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Invitation to the Cambridge Days Romania, February 2014

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Cambridge English Language Assessment is pleased to invite you to the Romanian Cambridge Days 2014, this year held at the following locations:

Iasi on Thursday 20th February
Colegiul National “Costache Negruzzi”, str. Toma Cozma, nr.4, Iasi

Constanta on Friday 21st February
Palatul Copiilor Constanta, str. Soveja, nr.17, Constanta

Bucharest on Saturday 22nd February
Colegiul National “Mihai Viteazul”, b-dul Pache Protopopescu, nr. 62, sector 2, Bucuresti

Organised by Cambridge English Language Assessment and Cambridge University Press with the kind collaboration of SITKA, Cambridge Days consist of training and information sessions for teachers offered by leading authors and experts in the ELT field.

Registration and attendance are free of charge. To register please follow this link, email SITKA at to request a registration form or call them at 0722/375.477 or 021/210.40.40.

Deadline for Registrations: 17th February 2014

Programme of Events


09.00 – 09.30: Registration

09.30 – 10.30: Teaching Towards the Revised Cambridge English: First and Cambridge English: Advanced examinations – Bob Obee

10.30 – 11.30: Applications of corpus analysis in EAP: research, learning, and teaching – Martin Hewings

11.30 – 12.00: Assessment and its roles in the Romanian Language Teaching Preuniversity Educational System – Anca-Mariana Pegulescu

12.00 – 13.00: Buffet Lunch

13.00 -13.30: Continous Professional Development for English teachers– Sam Stevenson

13.30 -14.30: Webs of Words: Issues in vocabulary learning and teaching at A2 and B1– Bob Obee

14.30 – 14.45: Closing and Raffle

Iasi and Constanta

13.00 – 13.15: Registration

13.15 – 14.05: Teaching Towards the Revised Cambridge English: First and Cambridge English: Advanced examinations – Bob Obee

14.05 – 14.55: Applications of corpus analysis in EAP: research, learning, and teaching – Martin Hewings

14.55 -15.25: Coffee and Refreshments

15.25 – 15.55: Continous Professional Development for English teachers – Sam Stevenson

15.55 – 16.45:  Webs of Words: Issues in vocabulary learning and teaching at A2 and B1– Bob Obee

16.45 -17.00: Closing and Raffle

All atendees will receive a free sample copy of one of the most recent publications form Cambridge University Press as well as a Certificate of Attendance. Coffee and refreshments will be provided free of charge.

The bookshoop CENTRUL DE CARTE STRAINA SITKA will set up a book exhibition giving you the opportunity to explore the latest ELT publications from Cambridge University Press. Cambridge University Press and Cambridge English Language Assessment personnel will be on hand to offer information and advice.

The Cambridge Days Sessions

Teaching Towards the Revised Cambridge English: First and Cambridge English: Advanced examinations.
This talk will give a brief overview of the changes to the FCE and CAE examinations to be introduced in January 2015. The presentation will highlight that the new task types relate principally to the Writing and Speaking papers and explore the principle teaching implications in preparing candidates effectively for these changes. The different roles an exam-focused teacher might be seen to have in working to improve student performance in relation to such task types will also be touched on.

Webs of Words: Issues in vocabulary learning and teaching at A2 and B1.
This presentation will highlight some of the key issues identified in recent research and projects such as Cambridge English Profile relating to best practice in vocabulary teaching and learning. We will explore the notion of what it means to ‘know a word’ and consider practical implications of this notion for teachers in preparing a wholesome and balanced lexical diet for their charges and for learners in developing well-grounded lexical manners and a keen sense of lexical repartee to bring to table as they prepare for the different papers in KET and PET.

Continous Professional Development for English teachers You are on a journey as a teacher of English. But where do you want to go? What do you need to do to get there?
This session will outline the benefits of participating in continuing professional development, ways in which and places from where you can get support and guidance. There will be ideas on how you can design your own programme and follow an independent pathway, as well as the possibilities for collaborating with colleagues on tasks and projects.

Applications of corpus analysis in EAP: research, learning, and teaching
The talk outlines recent research employing corpus analysis for EAP, considers the effectiveness of learner investigations of corpora in ‘data-driven learning’, and explores the kinds of discoveries teachers can make from corpora. The focus will be on applying corpus analysis in classroom activities and materials, and participants will have the opportunity to compare their intuitions about language with corpus evidence.

Assessment and its roles in the Romanian Language Teaching Preuniversity Educational System.
Assessment in language teaching means, on one hand, identifying learners’ needs, monitor their progress and, on the other hand, determine teachers and planners evaluate the effectiveness of their programmes.Do teachers design or choose tests that are practical, reliable and valid? Such a very important question should be answered by teachers themselves, inspectors, decision making factors in the domain of evaluation and exams, exams administrators. Romanian modern languages preuniversity teaching system has experienced traditional and alternative forms of assessment. What really matters is to measure how well our students have learnt what they have been taught, help them know how they are progressing. Assessment in language teaching (referring to English) is a whole process. It means making decisions and taking actions in language education.

The Cambridge Days speakers

Martin Hewings has taught English for over 30 years in many countries, including Sweden, Italy, Malaysia and Australia. From 1985 to 2009 he taught English for Academic Purposes at the University of Birmingham, and since then has been a freelance author and consultant. He was co-editor of the journal English for Specific Purposes from 2001 to 2006. He has published a number of textbooks with Cambridge University Press, including Advanced Grammar in Use, Pronunciation Practice Activities, English Pronunciation in Use Advanced, Cambridge Grammar for CAE and Proficiency, and is co-author of Cambridge Academic English.

Bob Obee is an ELT author and teacher trainer who has worked in many regions of the world. He was previously Director of Studies at The British Council Teaching Centers in Athens and Kuala Lumpur. For Cambridge University Press he has written The Grammar Activity Book.

Trained as a language inspector and a mentor, Anca-Mariana Pegulescu has a PhD in contrastive linguistics at the University of Bucharest. In 2007 she was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Southampton, UK, where she got a Certificate in Language Teacher Education and completed the translation in Romanian of the European Profile for Language Teacher Education and the European Portofolio for Student Teachers of Languages.

Sam Stevenson has been working in ELT since 2001 as a teacher, teacher trainer, academic manager and examiner. He has worked in Poland, France, Jordan, Vietnam, Bahrain and the United Kingdom. He has been working for the British Council Romania in 2013. His professional interests include pronunciation, EAP and exam classes. Recent presentations and training sessions include An Introduction to Pronunciation, IWBs for beginners, English for International Education, Poetry for YLs.

We look forward to seeing you once again at our Cambridge Days.

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