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  • Congreso NY

    The first conference on the new trends in the teaching of Spanish will take place in New York on the 4th and 5th November. The event is organised by the Instituto Cervantes together with Princeton and Columbia Universities.

    The aims for the conference, according to the organisers, are twofold:

    •  Firstly, to analyse the current situation of the teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language and how it has evolved in the last few years.
    • Secondly, to establish a meeting place where teachers of Spanish can exchange ideas and experiences.

    The programme for the conference is as follows:

Friday 4th November
    16.00 – 16.45h: Coffee, enrolment and distribution of material
    16.45 – 17.00h: Presentation of the conference
    17.00 – 19.00h: Where have we come from? Where are we? And where are we going? Reflections on Spanish as a Foreign Language teaching materials. Neus Sans, Difusión.

Saturday 5th November:
    9.30 – 11.00h: Language and image: cognitive representations and grammatical meaning in aspectual contrast. Plácido Ruiz Campillo, Columbia University.
    11.00 – 11.30h: Coffee.
    11.30 – 13.00h: Towards an interactive learning focus: the Aprendo platform as an innovative teaching tool. Anais Holgado Lage, Dunia Catalina Méndez Vallejo, Adriana Meriño, Le Anne Spino-Seijas and Sylvia Zetterstrand. Princeton University.
    13.00 – 14.00h: Lunch.
    14.00 – 15.30h: How to make better use of class-time: flipped classrooms. Angelina Craig-Flórez and Reyes Llopis-García. Columbia University.
    15.30 – 16.00h: Coffee.
    16.00 – 17.30h: Do I like what I do? The emotional development of the Spanish teacher. Fernando López Murcia. Instituto Cervantes.

    More information on the webpage of the Instituto Cervantes in New York.

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  • Instituto Cervantes de Viena

    In less than a couple of weeks, on the 14th and 15th October, the 3rd Training Session at the Instituto Cervantes in Vienna will take place. This event, which will deal with the teaching of Spanish to children and young people, is organised with the collaboration of  the Education Office of the Spanish Embassy in Vienna, the Austrian Association of Teachers of Spanish and the publishers Edinumen.

    The programme is as follows:

    Friday 14th October

    16.00h: Greetings and presentation

    16.15h – 19.30h: “Affective and effective learning of Spanish in classes for young people”, Jane Arnold, University of Seville and Language and Cultural Encounters.

    Saturday, 15th October

    09.00h – 12.15h: “Techniques and resources to stimulate learning in foreign language classes for children aged 7 to 12”, Izabella Hearn, author (SM, Pearson, Oxford University Press and Bookmark África).

    12.30h – 13.15h: Presentation. Edinumen.


    • “Tell me a story! Narrative as a mechanism for learning”, Álvaro Sesmillo. Edinumen.
    • “Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) in the Spanish class”, Isabel Pérez Torres, Education Office of the Spanish Embassy in Vienna
    • “Techniques and games for exploiting first languages of students in the Spanish class”, Zwetelina Ortega. Linguamulti.
    • Diversity as a generator of curricular flexibility”, Mariela Álvares.

    18.30h: Closing ceremony and awarding of certificates.

    Discounts are available for teachers from the Ministry of Education section of the Spanish Embassy in Vienna and for teachers of the Austrian Association of Teachers of Spanish.

    More information on the webpage of the  Instituto Cervantes de Viena.

    Picture copyright: Instituto Cervantes.

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  • Gotinga

    The publishers Edinumen are once again organising the ProfELE conference at the  Georg-August-Universität Göttingen with the aim of assisting the training of Spanish teachers in Germany. This will be the fifth such conference.

    Different specialists in the teaching of Spanish will be taking part in the conference which provides an ideal space for sharing with other teachers experiences and teaching proposals for the Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language classroom.

    The programme for the event is as follows:

    Saturday 5th November. Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

    • 9.30-10.00h. Reception.
    • 10.00-10.15h. Opening of the conference.
    • 10.15-11.30h. María Carmen Herrero (Manchester Metropolitan University). “Film and The development of intercultural communicative competence in the Spanish language classroom as L2/FL.”
    • 11.30-12.00h. Break.
    • 12.00-13.15h. Alicia Mellado (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha). “Let’s speak clearly”
    • 13.15-14.15h. Lunch break.
    • 14.15-15.15h. Álvaro Sesmilo (Edinumen publishers). “Help me to look: symbols, metaphors and creativity in the learning of an L2”
    • 15.15-15.35h. Break.
    • 15.35-18.10h. Practical experiences.
    • 18.10-18.40h. “Beyond the classroom walls” (Edinumen publishers).
    • 18.45h. Raffles and closure.

    Each workshop will be a maximum of forty minutes and there are various time slots. The University of La Rioja are collaborating by raffling one of their online postgraduate courses for the teaching of Spanish amongst people taking part in the conference.

    As on previous occasions the conference is officially recognised by the Niedersächsisches Landesinstitut für schulische Qualitätsentwicklung (NLQ).  In order to obtain a certificate, people attending the conference will have to enrol at VeDaB.

    For more information about enrolment please see the conference website.

    Image copyright: iturde.


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  • Palencia

    The 51st International AEPE Conference (European Association of Spanish Teachers) has  taken place in Palencia from the 25th to the 29th July. More than a hundred people attended the conference, which this year celebrated the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes.

    As they explain on their website, AEPE was founded in 1967 at the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo de Santander as a professional, apolitical and non-profit organisation. The association gets together teachers of Spanish to create professional and social links in order to promote and spread the Spanish language and culture, to exchange points of view and experiences of education, literature and generally of different subjects of common interest related to Spanish teaching.

    The programme for the conference contained a wide range of academic speakers and also a series of cultural activities which included visits to places of interest in and around Palencia and different musical performances.

    The conference has received the support of the local government of Castilla and León, the Provincial Council and the Palencia town council who hope to show the advantages Palencia has to offer as a destination for Spanish language tourism.

    More information on the event: web site.

    Photo coyright: Miguel Ángel García.

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  • XXV Encuentro Práctico ELE

    Considered to be one of the most important Spanish teacher training events, The Encuentro Práctico, organised by  International House and the publishers Difusión, will this year celebrate their twenty-fifth event in Barcelona. Wonderful talks, workshops and practical experiences have been planned, all centred on the Spanish language class.

    25th Conference Programme

    Friday 16th December

    • 09.30-10.15h: Submission of documents
    • 10.15-10.30h: Opening ceremony of the 25th Encuentro Práctico
10.30-11.30h: Lourdes Miquel: Grammar activities: thinking and deciding
11.30-12.00h: Coffee break
12.00-13.00h: Jon Andoni Duñabeitia: What are we like, how do we think and how do we feel when we speak a foreign language?
13.15-14.15h: Marta Baralo
    • 14.15-15.45h: Lunch
    • 15.45-16.45h: Juana Muñoz Liceras: Basic research on language acquisition: challenges and sources of inspiration for applied linguistics
    • 17.15h: Surprise activity

    Saturday 17th December

    • 09.30-13.00h Simultaneous workshops: everyone can take part in three workshops
13.15-14.00h: Doctor ELE, I’ve got a question
    • 14.00-15.30h: Lunch
15.30-17.00h: Simultaneous workshops
17.15-18.00h: Practical experiences
    • 18.15h: Raffle and a Christmas toast

    As they say on their webpage: Many things have happened since 1991 when a small group of teachers decided to get together at International House Barcelona to exchange experiences in a newly developing professional environment: Spanish has made great advances everywhere, we have all learned a lot, Spanish as a Foreign Language has become a dynamic speciality with amazing professionals and research has been consolidated.

    Happy anniversary!

    Web for Encuentro Práctico.

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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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