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InForm Conference 2019

29th June 2019

Theme: Evolution of international foundation programmes – recognising a new environment and adapting to change

This one-day event will include presentations and posters on the theme and provides an opportunity for interaction and sharing of practice with colleagues from the IFP community. InForm is a journal and annual conference for teachers and professionals involved in international foundation and pathway programmes preparing international students for undergraduate study.

Conference fee: £70 (UK), £35 (Malaysia)

The event will be held at two locations on the same day with a video-link between the two. Timings: 09:00-17:00 UK, 10:30-18:30 Malaysia.

Dr Anthony Manning, Dean for Internationalisation at the University of Kent, is a keynote speaker.
Title: Quality and Innovation for International Pathway Programs: Good Practice and Recommendations for the Future in the UK Context and Beyond


Abstract:

This session will discuss a range of features which can be considered as markers of quality for international pathway programmes. It will also identify areas of innovation, support and stimulus for international pathway providers, which can contribute to ongoing quality enhancements. In the process of discussing quality markers and innovative practices, features of curriculum, programme design and student experience will be discussed and mechanisms for the development of educationalists in this field will be explored. The session relates to a chapter, of the same name, in the recently published book: University Pathway Programs: Local Responses within a Growing Global Trend (Agosti and Bernat, 2018).
Biography:
As Dean for Internationalisation, Anthony is responsible for the development, review and implementation of international activity across the University. As Kent adopts a 360 degree approach to internationalisation, this involves key aspects of education, research and student experience. Anthony’s particular area of academic specialism is in the teaching and assessment of English for Academic Purposes (EAP), Modern Foreign Languages and Academic Skills. Anthony’s recent publications are associated with training for educators in the assessment of EAP. Anthony is also one of the original creators of the Transferable Academic Skills Kit (TASK). He has also authored other texts for students and teachers of EAP and English for Specific Academic Purposes with Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and Garnet. Anthony first joined the University of Kent in 2010 as Director of the Centre for English and World Languages, having previously worked at the University of Reading as Assistant Director to the International Study and Language Institute. During his career Anthony has also taught in France, Germany, China and Japan. Anthony has also recently launched a new cross-sector conference focusing on: Innovations in Internationalisation at Home, which will be held for the first time at the University of Kent on the 5 April 2019

Speaker Proposals:
We are still requesting speaker proposals. Sessions are 45 minutes with 30 minutes of presentation followed by 15 minutes of questions. Proposals should present studies, developments and findings. If you have any ideas you’d like to discuss please do get in touch and all proposals are considered. The deadline for submission is 30 April 2019.
To submit speaker proposals please use the attached form, which can also be found here: https://www.reading.ac.uk/inform/InFormConference/Inform-conference.aspx

Register to attend:
You can register online to attend the Inform conference at the University of Reading at both locations here:
https://store.rdg.ac/InFormConference2019

Please check the conference website for information on speaker proposals and other updates.