Spring/March 2014 - Vol 28 No 1
Welcome to the first issue of our 28th Volume!
We have three main themes in this issue. One helps us to continue building expertise in using newer technologies in our work with teachers. The first article on this theme explains how to work a practicum on line! (Page 3) The second helps us to become competent e-moderators. (page 6)
Our second theme is intercultural awareness. We have an article from expatriate teachers in Afghanistan (Page 18) and one on helping new EFL teachers to get beneath the surface of their conceptions of new cultures. (Page 21). The article on Page 11 also deals with transition between cultures. read more...
The Fair List, UK
Are you going to attend, speak at or participate in an ELT event in the UK this year or next? If so, then this news item might interest you!
At the IATEFL international conference held in Liverpool, UK in April last year, there was a rather special gathering one evening! About twenty people got together to praise people who had made it onto a list. Playful certificates were given out and there was a lot of clapping and photos were taken. Thus The Fair List, UK was launched. This year, again at the IATEFL international conference, this time in Harrogate there will be a second celebration which you are welcome to attend! So what is this list about?
Here are some recent additions to our community of teacher trainers, mentors and teacher educators:
Bora Sohn, Korea
Emirates College for Advanced Education UAE
Andreia Fernandes, Brazil
Patricia Paz Lo, Peru
Geraldine Ryan, New Zealand
Ludmila Hurajova, Slovakia
Julie Whitington, UK
Carla Gastelum, Mexico
British Council, Kuala Lumpur
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Tessa Woodward's webinars
If you would like to watch some webinars given by Tessa and relevant to teacher training, please try the following links:
Teachers as Writers: Writing Your Way to Professional Development
The Professional Life Cycles of Teachers
‘Enjoying personal and professional creativity’
In this IATEFL webinar (available to view if you are a member of IATEFL at www.iatefl.org/webinars) Tessa encouraged participants to consider what creativity involves, if it’s a good thing, and whether we are born creative or can learn to be more so. If we can learn to be even more creative than we already are, then what classic techniques can we employ and what can we apply them to?
Opening plenary IATEFL conference
by Tessa Woodward
Tessa Woodward, the editor of The Teacher Trainer journal, gave the opening plenary at the IATEFL conference in Harrogate, UK in April, 2010. The topic was "The professional life cycles of teachers". Below you can watch Part 1 of her plenary.
Part 2 (approx. 45 minutes) of Tessa's Opening Plenary is available on the IATEFL web site. Please follow this link to continue viewing.
Tessa was also the October 2009 guest writer for the BBC Teaching English web site. And the subject was all about being a teacher trainer! You can still see her articles on the 'Guest Writer' section:
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