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April 2016

IATEFL Birmingham

What's new, what's on at IATEFL 2016

The second day full of interesting workshops and fruitful discussions has nearly come to an end at IATEFL conference in Birmingham.

Many delegates joined our two workshops. In Diana Metzner’s talk on “Deaf-blind to Inclusion? Adapting examinations fairly to disabled candidates”, visitors learned more about how a regular CEFR-aligned formal examination is best adapted to 5 different categories of disabled candidates, while Alexandra Haas’s workshop focused on ways “How to teach vocabulary effectively” with a neurodidactics approach.

One of the highlights in the afternoon was telc Tea Time: It came with a twist! A crowd met in our reading corner, ready to enjoy tea time specialties from all over the world. “Now the Germans have to come to show the Brits what a real English Teatime looks like!,” visitors were positively surprised.

Yesterday’s signature event on the highly topical Language and Migration resulted in a lively discussion. In the end, participants agreed that language competence is important, but opinions differed on the point of whether measuring language competence with tests is really the right approach. Nevertheless, everybody felt that international efforts are necessary to manage this task successfully.

In the meantime, visitors from all over the world came to our stand where our English Practice Material is a real hit – they especially love our new Business Quiz Cards complementing the classroom material. The debate on how to bring Emotions to your classroom is all over the conference – we have the answer for you at our Stand number 5! Come by and find out!

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Picture: Tea Time at the telc Stand