Dear Fellow Language Teachers,
We'd like to invite you to attend the first CamMACT! CamMACT, the Cambridge Modern Foreign Languages Annual Conference for Teachers, was previously the Oliver Prior Society Meeting, which ran over two days. CamMACT will be a one-day event on Monday the 3rd of April 2017, and will be free for all delegates.
Our speakers will introduce some of the latest ideas in languages teaching at university level and explain how the topics taught develop out of current A Level courses. Delegates will also receive suggestions about the kinds of texts candidates may wish to explore in preparation for applying to university.
With university applications in mind, CamMACT 2017 will close with a question and answer session on the Cambridge Admissions process. Delegates will receive advice on what is looked for in undergraduate applications and how prospective students might prepare themselves for interview. In addition to the full programme of presentations, there will be opportunities to discuss interests and issues informally with Faculty members and colleagues throughout the conference.
In the abstract for her talk at CamMACT next year, teacher Bernardette Holmes writes: 'Now more than ever, languages education matters. In a climate of political uncertainty and with the prospect of social fragmentation and economic instability, our ability and willingness to speak multiple languages and develop intercultural understanding increase in significance and value. Language skills and cultural agility connect us to our past, define our present and have the potential to transform our future.'
We hope CamMACT will provide an opportunity to share ideas about modern languages education with other teachers and Cambridge faculty members.
A draft programme for the event is below, and details of bursaries for state school teachers will be made available on our webpage soon. Please contact Sofia Ropek Hewson (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any queries, and register to attend here.
9:30-10:00 – Registration
10:00-10:30 – Bernardette Holmes: ‘Speaking to a global future’
10:30-11:00 – Annemarie Künzl-Snodgrass and Natasha Franklin: ‘Starting a language from scratch at university’
11:00-11:30 – Coffee break
11:30-12:00 – Martin Crowley: ‘At the limits of the human’
12:00-12:30 – Liana Giannakopoulou: ‘Mythical motifs in literature’
12:30-13:00 – Stanley Bill: ‘Teaching Polish in the UK’
13:00-14:00 – Lunch
14:00-14:30 – Maite Conde and Felipe Schuery: ‘Decolonisation and modernity in the Lusophone world: Working across language and culture’
14:30-15:00 – Laura Moretti: ‘Languages and Cultures of the East’
15:00-15:30 – Coffee break
15:30-16:30 – ‘Admissions and Outreach at Cambridge’
16:30-17:00 – Roundtable on teaching MFL
17:00 – Drinks reception