A GREAT conference experience – Interesting people, excellent insights – These were some of my favorites:
- “Curriculum Approaches in Language Teaching: Forward, Central and Backward Design” (Jack C. Richards)
- “Creating and Performing Jazz Chants” (Carolyn Graham)
- “Ten Ways to Get Your Students to DO Something” (Ken Wilson)
- “Learners in the 21st Century: Are they Any Different?” (Linda Price)
- “The Price and Value of Education: A Dickensian Approach” (Luke Prodromou)
A big THANK YOU to the organizers Les Kirkham and Sandra Oddy.
And here are my own presentation slides:
On 24 and 25 January 2013, partners from 6 countries met in Valencia for the kickoff meeting of the new European Lifelong Learning project TILA.
The aim of the TILA project is
- to innovate and enrich language teaching programmes at secondary schools by introducing telecollaboration activities to facilitate intercultural communication with peers from other countries;
- to implement (pre- and in-service) teacher training programmes that promote teachers’ pedagogical and intercultural competences in relation to telecollaboration through experiential learning in connection with task development, implementation and evaluation;
- to explore the added value of telecollaboration activities for language learning and intercultural communication among young learners (aged 13-16).
TILA will offer actual practice and hands-on experiences in telecollaboration activities using video conferencing tools (e.g. skype or BigBluebutton) and virtual worlds created in OpenSim as well as asynchronous tools like blogs and wikis. It promotes professional teacher development by addressing technological, intercultural, pedagogical and organisational concerns for the successful integration of telecollaboration practices in language education.
Target languages: English, French, German and Spanish.
The TILA Consortium:
The Netherlands: Utrecht University (Coordinator); Berlage Lyceum in Amsterdam; 3D Learning Experience Sevices (3DLES)
United Kingdom: University of Roehampton; The Godolphin and Latymer School in London
Germany: Steinbeis Transfer Center Language Learning Media; Gymnasium Saarburg
Spain: Universidad de Valencia; IES Clot del Moro
France: Université de Paris 3; Collège La Cerisaie
Czech Republic: Palacky University
Associate partners: 42 institutions from the Netherlands, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Poland, Portugal and Italy