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Pre-Conference Events

Co-organised by APIBA and the Foreign Language Units of the Ministries of Education in APIBA’s jurisdiction

Please note: If you are a teacher of English in a state-run school in the City of Buenos Aires or Greater Buenos Aires, you should be summoned (“convocado”) by your supervisor / Ministry authorities to attend these sessions.

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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Programa de Educación Plurilingüe e Intercultural, Dirección General de Cultura y Educación, Provincia de Buenos Aires 


Morning: Universidad Nacional Arturo Jauretche (UNAJ), Av. Calchaquí 6200, Florencio Varela, Prov. de Buenos Aires

Afternoon: Escuela Normal Superior "Próspero G. Alemandri" / Instituto Superior de Formación Docente N° 100, Av. Belgrano 355, Avellaneda, Prov. de Buenos Aires

See 24 September Programme HERE



Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Dirección Operativa de Lenguas Extranjeras, Ministerio de Educación, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires


Morning: Instituto Félix F. Bernasconi D.E. 6, Cátulo Castillo 2750, Ciudad de Buenos Aires

Afternoon: Escuela 8 D.E. 1, Talcahuano 680, Ciudad de Buenos Aires

See 25 September Programme HERE



The following in-service training sessions are offered free of charge by APIBA to teachers of English of state-run Primary and/or Secondary schools in APIBA’s jurisdiction

Estatutos de APIBA. Artículo 2º.- Del Objeto.- La Asociación tiene por objeto. a) Fomentar el perfeccionamiento de los profesores de inglés y trabajar por la constante superación y actualización de los planes de estudio, programas y métodos de enseñanza de la especialidad en todos los niveles. (…) Read more:  


Session 1 “Seven!”

Gabriel Diaz Maggioli (Macmillan)

There are 7 days in a week, seven colors in the rainbow and, mystics say, seven energy centers in our bodies. In this presentation we will explore seven certainties about learning and see how we can help learners achieve them through our teaching.

Gabriel Díaz Maggioli is Dean of the School of Language Learning at Teaching and Director of the MATESOL program at The New School, a university in New York. His research revolves around Sociocultural Theory as applied to the development of a viable pedagogy for teacher education.

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Session 2 “Sounds Fun”

Robin Walker (Oxford University Press)

Research has shown that young learners are very good at imitating the sounds, rhythm and intonation that characterize the pronunciation of English. We now also have a much clearer idea as to which features of English pronunciation are essential for successful oral communication. This talk first explores our priorities when working on pronunciation with young learners, and then looks at a variety of practical techniques to help us to teach pronunciation in a meaningful, motivating manner.

Robin Walker is a freelance language teacher, teacher educator, and materials writer. He has been involved in ELT since moving to Spain in 1981. In this time, he worked for over 20 years in ESP as a lecturer in English at the University School of Tourism of Asturias. He has also collaborated extensively with many of Spain’s state teacher training centres, with the University of Oviedo, and with Oxford University Press España. Robin is co-author of Tourism 1 (Provision), Tourism 2 (Encounters) and Tourism3 (Management) in OUP’s Oxford English for Careers series. In 2010 he published Teaching the Pronunciation of English as a Lingua franca for the OUP teacher’s handbook series. A former Vice-president of TESOL-SPAIN, he is the Newsletter editor of the IATEFL Pronunciation Special Interest Group. 

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Session 3 “Becoming a writer: helping pupils develop their writing skills”

Clare Furneaux (The University of Reading)

Writing is one of the most difficult activities humans do. How can teachers help children to learn how to do it well? This session will discuss what learning to write involves and how teachers can help their pupils develop this important skill – both in their mother tongue and/or a foreign language.

Clare Furneaux, The University of Reading, UK. Academic Director for the campus-based MA Applied Linguistics and MA English Language Teaching programmes; Academic Director for the MA English Language Teaching by Distance Study; Postgraduate programmes in Applied Linguistics Board of Studies Member. Clare teaches the following modules: Core Issues in English Language Teaching, Language Curriculum Design, Language Teaching Portfolio: Classroom Practical component, The Teaching of Written Language, Teaching English to Young Learners, Teaching the Language Skills, Literacy: Social, educational and cognitive perspectives. Clare currently supervises 8 PhD students in the areas of second language writing. Clare's EdD included an Institution Focused Study entitled 'Undergraduates and Technology: Uses and Attitudes', and a thesis entitled 'Masters Level Study in a British Context: Developing Writers'. Her research interests are concerned with developing second language writing skills (especially in English for Academic Purposes contexts) and on-line/distance learning. She also supervises research in the areas of curriculum design and study skills.

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