IATEFL Exeter

02-May-2008

MEC Marketing Assistant, Julian Chant, writes:

Last month the MEC team attended the very enjoyable and highly informative 42nd Annual IATEFL Conference in Exeter, UK. IATEFL holds its International Annual Conference & Exhibition every spring, which is attended by around 1,500 ELT professionals from over 70 countries around the world.

Throughout the conference there was lots of interest in blended learning and the interactive whiteboards on the new Macmillan stand brought Campus to life! Many thanks to everyone who came up to the stand to talk to us – I hope you were lucky enough to grab a box of onestopenglish mints, they went like hotcakes.

The team made four successful presentations at the conference including Jenny Lovel and Mario Oesterreicher’s talk, Blended learning: Meeting the challenges of university language teaching. Mario showed how integrated blended learning can help personalize learning, increase motivation and improve teaching efficiency, while Jenny introduced a flexible bank of EAP materials for MEC, commissioned specifically to meet university users’ needs.

The British Council Exeter Online website provides a variety of useful resources from the event including video and audio recordings of selected sessions, moderated special interest discussion forums, blogs and photo albums. All you need to do is create your account and off you go!

As always the Macmillan party was a great way to thank everyone for their support throughout the conference and the Back to School theme went down like a treat. Please come and join us next year for what will surely be another memorable outing.

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