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16th Annual International Convention TESOL Macedonia-Thrace, Northern Greece

16th Annual International Convention TESOL Macedonia-Thrace, Northern Greece
Venue: Capsis Hotel Thessaloniki, Greece
Date: 11th-12th October 2008
Title: Deconstructing and Reconstructing the Teacher
TESOL Macedonia – Thrace, Northern Greece is proud to announce that plenary speakers for this year’s annual convention are (in alphabetical order):
•    Mrs. Butwilowska (sponsored by Access)
•    Sarah Corcoran (sponsored by Cambridge ESOL)
•    Marialena Kalyva (sponsored by Hillside Press)
•    Colin Rose (sponsored by Accelerated Learning Systems Hellas)
•    Adrian Tennant (sponsored by onestopenglish)
Call for papers: Deadline 12th September 2008
For more information contact:


Teaching & Enjoying the Words & Music of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen & Joni Mitchell – an IATEFL LMCS SIG’s International 2008 Event

Saturday 1st March, 2008, 09.00-19.00
Fazekas Mihály Gimnázium, Horváth Mihály tér 8., 1082 Budapest, Hungary
Plenary speakers:
David Boucher (author of Dylan & Cohen: Poets of Rock & Roll)
Jim Scrivener (ELT author & Dylanophile)
Other speakers include:
Samantha Duncan (Institute of Education, University of London)
Mark Andrews (ELTE, Budapest)
David A. Hill (Freelance, Budapest)
Gabi Bonner (Accent International House, Prague)
Carmen Marosi (School No 128, Bucharest)
Pinar Hudaoglu (Eastern Med University, Cyprus)
Emine Orguz (Eastern Med University, Cyprus)
HUF 3000 (IATEFL HU LIT SIG members)
HUF 3500 (IATEFL HU Non-LIT SIG members)
HUF 5000 (Hungary non-IATEFL members)

Here’s the direct link to the call for participation:


Call for Papers: EUROCALL 2008 Conference

Eurocall 2008 Conference
3-6 September, 2008
Székesfehérvár, Hungary

EUROCALL is a professional organisation for the promotion of innovative research, development and practice in the area of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) and Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL) in education and training. EUROCALL conferences bring together educators, researchers, administrators, materials developers, government representatives, vendors of hardware and software, and others interested in the field of CALL and TELL.

EUROCALL 2008 particularly welcomes papers focusing on integrating new technologies into language learning. Presentations focusing on any other aspect of CALL research, development and practice are also welcomed, especially innovative uses both of established and of leading-edge technologies. All submissions are subject to a blind refereeing process.
Abstract submission deadline: January 31, 2008.

For more information, go to


Free, 6-week online Web 2.0 and TEFL course

The CALL Interest Section of the international TESOL professional association is pleased to offer the opportunity to participate in the Electronic Village Online (EVO) 2008 season. This is a professional development project and virtual extension of the TESOL 2008 Convention in New York. The intended audience for this project includes both TESOL 2008 participants and those who can participate only virtually. You do not need to be a TESOL member to participate in a free , six-week , wholly online session of the EVO, Jan 14 – Feb 24, 2008. Please visit our Announcement Page to select one or two among the various offerings.

Feel free to distribute this announcement.
Looking forward to having you in the EVO 2008 sessions,
Yours in TESOL,

Dafne Gonzalez
on behalf of the EVO coordination team

Note that the sessions begin on January 14, but you must register before that date if you wish to participate.


International IATEFL YLSIG/British Council TEYL Conference, Bangalore, India

Posted on behalf of Wendy Arnold, IATEFL YL SIG joint co-ordinator:

We would like to bring to your attention a 3 day event in Bangalore which the YL SIG and the British Council have jointly organised, held at the Regional Institute of English in Bangalore, India.

3rd – 6th January, 2008 Bangalore, India

International IATEFL YLSIG/British Council TEYL Conference
The way forward: Learning from International experience of TEYL (Teaching English to Young Learners)

Registration: (deadline 30th November, 2007)

We hope that you will be interested in sending delegates to attend this conference.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards and looking forward to meeting you

Wendy Arnold
IATEFL YL SIG joint co-ordinator


BC Germany International Conference: Languages for Europe

Posted on behalf of Nadine Ott, Project Manager, British Council Germany

British Council Germany would like to draw your attention to its annual international “Languages for Europe” conference, to be held in Berlin on 1-2 February 2008.

The title of the 2008 conference is “Language learning in a multilingual Europe”.
The following sub-themes will be covered:

  • Languages as a tool for work
  • Language learning strategies and lifelong learning
  • Languages, mobility and migration

The conference is aimed at policy makers, researchers, teacher trainers, business trainers and education managers of modern foreign languages in Germany and other European

It should be of interest to representatives from all educational sectors: primary, secondary, tertiary, vocational, adult education and in-company training.

Please note that the event aims to support the development and implementation of language policy. It will not focus on teaching materials and tips for the classroom.

The conference offers a platform to share visions for the future of language learning and learn about relevant research results and their implications for future education policy. Examples of existing good practice will also be presented.

In addition to keynote sessions, talks, workshops and discussions there will be ample opportunities for networking on an informal level. Speakers and participants from all over Europe will have the chance to share information, catch up with existing and meet new contacts and take home insights and ideas to implement in their working context.

For further information on the programme and registration details please go to our website:

Please note that the deadline for registration is 18 December. However, we may be fully booked before this point, which is why we recommend early registration.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have further questions about the conference.

Kind regards,
Nadine Ott
Project Manager
British Council Germany


NMC Publishes Results of Educators in Second Life Survey

The New Media Consortium (NMC) conducted a survey of more than 200 educators using Second Life, a virtual world, which is becoming more and more popular among teachers. The results were published a few days ago:

Here is the direct link to the summary (in .pdf format):

Plus the appendix:

A couple of interesting points from the results:

  • over half of the respondents are involved with education-related activities in Second Life
  • two-thirds are planning new educational projects or activities in Second Life
  • well over half of them see high or fairly high potential for education in Second Life

The sample is clearly biased towards the NMC (over half of them are affiliated with an NMC member organization), but this is understandable as it’s only logical that the people they reach to take the survey are somehow related to them. Altogether, very interesting results to a very well-conducted survey.


Applications for Full Scholarships to WorldCALL 2008

WorldCALL 2008, to be held in Fukuoka, Japan from August 5-8, 2008 announces the availability of full scholarships to the congress, including transportation, fees, lodging and a stipend for miscellaneous expenses. In keeping with our policy of “Equity and Access” these scholarships are only available to participants from countries that are not considered to be “Higher Income Economies” by the World Bank. The scholarships are thus based not only on merit but also on financial need. An accepted presentation is not a requirement for a scholarship award.

We encourage all CALL scholars and practitioners, including graduate students in qualifying countries, to apply. Further information and the application form are available at: The deadline for the receipt of applications is December 31, 2007.

Further information about the conference itself and the paper submission process can be found at:

Thomas Robb & John Mugane, Co-Chairs, WorldCALL Scholarship Committee