On Saturday, November 12th, 2016 the annual ACEIA conference took place in Los Lebreros Hotel in Seville. Over 700 ELT professionals participated in the event which featured an incredible programme with over 40 different talks being delivered by nationally and internationally renowned speakers.
The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Creative Minds Inspire’. The plenary session led by Antonia Clare dealt with the importance of inspiring students to think creatively and provided teachers with practical ideas that could be applied in the classroom and interesting points for reflection.
OUP Spain sponsored a talk by Nina Lauder entitled “Creative Juices” which also encouraged teachers to include activities in class that lend themselves to the development of divergent thinking skills. Robin Walker and Paul Seligson, who are well-known OUP authors, also delivered sessions at this year’s conference.
Once again, the conference was exceptionally well organized and offered language school teachers from around Andalusia and the rest of Spain the chance to share their ideas and contrast opinions on best practices in the classroom and on modern educational trends.
The conference also included talks for teachers of Spanish as a foreign language and language school managers. There was an area with stands where participants could check out coursebooks and resources materials from leading national and international publishers.
ACEIA has become one of the most important and influential ELT events in Spain and continues to grow in numbers every year.
If you missed ACEIA or if you are interested in similar events, look into the FECEI Conference which will be celebrated in Madrid on February 4th, 2017 or the ACEIA event in Malaga will also be held on February 4th. More information on the 3rd annual conference in Malaga can be found on the ACEIA website.
Additional Information on ACEIA and their annual conference
Article, in Spanish, from El Correo de Andalucia on the conference.
News story on the ACEIA conference on Canal Sur Television.
Video on ACEIA’s event in Seville to commemorate the European Day of Languages where they offered free level tests, puppet shows, fencing demonstrations and poetry readings.