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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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  • CREA Isla Salamanca
    CREA is an event for Spanish as a Foreign Language teachers, both native and non-native speakers and also for trainee teachers. This session, which aims to create a space for dialogue in which impressions and experiences can be shared, is organised by ISLA, a Spanish language school which has been operating for more than twenty-five years. Different technological and dynamic resources for the Spanish as a Foreign Language classroom will be presented within a participatory environment to encourage the exchange of the participants’ different points of view.

    This aim is consistent with the spirit which has defined ISLA in the last few years, that of constant creation and evaluation of new teaching materials, tools which adapt to the new type of student and teacher. ISLA is committed to creating online resources, 160 of which are already freely accessible, and to the creation of new classroom activities.

    CREA will be focussed on new technologies and innovative proposals for the Spanish as a Foreign Language classroom and this focus will link the various talks and workshops. There will also be spaces, generally in the afternoon, where more classical topics will be dealt with, for example music and image in the SFL classroom and, especially for non-native teachers, the teaching of Spanish grammar.

    CREA’s main objective is the exchange of ideas among the participants and there will, therefore, be a considerable amount of time made available for open discussion and for putting into practice with real students ideas which arise during the discussions and workshops. Two new projects, “El Espejo” and “Tú decides”, will be presented at the conference.

    Everyone attending the event will be able to take part in all the afternoon and evening activities on the programme, these include a welcome drink, a cookery class, wine tasting and pairing and an open-air farewell party.

    If you would like to see the programme and the terms and conditions please visit the webpage:  www.profesorescreativos.com

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  • VII Encuentro de Profesores ELE AIL Madrid - Edinumen

    The 7th Conference for Teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language organised by AIL Madrid and the publishers Edinumen will take place in Madrid from the 31st July to the 4th August.

    This conference will be a new experience for Spanish teachers since the aim is to acquire strategies for finding motivation in the classroom rather than to acquire knowledge.  The content of the conference will, therefore, be practical rather than theoretical.

    Participants will work together to learn how to apply new technologies in the teaching and learning of Spanish, from teaching online to using social networks and Kahoot  in the classroom. There will also be a pooling of emergency tools to add to the first aid kit of solutions for possible set-backs in the classroom.

    The secret of a good teacher is always to have a plan B. We all know the brain needs to become excited in order to learn and so managing emotions in the classroom will also be looked into, together with the teaching of vocabulary and oral skills. There will also be the chance to learn to teach business Spanish in an entertaining and fun way. The full programme is as follows:

    Monday 31st July:
    • 9:00h – 9:30h  – Welcome breakfast. Handing out of material
    • 9:30h – 11:00h – Objective: Gamification in the Spanish as a Foreign Language classroom. Kahoot and other tools
    • 11:30h – 13:30h – Everyone online: Skype, Facebook and other platforms
    • 14:00h – 15:00h – Welcome lunch
    • 17:10h – 18:50h – Workshops and visits

    Tuesday 1st August:
    • 9:00h – 9:30h – Everyone takes part: Pooling what we have learnt
    • 9:30h – 11:00h – Managing emotions in the classroom
    • 11:30h – 13:30h – Teaching and learning vocabulary in the Spanish as a Foreign Language classroom
    • 17:10-18:50 – Workshops and visits

    Wednesday 2nd August:
    • 9:00h – 9:30h – Pooling what we have learnt
    • 9:30h – 11:00h – Special purposes: Business Spanish
    • 11:30h – 13:30h – Special purposes: Business Spanish
    • 14:00h – 15:00h – Guidelines for class observation
    • 17:10h – 18:50h – Workshops and visits

    Thursday 3rd August:
    • 9:00h -11:00h – Class observation
    • 11:30h – 13:30h – The teacher’s first-aid kit: emergency tools
    • 17:10h – 18:50h – Workshops and visits

    Friday 4th August:
    • 9:00h – 9:30h – Teaching by immersion: AIL Madrid
    • 9:30h – 11:00h – Oral skills: pronunciation and prosody
    • 11:30h – 13:30h – Presentation of latest developments by the publishers Edinumen
    • 14:00h – 15:00h – Closing session and  diploma ceremony
    • 17:10h – 18:50h – Workshops and visits

    Registration and more information on the conference
    Image copyright: AIL Madrid

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  • Enele2017

    Enele is a project designed and coordinated by Jane Arnold, the academic director of Language and Cultural Encounters, to provide Spanish as a Foreign Language teachers with the opportunity to meet together with other teachers from all over the world and to reflect on their work, at the same time as developing their skills working on important proposals from the current scene of Spanish as a Foreign Language.

    As Jane Arnold says, “Enele offers the perfect occasion for combining usefulness with pleasure.” The programme has once again been prepared “with great care in order to help us develop as teachers.” And additionally, “There can be nothing better than sharing experiences with other teachers from all over the world in a setting as pleasant as the city of Cadiz.”

    This is the third time this type of meeting has been held. Last year fifty teachers from fifteen countries including the UK, Austria, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy, USA, Argentina, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Algeria, and Russia met up in Cadiz. As the academic director of LCE has said, “In the two previous encounters real communities have been created, sharing experiences and enriching the group.” A group which is made up not only of  Spanish as a Foreign Language teachers “since we have also had teachers of other foreign languages.”

    Enele 2017 is entitled “Create, play, thrill: Exploring new paths in Spanish as a Foreign Language Teaching.” Speakers at the plenary conference, for the three modules and the three workshops are all well-known specialists in Spanish as a Foreign Language with considerable experience in teacher training.

    They are looking to offer new pedagogical possibilities which will lead to active learning and greater participation on the part of the students in constructing knowledge of the language and culture they are pursuing. They will provide measures to awaken students’ curiosity and to create a classroom atmosphere which is conducive to learning.

    More information on Enele is available on their webpage.

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  • Encuentro Práctico Essen

    The 14th Practical Conference for teachers of Spanish in Germany, organised by International House Barcelona and the publishers Difusión, will take place on the 9th and 10th June. The organisers are wanting to open up the event to other places in Germany and have decided that this year it will take place in Essen.

    On this occasion the event brings together specialists in the teaching of Spanish who will be tackling questions of methodology from different perspectives, with a very attractive programme which combines theory and practice. Participants will be able to attend talks by outstanding speakers such as  José Plácido Ruiz Campillo, Natalia Contreras and Neus Sans, and a wide range of different workshops such as Oral Interaction, Spanish for University Students or The Flipped Classroom.

    The aim of the conference, according to the organisers, is that the day and a half of talks and simultaneous workshops should provide a space for interaction and collaboration for teachers of Spanish to continue developing as professionals. The magnificent welcome offered by the University of Essen will, without doubt, provide the perfect context for this event.

    You can see the whole programme of the Practical Conference with this link and enrol at a reduced rate if you sign up before the 20th May.

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  • Jefes de estudios FEDELE

    FEDELE is pleased to announce that on the 25th and 26th of May the 1st Meeting for Heads of Study of FEDELE Schools will take place in Madrid, in the Hotel Catalonia Gran Vía.

    The main objective of this event is to give Heads of Study and academic coordinators tools to facilitate their work as team organisers, with a series of workshops and talks by outstanding experts.
    Novelties regarding the new evaluation system, Sistema de Acreditación de Centros ELE del Instituto Cervantes (SIELE), and a series of Google applications which are very useful for academic management will also be presented.

    The registration fee covers access to the workshops, lunch on the first day, coffee/breakfast on the second day and the attendance certificate. Each FEDELE member school is given one free place. If any school wishes to send a second participant they should make an extra payment of 50 euros.

    The programme is as follows:

    Thursday 25th May

    • 12.00h – 12.30h: Accreditation
    • 12.30h – 12.45h: Welcome
    • 12.45h – 13.45h: Sistema de Acreditación de Centros Instituto Cervantes (SACIC). From school organisation to the heart of the activity: academic services, Nuria Vaquero Ibarra.
    • 13.45h – 14.30h: SIELE: presentation of the exam and preparing for it.
    • 14.30h – 16.00h: Break for lunch (provided by FEDELE in the hotel).
    • 16.00h – 18.30h: Workshop on motivation through gamification, Oriol Ripoll.

    Friday 26th May

    • 09.00h – 10.15h: Gsuite, new management and collaboration between teams, representative of Google Spain
    • 10.15h – 10.30h: Coffee break
    • 10.30h – 12.30h: Team management: difficult or impossible? Jose Angel Medina
    • 12.45h – 14.30h: Changing the identity of the Spanish as a Foreign Language teacher after critical incidents, Carles Monereo
    • Closure and presentation of certificates.

    Schools who are interested in attending should contact the FEDELE office.

    Cover photo: FEDELE

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  • Encuentro de profesores Bulgaria

    The 2nd Conference for Teachers of Spanish, organised by the Instituto Cervantes, will take place at the University of Sofia in Bulgaria on the 22nd of April, with the idea of providing continuity with the conference held in October 2015.

    This professional congress, which will take place in the Mirror Hall in the Spanish Department on the second floor of the Philology Faculty, is a result of collaboration between the Education Office of the Spanish Embassy in Bulgaria and the University of Sofia San Clemente de Ohrid. It will begin at nine o’clock and end at half past five, with two coffee breaks and an hour for lunch. Entry is by ulitza Sveti Kliment Ohrisdki.

    Anyone interested in attending the conference should write to  aux1sof@cervantes.es before Tuesday 18th April. People interested in giving a paper should contact  prof4sof@cervantes.es before Friday 24th March.

    Enrolment is free.  More information can be found with this link.

    Image copyright: Wikimedia.

     

     

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  • Once again we are announcing the 13th Forum for Teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language at the University of Valencia which will take place on the 10th and 11th of March.

    The programme for this event, which has become a reference point for teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language, is as follows:

    Friday, 10th March 2017

    • 00 – 9.30 Enrolment and handing out of material
    • 30 – 9.45 Opening
    • 45 – 10.45 Opening talk: “The basics of pronunciation: doubts, certainties and the rest”, by Xose A. Padilla García (Universitat d’Alacant)
    • 45 – 11.00 Break
    • 00-12.30 Workshops A and D at the same time
    • 30-14.00 Workshops D and B at the same time
    • 00 – 17.30 Workshops B and C at the same time
    • 30 – 18.00 Presentation by the publishers Difusión
    • 00 – 18.30 Break. Coffee
    • 30 – 20.00 Workshops A and C at the same time
    • 00 Forum dinner (open to speakers and everyone attending the conference)

    Saturday, 11th March 2017

    • 30 – 11.30 Practical experiences
    • 30 – 12.00 Break
    • 00 – 14.00 Practical experiences
    • 00 – 18.00 Practical experiences
    • 00 – 18.30 Break. Coffee
    • 30 – 19.30 Closing talk: “Corpus linguistics and and inductive grammar: an approximation”, by Inmaculada Martínez Martínez (CIESE-Comillas, Centro Internacional de Estudios Superiores del Español)
    • 30 Prize draw and closure

    The workshops being offered during the forum are:

    • Mobile phones in the Spanish as a Foreign Language classroom: flexibility of activities, by Joan-Tomàs Pujolà Font (Universitat de Barcelona).
    • The flipped classroom, everyone’s class, for everyone by Ana Martínez Lara (Editorial Difusión).
    • Comics as a means of communication and creativity in the Spanish classroom, by Francisco José Herrera Jiménez (CLIC International House Cádiz).
    • Interaction and collaboration in the Spanish as a Foreign Language classroom using social networks, by Pilar Concheiro Coello (University of Iceland / Verzlunarskóli Íslands).

    The forum is directed by Antonio Briz Gómez, Virginia González García and Jorge Martí Contreras. For more information visit the forum webpage.

     

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  • FONCEI

    The 7th FONCEI (the National Forum for teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language organised by the Cervantes International School) will take place on the 27th and 28th of January 2017.

    The slogan for the meeting is to be “Returning to Never Never Land” and the main subject to be discussed will be the teaching of Spanish to children and adolescents.

    A series of questions has been proposed for discussion during the conference:

    • How can creativity be awakened?
    • What activities should I take to the classroom?
    • What methods can I work with?
    • How can critical thinking be encouraged?
    • What games work?
    • How can I improve participation?
    • What do children and adolescents feel and think?
    • How much can they retain?
    • Do social networks help learning in the classroom?
    • Is there an age for playing?
    • Do publishers have suitable manuals for meeting the needs of these pupils?

    Teachers working with children and adolescents are always thinking about what activities they can use and how to make their classes more attractive and keep their pupils attention.

    The FONCEI will once again be counting on the participation of speakers from the sector and of various publishers.

    The Malaga museum MUPAM will become a bridge to Never Never Land for the duration of the conference.

    Information on the speakers and their workshops together with the enrolment form can be found on the conference web page. Enrolment is now open.

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  • formación de profesorado ELE Bósforo

    The 3rd conference on Training of Teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language will take place in a few weeks time in Istanbul. The conference is organised by the Directorate for Educational Programmes in Turkey, the Instituto Cervantes in Istanbul and the Spanish Department of the Bosphorus University. Teachers from different Turkish educational institutions and representatives of Spanish as a Foreign Language publishers will all be taking part. Following are some of the subjects to be addressed at the conference:

    • CLIL projects
    • Online materials
    • Play and learn
    • How to deal with mistakes
    • The teaching of peculiarities
    • Digital narratives

    The last date for enrolment is the 30th November. There are sixty-five places available. The conference will be held in the Kuzey Park building at the Bosphoru University.

    Enrolment forms can be accessed with this link. The complete programme can be seen on this document.

    Image copyright: Wikimedia Commons.

     

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