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The festival will welcome Russian companies developing business projects in Africa; African companies with interests in the Russian market; international holdings; business associations; public organisations; alumni associations; Russian and foreign universities.

The festival is organised by the International Club of Employers (ICE), an association created at the initiative of RUDN University to systematise the tripartite interaction between universities, graduates and employers. ICE is the first national project in Russia uniting the spheres of business and education, which is being formed through the existing and future potential of graduates of Russian universities. Details are available at work-in-africa.com.

‘It is a great honour and a responsibility to receive this order. RUDN University has been training Colombian students from its very foundation. Since then, 663 Colombians have become university graduates. Today, 71 Colombian citizens are studying for undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate degrees at RUDN University. We are happy to maintain cooperation between our countries and train highly qualified specialists for the benefit of the future’, said Vladimir Filippov.

The Jose Acevedo and Gómez Order of Civil Merit is awarded to people and organisations that have been actively collaborating with the District of Columbia for at least 25 years.

The scheme is administered by the Quality Assurance Committee (CQA) in conjunction with the board and head office of the ICC International Language Network.

You may read more at icc-languages.eu/accreditation/quality-assurance.

Details are available online at 5saarbrueckerfremdsprachentagung.blogspot.com.

EUROLTA Certificate in English (online course, coming soon). This new course will start January 2020 and will be offered online. Teachers and practitioners of English, French, Greek and other languages can be certified through this training course, which will provide teachers with a wide range of knowledge and skills to empower students’ language learning.

EUROLTA Certificate in Greek (face-to-face and online course). This programme is intended for teachers of any foreign language and of Greek as a foreign language, and is offered in Greek. It includes an extended 9-month Blended Learning programme offering 250 hours of total training, 6 face-to-face training days in 2 weekends (Fri-Sun), online training, 6 observation sessions, and 4 teaching sessions.

EUROLTA Diploma in Greek (face-to-face and online course). This programme is intended for teacher trainers, language school directors, and experienced teachers of any foreign language and of Greek as a foreign language, and is offered in Greek. It includes an extended 9-month Blended Learning programme offering 250 hours of total training, 6 face-to-face training days in 2 weekends (Fri-Sun), online training, 10 observation sessions, and 4 teaching sessions.

EUROLTA Certificate on How to Teach Languages Online. This course has been offered since 2014 in Greek and will be offered in English too in 2020.

For more information please contact Ifigenia Georgiadou at ifigenia@hcc.edu.gr. Tel: +306944105484. Details are also available online at hcc.edu.gr/en/are-you-a-professor-2/teacher-certification-eurolta.

‘The quality of teaching is reflected in learners’ success. This is why we attach great importance to furthering teachers’ qualifications and supporting these courses financially. Our wide range of 20 languages at VHS Hanau shows that our success proves us right,’ said the Mayor.

‘In the context of EUROLTA qualification, course participants learn the basic qualifications in methodology and didactics through a modern multisensory training. This unique training gives the future language trainers the tools they need to teach languages. EUROLTA is practice and theory at the same time,’ said Patrizia Stöhr, VHS Hanau EUROLTA Coordinator.

Myriam Fischer Callus, ICC EUROLTA Project Manager, explained: ‘The ICC has made it its business to promote and improve the quality of teaching of foreign languages. This is why EUROLTA was created in the first place. The ICC has made an impact at local, regional, national and international level through the involvement of all member organisations. The ICC is particularly happy to accredit VHS Hanau and hopes that EUROLTA will grow beyond its borders’.

The concept of innovation in language teaching (subject of the 2019 Berlin conference) has generated much interest as a result of globalisation and technological developments. As a consequence of increased mobility, the challenges for language teachers are becoming more diverse. New challenges often require innovative solutions. What kind of innovative teaching methods, approaches, resources and materials are needed for the contemporary language teaching world? The purpose of the ICC 2020 Conference is to create a platform for teachers and trainers to share good practice and to take away valuable innovative ideas for teaching and learning. Some example fields that the conference will cover are: digital platforms in teaching and learning; innovative teacher development programmes; innovation in virtual learning environment and communication technologies; mobile learning and learning through gamification; integrating refugees into formal language teaching environments; the importance of intercultural communication in training; barriers facing innovation in language teaching; assessment methods to test different abilities; creative approaches to efficient learning; practical and hands-on ideas for the classroom.

The conference will enable its guests to find out about the best teaching and learning strategies and to help individuals utilise their previous learning experiences to more open up new ways of learning. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is extensively recognised to be of great importance in language teaching and this conference offers a certificate for attendees. At the conference, you will have a chance to maintain and broaden your knowledge in addition to gaining the skills needed to use appropriate tools in teaching. It will give you the chance to develop an awareness of current developments in language teaching and cultural learning to create a substantial impact on learning. More information will be coming soon on ICC website.

Details are available at icc-languages.eu/conferences.

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The theme for this year was Teaching and Learning Languages in the Multicultural World: Policy and Practice, continuing the concerns expressed last year by policy makers, researchers and practitioners continually faced with a fragmented and constantly changing body of students as well as disconnects between those who decide on policy and those charged with implementing it. The context of plurilingual, multicultural classrooms and the provision of training for refugees and the teachers of refugees took centre stage, but discussions ranged further than that with contributions from a wide variety of experiences and interests.

Those new to ICC conferences spoke favourably about the size of the conference – not so big that it becomes overwhelming – and the friendliness of the atmosphere. This is one of the special qualities of ICC conferences. It brings together those involved in research, policy and classroom practice, not just from the point of view of language teaching per se, but also intercultural communication, internationalisation, professional purpose training, materials development among others. And everyone can (and does) contribute. Our thanks to keynote plenary speakers Bessie Dendrinos, Michael Carrier and Thomas Tinnefeld for providing thought-provoking sessions that were a platform for discussion and debate and which connected well with the workshop sessions. Thanks to all the workshop presenters and facilitators for the wide range of topics and for enlarging our own knowledge and expertise. Please see our ICC website for details of the presentations and workshops. Finally, thanks to Ellinor, Ozlem and Malou for their energy and organisation. You will be able to see the slide presentations and summaries of the presentations on icc-languages.eu/ICCjournal. We’re busy planning next year’s exciting venue, provisionally 8th-10th May. Put it in your diaries now and we’ll advise next year’s conference centre soon.

ICC has now set up a new action plan offering more support to ICC members and other educational institutions (schools, colleges, universities or training centres) who are aiming for educational excellence. The EUROLTA Trainer’s Pack, now available in German and in English, contains a detailed module-by-module guide and is full of tips and advice for new language teachers. The Trainee’s pack includes the necessary handouts and practical easy-to-implement activities.

Furthermore, the ICC will provide a series of teacher training resource packs containing material for various kinds of delivery – from 60 minute workshops to 20 hour modules. Topics will include teaching languages for special purposes, using digital tools in the classroom, an introduction to teaching literacy, a short module on cultural training, how to facilitate interaction between teacher and student, and many others.

A EUROLTA online and a EUROLTA blended course will be available soon.

Educational specialists need to invest in their teaching staff. For this reason, it is now possible to host a EUROLTA course in your centre. ICC offers support and provides the training materials, trainers and assessors (if needed). If interested, please visit ICC website or contact info@icc-languages.eu.

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This conference examines the challenges faced by teachers across a range of classroom environments. It offers reflections on planning, policy making and practical tips for those of us on the front line. It also examines how the training of teachers and the training of trainers can be developed if we are to adapt to the ever-changing needs of the language learning environment.

Conference venue: Europäische Akademie Berlin (The European Academy Berlin). Conference dates: May 3-5, 2019. Register now at icc-languages.eu.

The programme is based on our unique holistic approach to the Arabic language which focuses on Language Unity of Arabic varieties (formal/informal; spoken/written; standard/colloquial). The programme emphasises the communicative competences required for effective use of Arabic in a variety of Arabic speaking contexts. The application can be filled out online at bit.ly/CertificateSurvey.

Membership can consist of single institutes, groups of institutes and associate members. The rights and duties of member organisations are laid out in the Statutes. Organisations interested in joining the ICC are requested to complete the Application Form and return the signed and stamped copy to the ICC Head Office. Membership of the ICC is granted by decision of the Executive Board subject to ratification by the General Assembly.

Membership is open to educational institutions, professional associations / organisations, producers and distributors of products and services in the field of language training and publishers. The ICC is currently building up a network of institutes of higher education (Universities of Applied Sciences and similar institutes).

Discuss with an ICC representative the opportunities available for your organisation by phone, Skype or in-situ visit. Detailed membership information is available at icc-languages.eu/membership.

If you hold a EUROLTA Certificate you have demonstrated that you have the knowledge and skills necessary to plan, teach and evaluate your language classes within your institutional context:

  • you can adapt your institution’s course programme to meet the collective and individual needs and preferences of your group;
  • you can select and adapt from the teaching materials available;
  • you command a wide range of teaching skills and techniques and you can apply these appropriately in your teaching context to the learning preferences of your learners and their cultural background;
  • you are guided by a well-grounded understanding of language and language acquisition; in particular, you are familiar with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Teaching, Learning, Assessment (CEFR) and its model for describing communicative competence;
  • you have also demonstrated a professional self-awareness that enables you to plan and achieve your further professional development.

For language teachers:

  • practical and flexible training related to the trainee's own teaching context;
  • a qualification open to teachers of all languages;
  • portfolio-based assessment;
  • programmes that are based on the principles of the Common European Framework of reference for Languages (Council of Europe);
  • a learner-centred methodology based on reflection on one's own practice;
  • an internationally recognised and monitored qualification.

EUROLTA Certificate is designed for people with no or little language teaching experience and language teachers who feel they need to upgrade their practical skills. EUROLTA Diploma is designed for teachers with at least three years’ teaching experience at different levels. EUROLTA is open to teachers of any language, recognises the different educational environments that professionals work in, and is based on sound educational principles that apply to all environments.

Yet some things remain the same as RUDN University remains loyal to its traditions and values and continues to evolve thanks to the input of every single teacher, student and administrator. In 2018, the university strengthened its position in the World QS Ranking going up by 104 positions right off the bat.

The rating draws on graduates’ CVs posted on hh.ru and Career.ru – the most popular Russian headhunting resources – and takes account of interview invitations, offered wage rates and employer surveys.

The trainers for the course are Professor of Linguistics, author of English language textbooks, lecturer in Foreign Languages Dpt of the Faculty of Economics Wayne Rimmer, and CSc in Linguistics, Associate Professor in Foreign Languages Dpt of the Faculty of Economics Svetlana Popova.

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, also known as AACSB International, is an American professional organisation founded in 1916 to provide accreditation to schools of business. Established early in the 20th century, the association has expanded to more than 100 countries around the world, helping business schools, students and businesses to succeed. The association has 3 international headquarters and offers over 95 professional development activities annually. According to the Financial Times, 96% of FT500 executives studied at an AACSB-accredited school.

The highest ER is provided by native posts, i.e. real stories from real people, such as an interview with a post-graduate student from Italy Antonella Selvitella who studies foreign language teaching methodology and dreams of coming up with new approaches to learning Italian. RUDN University Facebook user coverage exceeds 12 million people.

The agreements are the first case of joint MA programmes of the BRICS Network University. The joint training of Russian and Brazilian students was initiated and organised by the Faculty of Economics and the Marketing Department of RUDN University.

Ranking results are available at topuniversities.com.

This year, GreenMetric assessed 719 universities representing 81 countries. The rating assesses universities in terms of facilities convenience, transport policy, waste management programmes, the use of energy-efficient technology, water conservation, and education in the field of sustainable development.




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