Posts tagged ‘professional body’

Journals: week in the life of ……

I’ve had two journals drop through my post in the past two weeks.

InTuition: the journal for professional teachers and trainers in the further education and skills section. (what a title!!) and
Language Issues: the journal of NATECLA.

InTuition has visited a few table tops in my house. It sat for a while by the front door. Then it lounged lazily on the kitchen table. It had a brief trip to coffee table before heading back to the kitchen table. Read more ►

Memorable Moment #3 : FE Teaching and Learning Conference & CPD

FE Teaching and Learning Conference

FE Teaching and Learning Conference

conference recording

conference recording

This is the first time that I was approached by a conference to present something(rather than apply to present)so I feel particularly proud of that. It is also the most ‘formal’ presentation I have ever given. I am more used to running more hands on workshops at conferences than presenting to a room of people – and I certainly have never been recorded before!
To be honest the conference itself was not so memorable (sorry) but I did get to meet Toni Fazelli, the Chief Exec of IFL. In her keynote she asked if anyone felt supported in undertaking CPD by their organisation. I was the lone person to respond.


I have known about NATECLA since my early days of teaching in the UK, when I first started working I had a vague awareness that my colleague was on the local committee, NATECLA news and a copy of Language Issues was usually to be found in the office and each year someone from the department went to the national conference, but it was only about 3 years ago that I became a member myself.

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International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

In February 2012 I was fortunate to be able to present a workshop on Social Media, Mobile Technology and CPD at the MATE & IATEFL Marrakech 1st ICT Conference. As a result I was offered a one year membership to IATEFL, including membership to the Learning Technologies SIG.

Membership benefits include regular publications, including six copies of the magazine IATEFL Voices and a free conference selections publication, an annual conference, fourteen Special Interest Groups and funding support.

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British Educational Research Association

As part of the LSIS funded Research Development Fellowship I have a year’s BERA membership which dropped through the post this week.


Membership benefits include discount at the annual conference, over 30 special interest groups (SIG) free access to major educational research journals and the opportunity to be part of a vibrant, forward-looking community of educational researchers.

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IFL : a personal history


I joined IFL back in April 2007 when it first reverted from a voluntary organisation to a regulatory one for FE tutors. At this time I wasn’t aware that it had existed as a voluntary organisation since 2002 but I was certainly interested in what was on offer from the IFL.

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FE Teaching and Learning Conference

FE Teaching and Learning Conference

FE Teaching and Learning Conference

The conference started very promisingly and I found that I recognied many of the themes from Toni Fazaeli’s keynote. She started with a brief history of IFL, and it was interesting to see that as the organisation returns to it’s voluntary body roots that membership continues to rise.

I often struggle when teaching is presented as an analogy, especially when this is an analogy to some kind of performance, but I liked Toni’s analogy to the hypocratic oath. She said that tutors always want the best for their students despite the stretch they feel from funding, managers, awarding bodies. & OFSTED who seemingly want different things. This certainly came through during the session on Passionate Teachers at the RSC-YH conference this June. Read more ►

#mml12 reflections 1: CPD, technology & gender issues


The Mystery and Magic of Language, a great title for a great conference. I thoroughly enjoyed a weekend surrounded by interesting and passionate ESOL practitioners. However, not surprisingly maybe, the key themes of the conference for me have been around the Magic and Mystery of Learning – my own, experienced teachers, new teachers as well as language students. Whilst trying to decide what the key themes of the conference have been for me, I’ve found that I’ve been challenged to ask key questions.

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Themes of the conference. Day one:

Themes of the conference. Day one: 

I picked out five themes during the presentations on the first morning of the conference. 

Attitude: Being online is seen to be about personal and private engagement. Not something with educational benefit #attitude 

Teacher #attitude and engagement with change in pedagogy is vital in integrating ICT & education. Practical solutions lie in innovative practice and engaging teachers-as-learners 

How are digital literacy skills linked to attitudes to engagement with ICT? Analogies:
Analogy 1: being on twitter is like going to town. There is something you need and you might bump into someone you know 

Analogy 2: digital swarming. All moving in the same direction without crashing into each other. Who sets the direction? Shared leadership/followship practical applications:
Can CELTA trainees make good and bad practice videos: for giving instructions, giving feedback, monitoring, how can I link this into feedback? Where is the evidence that there are effective, practical applications to integrating ICT into education? 

How assessment impacts on what is taught and what students ‘want’ to learn 

Social constructivism: the role of social interaction in learning. Asking qus and problem solving using ICT 

Classroom management role of the teacher very important to ensure the ss are guided and directed in their learning. More planning time needed 

Role model:
Technology is unreliable. Model this fact in the classroom to trainee teachers so this can become accepted. 

What is our role as a teacher? The importance of being a role model in attitude and use of ICT for own learning Impact of tutor engaging in the online community of practice on the students engagement with an online community of practice