for Language Teachers of Austrian Upper Secondary Vocational Schools
The CEBS 7th National Conference for Language Teachers of Austrian Upper Secondary Vocational Schools and Colleges took place in Bad Hofgastein, Austria, from 23rd to 25th October 2023. It is THE national event for language teacher development in Upper Secondary Vocational Education in Austria. The 120 participants included active teachers from all types of upper secondary vocational schools and colleges as well as other stakeholders.
The CEBS conference featured a series of keynote addresses and workshops conducted in German, English, French, Italian, and Spanish, with some sessions embracing a plurilingual approach. The 18 presenters came from all over Europe and the topic covered was “Communication. Emotion. Reflection. Developing life skills in the language classroom”.
Bob Blume, Sarah Mercer, and Chia Suan Chong delivered the first three keynotes, addressing language education in a dynamic world, the empowerment of teachers for professional success, and effective communication across cultures. In total, the 30 presentations explored diverse topics, including key teacher competences in the 2020s, teacher development, wellbeing, future skills, inclusion, plurilingualism, mediation, integrated skills, the role of AI, as well as empathy and emotion in language education.
The objectives of the CEBS conference were:
· to provide a professional development opportunity on an international level
· to motivate and empower the participants and to promote the joy and satisfact
ion in their job
· to invite the participants to reflect on their role as teachers
· to encourage them to welcome new developments and to integrate them into their work
· to foster networking among teachers and the exchange of ideas on a na
tional and international level
Participants engaged with research findings and contemplated their implications for classroom
practices. They shared ideas, theories, and classroom activities with presenters and colleagues, exploring ways to seamlessly incorporate new approaches into their teaching.
Selected presenters were recorded, and the videos will be accessible on the CEBS website. This provides an opportunity for teachers who were unable to attend the conference to view some of the keynotes remotely.
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