World Teachers Festival 2024: ICLON Professional Development Day 21 March 2024

ICLON Professional Development Day: World Teachers Festival 2024

Celebrating and exploring language, culture, diversity and criticality in teaching and learning


When? Thursday, 21 March 2024, 11:00-17:00

Where? Wolfert Bilingual, Bentincklaan 280, 3039 KK Rotterdam (15 min. walk from Rotterdam Centraal) 

The world in which our students are coming of age is full of complex questions. Challenging? Yes! But isn’t that also what makes teaching so exciting? This teacher professional development day is a chance to focus on developing your professional vision and teaching practice in the context of this challenging and exciting reality.

Organised by ICLON (Leiden University), Wolfert Bilingual and Rotterdam International Secondary School, this event is open to teachers of any subject who are interested in innovative, globally-oriented and inclusive teaching.

The programme will include talks and practical workshops focusing on the four core elements of ICLON’s World Teacher Competence framework, and the interactions between them:

  • Communicating effectively across languages and cultures: Intercultural competence and critical cultural awareness
  • Supporting development of subject literacy: Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and language-aware teaching in ANY language or subject
  • Embracing diversity: Culturally-responsive teaching, diversifying the curriculum and valuing funds of knowledge
  • Questioning and being questioned: Critical thinking (in teachers and learners), multiperspectivity and listening to learner voices

ICLON’s World Teachers Programme (WTP) is a pre-service teacher education programme specialising in linguistically and culturally-aware teaching in bilingual (tto) and international contexts. While the World Teachers Festival builds on the WTP and is particularly suited to bilingual and international schools, it is also open to teachers and schools outside of the WTP network and without a bilingual or international profile. The emphasis will be on secondary education, although attendees from other sectors are also welcome. 

The main language of the event will be English, but some workshops can be offered bilingually or in Dutch, according to the preference of the group.



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