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  • Université de Montreal

    The Quebec Association of Teachers of Spanish (APEQ) have announced that the organisation of the 7th Symposium of Spanish as a Foreign Language is now underway, with the collaboration of Montreal University and the Education Attaché of the Spanish Embassy in Canada. The symposium will take place on the 4th and 5th May.

    The subjects to be addressed at the event are as follows:

    • Methodological approaches for SFL.
    • Linguistics applied to the learning of SFL.
    • ICT in SFL.
    • Teaching materials for the SFL class.
    • Language and culture in the SFL class.
    • Rules and dialectal variations in the SFL class.
    • Educational frameworks and teacher training.

    APEQ, forms a part of the International Federation of Associations of Teachers of Spanish, FIAPE, and is already well-known for the events it organises in Canada.

    As they declare on their webpage, “The main objective of APEQ is to promote the Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language and information about Latin American civilisation at all levels of education, from primary school to university, through professional in-service training.”

    People interested in taking part in the training days or in presenting a paper can find more information on the association’s webpage.

    Photo copyright: Editerna.

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  • Feliz 2018 desde FEDELE

    We’re already in the last few days of 2017 and we don’t want to let the year finish without remembering with our readers the most important moments of the year for FEDELE.

    The first activity of 2017 was, as usual, the annual convention of FEDELE schools, which has become a regular event in the calendar for the heads of FEDELE schools. On this occasion the training programme was very well received. There were activities dealing with various professional matters such as business leadership, labour law and Instituto Cervantes accreditation.

    The 1st Conference on Language Tourism in the Madrid Autonomous Community took place in February. This event was organized by the Madrid Autonomous Community together with the Instituto Cervantes and the Plataforma del Español.

    In 2017, the collaboration agreement between FEDELE and SIELE was signed. This agreement, which was ratified by the FEDELE President, Maricarmen Timor, and by Sara Alegría, as the representative of SIELE, will make it possible for member schools to become SIELE examination centres.

    In April, FEDELE, the publishers Edelsa and the Berlin and Munich Institutos Cervantes organized training days for teachers of Spanish in Germany.

    And in Madrid in May, FEDELE organized the 1st Meeting for Heads of Study of FEDELE schools. This event allowed Heads of Study of member schools to access a training programme specifically designed for their job profile.

    Once again this summer FEDELE has taken part in the summer course of “Spanish throughout the World”, which was organized by the Instituto Cervantes together with the Universidad Complutense de Madrid as part of the 30th Cursos de Verano Complutense at El Escorial.

    Without a doubt, the main focus for FEDELE activity this autumn has been ¡VAMOS! Español en España FEDELE Workshop 2017. This year the event included a programme of social networking in the cities of Ibiza and Palma from the 8th to the 11th October 2017. The workshop was made possible thanks to the sponsorship of the Agència de Turisme de les Illes Balears and the Consell Insular d´Eivissa and to the collaboration of Turespaña and the Instituto Cervantes.

    And in November for the first time a FEDELE open space conference #DesconFEDELE was held in Sevilla. The different format of this meeting for teachers of Spanish was a total success. In the future, open space conferences will be held in other FEDELE destinations like Barcelona, which has already been confirmed for next January.

    Many thanks to everyone who has made this year such a success and special thanks to all the people who follow us on this blog and on social media. Happy 2018!

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  • San Petersburgo

    The 3rd Spanish as a Foreign Language Conference in Saint Petersburg is organised by the Academic Department of the Spanish language school Adelante with the collaboration of the Saint Petersburg State University and the publishers enClave-ELE and SGEL. The conference will take place on the 20th and 21st April at Adelante.

    The conferences are organised with the idea of creating an environment of cooperation for professionals involved in the teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language in Saint Petersburg. They are also intended to provide a space for all SFL enthusiasts who wish to exchange experiences with colleagues and continue learning.

    The programme includes a variety of activities – lectures, practical workshops, presentations of publishers’ latest developments and round table discussions.

    The Organising Committee is made up of:

    • Oleg Shatrov (Academic Coordinator of the Spanish Language and Culture School Adelante)
    • Iban Mañas (Associate Professor of Spanish at the Saint Petersburg State University)

    The provisional programme includes the following plenary sessions:

    • Leticia Santana (enClave-ELE Education Representative): “And if we turn the class around?”
    • Carlos Barroso (SGEL Spanish as a Foreign Language Department Coordinator): “Towards a flexible class. How I adapt my manual to the needs of my pupils.”

    More information on the event webpage.

    Cover image: Pexels


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  • Jornadas Difusión Madrid

    The 9th Difusión Training Days for Teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language, organized in collaboration with PROLINTER (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid), will take place at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid on the 2nd and 3rd March.

    The Instituto Cervantes is participating in these sessions, which have moved to a different location from other years, and FEDELE and SIELE are sponsoring them.

    The programme for the event is as follows:

    Friday, 2nd March

    • 14:00 – 15:00 Enrolment
    • 15:00 – 15:30 Opening address
    • 15:30 – 16:30 Carlos Magro (IED España) The educational challenge of the 21st century: An education for life, for all of one’s life and for everyone’s life.
    • 16:30 – 16:45 Break
    • 16:45 – 17:45 Daniel Cassany (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) Skills in the Internet age
    • 17:45 – 18:00 Break
    • 18:00 – 19:00 Claudia Fernández (University of Illinois-Chicago) What type of input and for what purpose? The difference between input for the acquiring grammar and input for developing receptive skills.
    • 19:00 – 19:15 Break
    • 19:15 – 20:15 1001 nights, performance and oral narrative
    • 20:15 – 21:00 Glass of cava

    Saturday 3rd March

    • 09:30 – 11:00 Simultaneous workshops (1st session)
    • 11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
    • 11:30 – 12:00 SIELE space: how to train to become a good SIELE coach
    • 12:00 – 12:15 Break
    • 12:15 – 13:15 José Ángel Medina (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) Is it possible to motivate a group in the classroom?
    • 13:15 – 14:30 Lunch (included in the price of enrolment)
    • 14:30 – 16:00 Simultaneous workshops (2nd session)
    • 16:00 – 16:15 Break
    • 16:15 – 17:15 Forum for exchange of experiences
    • 17:15 – 17:30 Break
    • 17:30 – 19:00 Presentation of the 4th Editorial Difusión y PROLINTER (UPM) prizes for the best Spanish as a Foreign Language Teaching based on ICT
    • 19:00 – 19:15 Draw of teaching material
    • 19:15 – 19:30 Presentation of certificates

    More information and enrolment on the training days websites.

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    The 3rd University of Barcelona – SGEL Forum will take place at the Faculty of Philology at the University of Barcelona on the 9th March. The forum is entitled Education and Communication applied to the teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language: perspectives for the 21st century.

    Talks and workshops will be given by speakers of the stature of Francisco Jiménez Calderón, Ana Carina Gambluch, Vicenta González, Estefanía Duretz Guillén, José Manuel Ruiz Fernández and Javier González Romero.

    The only requirement for enrolment is to send an email to ele@sgel.es with the following information: full name and information of place of work.

    Last date for enrolment: 2nd March 2018. Places are limited.

    More information on SGEL on their webpage: ele.sgel.es


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  • UniPro Munich

    The main idea behind the 1st UniPro Congress is to collect and invigorate proposals concerning the Spanish language and its teaching coming from teachers and researchers who are working in universities or other professional situations (companies or teacher training institutions) anywhere in the world.

    The congress is intended to encourage debate and an exchange of ideas between teachers and researchers in order to investigate these matters. The event is organised by two lecturers at the University of Applied Languages at the Munich Institute for Languages and Interpreting, Carmen Ramos and Pilar Salamanca.

    The main programme will have two plenary sessions:

    • Opening lecture: Frederic Parrilla (CLIC IH Sevilla, Cádiz and Málaga). “Beyond the linguistic remit: the Spanish language classroom as a space to develop professional skills and talent.”
    • Closing lecture: Encarna Atienza(Universitat Pompeu Fabra). “Teaching, learning and evaluating a critical attitude: how to train university students as social agents and future professionals.”

    The organisers of the event explain that “The 1st UniPro Congress offers three formats for contributions: the first is more theoretical and is directed towards research projects; the second is highly practical and concerns teaching proposals and the third is for video presentations and is intended for people unable to attend the congress in Munich. Contributions for the first two groups should be of less than 45 minutes. Videos should be a maximum of 15 minutes. All proposals should be previously unpublished.”

    More information on the event webpage.

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  • DesconFEDELE

    As we have already announced to our readers, FEDELE has begun a series of educational events for our teachers. These meetings have been given an “un-conference” format with the aim of sharing practical experiences and all sorts of ideas for planning and managing Spanish classes.

    The “un-conference” format has many names both in Spanish (no-congresoconferencia de espacios abiertos) and in English (unconference,  open space conferencebarcamp). All these names refer to the same concept: a meeting of professionals from a particular sector who come together to share and experiment. It provides a quick and efficient way of practising collective intelligence and netlearning.

    We have adapted this concept at FEDELE to meet our own teaching needs, using teaching objectives and working procedures proposed by the participants. From the beginning it is the group who decides which problems they are going to try to solve and how. Problem-based learning (PBL) is a fundamental part of this approach.

    The #DesconFEDELEs have a coordinator/moderator who proposes strategies, guides discussions and ensures that the guidelines created by the group are kept to. Each session begins with a discussion about aims and procedures. Workgroups are then created (these are flexible) which raise questions and their possible solutions. All this flow of work is collected in an internal collaborative document (on Google Drive) and also shared on networks. Outside proposals can also be incorporated with the hashtag #DesconFEDELE, principally on Twitter.

    The first #DesconFEDELE which took place in Seville on 2nd November had Antonio Orta, Head of the Spanish Department at CLIC International House Sevilla, PhD in Modern Languages from the Universidad Pablo de Olavide, as the coordinator. The participants were very enthusiastic about their objectives and learning and very pleased with both the process and the results of this #DesconFEDELE.

    To learn more about this first #DesconFEDELE, have a look at the results on Twitter.




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  • Praga ELE
    Once again we are able to inform our readers that they can now sign up for 12th Conference for Teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language in the Czech Republic. The conference will take place on the 1st and 2nd December at the Insituto Cervantes in Prague.

    The organisers have proposed that the aim of the conference should be to create a meeting place for teachers with the idea of encouraging an exchange of experiences and a professional reflection around the teaching of Spanish. The programme for the event is as follows:

    Friday 1st December

    • 14:15-14:30: Reception and submission of documents
    • 14:30-14:40: Welcome and presentation of the event: Luisa Fernanda Garrido Ramos, Director of the Instituto Cervantes in Prague
    • 14:40-15:00: Statements
      • Dora Poláková, Head of Spanish Department at the Carolina University in Prague
      • Pilar Barrero, Education Attaché at the Spanish Embassy in the Czech Republic
      • Pedro Calvo-Sotelo, Spanish Ambassador to the Czech Republic
    • 15:00-16:30: Neus Sans, author and teacher trainer. Reasons for giving vocabulary a new role.
    • 16:30-17:15: Communications
    • 17:15-17:35: Coffee break
    • 17:40-18:40: Parallel workshops. 1st slot
    • 18:45-19:45: Parallel workshops. 2nd slot

    Saturday 2nd December 2017

    • 09:00-12:30: Juan Manuel Real Espinosa, Teacher at the Sligo Institute of Technology, Dublín. 1st parte: ¿Se fue por allá o se iba para allá? Contrasting past tenses, choosing between por and para: ideas for surviving two grammatical labyrinths
    • 10:30-11:00: Coffee break
    • 11:00-12:30: Juan Manuel Real Espinosa, Teacher at Sligo Institute of Technology, Dublín. 2nd  part: ¿Se fue por allá o se iba para allá? Contrasting past tenses, choosing between por and para: ideas for surviving two grammatical labyrinths.
    • 12:30-13:15: Round table discussion with students
    • 13:15-15:00: Lunch sponsored by Las Adelitas
    • 15:00-16:30: Laura Zuheros Garrido, teacher at the Departamento de Formación de Profesores del Instituto Cervantes, Alcalá de Henares. Children and ELE: I teach, they learn, we have a good time
    • 16:30-16:45: Coffee break
    • 16:50-17:50: Parallel workshops. 1st slot
    • 17:55-18:55: Parallel workshops. 2nd slot
    • 19:00-20:00: Communications
    • 20:00-20:30: Raffle, presentation of certificates and  a Christmas toast

    Participants will receive an attendance certificate from the Instituto Cervantes in Prague and the Education Office at the Spanish Embassy.

    More information about the event on the webpage.   

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  • FEDELE en Seúl y Tokio

    During December, there will be conferences in Seoul (South Korea) and Tokyo (Japan) entitled “Spanish, a language of the future: latest news on certification and professional development”. FEDELE will be taking part making known the Spanish courses available in Spain.

    These conferences are organised by the Instituto Cervantes, SIELE Servicio Internacional de Evaluación de la Lengua Española, the publishers Edinumen and the Federation itself and count on the collaboration of the Education Office at the Spanish Embassy, ICEX and Turespaña.

    They are intended for teachers of Spanish and educational advisors and will provide information on the new digital certificate in Spanish SIELE, the promotion of Spain as a destination for language tourism and will include a workshop in teacher training given by the publishers Edinumen.

    The Seoul conference will take place on the 2nd December from 09.00h to 14.00h at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. The Tokyo conference will take place at the Instituto Cervantes on the 10th December.

    Information about South Korea conference
    Information about Japan conference

    Image copyright:  Wikimedia.

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  • Jornada AETC Turismo Idiomático

    The 2nd Language Tourism Conference organised by AETC (Asociación de Empresas Turísticas de Cádiz) has already been announced. The aim of this meeting is to encourage reflection on language tourism in Cadiz province through open discussion with institutions and associations and professional people involved in the sector.

    The conference will take place at the headquarters of the Confederación de Empresarios de Cádiz (Avda. Marconi, 37), on Friday 10th November.

    The complete programme is as follows:

    • 10.00h: Welcome and introductions
    • 10.30h: The teaching of Spanish in Andalusia. Ana Cozar. FEDELE
    • 11.00h: Promotion of language tourism. Antonio Martí. TURISMO ANDALUZ
    • 11.30h: Round table discussion. Participants: José María Casero. AEEA. Cristina Sainz. ESCUELA GADIR. Isabel Montaldo. PATRONATO DE TURISMO CÁDIZ.
    • 12.30h: Conclusions and closing

    The conference is sponsored by the Diputación de Cádiz through the Provincial Tourist Office, Cadiz town council, la Federación de Escuelas de Español de España (FEDELE) and the Association of Spanish schools in Spain.

    Entrance is free until seating capacity is reached. Enrolment at  www.aetcadiz.com.

    News of this event can be followed on  Facebook and Twitter.

    Cover image: Nicolas Vollmer.

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