International House News
The year has gotten off to a record breaking start for International House World Organisation, with a bumper edition of the Academic Management and Trainers conference taking place in Greenwich from January 5th – 7th. 2017 is the second year that the conference has included delegates from both academic management and teacher trainer roles within the IH network, which has contributed to the rise in popularity of the event. There were 130 attendees from 76 IH schools in 33 countries around the world.
IH always strives to ensure a mix of speakers covering a wide range of topics With that in mind, a highlight of this year’s programme was the plenary session from Silvana Richardson. Following her highly popular session at 2016’s IATEFL, Silvana discussed the need to reassess attitudes in the TEFL industry towards recruiting Non-Native English Speaking teachers, inciting lots of interesting discussion.
Jon Hird delivered a session on the wider issues of dyslexia in the ELT classroom, a follow up to his popular presentation at the previous year’s AMT conference.
As well as plenary sessions, several workshops and sessions were delivered by IH staff who gave delegates lots of practical ideas to take away, ranging from the use of technology in the classroom, to ensuring course material is LGBT inclusive.
There was, as always, a particular focus on exchanging information and ideas, with sessions such as the Modern Language Swap Shop and the Open Space time, giving delegates the opportunity to get together in smaller groups to focus on specific themes such as Marketing and Continuing Professional Development.
The ever-popular quiz night was followed by karaoke this year, ensuring a good balance of socialising between delegates along with the academic content of the conference. A sense of belonging to an IH family was certainly felt by those attending. Some of the highlights of AMT can be seen in our round-up video.
In May this year during the annual IH Directors conference, held in Oxford in 2016, school directors took part in a charity auction by bringing items from their home countries to be auctioned off. This year we raised money for YUVA, a charity working to empower the Syrian community in the South East of Turkey through its Nizip and Kırıkhan Community Centers since 2013 under the Syrian Refugees Support Program.
The organisations main objective is to support refugees emotional and cognitive well-being and help them establish both sustainable and a honorable life in Turkey. YUVA also provides ‘child friendly’ spaces in its Community Centers for vulnerable Syrian children and youth so that they can have access to safe, participatory and inclusive education and recreational activities.
We are pleased to announce that the initial sum raised during the auction in May has now been matched by IHWO, and YUVA therefore received a donation of £7,750 from our network. We are pleased to support this worthy charity in the valuable work they carry out. For more information about the charity and this programme click here.
International House World Organisation are very excited to announce that the first ever International Playhouse project: “Shakes-share” will take place in London from 11th – 13th November. This project has been produced in collaboration with Trinity College London, IH Ancona & Jesi, IH Voronezh, Leyton 6th Form College and the Arts Educational Schools London. The event will see around 50 teenage students from Italy, Russia and the UK take part in a number of different cultural and linguistic exchange events.
The central theme of the weekend’s events is Shakespeare, to tie in with Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary celebrations taking place this year.
The weekend will involve a day of drama workshops on Saturday 12 November, held at International House in Covent Garden and led by Arts Educational Schools tutors, as well as the directors of the Italian and Russian theatre projects.
Each group of students will then give a performance in the theatre of Leyton Sixth Form College on Sunday 13 November. The Italian group will perform ‘Shakespeare in a Box III’, a bilingual play combining Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’, the poetry of Giovanni Pascoli and the music of Madonna. The group from Russia will perform ‘Shakespearia’, a piece which presents one of the plot-lines from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Leyton Sixth Form College will perform their version of ‘Macbeth’.
Each student taking part will receive a certificate from Trinity, as well as feedback from Trinity’s assessment team.
Members of the public are very welcome to join us for the performances at Leyton Sixth Form College, free tickets are available here.
We would also like to acknowledge the support of many generous sponsors and partners, without whom this ambitious project would not be possible:
There is a lot to catch up on around the IH network since the northern hemisphere summer has drawn to a close. Our schools have been celebrating anniversaries, marking the European Day of Languages and welcoming new staff members for a new academic year.
Have a read of the latest Inter-schools newsletter to find out all about it! Read the newsletter here.
The AMT Conference will once again bring together Academic Managers and Teacher Trainers from across the IH network for three days of sharing good practice and networking. The annual conference will feature management and teacher trainer sessions from international experts from the ELT world.
Conference attendees will:
This conference is only open to Academic Managers and Teacher Trainers from across the IH Network and registration is restricted to 2 delegates per fee-paying school.
The provisional programme is available here
Devonport House, King William Walk, Greenwich, London, SE10 9JW, United Kingdom
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