Many Eaquals members had a busy week last week at the annual
IATEFL conference in Glasgow. Our Executive Director, Lou McLaughlin, serves on the board of IATEFL trustees and as such was liaising with the IATEFL Associates, attended the AGM with other IATEFL trustees, and introduced one of the main IATEFL plenary speakers to both the on-site and online audience of thousands.
Lou also had the opportunity to catch up with many Eaquals members, Accredited (Eurocentres, Centre of English Studies, The London School, British School of Trieste, IH London, Bell Switzerland and St Giles) and Associates (AisLi, British Council and International House World Organisation), as well as meet many of the sponsors and exhibitors who will also be attending the Eaquals annual conference in Riga, including Pearson, Macmillan Education, National Geographic Learning, telc, and Trinity College London.
Eaquals was delighted to have sponsored speakers also delivering quality sessions at IATEFL:
RICHARD ROSSNER | TIM GOODIER | CHRIS FARRELL | JOANNA WATSON
RICHARD ROSSNER: Frameworks of teacher
competences: do they aid or hinder development?
Richard outlined the fact that several frameworks of teacher competences exist. They have been produced in different ways for diverse purposes. Participants evaluated three or four, and discussed various ways in which they might be used by teachers themselves and others, and what the impact might be on practising teachers, in order to formulate guidance for choosing and using such instruments.
Tim began the session by looking at how best to utilise the Eaquals Teacher Development Framework to create an evidence-based Teacher Development Plan. Chris led the second half of the session by illustrating how the Eaquals Scheme for reporting of achievement in continuing professional development enables institutions to issue a formal report detailing an individual employee’s CPD achievements and activities. He provided attendees with concrete examples from his own pilot scheme.
JOANNA WATSON: Developing awareness to
increase inclusivity in the classroom
Joanna led a workshop which was a combination of theory and practice. The aim was to raise awareness of Special Educational Needs; to consider strategies employed in other disciplines; to explore the differences in learning; and to identify strategies which can be employed in the EFL classroom to benefit all learners.