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ELT Ireland - Newsletter - 7th November 2016

by Anna Gałucka

Dear ELT Ireland Colleagues!

It's Monday morning and that can mean only two things - teachers are on their way to another week of classroom challenges and it's time for the ELT Ireland newsletter. 

Manager Meetup 26th October

Discussions around the topic of Quality Assurance were brilliantly facilitated by Joanne MItten and concluding with some great advice for schools from ELT Ireland President Lou McLoughlin.

The aim of this session was to discuss quality from a practical, ground-level perspective – what can we implement in our institutions to ensure quality across the board in real terms? Through various brainstorming and round-table discussion, the group came up with the following four areas of interest:
- Teaching and Learning
- Student Welfare
- Communication
- Logistics and Finance

Breakout groups discussed these topics in depth, including possible solutions to problems that might arise within the area. 

QQI Event 29th November

Don't forget to sign up the upcoming QQI Event: Pursuing Excellence in Education taking place on 29th November. This event is in association with ELT Ireland and will have a focus on fostering improvement and enhancement of quality ELE practice, exploring the role of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) as a core component in striving to achieve this. There will be opportunities for discussion and sharing of perspectives and good practice, embracing the various contexts in which English language education is provided nationwide. Join here.

ELT Ireland Annual Conference 2017

Everyone loves a bargain so make sure you get your early bird tickets to avail of the fantastic early bird member price of €60. We've got a great line-up of plenary speakers - Silvana Richardson, Scott Thornbury and Anne O'Keefe - and other talks.

ELT Chinwag 7th November

We'll be discussing SEN in the ELT classroom on Twitter at 8.30pm on Monday 7th November. Join the discussion on Twitter using #ELTChinwag.

ELT Articles and Resources

IATEFL have a great bank of past webinars here. It's also worth subscribing to their YouTube channel here.
In preparation for the next ELT Chinwag on SEN, here's an interesting article on the subject.
If you like to use songs in the classroom but want to do more than just gap fills, take a look at this article.
EFL Magazine (online) always has interesting content. Certainly worth looking at features of interest while on the move.

Other ELT Events, Conferences, Seminars and Webinars

IATEFL Webinars
Various dates
Following on from Saturday's "Language for Resilience" webinar, IATEFL have some nice webinars over the next few months. See the list here. Next is Malta's Daniel Xerri talking about creativity on 3rd December at 3.00 pm.

TESOL France
Paris, 18th - 20th November
Call for proposals closed a while ago but you can still register to attend. More information here.

IATEFL Poland ESP Conference
13th, 14th January 2017 in Lublin, Poland
IATEFL Poland's English for Specific Purposes conference will be held in Lublin in January. An especially good event for those interested in specific areas of Professional English, Technical and Engineering English, and Medical English. More information here.

3rd - 5th March, 2017 - Universidad Miguel Hernández, Elche
TESOL Spain have opened their call for proposals. Some grants are also available. See here for some more information.

TESOL Arabia 2017
9th - 11th March, 2017
For anyone heading to the UAE in March, there is the TESOL Arabia Confernce in Dubai. Information and call for proposals here.

ELT Ireland on Online Social Media

ELT Ireland shares events news, updates and lots of interesting content online. Have a look at ELT Ireland's Facebook and Twitter and be sure to follow and "like".
ELT Ireland Member Updates

We'd love to hear from you. If you've got any resources to recommend or ELT news to share - articles or books of yours which have been published recently, events coming up, conferences you spoke at or attended, and so on - please send us an e-mail here with your update. Please include name, location and subject line "ELT Ireland Newsletter".
Until 14th November, that's everything. Have a great week ahead!

ELT Ireland

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