News the Week

Our regular summary of news in education and technology, and you can contribute. Submissions of tips and stories will be gratefully appreciated (Contact Us), and don’t forget to tell us your name and sources.

Education

Listening to the news of the Manchester terror attack mid last week was deeply horrifying. Retaining a level head, and not committing to knee-jerk reactions can be difficult. Ideally, we would like to see past the current events, and wish to see a life beyond the tragic events.  So, what can we teachers do? A lot. And it’s all about prevention; teaching empathy, information literacy, and communication skills. These three aspects are not the only ones to consider, and they do not need to be treated separately, but often concurrently is easier and best. There has been research and books written in the field of developing children’s resilience, mindfulness, social-emotional development and competence, among many others. These often come with advice on how to weave these concepts and strategies into the curriculum. There are some things you can do in your class tomorrow. Consider teaching students to collaborate, to listen to each other, and to communicate to a variety of different types of people. Also teaching inclusion strategies, helping give students the courage and tools to stand up for victims in the face of bullies. Reading is said to improve children’s emotional and empathetic skills. These are important attributes to a healthy adult. Finally, we cannot recommend this enough, and that is for all teachers, from primary to tertiary levels of education to read about play. Play is important to not just children, but people of all ages. Play helps us be distracted from the day-to-day mundane and recharge. Play helps us connect with other people, including significant others in our lives. Consequently, we recommend you pick up these books from Amazon.com:

  • Elkind, D. (2007) The Power of Play. Da Capo Life Long. (here)
  • Brown, S., & Vaughan, C., (2010) Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul. Avery. (here)

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Conferences

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The Pan Asian Consortium of Language Teaching Societies and KOTESOL will be co-hosting their annual conferences at Sookmyung Women’s University, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea, from 21st to 22nd October 2017. Call for submissions due 31st May 2017. Details at KOTESOL.

JALT Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) annual conference will be 16th to 18th June 2017, at Matsuyama University, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. HelloSpace.Me will be there. Submissions have closed. Details at JALT CALL.

The British Association of Applied Linguists (BAAL) annual conference will be held in the University of Leeds, from 31st Aug to 2nd Sept 2017. Submissions have closed. Details at BAAL.

The Japan Association of Language Teachers (JALT) will hold their annual conference at Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, from 17th to 20th November. Submissions are already closed. Details at JALT.

The joint Applied Linguistics Conference for ALANZ, ALAA, and ALTAANZ has a call for submissions for their conference to be held on 27-29th Nov 2017, at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), Auckland New Zealand. Close of submissions was 1st May 2017. Details via ALAA.

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