11:00, 12 February 2020
‘Mediation’ is the latest ELT buzzword. But what exactly is it, and why should you teach it? This webinar explores the concept of mediation and the illustrative scales devoted to it in the 2018 Companion Volume to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). We will look at how mediation skills are used both inside and outside the classroom, with a particular focus on the mediation skills that teachers use in their everyday practice. We will consider how mediation competences can benefit students in professional and academic life, and how coursebooks help learners develop this. We will also look at how mediation scales can be used for self-assessment and goal-setting, and to support teacher-led assessment.
Thom Kiddle has worked at NILE since 2011, after moving back to the UK from Chile where he was head of academic research and educational technology at the Chilean-British University. He has previously worked in Portugal, the UK, Australia and Thailand in language teaching, teacher training and language assessment. His role at NILE involves strategic and organisational management, and training and consultancy in a range of areas including testing and assessment, learning technologies, materials development and language teaching methodology.
Thom is also treasurer and founding director of AQUEDUTO – the Association for Quality Education and Training Online; webmaster for the Testing, Evaluation and Assessment Special Interest Group of IATEFL; and Vice Chair of the Eaquals Board of Trustees. He has published in Applied Linguistics, Language Assessment Quarterly, System, and in 2019, two chapters in Routledge Handbooks of Language Teacher Education. Thom is also a plenary speaker at IATEFL 2020.