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The ICC Newsletter August 2017
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Welcome to the August 2017 edition of the ICC Newsletter, with news about ICC - the international language association and its members, along with selected news from the world of language education.
A successful ICC conference in Graz 2017
Conference summary

The Conference focused on ways to achieve genuine intercultural communication using the Internet; how the Open University in the UK organises its programmes and supports its learners; how e-learning can be made interactive and motivating through e-books.
In addition, there were highly engaging presentations on automated speech recognition and the use of video games as a learning tool. There were wider perspectives from the worlds of testing and publishing,  and discussions on language as a soft power tool.
One session was dedicated to being virtually intercultural in the classroom; this was followed by a session on language, culture, and influence - how virtual language and culture training can support national profile.
Throughout, the underlying theme of what ‘New Media’ might mean for teachers and teacher education was what drove the two days.
The ICC EUROLTA members enlightened the delegates with various topics:
Eurolta Blended - Teaching Languages in Americas; a session on ‘Becoming a Great Online Teacher’ – from ‘Dreams to Reality’ with Eurolta.
Overall, the 24th annual ICC Conference was a great experience for the delegates in the heart of Graz, European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe (ECML )
Our speakers were: Ursula Stickler, Robert O’Dowd, Eva Groestenberger, Ian McMaster, Thomas Kelly, Barry Tomalin, Rob Williams, Michael Carrier, Claudia Schuhbeck & Salvador Galindo,  and Marjo Joshi.
Full details, along with slides and the gallery are available on ICC website:
ICC Conference 2018 - Santorini, Greece
Views of beautiful Santorini, the venue for ICC 2018!
Next year's ICC Conference will be hosted by Ifigenia in Santorini.The dates are May 4-6, 2018. We will be able to stay in local hotels at low costs, and take advantage of the beaches and tavernas of this beautiful Greek island. Our theme will be 'Migration, Communication and Culture'.
The Great Migration Debate -
the role of Language & Culture
One of greatest challenges that Europe faces is language and cultural engagement with the huge increase in economic and refugee migration, with the heart rending drama of migrants crossing the Mediterranean from North Africa and the Middle East to find eventual security and a new life. The numbers of migrants have caused problems at political, economic, housing and security levels and in some countries fuelled internal political unrest. Our concern as Europe’s International Language Association is language learning and cultural integration. What are the most successful projects for migrant culture and language integration? What kind of society do we want to achieve? Is ‘Multiculti’ dead? If so, what can replace it to avoid sectarianism and internal strife?
Language and cultural policy and best practice are the questions we will address in our Annual Conference on ‘Migration, Communication and Culture’ on the beautiful island of Santorini from May 4-6 2018.

Call for Papers
Send us your proposals for papers and visit conference to sign up.

Alternatively, contact Ozlem Yuges at:   
The ICC Journal
TLC Issue 2 is out and on the website ( and free to download.

It has fascinating articles by Michael McCarthy on how language evolves and revolves with old issues resurfacing over time, and research into how girls are better language learners than boys, at least to begin with.
You can enjoy Patricia Williams-Boyd’s experience of changing teachers’ minds in China as she and her team introduce interactive language training methods into class, and an amazing examination how French and German journals are turning to English business terminology to ‘donner le BOOST’ to their readership.
Add to that, reviews of English as a neo-colonial language, Quechua politics in Peru and a new manual of Business Communication and you have the perfect intellectually stimulating summer read.
The best of European language and cultural scholarship in one journal.

And you could join them in Issue 3. Send your ideas and manuscripts to Barry Tomalin, Joint Managing Editor, at Your chance to get published!



EUROLTA (European Certificate in Language Teaching to Adults) centres will now all become ICC members as part of the Accreditation process.
The ICC Board has decided to encourage more member involvement by making membership of the ICC association automatic for any institution that is accredited as a EUROLTA centre, and providing the first year's membership free as part of the accreditation process.
For further information about EUROLTA please visit the EUROLTA website: http:\\


Upcoming Conferences

Here are some language education conferences that ICC members might like to attend -
- 27th DGFF Conference “Teaching Languages”
From 27th – 30th September 2017 at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena.

- Internationale Tagung zu Mehrsprachigkeit unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Herkunftssprache(n) Brücken schlagen: Mehrsprachigkeit, Interkulturelle Kommunikation und Sprachvermittlung, University of Hildesheim, 30.11. - 02.12.2017

- CercleS Conference 2018.
Place: Poznań, 6-8 September 2018,  Centre of Languages and Communication Poznan University of Technology.

- ICEQ18: University of Meknes is holding a conference in
Agadir, 14 - 16 March 2018 on Quality in Education. One interesting conference strand for ICC members is Crossing boundaries: Language and Culture.

A note from the ICC Newsletter Editor

We hope you enjoy the ICC Newsletter! We aim to keep you informed and updated with ICC activities and events, but we also want to include your news.

We would like to include  information on what new projects activities you are engaged in which would be of interest to other ICC members. Please send contributions and ideas or feedback  to Ozlem or myself - we look forward to hearing from you.

Michael Carrier -
Ozlem Yuges -

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