20 July to 27 July 2014

Creating Multimedia Activities for Language Teaching. Session 1

This course provides technical knowledge and skills about applications relevant to the development of multimedia activities for foreign and second language learning. It provides knowledge about sites with relevant information about the use of multimedia activities in foreign and second language teaching. It raises awareness of the pedagogical and methodological skills to effectively implement multimedia activities in classroom and to design web-based language teaching materials.

The idea of this course is "learning by doing" and "learning while doing": every day there will be workshop sessions. Participants will be actively involved and will develop - alone or in small groups - language activities and exercises for direct use in their lessons.

Applicant Profile
This course is intended for newly qualified and practising foreign language teachers and school staff interested in the possibilities of the Internet and multimedia applications for their classroom practice. A basic knowledge of computers is necessary: participants should at least be familiar with Windows platforms and word-processors.

Erasmus + grants (Key Action 1) are available to participate in this structured course for teachers and school staff covering: course fee (560 Euro), travel and subsistence. Your school will also receive a grant for each participant sent to the training. For further information on the application procedure, please, contact the Erasmus + National Agency of your country and office@amsu.edu.

Application & Erasmus + grants
The Erasmus + grants  deadline is the 24th of March 2014. It is a responsibility of your School to apply for the Erasmus grant for its teachers and staff. We therefore recommend to start the application process as soon as possible.  Information about the Erasmus + application procedure can be found on the Erasmus + Programme guide, page 55 for Mobility project for school education staff and page 61 for Mobility project for adult education staff.
After your school has applied to the Erasmus + National Agency we kindly ask you to fill in the AMSU application form for each participant. Only when the grant will be confirmed you will be invoiced for the course fee.

If you wish to participate in this course without an Erasmus + grant please send us an Application form and attach a recent CV for selection. Deadline: 15th of May 2014.  


                                            Work sessions in the fully equiped computer lab.

Co-organisers: Graduate School of Child Development and Education of the University of Amsterdam (UvA); Hasan Ali Yucel Faculty of Education, Istanbul University, The Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University.
Capacity: 25 participants.
Language of Instruction: English.
Location: This course will be held in Istanbul University. Exact address to be specified here soon.
Computers: For this course, only the use of Windows computers is supported, there will be no facilities available for Mac users.
Fee: € 560,- (including course materials, welcome drink, access to the cultural evening programme).
Grants: Erasmus + , Key Action 1, of the European Union. For more information on these grants please visit the website of the Lifelong Learning National Agency of your country. A list of National Agencies can be found at: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/national-agencies_en.htm.
Registration: Confirmed participants are expected to register on Sunday 20th of July 2014 at Istanbul University. Exact address to be specified here soon. The registration includes presentations of the tutors and participants a welcome social drink.
Accommodation: is not included in the curse fee. The course organisers can send upon request a list of recommended hotels and bed & Breakfast. Next to the course location. Special discounted prices may apply. Ask more information at office@amsu.edu.
Detailed course programme: see below
Social and cultural programme: After the programme at Istanbul University there will be a rich cultural programme with guided tours and other activities, which will make you discover the wonders of Istanbul, one of the most interesting cities in the world.
Mr. Ruggero Lala, Course Co-ordinator.
The Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University(AMSU). P.O. Box 53066. NL-1007 RB Amsterdam. The Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0)20 620 0225; Fax: +31 (0)20624 9368 Email: office@amsu.edu 


Sunday, 20 July 2014
14:30 - 18.00 Registration, welcome drinks, social and cultural programme. Istanbul University. Exact location to be announced.  

Monday, 21 July 2014
9.30 General technical skills: working with digital resources and web pages
Presentation of sites with relevant information for language teachers and with language teaching materials
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Introduction to collaborative software (e.g. blogs, wiki's)
Developing a task with web-based materials                                                                                                                                                    
Evening: Social and cultural programme or free evening

Tuesday, 22 July 2014
9.30 Introduction to digital images, audio and video: formats, players, editing and capturing software
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Working with audio editing software
Developing a task with digital audio                                                                                                                                                          
Evening: Social and cultural programme or free evening

Wednesday, 23 July 2014
9.30 Introduction to freeware web-based software for interactive language exercises
Examples of use of websites for language activities - WebQuest: a pedagogical model for the use of websites in language activities
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Developing interactive exercises 
Evening: Social and cultural programme or free evening

Thursday, 24 July 2014
9.30 Design and develop tasks and activities using the acquired technical skills
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Design and develop tasks and activities using the acquired technical skills
Introduction to synchronous communication software                                                                                                                                                   
Evening: Social and cultural programme or free evening

Friday, 25 July 2014
9.30 Finalizing the tasks and activities
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Presentation of the activities to the group
Seminar wrap-up and evaluation                                                                                                                                                  
16.30 Certificates awarding and closure drink

Saturday, 26 July 2014
12.00 Social and cultural programme

Sunday, 27 July 2014
11.00 Debriefing, group and individual evaluation.

A well deserved diploma award.              

 Cruise on the Bosphorus and Hagia Sophia part of the social and cultural programme.

Course Leaders and trainers:
Geert Bonamie (Belgium)
Geert Bonamie (Ma Germanic Philology, Ghent University, Belgium) started working for the English department of Ghent University in 2003, first as a researcher, then as a teaching assistant, a position he currently still holds. In 2006 he combined this with a position in the IT department of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at the same institution, where he is responsible for supporting and advising education innovation projects in the Faculty. He is enthusiastic about the integration and application of IT in education in general, and wants to share this knowledge with whoever is interested. For that particular reason, in 2009, he co-founded Let's Learn IT, a non-profit organization that is mainly occupied with offering courses about IT & education. You can follow him on Twitter (@letslearnit), check his blog (blog.letslearnit.org), or visit his scoops -in the context of this workshop, www.scoop.it/t/audio-video-tools-for-educators might be of particular interest.

Wouter de Jong (The Netherlands) ESL teacher
Wouter de Jong holds an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Leiden. Wouter teaches English, coordinates IT projects and administers the Electronic Learning Environment at a Dutch grammar school.  He also advices teachers how to implement IT in their curriculum. Wouter has been an assistant for the AMSU courses since 2010.

Ton Koet (The Netherlands) - Teacher Trainer, Graduate School of  Child development and Education, University of Amsterdam (UvA). Ton Koet holds an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Amsterdam, an MA in Anglo-Irish Studies from the National University of Ireland and a PhD from the University of Amsterdam. He is a teacher educator and works for the Amsterdam School of Education and the Graduate School of Teaching and Learning of the University of Amsterdam. He has taught a variety of courses in initial teacher education, ranging from English phonetics and phonology to the English speaking world and from 20th century literature to English for classroom management. He has been active in the professional development of teachers, organising numerous courses on new technologies in language teaching. He is a Life Long Learning expert.

Tuncer Can (PhD since 2011, from Istanbul University, English Language Teaching Department) has been working in the same department since 2001. He completed his MA at Istanbul University in 2004 on "Constructivism and Training of Pre-service Foreign Language Teachers". In 2005, he was granted a Fulbright Scholarship and he spent two terms at Syracuse University, NY, USA, where he taught Turkish via videoconferencing for one year. Besides training pre-service language teachers, he has been teaching English to adults at all levels and has organized teacher training courses at the Language Center of Istanbul University since 2007. In 2008, he took part in a project at Istanbul University in the Faculty of Education, English Language Teaching Department, on the implementation of MOODLE in the training of pre-service foreign language teachers. His research ranges from Constructivist Approach to using 3D Virtual Learning Environments in the context of foreign language learning and instruction. He has also managed and partnered in many projects like "Establishing the Virtual Campus of Istanbul University on 3D VLE," funded by Istanbul University Research Center  and "CAMELOT: CreAting Machinima Empowers Live Online Language Teaching and Learning" funded by European Commission, being the latest. He has been operating http://www.ingilish.com/

Irfan Simsek, (PhD, from Istanbul University, Computer Education and Instructional Technologies Department)  completed his PhD at Istanbul University in 2013 on the "Development of a Web Based Intelligent Examination System According to Measurement and Evaluation Criteria in Education".  In 2008, he was invited to Melbourne University as a visiting scholar for six months. He studied online education and undertook training courses using the Second Life platform. He also participated in a project in English Language Teaching Department at Istanbul University concerned with implementing Moodle in the training of pre-service foreign language teachers. He has also managed and partnered in many projects like "Establishing the Virtual Campus of Istanbul University on 3D VLE," funded by Istanbul University Scientific Research Center  and "CAMELOT: CreAting Machinima Empowers Live Online Language Teaching and Learning" funded by European Commission, being the latest. His homepage is available here: http://www.irfansimsek.com.tr/.

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