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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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  • Desconferencia

    Over the last ten years a series of barcamp training events have appeared in the teaching world. These barcamps or user-generated conferences are professional events in which all participants take part in a very active way. They are different from the more traditional conferences and meetings in that they are organised not vertically, but horizontally, one to one, paying particular attention to:

    • participation
    • cooperation
    • collaborative creation of knowledge

    At FEDELE we are convinced that this type of format is highly productive, especially for teachers of Spanish who are used to collaborating and sharing with their colleagues. For this reason we at FEDELE are backing the organisation of various barcamps at which teachers from FEDELE schools can (and should) work together with teachers from other schools.

    The FEDELE barcamps for teachers of Spanish will have the following work schedule:

    9.30 – 11.00h: Working groups
    11.00 – 11.30h: Break
    11.30 – 13.00h: Working groups
    13.00 – 14.00h: Presentation of results, discussion and reflection
    14.00 – 15.30: Lunch provided by FEDELE
    15.30-18.00: Training workshop given by the driving force behind the barcamp

    This first barcamp event will take place in Sevilla on Saturday 4th November and will be led by Antonio Orta. Antonio has a doctorate in Modern Languages, Translation and Spanish as a Foreign Language from the University of Palo de Olavide. The subject of his thesis was initial teacher training and educational innovation. He is currently Head of the SpanishDepartment at CLIC International House Sevilla. He also teaches on the Masters programme for teachers of Spanish at the University of Pablo de Olavide in Seville and on the training and refresher course Diploma for Teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language at the Universitat de València.

    FEDELE member schools are all guaranteed a free place at the barcamps and additional places are available for only 20€. For more information please contact the secretary of FEDELE.

    Picture copyright: gdsteam

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  • Vamos FEDELE

     

    ¡VAMOS! Español en España FEDELE Workshop 2017, the essential event for businesses working in the Spanish in Spain sector, is taking place in the cities of Ibiza and Palma, from 8th to the 11th October.

    The main objective of this professional event is for Spanish language schools and student recruiting agencies looking for new destinations for their clients to get together. 46 international agencies and 30 FEDELE member schools will be attending.

    As we have explained before, the programme includes activities set in a series of wonderful spaces – Ibiza beach, the cloister of the Ibiza Town Hall, the convent of Sant Francesc in Palma, Bellver Castle and the Palma Yacht Club.

    As usual, after the event there will be familiarisation trips to other destinations in Spain, as for example to the Comunidad Valenciana or to Madrid. These famtrips give agents the opportunity to get to know at first-hand other Spanish schools that are taking part in ¡VAMOS!

    This event is made possible by the sponsorship of the Agència de Turisme de les Illes Balears and the Consell Insular d´Eivissa and by collaboration from  Turespaña and the Instituto Cervantes.

    Sponsored by:

     

               

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  • FEDELE FIE 2017

    We are pleased to let our readers know that the FORO INTERNACIONAL DEL ESPAÑOL 2.0./FIE  will take place in Madrid from the 4th to the 6th October. The event will be held within the framework of  LIBER 2017, FERIA INTERNACIONAL DEL LIBRO with the support of IFEMA and the PLATAFORMA DEL ESPAÑOL.

    Businesses and institutions involved in economic activity related to the Spanish language will come together to consider current issues, to share innovative projects and to create synergies with the following objectives:

    • To spread information on Language Technology which is being developed around the Spanish language.
    • To promote the internationalisation of Spanish culture and language, emphasising its richness.
    • To encourage the growth of Spanish throughout the world by increasing its teaching and strengthening the position of Spain as a destination for cultural and language tourism.

    Amongst the activities planned for the event there will be: presentations, round tables for reflection, workshops, interactive games, and also a business forum where participants will be able to meet with companies and professionals from the sector and create new opportunities for business.

    FEDELE will be taking part this year with two activities which will take place on the 4th October:

    • 00-13.00 Round table for reflection. “Spain as an Education Destination: A Regional Perspective”.The following people will be taking part: José María Casero, President of Español en Andalucía, Ricardo Ortiz, President of the Asociación de Escuelas de Español de Castilla y León, Eva Batalla, President of FEDELE Comunidad Valenciana and Stephen Jenkins, President of FEDELE Madrid.
    • 00 -16.30: Presentation. “Language holidays in Spain. Statistics for 2016”, by Mari Carmen Timor Catalá, President of FEDELE.

    Other important institutions and companies taking part in this second year of FIE 2.0 include: the Real Academia Española, the Instituto Cervantes, the University of Alcalá, the Dirección General de Turismo de la Comunidad de Madrid, the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, the Fundación Ortega y Gasset-Gregorio Marañón, the Fundación San Millán de la Cogolla and many other companies involved in the growth, innovation and expansion of the Spanish economy. For more information about participants and speakers please consult the programme of activities which can be found with this link: full programme.

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  • Talleres ELtE

    In a few weeks time the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest  is organising the 2nd International Cycle of Educational Workshops at ELTE, which will have as its slogan “theatre as a teaching shortcut”. This professional event will take place on the 10th and 11th of November 2017 at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary.

    The main goal of the workshop is to complement the university’s specialised Masters programme and to promote the training of teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language in Hungary. The aim therefore is to provide a meeting point for teachers with the idea of exchanging experiences.

    The core topics will be:

    • Drama activities in the Spanish classroom.
    • Practical applications of theatre.
    • Theatre as a resource for teachers.
    • From text to stage: using theatre in the Spanish classroom.
    • Improving pronunciation through theatre.
    • Reading dramatic texts in the Spanish as a Foreign Language classroom.
    • Working with dramatic texts in Primary, Secondary and Higher education.

    There will be a maximum of seventy participants and in order to attend the conference you need to sign up using this form.

    The event will take place in the Spanish Department of the Eötvös Loránd University (building C on the Astoria campus).

    The organising committee is made up of Gabriella Menczel, Kata Pálvölgyi, Vanessa Hidalgo Martín y Dora Faix. More information on their webpage

     

     

     

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  • FEDELE

    The International Spanish Forum Nebrija-SGEL will take place on the 29th and 30th September in Madrid. As usual, the conference will be held at the Madrid-Princesa campus of the University of Nebrija.

    The aims of the conference are:

    • To obtain an overall picture of the guidelines directing the work of teachers of foreign languages.
    • To consider concepts and beliefs concerning teaching and learning.
    • To approach new ideas of methodology for the teaching and learning of Spanish as a Foreign Language.
    • To get to know the contributions that research in related fields can offer teachers of foreign languages.

    The programme for the event is as follows:

    Friday 29th September

    • 9:30h -11:00h: Lecture: The cognitive bases of social interaction. Victoria Escandell (UNED).
    • 11:30h – 12:00h: Publisher’s presentation. Carlos Barroso (SGEL).
    • 12:00h – 13:30h: Workshop: The didactics of aural comprehension in Spanish as a Foreign Language. Susana Martín Leralta (Universidad Nebrija).
    • 15:30h – 17:00h: Lecture: Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language/Spanish L2: The state of play. Manel Lacorte (University of Maryland).
    • 17:15h – 18:45h: Workshop. Round table: Methodological revision in the Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language. Moderated by Dr. Belén Moreno de los Ríos. Participants: Elena Verdía (Instituto Cervantes), Sonsoles Fernández (EOI de Madrid) y Miquel Llobera (University of Barcelona).

     

    Saturday 30th September

    • 9:30h-11:00h: Taller: What to do with the C1 students? How to get the most out of the vocabulary that students of this level should master. Berta Sarralde, Eva Casarejos y Mónica López.
    • 11:30h -12:45h: Lecture: Practical suggestions for improving learning and memory. Ignacio Morgado (University of Barcelona).
    • 12:45h -13:45h: Workshop: How to create an online course without dying in the process. A digital product focus: Justo Hidalgo (University of Nebrija).

    For more information, please visit the webpage.

     

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  • I Jornadas de Español para Fines Específicos en Viena

    We are pleased to let our readers know that on the 13th and 14th October the Education Offices of the Spanish embassies in Switzerland and Austria, together with the University of Economics and Business Studies in Vienna (WU) and the Austrian Association of Teachers of Spanish (AAPE) are organising the first symposium on Spanish for Specific Purposes in Vienna (JEFE-Vi).

    The programme for the two days will include:

    Friday 13th October 2017
    13:30h – 14:30h Submission of documents
    14:30h – 15:30h Inauguration and opening plenary session
    15:30h – 16:00h Parallel communications
    16:00h – 16:30h Break for coffee
    16:30h – 18:30h Parallel communications and workshops
    19:30h Social programme – reception at the Spanish Embassy in Vienna

    Saturday 14th October 2017
    09:00h – 09:45h Plenary session
    09:45h – 10:30h Plenary session
    10:30h – 11:00h Parallel Communications
    11:00h – 11:30h Break for coffee
    11:30h – 13:30h Parallel communications and workshops
    13:30h – 15:00h Lunch and guided visit of the university
    15:00h – 17:00h Parallel communications and workshops
    17:00h – 17:45h Closing plenary session
    17:45h – 18:00h Closing and goodbyes

    This event provides an opportunity for presentation and discussion of research into Spanish for specific purposes and also a space for discussion of classroom experiences.

    The main subjects for discussion will deal with:

    • Analysis of discourse
    • Cultural aspects
    • Lexicology and lexicography
    • Teaching Spanish for Specific Purposes and curriculum design

    The enrolment fee includes attendance at the symposium, coffee in the breaks, Saturday lunch and a guided visit of the city on Saturday.

    On Friday there will be a reception at the Spanish Embassy in Vienna to which everyone attending the symposium is invited.

    More information is available on the symposium webpage.

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