- Danny Norrington-Davies
I’m really happy and excited to announce that my book, ‘Teaching grammar: from rules to reasons’ is out. Obviously I’m extremely biased, but I believe this book can be a really useful resource for practising language teachers and teachers working towards Diplomas or an MA. The section on designing your own lessons and materials should also be a useful tool for teachers who want to create their own materials, including those on pre-service courses like the CELTA. I’m currently putting some sessions together for DELTA and CELTA courses, so if anyone would like to see these please let me know and I can send them to you once I’ve piloted them in late January/February. Please pass this on to anyone who might be interested, and if you get a copy, I really hope you enjoy it.
- Danny Norrington-Davies
Registration is now open for the 52nd RELC International Conference, March 13-15, 2017 in Singapore. This event is seen by many as one of the best ELT conferences in Southeast Asia. This year’s conference aims to bring into focus the dimensions of language planning and policy alongside current perspectives and practice in curriculum design, materials development, language pedagogy and assessment.
Among the conference’s invited speakers are four C-Group Members: Le Van Canh, Allen Davenport, Alan Maley, and Brian Tomlinson.
More information about the conference can be found here.
We would Like to invite you to spread the word about Techno-CLIL 2017, the online global training initiative on CLIL and ICT, as a part of EVO, Electronic Village Online, TESOL Int.
Last year we had 5,000 participants from all over the world. It is an online free of charge training session which lasts 5 weeks, where participants are guided through asynchronous activities and synchronous webinars with international experts. You can read more about in the magazine in attachment (pp. 16-17).
This is the link to the initiative:
This is the link to the Moodle session where it is possible to register by the 8th January:
This is the Facebook Group open to new members:
Activities will start on 9th January. The opening ceremony will take place on 8th January and will be celebrated by insp. Gisella Langè from the Italian Ministry of Education and David Marsh.
A calendar of weekly webinars with other well known international experts is being arranged. This year the course will be officially recognised by the Italian Ministry of Education.
For further information:
This year the IATEFL Literature SIG is running a joint event with The C Group. It will be held on the 3r April 2017 at IATEFL Glasgow, UK.
Click on the link below to download the full programme:
The MATSDA/Fontys University of Applied Sciences Conference
June 10th-11th, 2017
Meaning-Focused Materials for Language Learning
Marina Bouckaert Anne Burns Daniela Fasoglio Alan Maley Hitomi Masuhara Brian Tomlinson Marjolijn Verspoor
Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts (FHK), Zwijsenplein 1, Tilburg, the Netherlands
Registration: 08.30 on June 10th and 11th
Conference: 09.00-18.00 on June 10th; 09.00-17.00 on June 11th
Fees (to include coffees each day and lunch on the Sunday):
Students: 100 Euros (60 Euros for one day)
MATSDA members and Fontys University Staff: 140 Euros (85 Euros for one day)
Non-members: 180 Euros (100 Euros for one day)
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Call for contributions: special issue of Humanising Language Teaching Magazine - August 2017
Language and creative arts: how do they connect?
This special issue invites contributions from teachers of language, teachers of creative arts, students, creative practitioners, researchers, materials writers who are interested in the connection between language and any of the creative arts: music, sculpture, performance, poetry, dance, design, visual arts, children’s play.
The special issue is part of the journal Humanising Language Teaching, whose mission is to bring together teachers, students, researchers, materials writers, in a freely available resource that places effective, affective learning and teaching at its heart.
We welcome any of the contribution types below:
Anything from 1-6 pages, less academic than major articles, can range from a short academic text to a very personal one.
10 -15 pages, in exceptional cases can be longer, kind of academic but must be with a practical humanistic angle.
Review of ELT and other publications which teachers might find useful, short contributions or longer articles.
Anything you find funny and worth sharing but relating to ELT, jokes, anecdotes from the classroom, or an article on using humour in class.
An old exercise
An possibly forgotten exercise you know and which still works, evergreens which may be worth sharing with the the young generation of teachers.
Practical classroom activities with a bit of theory if you choose to include some.
Ideas for a book somebody is planning to publish, or has just come out.
Learners or pre-service teachers write about their learning experience,sometimes teachers if they had an interesting learning experience.
Poems written by language teachers or students in class, another opportunity to be creative.
When and how to contribute
If you would like to contribute, please send an expression of interest to
Jane Spiro firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday Dec. 16th.
All contributions need to be received by Sunday April 30th, 2017.
'I am very happy to announce the winner of the Bonnie Tsai Scholarship. It is Aphrodite Gkiouris. Book prizes were also awarded to other contributors. Congratulations! I hope you will soon be able to read the winning contributions in HLT.'
Hania Kryszewska, Pilgrims
IATEFL and TESOL International Association joint web conference will be held over three days from the 17 - 19 November 2016.
Tessa Woodward invites us all for her session 'Fools rush in...one language teacher's view of professional identity':
What is a professional identity? How can a working teacher begin to think about their own professional identity? Is it important to do so? What is the difference between an insider’s and an outsider’s view of a teacher? This talk, given from the depths of the English countryside, hence the lack of video, will be a gentle, non-academic exploration of the topic. It is given by someone attracted to the words ‘teacher’ and ‘identity’ who only knows about them from the inside. If you too are attracted to the words, from the inside, come and join me!
Express Book ELT, exclusive distributor for Express Publishing in Macedonia, would like to see your creative teaching side.
See the guidelines below for more information: