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  • Enele

    We are pleased to let our readers know that the second International Conference of Professional Development in Spanish as a Foreign Language, Enele, will take place from the 11th to the 5th July in Cadiz.

    This event, entitled Imagine, innovate, inspire: New perspectives for Spanish as a Foreign Language Teaching is organised by Language and Cultural Encounters (LCE) and will take place at the University of Cadiz.  On this occasion, FEDELE is taking part as one of the collaborators.

    The programme for Enele 2016 is as follows:

    • 1st Module: ELE in the era of the image. Ben Goldstein, The New School, New York.
    • 2nd Module: Multiplying learning. From melodies to personal intelligence. M. Carmen Fonseca Mora, University of Huelva.
    • 3rd Module: Are your pupils autonomous learners? Creative tools for self-regulated learning in ELE. Nuria Vaquero, Instituto Cervantes.
    • Workshop nº 1: Are you saying it or telling it? Narrative pedagogy in the ELE classroom. José Manuel Foncubierta, University of La Rioja, Edinumen publishers.
    • Workshop nº 2: Argy-bargy. The value of emotions in the ELE teacher’s discourse. Jane Arnold, University of Sevilla.
    • Workshop nº 3: Creative writing and its uses in the teaching of Spanish. Miguel Ángel García Argüez, University of Cádiz.

    Enele provides a great opportunity for Spanish teachers to discover new teaching proposals to enrich their daily work. The aim is to explore new possibilities for creating a dynamic and effective space for learning in the classroom at the same time as sharing experiences with teachers from all over the world.

    For more information see the Enele 2016 official webpage.
    Image copyright: neiljs.


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  • Encuentro Práctico Berlín

    The Encuentro Práctico for teachers of Spanish in Berlin, organised by the publishers Difusión  together with International House Barcelona, is once again taking place in the Instituto Cervantes of the German capital.

    The programme for the conference is as follows:

    Friday 3rd June

    • 10:30–11:30: Enrolment and presentation of documents
    • 11:30–12:00: Opening
    • 12:00–13:00:  Flexible teaching for learners – Carles Monereo (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). This presentation will include ideas on how to formulate aims, multi-level activities, multisensory material and the creation of work-groups attending to the identity of each learner, that is to say to the knowledge, understanding, strategies and feelings which are put into play when one is learning. 13:00–14:00: Lunch
    • 14:00–15.30: Workshops
    • 15:30–15:45: Break
    • 15:45–17:15: Workshops
    • 17:15–10:00: Presentation of Difusión’s new digital platform
    • 18:00–19:00: Cultural space

    Saturday 4th June

    • 9:30–10:30: The challenge of teaching Spanish at university – Carmen Ramos (Hochschule für Angewandte Sprachen, München)
    • 10:30–11:00: Coffee break
    • 11:00–12:00: Apps for solving doubts:  true or a trick? – Daniel Cassany (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
      These digital resources will be presented as a whole and we’ll see how the experts use them. Various practical strategies will be proposed to make the most of them.
    • 12:00–12:15: Break
    • 12:15–13:15: Dr. ELE, I’ve got a question
    • 13:15–14:15: Lunch
    • 14:15–15:45: Workshops
    • 15:45–16:00: Break
    • 16:00–17:30: Workshops
    • 17:30–18:00: Raffle and presentation of certificates

    More information about the programme can be found on the webpage.
    Photo copyright: f. ermet.

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  • Encuentro Práctico París

    In a few weeks time on the 28th May, the 4th Encuentro Práctico for teachers of Spanish in Paris will take place at the premises of the Instituto Cervantes.  Organised by International House Barcelona and the publishers Difusión, the event is also counting on the collaboration of the Instituto Cervantes and the the publishers Maison des Langues.

    As on previous occasions, the aim of the conference is to provide a forum for professional discussion and will include talks, practical sessions and the presentation of new ideas.

    The programme will be as follows:

    • 8.45h – 9.15h: Enrolment
    • 9.15h – 9.30h: Welcome
    • 9.30h – 10.30h: Enseigner l’espagnol en collège à partir de la rentrée 2016 : changement ou continuité ? Sylvie Baudequin
    • 10.30h – 11.00h: Break for coffee.
    • 11.00h – 12.00h: Your turn: gaming for motivating
    • 12.15h – 13.45h: First set of workshops
    • 13.45h – 15.00h: Lunch
    • 15.00h 16.30h: Second set of workshops
    • 16.30h – 17.30h: Dr. ELE, I’ve got a question
    • 17.30h – 18.00h: Raffle and presentation of certificates
    • 18.00h – 19.00h: Farewell drink

    More information can be found on the conference webpage.

    Image copyright: Moyan Brenn.


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  • Encuentro profesores Madrid

    The 17th ELE Conference in Madrid, organised by International House Madrid and the publishers Edinumen, will take place on the 22nd and 23rd April at the Ramón Gómez  la Serna conference room at the Círculo de Bellas Artes. This event has continued to grow since it was first introduced in 2000 and has now become a reference point for foreign language teaching professionals who wish to share their knowledge and experience with other colleagues.

    This year there will be experts from very different areas of language teaching, from linguistics to the  new technologies.  Jamie Keddie will open the conference with a talk on video-narration, followed by Fernando Trujillo whose talk is entitled “How to launch a probe into the stratosphere. Projects, passions and other entanglements,” and Bernardo Morales with “Help! How can I motivate my group of adolescents?”

    Saturday morning’s cycle of talks will continue with José María Lahoz who will be talking about intonation in Spanish as a Foreign Language: phonetic corrections and linguistic and paralinguistic values. Also, Analí Fernández will give a paper entitled “Processes and Resources for a more experiential ELE learning in the classroom”. The sessions will end with Sonia Eusebio reflecting on the characteristics of a quality training activity.

    More information on the papers and the people giving them can be found with this link. As well as the papers, the conference will also provide eighteen 40 minute workshops “Direct to the classroom”. These workshops, which deal with different teaching techniques, are intended for teachers who wish to acquire new ideas and apply them in their classes. This year´s new activity will be the ELE children´s short story competition. Winners will be published in “Relatos Clan”.

    People wishing to take part in the 17th ELE Conference in Madrid can enrol following the instructions given on the event´s official webpage.

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  • Jornadas ELE junto al Báltico

    Following the success of the teacher training days organized last year in Tallin, Estonia by the Hispaania Maja school, the event is to be held again this year on the 2nd and 3rd of April.

    The aim of the event is, in the words of the organisers, “to acquire new energy and ideas for the daily challenge of meeting students in the classroom.”

    The teachers at last year’s conference came from many different countries including Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Belgium and of course Spain. This year there will be a wide variety of subjects including teaching vocabulary, developing students’ autonomy and the use of digital resources. The programme for 2016 is as follows:

    Saturday 2nd April

    • 30 Luisa Pascual – Escuela Oficial de Idiomas de la Comunidad de Madrid and the publishers Difusión, Spain. The whole is not the sum of the parts. Reflections on the lexicon and its implications in the creation of teaching material.
    • 30 Virginia Sánchez – Hispaania Maja School, Tallin, Estonia. Learning by sharing. The importance of sharing learning objectives in the development of student autonomy.
    • 30 Juan de Dios López Rael – Clic-International House, Sevilla, España. Spanish as a Foreign Language for children. Learning through movement.
    • 17:15     María Méndez Santos y Alberto Rodríguez Lifante. The development of existential competition in the XXI century: reflections on docens philosophicus.

    Sunday 3rd April

    • 00 Pablo Álvarez – Marino Clown, Helsinki, Finland. The clown as a means for learning.
    • 00 Hector Ríos – SSML Verbum Facoltà di Studi Umanistici delll’Università di Cagliari. Production and consumption of digital projects in the Spanish as a Foreign Language classroom. From passive consumer to producer-consumer of content.
    • 00 Pablo Sánchez – Colegio Español de Estocolmo, Sweden. Teaching non-verbal communication in the Spanish as a Foreign Language classroom.
    • 16:45 Ángels Ferrer Rovira – Instituto Cervantes de Belgrado

    My emotions in the classroom and outside of it: tools for learning to manage my work situation.

    More information on the webpage of the event.

    Image copyright: cirox


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    As has become customary at this time of year, Spanish as a Foreign Language professionals are again meeting up in Malaga to share their experiences and improve their teaching skills.  The title of the 6th FONCEI (National Forum of the Cervantes Escuela Internacional) is “The development of Spanish as a Foreign Language teachers’ skills: great power carries with it great responsibility”.  The conference will be held on the 29th and 30th of January 2016 at the Museo del Patrimonio Municipal in Malaga.

    Each teacher has a super-power in the classroom (call it talent, skill or ability) and each teacher has the skill or strategy to make the class a real experience and turn a rote learning memory class into a memorable class.

    Teachers have virtues which the Cervantes Escuela Internacional calls superpowers.  Speakers at the conference will display their superpowers and this will surely help everyone to be a little bit better in the classroom.

    This year the Cervantes Escuela Internacional has the most prestigious of speakers including Encina Alonso and María Ángeles Álvarez, of the RAE (Real Academia Española).

    You can find all the information about the speakers and their workshops and also the enrolment form on the webpage for the event.


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  • International House Barcelona

    Once again we are pleased to inform our readers about the practical conference organised by International House Barcelona and the publishers Difusión.

    This conference, which will take place on the 18th and 19th December, will give ELE (Spanish as a Foreign Language) teachers the opportunity to attend theory classes given by experts and researchers into the learning and teaching of Spanish, to attend practical workshops and to exchange classroom experiences with other Spanish as a Foreign Language teachers from the five continents – more than four hundred of them attend the conference.

    This year’s programme includes the following:

    • Estrella Montolío (Universitat de Barcelona): “New perspectives on connectors and structures of texts”.
    • Encina Alonso (teacher, teacher trainer and author) opens the section “The ELE sofa” with “We want to continue as teachers of Spanish” with an interview by Francisco Herrera (CLIC International House Cádiz) to celebrate 30 years of International House teacher training courses.
    • Reyes Llopis (Columbia University): “The contribution of Cognitive Linguistics to the teaching of grammar in Spanish as a Foreign Language: ideas for its application”.
    • Scott Thornbury (New School, New York): “Fossilization: Is it terminal?”

    As well as the usual practical teaching experiences, conference participants will be able to take part in other events, for instance as mentors in a speed dating for teachers with and without experience and in Doctor ELE.

    More information can be found on the conference webpage.

    Image copyright: Encuentro Práctico.

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    GERES, the Grupo de Estudio e Investigación en Español de Especialidad, has announced that its 14th International Meeting will take place in Poitiers from the 16th to the 18th June 2016,  with the support of the Maison des Langues at Poitiers university.

    Business Spanish will form the main subject of discussion at the meeting.  This theme was chosen by the members of the GERES executive committee and voted on at the last general meeting of the association.

    GERES is a non-profit association, founded in 2006.  It aims to provide a space for dialogue not only between university teachers and researchers but for all people involved in the teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language.  The group is open to all Spanish teachers throughout Europe and world-wide.

    For those people unfamiliar with GERES, their objectives are as follows:

    • to contribute to the development of the teaching and learning of Spanish in the language sector for specialists from other disciplines by encouraging dialogue between teachers and researchers and the dissemination and development of research, particularly into education.
    • to promote the scientific recognition of this field and the value of its players – the teachers and the teacher-researchers.
    • to contribute in a wide sense to the development of the teaching and learning of Spanish as a language of social and professional action.

    More information about this research group and their international meetings can be found on the GERES webpage.

    Cover image rights: Daniel Jolivet.

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  • The First Latin American Conference for the teaching of Spanish and Chinese has been announced and will take place on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of September in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    The conference is aimed at researchers, academics, representatives of international institutions and organizations, language teachers, teachers of all levels, undergraduate students and post-graduates and the general public.  It is a wonderful opportunity to get to know at first-hand the situation of a key sub-sector – the Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language to Chinese speakers.

    The aim of the conference is to analyse the situation regarding the teaching and learning of Chinese and of Spanish to Chinese speakers.  It is the first step towards the creation of a space for dialogue which will allow information to be combined, experiences shared and an analysis of personal and general problems.  From here, areas for future research, action and collaboration can be developed

    The main topics to be dealt with at the conference are as follows:

    1. The development and implementation of Spanish programmes directed at Chinese speakers in different contexts – business, academic, school.
    2. The development and implementation of Chinese programmes aimed at native Spanish speakers in private language schools, universities and primary and secondary schools.
    3. The situation and analysis of Chinese immigration in Latin America.
    4. Linguistic policy for the teaching of Spanish in the context of total immersion and of Chinese as a foreign language at all the different educational levels.
    5. Teaching and professional qualifications for the specific teaching of Spanish to Chinese speakers and of Chinese to Spanish speakers.
    6. Teacher training for teaching students of all levels whose first language is Chinese (or one of its varieties) and who are in class with native Spanish speakers.

      For more information please see the CLEPEC webpage.

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    FEDELE is pleased to announce the forthcoming International Congress of ASELE which is now in its 26th year. This year the conference will be held from the 16th to the 19th September at the School of Modern Languages of the University of Granada.

    The main focus of the conference will be on the training and responsibilities of teachers of Spanish abroad.  The proposed topics of discussion are as follows:
    1.- Institutional dimension

    • The contribution of the Council of Europe documents: European profile of teachers of foreign languages; the European Framework of Reference (2004) and the European portfolio for trainee language teachers (2007)
    • The contribution of the Cervantes Institute documents: What does it mean to be a good teacher of Spanish as a foreign language? (2011) and The main responsibilities of teachers of second and foreign languages (2012)
    • The usefulness of the European profiling grid for language teachers, EPG (2013)

    2.- Professional dimension:

    • Initial training for Spanish as a Foreign Language teachers
    • Postgraduate training
    • On-going training and professional development
    • Classroom observation and teacher´s thoughts
    • Evaluation of teaching practice
    • Professional prospects
    • Professional ethics

    Areas of expertise:

    • Language competence.  Native or non-native teachers
    • Metalinguistic consciousness
    • Knowledge of other languages
    • Methodology: knowledge and skills; planning of lessons and courses; classroom management and interaction; selection and creation of resource material.
    • Cultural and inter-cultural skills
    • Digital skills
    • Evaluation techniques

    It has already been confirmed that the well-known specialist teacher trainers Elena Verdía and Jenaro Ortega will be taking part in the academic programme.

    For more information please visit the Conference website.

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