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Course #6 Pedagogy & Applications to open up the Language Classroom.

Course Title:       ‘Pedagogy & Applications to open up the Language Classroom’

Course Nr.: # 06

Dates / Location           
August 22 – 25, Amsterdam

Target Groups                
Teachers responsible for language development and modern language learning in primary, secondary, vocational and higher education and teacher trainers in these sectors.

Course Description

Course Aims                 
The aims of this 6 day, blended course are to:

- promote teacher competences to organize and mentor telecollaborative language learning activities with the help of educational technologies (e-Twinning)
- familiarize participants with characteristics of effective task and activity design
- introduce web applications, ICT tools, and virtual learning environments targeted at the development of students' language and intercultural proficiency.

The course activities include demonstrations of useful applications, exemplary materials and teaching practices followed-up with tutor-led presentations and discussions about methodological related topics.
Hands-on activities carried out by participants individually, in pairs and/or small groups include exploring tools,  analyzing video clips and related lesson activities and creating content to be used in participants’ personal practice.
To address the anticipated variety in participants' interests and needs (in terms of tools, pedagogical approach, target groups and individual technology skills level) most tasks are designed in such a way that they can lead to differentiated relevant learning experiences and outcomes.

To extend the international professional collaboration started during the face-to-face training sessions, coaching at a distance is offered during the school year 2016-2017,  including 4 bi-monthly online meetings.
For these activities a web conferencing tool and the course’s online learning space will be used. The objectives of the follow-up component are to:
* provide additional options for personal continuing professional development
* support the implementation of participants’ newly acquired skills
* (collaboratively) develop pilot activities & materials for specific and/or less widely used modern languages, educational sectors and/or target groups.
* share experiences reporting on local try-outs of (jointly) designed pilot projects and materials
* contribute to the realisation of the school’s internationalization ambitions

Day-to-day Programme

Day 1 
9.00 Introductions of delegates / Review of pre-course survey
- Programme Orientation
- Introduction to Intercultural communicative competence and Computer Mediated Communication (CMC)
- Focus on asynchronous communication: demo of applications & related classroom and interactive activities

13.00 Lunch
- Hands-on activities: familiarization with and developing tasks for selected software tools
- Reflection on design issues and related teacher competences
16.30 Review of day 1

Day 2
- Introduction to Forms of telecollaboration and Task-based Language Teaching (TBLT)
- Introducing applications & related activities to promote interaction in telecollaborative projects.
13.00 Lunch
- Hands-on activities: familiarization with and developing tasks for selected software tools
- Sharing experiences with particular applications
16.00 Review of day 2

Day 3  
- Introduction to synchronous communication: focus on tools developed and used in the EU project SpeakApps and TILA for both synchronous and asynchronous communication
- Presentation of applications and review of example tasks and activities
- Hands-on activity: familiarization with selected applications

13.00 Lunch
- Brainstorming on task ideas for specific applications (conferencing, chat, in-world activities)
- Introduction of task design guidelines: Do’s and don’ts based on research & experience
- Hands-on activities: developing project ideas for selected applications

16.30 Review of day 3

Day 4
- (Task results) Assessment & evaluation
- Teacher roles and Do’s and Don’ts when organising & coaching telecollaboration projects
- Hands-on activities: specifying project activities for tools and strategies to support internationalisation & tele-collaboration.
13.00 Lunch
Presenting & sharing materials
Briefing on the follow-up online course activities & related tools and sharing your ideas within school

16.00 Course wrap-up and evaluation

TELLConsult in collaboration with partners in the EU projects, PETALL, SpeakApps and TILA. Facilitated by the Berlage Lyceum

Course fee                      
The total fee for this blended course is: 500,- Euros (early bird tariff: 450.-).
a) a face-to-face component of  4 days (300 Euros, exclusive of meals, social and cultural activities, travel and hotel costs)
b) an (optional) follow-up of 4 bi-monthly online meetings (150 Euros)

Pre-registration is possible without any obligations and  is recommended as the issued documents can support the organization of the school’s EU grant application procedure.
Pre-registration is open

Full Registration            
Pre-registration leads to full registration after payment of the course fee, due (Early Bird: June 5, 2016) but ultimately June 22, the moment registration closes

EU Grants                
ErasmusPlus KA1 Mobility Grants can be applied for at your National Agency. Deadline for Grant Application is February 2, 2016

Course cancellations by individual participants are accepted without cost implications till June 22.

In case of a no-go decision, course fees paid (also in case of cancellation by applicants) will be refunded in week 26. Only course fees are reimbursed so do NOT book any travel and/or hotel rooms before these dates.