Tuesday, 3 April 2018

41st TESOL-SPAIN Annual Convention Madrid 2018

My last Convention opening as President of TESOL-SPAIN. It's been an honour to serve as President for the last four years. Heartfelt thanks to the Board of TESOL-SPAIN  for the support, energy and team spirit. you are the best!

Opening plenary by Dr Thomas Strasser, sponsored by Helbling Languages: 

(New) learning technologies in the intercultural EFL classroom. Digital hype or serious change of paradigm?

Modern technologies facilitate new forms of learning. Technology-enhanced language learning (TELL) has seen dramatic changes in the facilitation of self-directed learning opportunities, but also in enhancing the intercultural learning experience in classroom-based formal language learning. This plenary will investigate the potential of (new) technologies and how intercultural immersion teaching is supported through seamless learning approaches.

Saturday Plenary
Professor Do Coyle: Pluriliteracies at the heart of learning

In this plenary, I shall focus on the role of pluriliteracies in bilingual/CLIL settings through an integrated approach to deeper learning. I shall draw on an inclusive model for learning which values and positions language as our greatest learning tool and which emphasizes the need for transparent conceptual learning to be part of language learning  and using. I shall explore the challenges to the way we design classroom learning to maximize learning potential for all learners- whatever age, stage and linguistic cultural background.

Sunday plenary

Dr María Luisa Cañado
20 Questions” about CLIL... and some Research-based Answers

Abstract: This talk will approximate CLIL from an updated, critical, and research-based stance. Through a variant of the game “20 Questions”, it will showcase twenty of the most common queries which are at present
affecting CLIL characterization, implementation, research, and training and will employ empirical evidence from the latest investigations on the topic to address them. It will also discuss the chief pedagogical implications which these findings have for the different stakeholders, including Infant, Primary and Secondary Education teachers, private language schools, materials writers, researchers, or teacher trainers.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Teacher, by Alan Maley

What do you do?
- I’m a teacher.
- What do you teach?
- People.
- What do you teach them?
- English.
- You mean grammar, verbs, nouns, pronunciation, conjugation, articles and particles, negatives and interrogatives ...?
- That too.
- What do you mean, ‘that too’?
- Well, I also try to teach them how to think, and feel – show them inspiration, aspiration, cooperation, participation, consolation, innovation,
... help them think about globalization, exploitation, confrontation, incarceration, discrimination, degradation, subjugation,
...how inequality brings poverty, how intolerance brings violence, how need is denied by greed, how –isms become prisons, how thinking and feeling can bring about healing.
- Well I don’t know about that.
Maybe you should stick to language, forget about anguish.
You can’t change the world.
- But if I did that, I’d be a cheater, not a teacher.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Free TESOL-SPAIN webinar

TESOL-SPAIN proudly announces the next free webinar: Thursday 22 February 2018 at 11:00 (CET) 
Title: Continuing Professional Development: Teachers as Material Writers
Speakers: Katherine Bilsborough
You can register from anywhere in the world


MaWSIG has a special strand running all day on March 10th at this event at Universidad Complutense de Madrid’s Faculty of Education. More information about the convention and registration can be found on TESOL-Spain’s website.

Friday, 9 February 2018

TESOL-SPAIN goes green.

Paper is a precious part of our life, with many life-enhancing uses. It can be a sustainable product, but only it if comes from responsible sources and is used efficiently and not wastefully. Since 2012, TESOL SPAIN has been giving out USB sticks with session handouts to participants at our Annual Convention to avoid using more paper than strictly necessary. If you are a speaker at our Annual Convention, please send your handouts to the Publications Coordinator at publications@tesolspain.org

Similarly, speakers at regional events are increasingly inviting attendees to request digital handouts of their talks. If you are a speaker at a regional event, contact the Area Coordinator and send your handouts in PDF or Word. They will make them available to attendees, uploading them to the Regions page of our website.

Our heartfelt thanks go to Macmillan, ANAYA, Trinity, Spain & Portugal and Cambridge Assessment English, Spain & Portugal, who have generously sponsored this initiative since 2012.

Since 2012, we also stopped providing a printed version of our newsletter three times a year. We now send out an electronic e-newsletter ten times a year to all our members and teaching associations. This is just one other way that we are trying to reduce the amount of paper produced Small actions lead to big results.

Proud to be the President of TESOL-SPAIN


EVE: Equal Voices in ELT

EVE stands for Equal Voices in ELT. It is an organisation created to recognise both gender and ‘non-native’ / ‘native speaker’* parity in keynotes and plenaries in ELT conferences and events worldwide.
Good progress has been made already in the fight for parity for women and ‘non-native’ speakers. 

Now is the time to take it one step further and to recognise the great strides being made globally.
Who?  We are a group of ELT practitioners interested in the issue of equality at conferences and other professional events.

The idea was conceived by Fiona Mauchline (Oxford, UK)  and Sue Leather (Vancouver, Canada) in late 2017.

They are joined in the Founding Team by Higor Cavalcante (São Paulo, Brazil), Henrick Oprea (Brasilia, Brazil), Aleksandra Popovski (Skopje, Macedonia) and Adam Simpson (Istanbul, Turkey).

I'm proud to support EVE