Filling the gaps is a language exercise we are all familiar with; it points us towards what is missing, directing our attention.
For 2024 we bring you the theme of Filling the Gaps to do some collective stock-taking and examine how we approach language teaching, as individuals, from the viewpoint of the classroom and as an educational community.
Since the 1990s and the introduction of experimental bilingual programmes, language teaching in Spain has been in constant evolution; language schools have gained more ground than ever, while in the public sector bilingual programmes present new challenges and opportunities as well.
There are gaps between these worlds, and how we choose to interpret them may determine how our language teaching landscape will evolve in the short and long-term. For next year’s convention, we propose to take a moment to create synergies to improve language learning in all sectors, keeping in mind our students and our work as educators.
We therefore welcome proposals which recognize the need for inclusivity in teaching methodologies and resources, which explore the myriad ways in which language teachers can fill the gaps to create a greater, more dynamic, and flexible teaching horizon to the benefit of those who learn from us.