The next FOCI event: FOCI-XV@ EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN UNIVERSITY Famagusta North Cyprus

9:30am to 5pm Thursday 11th & 9am- 4:30pm Friday 12th May, 2017
Venue: Eastern Mediterranean University, Foreign Languages and English Preparatory School Prep B building, South Campus.

Theme: COLLABORATION FOR CURRICULAR & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Curricular innovation may entail a new course-book, renewal of syllabus objectives, a change in coursework tasks or alterations in the way learners progress through the programme.  This may, in turn, necessitate changes in methodology or new teaching approaches or alterations in established classroom practices. This has implications for teacher training and professional development.

To what extent do we, as curriculum designers, take into account the possible training needs that might arise from changes to our curriculum? How can we better raise teachers’ awareness of the rationale for curricular changes? From whom should support for curricular changes come: curriculum teams or teacher development teams? How can we collaborate better with teacher trainers? What role does the curriculum itself have as a vehicle for promoting teachers’ professional development? Do we consider the range of abilities and skills available in our teaching staff when making decisions about the curriculum? How can the curriculum contribute to a culture of professional development within the institution?

This forum will examine the two-way relationship between the curriculum and professional development and look at ways that collaboration between colleagues involved in these two areas can be encouraged.

Deadline for registration is 3rd March 2017. Click here for more details and to register.

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FOCI-XIV – TECHNOLOGY & the Curriculum: Getting the Blend right

FOCI-XIV@ DOGUŞ UNIVERSITY, İSTANBUL
9am to 5pm Thursday 15th & Friday 16th December, 2016

Venue: Click here for address and map
Theme: TECHNOLOGY & the Curriculum: Getting the Blend right

 Educational technology has been a hotly-debated topic over the last decade or more. There seems to be consensus that it can be a useful tool to engage learners and to aid successful learning, but often it seems to be up to the individual teacher to use (or not to use) technology to aid their teaching. How can we promote learning by integrating technology use in the curriculum of Preparatory Programmes? What are the limitations and risks? What exactly are the advantages? Are we using it to best effect? Where should we start? Are we getting the blend right?

This FOCI will attempt to clarify the practical ways of systematically integrating technological tools into the delivery of the curriculum in such a way that will allow technology to be exploited in a pedagogically effective way in our classes.

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FOCI-XII: Feedback & the Curriculum: the who? what? when? how? and why?

@Yeditepe University / Istanbul (10 – 11 December 2015)

As teachers we give oral and written feedback to our students on their performance both on an on-going basis in the classroom and through assessment. As Curriculum developers we also try to seek feedback from teachers and learners on our programmes, to provide data to inform decisions about planning and evaluating curricular innovations.

What exactly do we need to get feedback on? Who do we get it from? Using what methods? When and how often should we be doing it?

But maybe more importantly: How can we ensure such feedback is reliable? What should we do with all this feedback once we’ve got it? Can there be too much feedback? 

This FOCI event will be an opportunity for participants to share their feedback practices and tools as well as to revisit and re-evaluate the role of feedback in planning the curriculum, in implementing the curriculum in the classroom and in evaluating the programme.

For more details click here

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FOCI-XI@ TED UNIVERSITY: Motivation of learners and teachers: the role of the curriculum

9am to 4.30pm Thursday 14th & Friday 15th May, 2015

Registration has now opened. The deadline is Friday 13th February 2015. Click here for more information and the link to register.

 

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FOCI-X @ Sabancı University: Prep and Freshman: two sides of the same coin or worlds apart?

9am – 4.30pm 11th & 12th December 2014

Venue: Sabanci University, Minerva Palas, Bankalar Caddesi No:2, Karaköy, 80020 İstanbul

Do our preparatory and freshman English programmes complement one another? How much do we really know about each others’ programmes? What are the similarities between our curricula and how can we build on these? And in what ways are our aims and approaches different and what implications do these have for the curriculum? What opportunities are there for mutual support? What can we learn from each other?

This FOCI event will focus on ways in which preparatory and freshman programmes within and between institutions can work together to ensure efficient and effective curricula which complement one another to help prepare learners for and support learners during their academic studies in English.

Registration deadline is Friday 10th October 2014. For more information and to register click here

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FOCI-IX @ Yaşar University İzmir: THINKING CRITICALLY ABOUT CRITICAL THINKING IN THE CURRICULUM

Registration has now opened (deadline: 28th February) Dates: 8.45am to 4.30pm, Friday 9th May and Saturday 10th May, 2014

Critical Thinking is one of those “buzz-words” which we hear over and over again, not just in the ELT circles, but also in the wider field of education. When we use or hear the phrase ‘critical thinking’, do we all mean and understand the same thing? Is it just a term which we feel we need to mention in order to add weight to our discussions? Or is it an active and meaningful concept which forms and influences our approach to developing the curriculum? And if so, do all teachers know what we mean? What about the learners?

This FOCI event will attempt to identify and clarify the meaning of critical thinking and to think of practical ways in which Curriculum Teams can work within their institutions towards a common approach to promoting the skill of critical thinking.

You can find out more information and register from this link: FOCI-IX

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TEACHER-RESEARCHERS IN ACTION 27-28 JUNE 2014, IZMIR, TURKEY

Oranised by Gediz University and supported by IATEFL Reasearch SIG: http://www.actionresearchconference.info

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