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The ICC Newsletter October 2016
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Welcome to the ICC Newsletter
Welcome to the October 2016 edition of the  ICC  Newsletter. Our goal is to keep our members and professional colleagues informed about the many activities and plans of the ICC - the international language association, along with selected news from the world of language education.

You are receiving this because you are an ICC member or EUROLTA centre, or a EUROLTA certificate holder, or have been to ICC conferences and meetings.  If you do not wish to receive the newsletter, there is an 'unsubscribe' link at the bottom of the page.

We hope to send the newsletter out approximately every two months - please get in touch to share news you would like included!

The ICC Board
http://icc-languages.eu/about-us/our-board

The ICC Journal

TLC (Training, Language and Culture) Issue 1, our new peer-reviewed academic journal, appears next January. If you would like to publicise your work and research or your organisation’s work in linguistics, language learning and teaching, cultural and diversity awareness, teacher training, technology or testing and assessment, let us know.
 
We accept articles of about 6,000 words. Send outlines of papers you would like to publish or re-publish to Barry Tomalin at barrytomalin@aol.com and we will send you our editorial guidelines.
 
Publishing papers is a great way of building international academic reputation for you and your organization.

DEADLINE: November 21st for initial submissions. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.
 
Barry Tomalin
barrytomalin@aol.com
barry.tomalin@icc-languages.eu

 
 

ICC Board Member News

The ICC Board members have been busy promoting the ICC and EUROLTA in numerous conferences and events - here are some recent examples:

Rob Williams ran training workshops in communication skills in Cuba this summer.

Barry Tomalin visited Moscow to speak at the People's Friendship University of Russia (PFUR), and negotiated a partnership to launch the ICC Journal - see story in this newsletter.



Nik Maras represented PALSO & ICC at the AGM of the
confederation of businessmen, small industry owners and craftsmen in Greece, which took place in Athens 14-16 of October. PALSO is also on the board of the confederation.
 

Myriam Fischer went to the BVV Annual Conference - and filed a report in this newsletter.

Michael Carrier finished editing a book on Digital Learning for Routledge, gave lectures in London - on Digital Marketing - and in Romania on the growth of EMI in the delivery of higher education courses.
Many helping hands in Germany
More than one million migrants and refugees crossed into Germany in 2016. They mostly came from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Eritrea. Germany struggled to cope with the influx, putting an enormous strain on its ability to provide services to all newcomers. All over Germany volunteers, government ministries, organisations and institutions have helped the incoming refugees and initiated a huge number of projects from organizing football matches to finding jobs. Various initiatives offer free German courses, targeted mainly at those who are not allowed to join the official integration courses because of their residential status.
The BVV (the Bavarian Adult Education umbrella organisation and a EUROLTA training centre) has been accredited through the BAMF (the Ministry for Migration and Refugees) to set up a basic teacher training programme for volunteers  who are teaching German as a second language. The programme entails three modules (24 teaching units). The workshops will start this month and run till February 2017.
 
The volunteers will acquire basic teaching skills and will cover several themes such as the Common European Framework (CEFR), the teaching of vocabulary, the teaching of grammar and dealing with mistakes, different learner types, learning strategies, the planning of a lesson, intercultural competence, dealing with difficult situations. The programme is based on EUROLTA’s methodological principles of learning-by-doing and reflects the general ethos of ICC training courses, which imply a ‘reflecting and sharing ideas’ approach. The volunteers will experience practical hands-on learning to develop their teaching competence as well as strategies to continue their development after the training period is over.
 
Myriam Fischer Callus
ICC-EUROLTA Project Manager
myriam.fischer@icc-languages.eu
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
 
ICC is now offering short Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes to educators in the field of language and cultural training. As an organisation, we strive to be forward-looking and developmental, offering a range of opportunities to demonstrate growth and progress. Our launching of this short CPD programme aims to enable educators to develop new skills and extend their knowledge in the field of teaching, while consolidating their existing practice to harmonise with current developments. Our CPD initiative will combine online and face-to-face activities, depending on the personal preferences of participants, and course availability.
 
Before finalising the programme plan, we wish to hear your views and ideas, in order for us to determine in which professional areas and standards you would like to specialise. Please share with us your ideas about the areas that you would like to develop in order for us to be able to offer certification programmes which will enhance and enrich your professional profile, and expand your career opportunities.
 
Let us work together to help you to gradually become true experts and professionals in the field of education.
 
Ozlem Yuges
ozlem.yuges@icc-languages.eu

 
EUROLTA Annual Conference in Germany
The Bavarian EUROLTA 2016 conference took place in Augsburg on 15th October. The main topic of the conference was ‘The spirit of EUROLTA’.

This conference is organized by the BVV (the umbrella organization of all non-commercial adult language institutions in Bavaria) inviting all EUROLTA trainers and the members of the ‘work group’ whose main interest is the development and the marketing of the teacher training programme.

The participants agreed that EUROLTA’s uniqueness is that the complete teacher training programme is based on a learning-by-doing approach, on reflective practice, self-evaluation and a cooperative learning style.

The programme integrates theoretical knowledge and practical examples. Above all, it provides many opportunities for self-evaluation, peer and trainer assessment allowing room for experimentation. Trainees who complete EUROLTA develop their teaching competence, their self-confidence in the classroom and know how to continue their development after the training period is over.

EUROLTA has become a symbol of quality assurance for the VHS network - the  adult education institutions in Germany.  Teachers are the most important resource that a school has and the Heads of Departments are willing to invest in the training of their teachers. EUROLTA Certificate Level runs in many areas in Bavaria, entails 100 hours of face-to-face sessions and is supported through a Moodle platform.  The numbers of EUROLTA trainees in Bavaria is increasing, reflecting its popularity and its importance in obtaining a teaching job here in Germany.

 

EUROLTA News

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.
 
For further information about EUROLTA please visit the EUROLTA website: http:\\www.eurolta.eu

 
EUROLTA for Online Teaching
Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS) has been training language teachers in online language teaching skills since 2012. TUAS works in collaboration with the ICC and the Finnish National Board of Education to train language teachers from around Finland. 
TUAS offers a diploma level course that offers practical skills, knowledge and confidence for creating and running language courses in online environments. The training incorporates online tools and techniques into teaching methods and frameworks for teaching languages to adults.
The training consists of the Eurolta framework and methodology of learning-by-doing, collaboration and self-reflection. Theoretical knowledge is reflected in practical, authentic situations in creating online teaching materials and teaching methods.
According to a recent study, participants appreciated the fact that the content covered on the course directly impacted their practice, and the learning-by-doing approach ensured successful results in the development of their own online courses. 

Do you want to learn how to Teach Languages Online?  Visit us at: http://turkublogs.fi/eurovolteng/ or contact us for more information:
Turku University of Applied Sciences
Accredited Eurolta Centre
marjo.joshi@turkuamk.fi;
sanna.simola@turkuamk.fi
www.tuas.fi
 
Marjo Joshi
CoMoViWo update
After a summer recess where partners took the time to appraise their materials and gather feedback from students in a first pilot phase, the project team came together in Brussels at the beginning October to inaugurate the last stage of CoMoViWo. The project is in its final year and is aiming to make the materials it has produced available on public domain before June. ICC was there in its role of internal quality assurance.

The meeting revisited the challenges of designing specific purpose online material about communication, the challenge of dual target groups (self-study and tutor-led) and the challenge of making materials attractive to end users. Partly as a result, the team have taken the decision to change platforms to one that offers a wider range of possibilities. New materials will now be accessible through CANVAS.

We would love colleagues to try these out and give their views as part of a second phase pilot starting in January. If you are interested, please contact us via the CoMoViWo website address and we will organize a login for you.

But away from the serious deliberations and three days of intensive discussions, there was time to broadcast the project at a cocktail party hosted at the offices of the permanent Finnish representatives to the European Union. Who says dissemination can’t be fun?

For more information about CoMoViWo go to www.comoviwo.eu

Rob Williams

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You can also search for 'icclanguages' under 'People'

A note from the ICC Newsletter Editor

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

In the next newsletter we will share the dates of events in 2017, in ECML Graz and in Coventry University.

We would like to include news about which new projects and activities you are engaged in which would be of interest to other ICC members.

One of many activities we have heard about, for example, is the project work being carried out by our colleagues working at the University of Bern in Ethiopia.

We also know that many of our member organisations are extremely active in the training of migrants in the language of their host countries. We will be reporting on ICC & EUROLTA activities in this area.

Please send contributions and ideas or feedback  to Ozlem or myself by November 21 - we look forward to hearing from you.

Michael Carrier
mcarrier@btconnect.com

Ozlem Yuges
ozlem.yuges@icc-languages.eu

 
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