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Based on the Kahoot evaluation results and the comments of many teachers attending the VI APABAL Convention, we can proudly state that all the sessions received a very positive feedback. All the good appraisals won make us feel encouraged to continue to work with renewed enthusiasm for the benefit of all teachers of English of the Balearic Islands.


The main topic of our convention was mostly related to new approaches to project work for the English classroom.

The plenary session was given by Lindsay Clandfield (sponsored by APABAL) who presented many new ideas on the use of multimedia technologies and how these were related to the use of projects. His approach was very engaging and illustrative, and was followed by a workshop where all participants enjoyed taking part in a very creative and innovative project.


Robin Walker (sponsored by Trinity College) approached the subject of project work from various perspectives, all based upon his long experience in the field of education. His talk was highly valued since it provided teachers with the opportunity to practice many useful ideas on how to work with projects.


Paul Seligson (sponsored by Richmond Publishing) fully succeeded in presenting new ways to motivate students to approach “longer” readings. He provided the students with many new ideas on the subject in a very clever, dynamic, and entertaining way.


All teachers in Schuyler Hedstrom‘s session (sponsored by APABAL), were thrilled by the way he encouraged the use of drama and music in the English classroom. They thoroughly enjoyed participating in a “rock band” during the workshop following his talk.


Maria Bel Andreu (sponsored by APABAL) dedicated her session to prove that mindfulness-based practice is highly successful to reduce negative feelings in the English classroom. The session took place in a very serene relaxing atmosphere.


Sam Pickard (sponsored by Burlington Books), as he always does, proved once more his skills to entertain his audience while giving a very effective educational approach to his sessions. The participants enjoyed a well-selected background music during his working session. There were prizes for people who joined in.


On the same day, APABAL held a meeting to present the activities carried out, together with the updated account statement. Teachers were invited to comment on the future of the association and make suggestions about it. Attendees were also invited to join in as members and were also encouraged to present a renewed leading committee.


Before closing the event, the fifth year students from the CEIP Rafal Nou, who were the winners of the video contest “Lights, camera, action” were awarded their prize and diplomas for their successful video “CEIP Rafal Nou News”. The contest had been promoted by APABAL. The winning group teacher, Àngel Molina, and the students’ parents also attended the event. All of them were very pleased, even though the students felt a bit nervous when their video clip was shown in public.

At the close of the Convention, a prize raffle was held by APABAL. The winner was awarded an e-book reader.
The following book publishers also contributed with the following prizes and presents:
• Richmond Publishing: a spa set
• Delta/Progreso three backpacks
• Trinity College: two “teatrillos” (cases)
Congratulations to all of them!!!

From here we wish to thank all participants who made it a memorable event.


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 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

Convocatòria per cobrir places de personal docent i investigador de les categories previstes a la LOU.

Convocatòria per cobrir places de personal docent i investigador de les categories previstes a la LOU, contractats, per al curs 2016-17. Feis clic aquí i damunt la imatge per veure més informació.