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This year APABAL is honoured to welcome the following keynote speakers who will run the plenary sessions of the V APABAL Convention. Our programme will also include a number of workshops conducted by guest speakers who are also well known experts in their field.


Jeremy has written courses, readers and books about teaching including The Practice of English Language Teaching, and Essential Teacher Knowledge. He has trained (and spoken with) teachers around the world. He is a faculty member on the MATESOL at The New School, New York. Away from ELT, Jeremy is a musician and spoken word performer. With colleague Steve Bingham he has toured the show Touchable Dreams, and is a regular performer in folk clubs in and around Cambridge UK (where he lives). His children’s oratorio, Island, premiered in 2015. Recently, Jeremy has co-written two levels of the series for young adults/adults “Jetstream” for Helbling English.

TALK TITLE: What’s it like being a teacher?

What is the role of a teacher? What are their responsibilities, what are their challenges?
And how do teachers feel in the middle of all of this.
In this plenary session we will discuss the role of a (good) teacher and how teachers can and should support each other’s professional development. Because in the end no (man) teacher is an island – or at least they shouldn’t be!

To know more about him:


Stephen Pilton is currently the Head of English at Kings Education, Brighton. Prior to this Stephen worked with Kings for 6 years in Oxford and before this spent his teaching career in Warsaw, Poland. Stephen enjoys teaching with technology and is especially interested in how it can be effectively harnessed to help students and schools. Stephen lives with his wife and two children near Brighton and enjoys spending as much time as possible by the sea.

TALK TITLE: Using augmented reality in the EFL classroom.

To know more about him:…stephen-pilton/


V APABAL CONVENTION – E-motion in teaching and learning.

Dear members and friends,

APABAL, the English Teachers’ Association of de Balearic Islands is proud to announce the celebration of its V APABAL Convention, which will take place on 5th of May 2017 under the theme “e-motion in teaching and learning”. The present edition will focus on three concepts involved in the title: “e-motion, TIC/emotion in teaching, and fe developing activities implying motion”.

10 hours attendance will be certified by the Conselleria d’Educació, Cultura i Universitats.
– Registration until April 30th.

*Registered participants will be provisionally accepted
* 2017 membership updated!!

Click here to read the V APABAL CONVENTION Letter.


For enquiries or more information send an e-mail to


It is undoubtedly the case that with time, teaching English, like teaching in general, has become an increasingly complex profession,given that an outstanding command of the foreign language and a solid EFL methodological background are now felt to be insufficient to successfully deal with the new generations of students.

Nowadays, English teachers at all educational levels are expected to be the ultimate acrobatic multi-taskers. We have to be able to manage time efficiently, show empathy, be emotionally intelligent, challenge, motivate and inspire students, and establish effective group dynamics. We also have to be flexible enough to participate in CLIL classes and in English for Specific Purposes courses in VET contexts, in businesses, institutions and trade schools. Last but not least, we have to keep up to date with technology and new educational trends ‒ all simultaneously. And at this point in time, when technology is blurring the boundaries between our personal and professional lives, teaching is more than ever a 24/7 job.

These considerations should obviously have a major impact on the training provided in pre-service courses, as well as on competences developed in in-service teacher development programmes. That is why this year’s Convention aims at reflecting on the ins-and-outs of this multi-faceted profession and on the training and skills required to be not only English teachers, but actually effective educators to equip our students for the real world.


Course for “Oposicions” for teachers of English.

curs_oposDue to the interest shown by English teachers to become civil servants,
APABAL has organised a course for “Oposicions” for teachers of English.

To be held at IES Guillem Sagrera on Thursdays from 6 to 8 pm.
We plan to start on October 6th.
We offer a limited amount of places.
If you are interested in attending or if you need more information send  a mail to


Our last CITA meeting in Palma

Palma City Tour

Opening Speeches

Treasure Hunt & Coffee Break

Award Ceremony Apabal Contest

Tips for developing a good European project

International Cultural Evening

Here are some drawings from our friend Feliu Renom. Thank you Feliu!!!

CITA: Cooperation and Innovation in Teachers’ Associations” is an Erasmus+ project of the European Union developed by APABAL (coordinator) together with IATEFL-HU (International Association of Teachers of English in Hungary) and LAKMA (Lithuanian Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) over the last two years.

The project has aimed to expand the European dimension of teachers’ associations providing teachers and the community in general with professional support and interesting and innovative activities leading to collaboration for formal, informal and non-formal training and to a greater interest and motivation towards the profession. Collaborative work to organize cultural activities, training courses and research into areas of common interest has helped us gather information, share decisions and write professional documents for orienting and improving professional action.

CITA has focused on the following: validating of informal learning, defining innovative profiles for the teaching profession and teacher training –especially regarding the challenges involved in CLIL teaching, associations sustainability and the implementation of engaging activities for the entire community that facilitate the construction of shared knowledge and the promotion of plurilinguism. Hopefully, the innovation instilled in our institutions thanks to the EU grant will surely be reflected in the daily teaching practice of their members providing a direct impact on the education system.

Our final intellectual output “Guidelines for Running Sustainable Teachers’Associations “, which contains valuable hints on how to improve the management of non-profit associations, has been achieved through the development of a series of activities: a survey on the contexts and needs, two short staff training courses (one on CLIL and another one the new English teacher profile), eight job shadowing opportunities on CLIL and English teaching and the implementation of a variety of selected common activities within the annual programmes of our associations.