The Oliver Prior Society Meeting will be changing its name and format in 2017. The newly named CamMACT (Cambridge Modern Foreign Languages Annual Conference of Teachers) will take place at Trinity College, Cambridge on Monday 3 April, 2017. CamMACT will be a one-day event and will be free for all delegates. Details about travel bursaries for state school teachers will be posted soon.
A draft programme for the event will become available in September 2016. Our speakers will introduce delegates to the latest ideas in languages teaching at university level and explain how the topics taught develop out of current A Level syllabi. Delegates will also receive suggestions about the kinds of texts candidates may wish to explore in preparation for applying to university.
With university applications in mind, CamMACT 2017 will close with a question and answer session on the Cambridge Admissions process. Delegates will receive advice on what is looked for in undergraduate applications and how prospective students might prepare themselves for interview. However, the lively and productive discussion which closed OPS 2016 ranged far beyond Cambridge.
In addition to the full programme of presentations, there will be opportunities to discuss interests and issues informally with Faculty members and colleagues throughout the conference, and we are currently planning a range of optional social activities to allow delegates to explore Cambridge more widely.
You can take a look at the full programme for OPS 2016 here.
What delegates thought of OPS 2016:
“The talks were very inspiring and the networking events were a great opportunity to discuss current issues with colleagues.”
Academy school teacher, South East England
“It was my first time attending the conference and I think it was a fantastic event. Inspiring, exciting and really well organised. There certainly will be a delegate from my school attending next year again.”
Independent school teacher, South West England
“I have, once again, thoroughly enjoyed the experience and find it revitalising – it triggers so many ideas and I have a whole list of items to look up, read up on and consider seriously to help enrich my teaching and my own intellectual life.”
Returning sixth form college teacher, West Midlands
“All the presentations were extremely interesting and it has been a privilege to be here! I will absolutely be sharing the ideas presented and the Cambridge Admissions Process Q&A will really help to promote and raise the profile of languages among students and colleagues .”
Independent school teacher, London
“Thank you for letting us take part – it was a pleasure to contribute, and I really enjoyed talking with many of the teachers there, finding out about their experiences and sharing what we get up to in languages and linguistics here at Cambridge.”
MML Faculty member, Cambridge