After Alan Maley’s interview, and under the direction of our chief editor, Milena Tanasijevic, I interviewed 6 plenary speakers for the next ELTA Serbia conference that will take place next May in Belgrade. The speakers are : Beverly Ann Chin, Mike Shreeve, Linda Steyne, Fiona Dalziel, Alistair Starling and Matthew Fitzjohn.
Alan Maley’s career in English Language Teaching began with The British Council in 1962. After post-graduate training at the University of Leeds, he worked for the British Council in Yugoslavia, Ghana, Italy, France, PR China and India over a period of 26 years. After resigning from the Council in 1988, he became Director-General of the Bell Educational Trust in Cambridge (1988-93). He then took up the post of Senior Fellow in the Department of English, National University of Singapore, where he stayed for 5 years His last full-time post was as Dean and Professor of the Institute for English Language Education, Assumption University, Bangkok, where he set up new MA programmes. Since retiring from Assumption in 2004, he has occupied a number of visiting professorial posts at Leeds Metropolitan, Nottingham, Durham, Malaysia (UKM), Vietnam (OU-HCMC) and Germany (Universitat Augsburg).
He has published extensively and was series editor for the Oxford Resource Books for Teachers for over 20 years. He continues to write for publication. He also remains active as a speaker at national and international conferences.
He was a co-founder of The Extensive Reading Foundation, and of The C group: Creativity for Change in Language Education. He is a past-President of IATEFL, and was given the ELTons Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
Last May, I was invited to speak at the 16th ELTA Serbia Conference as a representative of TESOL Macedonia Thrace and, of course, because of my bonds with Serbia (I am an editor there) I could not refuse. After all, Belgrade I love !
The report below describes what took place those 2 days.
This report was initially published in ELT TEaser’s Autumn issue (issue 67) by TESOL Macedonia Thrace. You can find it here ELTeaser AUTUM 2018 FINAL (1)
The Call for Proposal for The Visual Arts Creation in Language Education (VACLE) Conference in Valletta, Malta on 15th and 16th February 2019 is now open. The VACLE Conference which is being co-organised by the ELT Council and the Visual Arts Circle is an innovative event that explores the possibilities that creation of the visual arts (drawing, painting, design, crafts, photography, film-making, video-making, computer art and gaming) offers to both language teachers and language learners. The VACLE Conference seeks to bring together leading experts and practitioners in visual arts creation in language learning that share their experiences, insights and know-how, and provide participants with a unique opportunity to enhance their competence in teaching visual arts creation in the language classroom.
The conference aims to showcase multimodal approaches to language education. There is a special focus on how oracy, the capacity to express oneself in speech and understand speech, can be developed through visual arts creation.