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  • Colin Mackenzie
    Here are details of the pre-conference events at the IATEFL conference in Liverpool this year. Sorry about the length for those who are not interested, and
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      Here are details of the pre-conference events at
      the IATEFL conference in Liverpool this year.
      Sorry about the length for those who are not
      interested, and apologies for any double postings
      you might receive.

      IATEFL Special Interest Groups Pre-Conference Events
      Liverpool 2004
      Pre-Conference Events (PCEs) are being held on Tuesday 13th April
      specifically for delegates who wish to concentrate on a particular topic.
      PCEs are planned as professional development days and participants will
      receive a certificate of attendance. This year, the Special Interest Groups
      organising Pre-Conference Events are:

      * Business English on Business English and
      intercultural training
      * ELT Management on Leadership and the learning
      * Global Issues + Teacher Trainers & Educators
      joint PCE on Integrating Global Issues into teacher
      * Literature, Media & Cultural Studies + Testing,
      Evaluation & Assessment joint PCE on Testing
      the untestable
      * Pronunciation on Teaching pronunciation: where
      theory meets practice
      * Teacher Development on What colour is my

      How to Pre-Register for a PCE

      Delegates who wish to attend a PCE on Tuesday 13th April should complete and
      return the conference registration form to IATEFL. This form has been
      designed for delegates who wish to attend either the PCE, or the conference,
      or both. We recommend that delegates pre-register early for a PCE as there
      are limited places available. The PCE programmes will start at 10am and end
      at 4pm. www.iatefl.org

      Details of the PCE programmes:

      Business English and Intercultural Training


      The Stranger within my gate
      He may be true or kind,
      But he does not talk my talk -
      I cannot feel his mind.
      I see the face and the eyes and the mouth
      But not the soul behind.

      Rudyard Kipling

      Companies across the world are increasingly recognizing that intercultural
      competence is a key element in international business communication, and are
      asking for training solutions. Many business English providers are adapting
      their own skills and knowledge in order to meet this need. This PCE will
      look at the interplay between intercultural and business English training,
      and focus on possible synergies which can result when the two come together..
      It will include a variety of talks and workshops run by experienced
      practitioners in the field (James Chamberlain, Sabrina Mallon-Gerland, Vicki
      Hollett, Adrian Pilbeam), and is aimed at anyone involved in business
      English training who would like to enjoy a day with like-minded colleagues
      discussing the issues and learning from each other's perspectives.

      Leadership and the Learning Organisation

      ELT Management SIG

      Time was when the term leadership might conjure up images of military
      heroes. Today there is greater awareness of the fact that leaders come from
      all walks of life and that we can all play leadership roles at work, in
      voluntary organisations or in the home. One of the key roles of a leader is
      to help a group to develop a clear vision of where they want to go and what
      kind of world they want to create. We shall look at the notion of the
      learning organisation and what it might mean, as one idea that has inspired
      others to develop people at the individual, team and organisational level.
      This participatory workshop will give you the chance to reflect on your own
      leadership style and consider how you can develop it and how you can
      contribute to developing a learning organisation. Participants will be
      invited to carry out a simple pre-course reading and a post-course activity..
      Facilitators: Adrian Underhill and George Pickering

      Facilitators: Adrian Underhill and George Pickering

      Teaching Pronunciation: where theory meets practice


      Pronunciation teaching: difficult? English phonetics and phonology: dry,
      boring – scary, even??
      In order to communicate effectively in a language, clear pronunciation is of
      vital importance. But many teachers lack confidence in dealing with
      pronunciation, or feel that phonology is an unfathomable mystery. If this
      describes you, or if you simply have an interest in teaching pronunciation,
      come to the Pronunciation SIG PCE in 2004. Our aims are to help teachers
      develop their understanding of theoretical issues in phonetics and phonology
      which can affect pronunciation, to show how these issues relate to practical
      classroom applications, to find out where to look for suitable pronunciation
      teaching resources, and to think about how to fit pronunciation into your
      class on a regular basis. There will also be a chance to try your hand at
      phonemic transcription.
      The event will offer opportunities to:
      * Discuss elements of English phonology, with a view to helping you,
      the teacher, develop suitable teaching materials;
      * Practise identifying specific and general areas of priority for
      pronunciation teaching in both general and specific contexts;
      * Evaluate existing teaching materials for independent and/or
      classroom use in both book and electronic form;
      * Practise phonemic transcription of English.

      Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to get to grips with English
      pronunciation! We hope to see you there.

      What colour is my teacher?

      Teacher Development SIG

      In this teacher development pre-conference workshop our aim is for you to
      connect your awareness of who you are (becoming) as a teacher or trainer
      with who you are as a person through a variety of teacher development
      By the end of the day, you will feel confident to take a positive step in
      your own personal development to enrich your future professional life. Using
      your different “intelligences”, you will explore yourself as a professional,
      look at your qualities as a teacher, and identify and work on skills
      which you would like to develop. We shall work with, for example, ideas
      from Co-operative Development (Edge, 1992: 2002), group dynamics and Howard
      Gardner’s multiple intelligence theory to tap into and work on your
      potential. This means we shall use activities in groups as well as
      individual reflection and that we shall work with colour, movement, music
      and pictures as well as words. You will also reflect on what TD means for
      you and identify situations which contribute to your learning as a teacher.
      After participating in this workshop, you will be a member of a group of
      conference participants interested in TD with whom you can enjoy the main
      conference. Expect to relax, reflect and relate.
      Workshop facilitators -
      Rosie Tanner, teacher educator (Institute of Education, Utrecht University,
      Netherlands), mother of two and author.
      Jenny de Sonneville, Head of Language Department (Hendrik Kraemer Institute,
      Utrecht, Netherlands), an institute which provides courses for professionals
      going abroad to work in church or development projects
      Edge, J. 1992. Cooperative Development. Harlow: Longman.
      Edge, J. 2002. Continuing Cooperative development. Michigan: University of
      Michigan Press.

      Integrating Global Issues into Teacher Education

      Global Issues SIG and Teacher Trainers and Educators SIG

      Being a teacher means fulfilling a dual role, i.e. that of conveyor of
      linguistic knowledge and that of being an educator. One of the main aims of
      this second role is raising awareness. Awareness, in turn, shapes our
      attitudes and alters our beliefs. Teachers have a responsibility to raise
      awareness, bringing to the fore issues of worldwide importance, such as
      equality, human rights and ecological trends. English language teachers have
      these same responsibilities. It is difficult to raise global issues in the
      classroom and teachers need help to cultivate sensitive approaches and
      skilful use of materials and techniques. A teacher education agenda should
      include information and models of behaviour which help shape the attitudes
      and beliefs of future teachers and hence future generations. This PCE aims
      to focus on ways in which teacher trainers and educators can refine and
      extend their practice to include education at a global level. Our speakers
      - Rama Mathew, Professor of Education in the Department of Education,
      Delhi University, and Coordinator of the Institute of Advanced Studies
      in Education
      - Kari Smith, Head of International Relations, Oranim Academic College of
      Education, Israel
      - Alan Maley, freelance writer and consultant, currently Visiting Professor,
      IELE, Assumption University, Bangkok.

      Testing the Untestable

      Testing, Evaluation and Assessment SIG and Literature, Media and Cultural
      Studies SIG

      Our three plenary speakers will discuss the assessment and evaluation of
      intercultural communicative competence, literary creativity and literary
      studies. The day will end with a panel discussion in which the plenary
      speakers, joined by Alan Pulverness (LMCS) and Carel Burghout (TEA), will
      discuss issues arising from the day and respond to questions from the floor..
      Lies Sercu (University of Leuven, Belgium)
      The assessment and evaluation of intercultural communicative competence
      The session will present a framework for the development of tools for
      assessing intercultural competence (IC). Basic definitions and foundations
      will be outlined, and implications for assessment discussed. A framework for
      assessing test quality will be presented, and criteria affecting the quality
      of assessment tools will be discussed. Examples of tests and assessment
      measures will be shared and the framework for assessing test quality will be
      applied to approaches to the assessment of IC commonly used in foreign
      language education.
      Jane Spiro (Oxford Brookes University)
      Reading and transforming literature: assessing creativity
      This session will look at methodology for appreciating literature through
      the ‘reconstruction’ of texts and creative responses. It will examine how
      such an approach might be integrated into a Cultural Studies teaching
      programme, and question how creativity can be assessed. Does assessment
      stifle creativity? What are we trying to measure, and if it is measurable,
      is it creativity? Should this element be assessed at all? Examples of
      students’ creative response work will be shared, as well as several
      approaches to the problem of assessment. We will consider the evaluation
      process, from both the teacher’s and the learner’s perspectives, and
      consider what can be gained, and what issues arise, from including this
      creative element in a Cultural Studies programme.
      Frits Schulte (Fontys College of Education, Tilburg)
      Producing, implementing and assessing "curricular" webquests for literary
      This session will look at the way trainers, trainees and teachers
      collaborate in producing and implementing curricular webquests, which
      combine codified (coursebook, teacher-driven) and episodic (Internet-based,
      pupil-driven) knowledge and skills. It will look at the way in which
      multimedial material is incorporated into webquests and assessment
      procedures, based on a balanced mix of closed, digitalised and on-line forms
      of testing, and open forms of testing. The session will be illustrated with
      samples of good practice, taken from successfully implemented webquests on
      Pride and Prejudice, Bridget Jones’s Diary and Multicultural New York.
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