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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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  • 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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  • UB-SGEL

    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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  • 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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  • 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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