2016 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo

2016 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo

In 2016 TESOL International Association will celebrate its 50th anniversary in Baltimore, Maryland. Join your colleagues for activities and events throughout the convention.

As the largest organization for English language educators, TESOL annually hosts more than 6,500 people from around the world at its international convention. Educators at all levels attend to exchange ideas and connect with a dynamic professional community.

http://www.tesol.org/convention2016/schedule-at-a-glance

Monday, 4 April

8 am–5:15 pm PreK–12 Dream Day+

8 am–5:15 pm Community College Day+
5 pm–9 pm Preconvention Institutes+

Tuesday, 5 April

8 am–12 pm Educational Site Visits+

8 am–5 pm Preconvention Institutes+ (various times)

8:30 am–4:45 pm Doctoral Research Forum

8:30 am–4:45 pm Master’s Student Forum

8:30 am–4:30 pm Affiliate Workshop

1 pm-3 pm Interest Section Leaders’ Workshop

3:30 pm–5 pm Reception for New Members & First-Time Attendees

5:30 pm–7 pm Opening Keynote: Aziz Abu Sarah

Wednesday, 6 April
8 am–9 am Presidential Keynote: Andy Curtis

12:30 pm–1:45 pm Poster Sessions

3 pm–3:45 pm Tea With Distinguished TESOLers+

4 pm–5 pm Town Meeting

5 pm–6:30 pm Interest Section Open Meetings

6:45 pm–8:15 pm Interest Section Open Meetings

Thursday, 7 April

8 am–9 am James E. Alatis Plenary: Jeanette Altarriba​

9 am–​10 am “The Wizard of Oz: A TESOL Tale” —
A musical 50th anniversary stage show

11:15 am-12:45 pm Affiliate Colloquium
12:30 pm–1:45 pm Poster Sessions

​1 pm–​2 pm Interest Section Assembly

1:30 pm–2:30 pm ​ Ice Cream Break at the English Language Expo

3 pm–3:45 pm Tea With Distinguished TESOLers+​

Friday, 8 April

8 am–9 am Friday Keynote: Anne Curzan

12:30 pm–1:45 pm Poster Sessions

3 pm–3:45 pm Tea With Distinguished TESOLers+

5 pm–6:30 pm TESOL Annual Business Meeting

7 pm–9 pm TESOL’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, 9 April​

8 am–12 pm Postconvention Institutes+

+ Ticketed Event

Concurrent and exhibitor sessions are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday beginning at 9:30 am each day, with the last session starting at 5 pm.

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4th English for Specific Purposes Conference

4th English for Specific Purposes Conference

IATET (International Association of Technical English Trainers) is once again sponsoring the Friday afternoon sessions which focus on Technical English.

Venue: Hochschule Ulm, Germany
Friday 4th October 2013
Saturday 5th October 2013

Delegate registration opens 1st May 2013

Main conference.

In total we will be accepting 16 proposals (talks and workshops). There will be a total of sixteen 60-minute slots on the Saturday with a maximum of 4 sessions in each slot.

The expansion of scientific, technical and economic activity on an international scale, has created an increasing demand on learning English not for pleasure but because English is the key to technology and commerce.

The demand for English courses tailored to specific needs is rapidly growing in areas such as:
law
medicine
finance
aviation
the automobile & automotive industry
travel & tourism
human resources
technical English
military & peacekeeping
and many many more.

Go to http://www.esp-conference.de/ for additional information

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EDUCATION BEYOND BORDERS

EDUCATION BEYOND BORDERS

It’s a pleasure for us to invite you to take part in the biggest educational fair in Bulgaria – “Education Beyond Borders”. The event is a unique exhibition not only for the region but also globally.

The forum was attended by participants from more than 28 countries from all over the world, making it the biggest educational event in the Balkans.

Spring is a perfect time for your participation because most of the Bulgarian students plan their summer and make choice for language programs abroad.

We will be happy to work together at EDUCATION BEYOND BORDERS in Sofia!

The education exhibition “Education Beyond Borders” will take place in the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, between 16th – 18th March 2012 and 19th – 21st October 2012.

The National Palace of Culture is the largest multifunctional and congress complex in South Eastern Europe. There will be representatives from Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and Russia. To organize the biggest educational event in Bulgaria, we work with many embassies, educational and cultural organizations and Bulgarian state authorities.

The exhibition Education Beyond Borders is the only one Bulgarian event which has support by European Union – Publication Office (Programs CORDIS & TED).

Please, do not forget to register before the deadline of the period because we need time to process the documents.

We will be happy to welcome you in Sofia!

Yours sincerely!

Zornitsa Andreeva

Bery Group Bulgaria

74, Gen. Gurko Str., fl.1,

1000, Sofia, Bulgaria

Phone: 00359 2 9888 604,

Fax: 00359 2 950 25 11

Email: Education.Beyond.Borders@gmail.com

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Teaching Business English with Digital Technologies

University of Central Lancashire, UK

24 – 25 June 2011

IATEFL BESIG in collaboration with The School of Languages and International Studies at the University of Central Lancashire, UK, is presenting the Summer Symposium on Teaching Business English with Digital Technologies.

All of these terms: “Twitter, Facebook, Video conferencing, Virtual worlds, E-mail, RSS, Social media,”  are being used today in modern international business communication as digital technologies transform the way business people connect, interact, collaborate and share information.

The 2011 summer symposium addresses the impact of digital and Web 2.0 technologies on business English teaching and training. Both practical hands-on talks and workshops will provide participants a thorough overview of developments in the area. We look forward to welcoming you to Preston.

Link to an overview of the event sessions: http://www.besig.org/events/Lancaster2011/Downloads/BESIG%20Summer%20Symposium_schedule_overview.doc

Link to the full schedule: http://www.besig.org/events/Lancaster2011/Downloads/2011%20IATEFL%20BESIG%20Summer%20Symposium%20full%20schedule.doc

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eLearning Africa Conference

Call for Papers Closed with Over 430 Submissions
 The Call for Papers for the 2011 conference closed with the impressive number of 436 submissions. The eLA Review Committee, chaired by independent ICT4D consultant Shafika Isaacs, is currently in the process of selecting and evaluating the proposals that came in from all parts of the Continent, from Europe, Asia and the Americas.

By the beginning of March, a draft agenda will be available. “By then we hope to present a programme that will inspire animated discussion and robust debate” says Ms Isaacs. “We have received submissions from key players in education and ICT4D in Africa, including large organisations and grass-roots initiatives. This year’s focus on youth and skills development was enthusiastically received by many and we can present great examples of how Africa’s youth can be empowered by the spread of digital technologies.”

How ICTs are Empowering People Across Africa 
 The 2nd eLearning Africa Photo Competition aims to capture how Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can nurture talent, skills and innovation across Africa. We invite you to send us your photos that depict outstanding achievements in Africa – empowered by ICTs, or that show innovative ways in which ICTs can foster the development of people, communities and society. We are looking for your contributions from any sector of life – be it health, agriculture, business, community life or education – innovation is everywhere and it can come from every single one of us!

China’s Mighty Telecom Footprint in Africa
 China plays a major role financing and supplying telecom and ICT equipment to Africa, a precondition for eLearning. Chinese companies have broken the monopoly of Western telecom giants in Africa, helped to bring down charges and contributed to the triumphal success of mobile phones on the Continent. They have also donated educational communications hardware worth millions of dollars. However, China’s engagement has attracted mixed reactions.

Professor Sugata Mitra to Deliver Keynote Speech 

Sugata Mitra is currently Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University. Considered a pioneer in his field, Professor Mitra is best known for his “Hole In The Wall” experiment, whereby he studied the potential of minimally invasive education by placing an Internet-enabled PC in the wall of an Indian slum, leaving it there for anyone to use. In this interview, Professor Mitra helps us to understand what technology can offer some of the most marginalised members of society. Drawing on examples from his own research, Professor Mitra goes on to offer practical advice to developers and eLearning professionals, highlighting some of the key shifts in the landscape of technology and learning.
Smart Ideas for Economic Growth – With Dr Dinah Mwinzi
 The Kenyan Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is currently constructing one hundred greenhouses in various Youth Polytechnics across the country so that students can be trained in greenhouse farming. This is one of the measures undertaken by the Ministry in order to plug the skills gap among the country’s young people. “For Kenya to develop, we need technicians, technologists and engineers,” says Dr Dinah Mwinzi, Director of Youth Training. “And we have to empower entrepreneurship amongst our young people by supporting smart ideas for economic growth.” eLearning Africa had the honour of interviewing the exuberant political practitioner.

TIGA Awards 2011: Celebrating Excellence in eGovernment
 The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the Government of Finland have announced the third Technology in Government in Africa (TIGA) Awards for 2011. These awards recognise African governments’ effective use of ICTs for public services. One of the awards – in the category on Improved Educational Services Through the Use of ICTs – is organised jointly with the eLearning Africa Conference and Scholarship Trust.

Exhibition and Sponsorship Opportunities
 The eLA conference and expo will take place in the top trade convention location in Dar es Salaam, the newly built Mlimani City Conference Centre. Our exhibition team is ready to assist you with every step of planning and will help make sure that you fully benefit from your involvement in this unique education event. For further information about exhibiting and sponsoring opportunities, or to book your place, please contact Cecilia Hulshof

For more information about the event, please contact: www.elearning-africa.com

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INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL FORUM IN BULGARIA

EDUCATION BEYOND BORDERS

 11th – 13th March 2011 (and) 21st – 23th October 2011

 NATIONAL PALACE OF CULTURE, SOFIA

It’s a pleasure for us to invite you to take part in the biggest educational fair in Bulgaria – “Education Beyond Borders”. We would like to inform you that for the first time will organize an additional event of our exhibition, which we named LANGUAGE WORLD! We will be pleased if you take a part in our special activity for world language organizations.

 Spring is a perfect time for language programs abroad because Bulgarian students plan their summer. We will be happy welcome you to the first LANGUAGE WORLD in Sofia!

The education exhibition “Education Beyond Borders” will take place in the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, between 11th – 13th March 2011 and 21st – 23th October 2011.

 The National Palace of Culture is the largest multifunctional and congress complex in South Eastern Europe. There will be representatives from Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and Russia. To organize the biggest educational event in Bulgaria, we work with many embassies, educational and cultural organizations and Bulgarian state authorities.

The exhibition Education Beyond Borders is the only one Bulgarian event which has support by European Union – Programs CORDIS & TED.

 The project includes several state educational organizations such as the Agency for Science and Higher Education of Croatia, the British Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), embassies and foreign ministries and others.

 Please, do not forget to register before the deadline of the period because we need time to process the documents.

If you have any questions regarding the exposition “Education Beyond Borders”, please contact us:

 Zornitsa Andreeva

Marketing Director

 Bery Group Bulgaria

74, Gen. Gurko Str., fl. 1,

1000, Sofia, Bulgaria

Phone: 00359 2 9888 604, Fax: 00359 2 950 25 11

Website: www.education-world.eu

Email: Education.Beyond.Borders@gmail.com

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Highlights from the OECD Education at a Glance 2010 Report

How many students study abroad?

Over the past three decades, the number of international students has grown substantially, from 0.8 million worldwide in 1975 to 3.3 million in 2008, a more than four-fold increase. This growth has accele-rated since the late 1990s, mirroring the globalization of economies and societies.

Data on international and foreign students are based on the UOE data collection on education statistics, administered annually by the OECD. Data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics are also included. Students are classified as “international” if they left their country of origin and moved to another country to study. Students are classified as “foreign” if they are not citizens of the country in which they are studying.

In 2008, over 3.3 million students were enrolled outside their country of citizenship, representing an increase of nearly 11% on the previous year. Just over 79% of students worldwide who study abroad do so in OECD countries. Asians account for almost 49% of all students studying abroad in the OECD area.

OECD countries attract the bulk of students who study abroad worldwide – just slightly under four out of five. A number of those students (31%) are themselves from other OECD countries: Of the total number of students studying abroad in the OECD area, 2.4% come from France 3.4% from Germany 2.1% from Japan, 4.6% from Korea and 1.8% each from Canada and the United States.

The biggest single source country is China, which accounts for 17.1% of all students -studying abroad in the OECD area (or 18.5% if Hong Kong, China is included).

Asia is the biggest source area at just under 49% of the total in OECD countries. Their presence is particularly strong in Australia, Japan and Korea, where they account for more than 75% of international and foreign students.

In the OECD area, the Asian group is followed by the Europeans, accounting for 24.5% of international and foreign students, followed by Africa with 10.1%, South -America with 5.3% and North America with 3.7%.

There are big variations between countries in the percentage of international students enrolled in their tertiary student body. In Australia, international students represent 20.6% of tertiary students; 15.5% in Austria; 12.9% in New Zealand; 14.1% in Switzerland; and 14.7% in the United Kingdom.

Why study abroad?

A recent BC survey found that when choosing a country, just over half of the students put quality of education in their top three priorities. Just over a quarter (26.3 per cent) see the reputation of a country’s universities as a key factor.

59 percent of the prospective British students said they considered quality of education the top priority – the highest rating of any destination country on that criterion.

Prospective USA students were most likely to focus on enhancing their career prospects (38 percent).

Prospective Australia or Canada students were more inclined than others to see the opportunity to work while studying as a key consideration (24 percent), while those seeking a place in Germany were most likely to mention low tuition fees as a priority (25 percent).

For additional details
http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/sites/eag_highlights-2010-en/01/11/index.html?contentType=/ns/StatisticalPublication,/ns/Chapter&itemId=/content/chapter/eag_highlights-2010-13-en&containerItemId=/content/serial/2076264x&accessItemIds=&mimeType=text/html

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