The Call for Papers for the Eighth Edition of the Image Conference in Brussels is Now Open

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We are delighted to announce that the Call for Papers for the eighth edition of the Image Conference, the annual conference of the Visual Arts Circle, which will be held in collaboration with the Belgian English Language Teachers Association (BELTA) on 5th and 6th October at Erasmushogeschool, in Brussels, Belgium, is now open.

Thank you for wanting to submit a speaker proposal for The Image Conference 2019,Brussels, Belgium.

We would appreciate it if you would take a moment to read through these speaker guidelines to help you, us and the delegates get the most out of the conference.

The deadline for proposals is Friday, 24th May. Notification of acceptance of proposals will take place in mid-June. Once you have been accepted to speak, you will receive a provisional acceptance email.

Prospective speakers for the conference are kindly asked to submit abstracts for talks or workshops – 50 words maximum. All proposals must be related to the use of images in language teaching and learning. Topics can include:

  • images
  • video
  • film
  • gaming
  • art
  • mental imagery
  • virtual reality and
  • augmented reality.

There will be a strand of talks on the theme of how images can be used to teach migrants language and to teach about migrants.

Proposals should be chosen in line with the following presentation categories:

• Workshop (45 minutes, including questions): A workshop is a session in which there is active audience participation via the experiencing and discussing of tasks provided by the presenter.

• Talk (45 minutes, including questions): A talk tells the delegates something about teaching English through images.

Please also submit your bio-data ( maximum 50 words).

Are you speaking on behalf of a publisher or institution?

If so, please make this very clear. Delegates are likely to be disappointed if a session they attended based on the description in the abstract turns out to be an advertisement for a publication, product, or course. The submissions of speaker proposals for commercial presentations are welcomed but, if you are basing your presentation either in part or in full on a newly or recently published material, you should clearly say this in your abstract.

Is the information in your abstract clear?

Be explicit about whether you are offering a talk, a commercial presentation or a hands-on workshop. We want to be sure that when delegates register for sessions, they can do so on the basis of accurate information.

You can download these guidelines for submission of proposals guidelines_for_speakers_brussels_2019

Please submit your proposal by completing this form by Friday, 24th May.

 

 

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Social inequalities : an oral presentation mini course (Lesson plans 3 & 4)

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@Anna Skladmann,  ‘Varvara in Her Home Cinema’ (Moscow, 2010)

So far we have seen the first two parts of Vicky Papageorgiou’s mini course. Now she is sharing with us her 3rd and 4th lesson plans  for the Visual Arts Circle. These two are the final lesson plans which complete the mini course. Social Inequalities is a mini course teaching students how to prepare oral presentations using contemporary artists and transformative learning as an incentive. The target group is syoung adults  (over 16 years old) and the level is B2+ .

We hope you found the first two parts of this mini course interesting. The ones we are sharing today are the final two.

All the supporting documents for the 3rd Lesson plan can be found below :

3rd & 4th Lessons 

Preparing and delivering an oral presentation

PRESENTATION OUTLINE

Presentation language game

Storyboard

Public Speaking exercise

Oral Presentation Evaluation Form

 

Happy Reading!

 

 

Social inequalities : an oral presentation mini course (Lesson plan 2)

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 I’m here, seven feet tall, larger than life (Renée Cox)

After her Graffiti Debate lesson plan series, Vicky Papageorgiou is sharing with us her second lesson plan series for the Visual Arts Circle. Social Inequalities is a mini course teaching students how to prepare oral presentations using contemporary artists and transformative learning as an incentive. The target group is students over 16 years old and the level is B2+ .

We hope you found the first part of this mini course interesting. The one we are sharing today is the second lesson plan.

All the supporting documents for the 2nd Lesson plan can be found below :

  1. oral presentation series 2nd lesson
  2. artworks for presentations
  3. Perkins technique (1994)

Happy reading!

 

Programme for the Visual Arts Creation in Language Education Conference now available

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We are delighted to announce that the programme for the Visual Arts Creation in Language Education (VACLE) Conference in Valletta, Malta on 15th and 16th February 2019 is now open. Speakers include leading experts in the use of the visual arts in language education such as Magdalena Brzezinska, Joanna Norton, Jelena Bobkina, Elena Dominguez, Hania Bociek, Alan Marsh, Nayir Ibrahim and Kieran Donaghy.

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.

Here is the registration form.

Social inequalities : an oral presentation mini course

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“For us, art is not an end in itself … but it is an opportunity for the true perception and criticism of the times we live in.” (Dada poet Hugo Ball)

After her Graffiti Debate lesson plan series, Vicky Papageorgiou is sharing with us her second lesson plan series for the Visual Arts Circle. Social Inequalities is a mini course teaching students how to prepare oral presentations using contemporary artists as an incentive. The target group is students over 16 years old and the level is B2+ . In total it lasts about  8-9 teaching hours. This is why the whole series will be posted in 3 parts (First : lesson plan 1, Second : lesson plan 2 and Third : lesson plan 3 & 4 together).

Part of this course has been based on specific transformative methods by Kokkos and by Perkins, employing critical thinking techniques and reflective methods to motivate learners to consider and reconsider their views on modern social matters and hopefully to lead them to change through art.  All the artworks used have been carefully selected among works by contemporary artists from a variety of countries who use a variety of artistic media to address and comment on these inequalities through their work and who have also tried to make these problems more relatable to the public.

We hope you find interesting the first part of this mini course. Stay tuned for the next parts until it is complete. In the meantime, we invite you to leave your comments if you wish.

All the supporting documents for the 1st Lesson plan can be found below :

oral presentation series lesson plan one (2)

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focus on inequalities 2

Happy reading!

‘Proverbs and sayings’ by Irene Vlazaki

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Proverbs are an important part of peoples’ different cultural capital filtering it into common sense truth. This lesson plan by Irene Vlazaki combines a variety of learning strategies using proverbs in the background. Learners will express themselves linguistically and artistically in a process of understanding how values can connect us.

You can find her lesson plan here Proverbs and sayings lesson plan_VAC

You can find her Power Point Presentation here proverbs_ VAC

You can find her worksheet here Proverbs_worksheet VAC

Bio 
irene-vlazakiIrene Vlazaki has been a teacher of English in Greece for 25 years currently working in a state primary school in Thessaloniki. Before settling in Primary classrooms she has had a significant amount of experience in all grades and levels of ELT. She is currently an MA student in intercultural studies and Pedagogy in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and strongly believes in the mediating power of English Language and the bridging of cultures it can initiate. Being a project coordinator in two Erasmus programs made it possible to see how problems can be solved through interaction and respect. ELT can be used in the most unconventional ways if students enjoy and learn and State schools are still in Greece a wonderful place for experimentation and creativity despite the many difficulties and lack of recourses.

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The Image Conference (Athens, 2018) : A photo memoir

 

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The seventh edition of the Image Conference, the annual conference of the Visual Arts Circle, was held on 6th and 7th October at New York College, in Athens, Greece. The Department of English Language and Language Teaching of New York College, Athens hosted  and co-organised this international conference, offering educators in Greece a unique opportunity for focused, high-quality professional development.

The two key aims of the conference were to put media and images at the centre of the language learning agenda, and to offer guidance on using media and images critically and creatively in language teaching in the age of the Internet. It is always an excellent opportunity for like-minded from all over the world to meet and exchange ideas.

On Friday night already, several of us had arrived for a warm and welcoming pre-conference event at the venue. Having a drink, seeing old friends and colleagues, chatting was an incredibly pleasant experience.

The next morning, Kieran Donaghy opened the Conference .

The Conference kicked off with Magdalena Brzezinska’s workshop ‘Can you feel what I feel?’ followed by Tyson Seburn’s ‘Video Oxymorons’.

 

Several other keynote speakers followed …..

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like Jade Blue and Hania Krystyna Bociek and Ben Goldstein

Other colleagues presented, of course, too….

Like Magdalena Dygala, Magdalena Wasilewska, Teresa Carvalho, Efi Tzouri, Grace Alchini and many many more.

The day ended with Kieran’s and Chrysa Papalazarou’s plenary talks at the College’s yard!

However, that was not enough! A dinner party at a taverna was to follow shortly after!

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Day 2 was shorter and started with speakers such as Elena Domínguez Romero and Jelena Bobkina but also Rob Howard, Nick Bilbrough, Maria Barberi, Vicky Papageorgiou, Vasiliki Lismani, Maria Theologidou, Judy Boyle, Chryssa Themelis , Emma Louise Pratt, etc.

It was two wonderful days full of interesting talks, a lot of bonding with colleagues, networking and a delightful opportunity to spend a few days in sunny Athens, of which everyone took advantage of even during the breaks.

The Conference closed with Anna Whitcher’s training session ‘Language learning through video creation ‘ and Daniel Xerri’s plenary on ‘Making the Most of the Multicultural Classroom through Multimodal Resources’.

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On the last day, too Emma Louise Pratt interviewed people out in the yard and you can listen to their reflections here .

Also, you can watch Magdalena Dygala’s video

And the announcement that next year the Image Conference will be hosted in Brussels! Until then….. we will be in touch!