Over the last ten years a series of barcamp training events have appeared in the teaching world. These barcamps or user-generated conferences are professional events in which all participants take part in a very active way. They are different from the more traditional conferences and meetings in that they are organised not vertically, but horizontally, one to one, paying particular attention to:

  • participation
  • cooperation
  • collaborative creation of knowledge

At FEDELE we are convinced that this type of format is highly productive, especially for teachers of Spanish who are used to collaborating and sharing with their colleagues. For this reason we at FEDELE are backing the organisation of various barcamps at which teachers from FEDELE schools can (and should) work together with teachers from other schools.

The FEDELE barcamps for teachers of Spanish will have the following work schedule:

9.30 – 11.00h: Working groups
11.00 – 11.30h: Break
11.30 – 13.00h: Working groups
13.00 – 14.00h: Presentation of results, discussion and reflection
14.00 – 15.30: Lunch provided by FEDELE
15.30-18.00: Training workshop given by the driving force behind the barcamp

This first barcamp event will take place in Sevilla on Saturday 4th November and will be led by Antonio Orta. Antonio has a doctorate in Modern Languages, Translation and Spanish as a Foreign Language from the University of Palo de Olavide. The subject of his thesis was initial teacher training and educational innovation. He is currently Head of the SpanishDepartment at CLIC International House Sevilla. He also teaches on the Masters programme for teachers of Spanish at the University of Pablo de Olavide in Seville and on the training and refresher course Diploma for Teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language at the Universitat de València.

FEDELE member schools are all guaranteed a free place at the barcamps and additional places are available for only 20€. For more information please contact the secretary of FEDELE.

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