chile next month. The 2nd Academic Seminar - Teaching with Confidence event will be held August 10, 2013 at the Hotel Crowne Plaza, Santiago.

The seminar will feature presenters Donald Freeman, ELTeach Senior Academic Advisor; Mary Jane Abrahams, Director TESOL CHILE; and Richard J. Tannenbaum, Ph.D., Senior Research Director for the Center for Validity Research, Research & Development, ETS.

The event is co-organized by local partner Seminarium Certificación. For more information or to register, get in touch by phone: (562) 2490-26-10/2490-26-15 or email.

Run by Cengage Learning, ELTeach is an online, integrated Professional Development, Assessment, and Certificate program, supporting teachers of English through coursework and assessments. Pilots program have been run in over a dozen countries worldwide in 2012-13, making it one of the biggest teacher training projects done on a global scale in the ELT industry. With more than 6,000 teachers involved, it's a significant move into the teacher training and assessment space by Cengage and ETS. Implementation programs are beginning now in several countries.

ETS is the company that develops, administers and scores more than 50 million TOEFL, TOEIC, and GRE tests annually in more than 180 countries.

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July 17, 2013

Events

Announcements from the British Council

British CouncilA couple of recent announcements from the British Council.

British Council TEFL open evening, 1st August 2013 - London
Are you thinking of making a career teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL)? Already qualified with a CELTA or Trinity Certificate in TESOL and looking for opportunities abroad?

The British Council employs over 2000 teachers worldwide and we’re growing. This year we need to recruit around 800 teachers and Senior Teachers to work for us on a variety of contracts overseas.

If you’re interested in finding out more, come to our free drop-in event in central London on Thursday August 1st between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. There will be shot presentations throughout the evening, as well as refreshments.

Read more about this event.

Call for proposals for the Seminar series 2013-14
The Seminar Series for English language teachers runs throughout the academic year at locations around the UK. We are seeking proposals from potential presenters and workshop leaders on a wide range of innovative topics and from a variety of backgrounds.

Whether you are an English language teacher, researcher or practitioner, if you would like to share your innovative techniques from the classroom, or cutting-edge research, please put forward your proposal today.

Closing date: Friday 9 August 2013

Read more about how to submit a proposal.

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July 02, 2013

Malaysia | Events

Borneo to host 2014 Asia TEFL Conference

Teaching-English-in-MalaysiaThe Borneo Post reports that Malaysia will host the Asia TEFL International Conference for the second time next year. The largest English language teaching event in Asia, it will be held in the city of Kuching, capital of the East Malaysian state of Sarawak.

Borneo Convention Centre Kuching will have the honour of hosting the Asia TEFL (Teaching English as Foreign Language) 12th International Conference 2014 on Aug 28-30.

This will be the second time it is held in Malaysia and the first in Kuching, said Asia TEFL president Professor Lee Hyo-Woong.

He said Asia TEFL is the largest English language teaching event in Asia and the international conference will focus on providing a regional platform for English teachers and trainers to connect with various English language institutes around Asia.

“The annual event is for English language teachers to meet and discuss ways to promote the use of proper English through present and new methodologies and opportunity to gain knowledge through the workshops and talks,” said Lee at a press conference yesterday.

Read the full story from The Borneo Post.

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June 26, 2013

Japan | Events

FAB-4 Annual Brain Days in Nagoya

fab-4.jpgThe FAB-4 Annual Brain Days, a NeuroELT conference, is coming up on July 6-7 at Nanzan University in Nagoya. The conference explores how to use the connection between neuroscience and teaching in the English language classroom. Joseph Shaules of the Japan Intercultural Institute will join the conference for the first time with a plenary session called "Banana, Monkey, Panda: Cultural Neuroscience and Intercultural Education." The session asks which two of the three – banana, monkey, and panda – you would group together. Surprisingly, your response involves both your culture and your brain. For a teaser of Joseph’s talk, check out his YouTube.com video.

Other plenaries will be given by conference founders Robert Murphy (Practical NeuroEFL Pedagogy), and Marc Helgesen (DIY NeuroELT: Making Your Textbook More Brain Friendly).

There will also be over 35 additional presentations, workshops, pecha kuchas, and poster sessions by many presenters including Brian Cullen, Kim Horne, Lesley Ito, Nagisa Kikuchi, and Joshua Meyerson. Curtis Kelly, another one of the conference founders will be giving a presentation (via Skype). See the FAB-4 website for a full schedule and early bird discount preregistration, available until June 30.

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June 11, 2013

Events

Debate: Will the teaching profession become obsolete?

bc-wise-debate-screenshot.jpgA lively and provocative debate was recently held in Manchester, UK on the question, ‘Future models of learning: will the teaching profession as we have known it become obsolete?'

The event was co-hosted by the British Council’s Going Global conference for leaders of higher education and the Qatar Foundation's World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE). It was held at the University of Salford as part of Qatar UK 2013, and was followed by the announcement of the 2013 WISE Awards finalists. The awards will be celebrated at a special ceremony at the WISE Summit in Doha, Qatar, 29-31 October.

Chaired by Susan Douglas, senior advisor on schools to the British Council, the debate featured Dale Stephens, founder of the Uncollege movement; Professor Sugata Mitra, researcher, professor and TED talk winner; Daniel Stevens, NUS international students officer; Professor Martin Hall, vice-chancellor, Salford University; Pamela Wright OBE, executive headteacher, Wade Deacon High School; and Bilal Shakir, WISE Learners’ Voice.

Watch the recorded video of the debate.

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May 27, 2013

Events | Germany

Register for 4th ESP Conference in Germany

Teaching-English-in-France"Online registration is now open for the 4th English for Specific Purposes (ESP) Conference at the Hochschule (University of Applied Sciences) in Ulm, Germany on 4th/5th October 2013.

The expansion of scientific, technical and economic activity on an international scale has created an increasing demand for learning English not for pleasure but because the language is the key to technology and commerce. The demand for English courses tailored to specific needs is rapidly growing not only in areas such as law, medicine, and finance but also aviation, the automobile & automotive industry, military & peacekeeping and many more.

In order to help English language trainers keep up-to-date with the latest developments and trends in ESP including students’ and companies’ specific needs, the next ESP Conference will be held at the Institut für Fremdsprachen und Management, Hochschule Ulm on Saturday 5th October 2013. The plenary speech will be by Ian Badger, "Business Critical ESP Training."

Early bird registration fee rates apply until 30 June.

The pre-conference seminar on teaching technical English on Friday, 4th October is being sponsored by the International Association of Technical English Trainers (IATET). The seminar is free for IATET members.

Find out more about the event or register here.

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May 24, 2013

Events | Awards & Competitions

2013 ELTon winners

Teaching-English"The ELTons, sponsored by Cambridge ESOL and now in their 11th year, were held in London on May 22. The ELTons are the only international awards that recognise and celebrate innovation in English language teaching (ELT).

2013 ELTon Winners:

Excellence in Course Innovation
Hooray! Let’s play! - Helbling Languages

Innovation in learner resources
DVD Readers – Mary Glasgow Scholastic

Innovation in teacher resources
Film English – Kieran Donaghy

Digital innovation
Cool Speech: Hot Listening, Cool Pronunciation – Speech in Action/Firsty Group

Local innovation
English in Action: Teaching and Learning Programme – English in Action, Bangladesh.

The Macmillan Education Award for Innovative Writing
CLIL-Biology Towards IGCSE: Content and Language Integrated Learning towards International Science standards – Y.L. Teresa Ting

The Lifetime Achievement Award
Brita Haycraft

Watch a recording of the awards and find out more about the winners on the British Council website

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May 21, 2013

Events | Singapore | Republic of Korea

Upcoming events in Korea, Singapore

Teaching-English"A quick reminder of two major events coming up in Asia in the next week.

The Korea TESOL National Conference 2013 will be held this weekend, May 25-26, at the Korea National University of Education. The conference brings together several key concepts in contemporary TESOL (including professional development, second language acquisition, theory informing practice, classroom-centered research projects, and pedagogy) into a meaningful theme, Developing Professionally: Plug-and-Play SLA Pedagogy, which seeks to provide teachers with practical ideas that can be readily applied in their classrooms.

The international plenary speaker is Dr. Keith Folse, an internationally renowned scholar and lecturer. Perhaps best known for his many books on grammar, he is an Associate Professor of TESOL at the University of Central Florida. Invited guest speakers include Dr. Kim Jeong-Ryeol (President of the Korea Association of Foreign Languages Education) and Robert S. Murphy, a leading voice for “neuroELT” in Asia.

KOTESOL website

Teaching-English"At the National University of Singapore, the CELC Symposium 2013 will be held between May 27-29. It is the fourth international symposium for English language teachers held by the Centre for English Language Communication, and combines classroom-based research paper presentations, workshops, demonstrations, poster sessions, and colloquia to give presenters and participants an enriching professional experience. This year's theme is Alternative Pedagogies in the English Language and Communication Classroom and the keynote speakers are professors Christopher Candlin (Macquarie University), Ulla Connor (Indiana University), William Grabe (Northern Arizona University), and Ann Johns (San Diego State University).

CELC Symposium 2013 website

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May 10, 2013

Publishing | Republic of Korea | Events | Awards & Competitions

LLL Award finalists announced

Extensive-Reading-World-Congress" The Extensive Reading Foundation (ERF), an unaffiliated, not-for-profit organization that supports and promotes extensive reading in language education, announced the finalists of the 10th Annual Language Learner Literature (LLL) Award for books published in 2012.

An international jury chose the finalists in five book categories, taking into account online votes and comments of students and teachers around the world. The winning books will be announced at the 2nd Extensive Reading World Congress in Seoul, on September 13-15, 2013, and concurrently on ELTBooks.com.

You can order all the shortlisted books from ELTBooks.com, where you can also see an overview of all winning titles and finalists, sorted by categories.

See also:
More articles on Extensive Reading

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