Teacher development workshops

Foundations in Language Testing and Assessment 2011
Date: 19 November, 2011
Location: Rooms SR 322, SR 324, Third Floor, Ken Edwards Building, University of Leicester
Facilitators: Glenn Fulcher, Dr Julie Norton and Wasyl Cajkler  
The workshop will introduce the main concepts in language testing and assessment, explore the relationship between teaching and learning, including the role of self- and peer-assessment within the learning environment and consider communicative approaches to assessing speaking, focusing on task types, the learner discourse that they elicit, and cultural issues in topic selection. It will also look at the notion of ‘test architecture’ by looking at the role of models, frameworks and specifications and their role in test design and evaluation. Particular attention will be paid to national and cross-border models which play a role in the development of language policies.
Follow this link for a programme and registration details www.llas.ac.uk/events/6443 
Theory and Practice in Vocabulary Learning and Teaching
Date: 20 January, 2012
Location: Institute for Education, University of Reading
This one-day workshop aims at bringing together teachers and researchers who share an interest in vocabulary learning and teaching. In recent years, many specialists of language learning have rediscovered how important vocabulary is, not only as one of the key drivers of language learning but also more generally for students’ academic achievement. At the workshop recent findings in second language acquisition will be discussed as well as innovative practice in teaching and learning vocabulary. The workshop is aimed at specialists of SLA and ELT as well as teachers of MFL in Secondary and Higher Education.
Register for this free event at: www.llas.ac.uk/events/6416
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LORO -Languages Open Resources Online

For those of you who haven’t discovered it yet, there is a wonderful resource for language teachers on-line LORO -Language Open resources Online where you can find all sorts of ideas for language teaching. http://loro.open.ac.uk/


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This Blog

The aim of this Blog is to build a community of language teachers at SELCS to meet other language teachers, swap ideas about language teaching, and find out about seminars and workshops on the latest research and burning topics in language pedagogy. I look forward to meeting you and to hear your thoughts!

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AAAL Conference

This is the American Association for Applied Linguistics annual conference. Next year it takes place in Boston 24-27th March. Deadlines for abstracts 12th August.

See conference call below:


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Welcome to the SELCS Language blog. This blog is intended to bring together the community of language teachers and lecturers at SELCS and to share ideas for research and teaching. It will also be a place for finding about the latest events and seminars either here at UCL or the neighbouring universities.

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The blog will also have four main sections:

  1. Research topics, which you will find on the menu bar above: Research Seminars and Events will report on the latest language research activities taking place at SELCS. 
  2. Language Workshops will host discussions and share language teaching ideas and good practice by language teachers at SELCS .
  3. The section Meet… will feature an interview to a SELCS language teacher every month so that we all get to know each other better.
  4. News: information about forthcoming conferences, calls for papers, workshops, achievements and publications by the Language SELCS community.
  5. Going Digital will post information on the latest training on new technologies and showcase examples of original and inspired language teaching from different languages and teachers at SELCS.
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