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InForm: a journal for international foundation programme professionals

InForm is the journal of teaching and learning related practice for members of the academic community associated with International Foundation Programmes (IFPs). It is produced under the auspices of the International Foundation Programme at the University of Reading with the aim of publishing articles from the wider IFP sector.

InForm Journal Issue 21

We are pleased to announce that InForm Issue 21 is now available!

Inform issue 21

InForm Conference 2022

Theme: Enhancing Inclusivity in the IFP

Date: Saturday 30 July 2022, 09:00 to 17:00

Host: International Foundation Programme, University of Reading.

We are delighted to announce the call for papers for the InForm 2022 Conference which will be held at the University of Reading. The aim of this conference is to bring together a collection of research and ideas as well as an opportunity for interaction and sharing of practice with colleagues from the IFP community. It is hoped that the topical theme will encourage a broad range of proposals.

Plenary speaker: Associate Professor Bruce Howell, ISLI, University of Reading

We welcome proposals for presentations as well as participation from all colleagues. Possible sub-themes to explore (although not limited to) are:

  • Teaching – e.g. modes of delivery and resource development
  • Learning –e.g. TEL and digital literacy • Student feedback – e.g. student voice and representation
  • Curriculum – e.g. decolonising the curriculum, curriculum internationalisation
  • Assessment – e.g. alternative approaches
  • Internationalisation
  • Student disabilities
  • Recruitment

Fee: £70 in person, £35 online

There will be two modes of delivery for the sessions:

  1. Talks – 30 minutes (20 minutes presentation and 10 minutes Q&A).
  2. Poster Presentations

Speaker Proposals

Proposals should present studies, developments and findings. If you have any ideas you’d like to discuss please do get in touch. To submit a speaker proposal please use the Speaker proposal form. Please submit proposal forms or any questions you have to

Proposal deadline: Monday 16 May, 2022

Register and Payment

Register and pay for the InForm Conference

With this year’s theme, the InForm Conference provides a great platform for reflection on how international foundation programmes have changed in recent years. It also provides an opportunity to review the latest developments that continue to shape this dynamic sector. We sincerely hope you can be involved by presenting or attending and please share this call for papers with colleagues!

Download InForm

Please download the latest issue below. Past issues are available on the Download InForm page.

Latest Issue:

InForm Issue 20 Large file size 18MB

InForm Issue 20: April 2021

Theme: Teaching and learning developments in response to the Covid-19 pandemic

Inside Issue 20:

  • Student text chat in the online IFP classroom
  • Maximising student engagement in pre-recorded lectures
  • The cycle of engagement - ways to engage students more effectively in online lessons
  • Adapting Foundation EAP in a pandemic: Finding the right asynchronous-synchronous balance
  • Ensuring high-stakes language assessment remains secure when moving online
  • Creating sustainable feedback through online dialogic feedback loops and a Student Self-RAG Rating
  • Foundation students' perception towards giving and receiving peer assessment
  • An IFY Statues Project: Situated Learning Online
  • Using an escape room to develop transferable skills
  • Overcoming the remote in remote learning: the value of community in the virtual classroom
  • Comparing the reading and listening vocabulary size of foundation students
  • An experiential learning approach to oral presentations
  • Wordwall vs Kahoot: The game-based learning battle
  • Harmonising progression and qualification requirements for foundation students at a UK HE Institution
  • My digital transformation: applications for the mathematics classroom during and beyond the pandemic
  • Asynchronous lecture content recording for mathematics using Open Broadcaster Software (OBS)
  • Introducing an online reflective portfolio to evidence progress in Academic English
  • Bypassing Blackboard: creating a new digital study space
  • Show & Tell - an underrated activity
  • What the BALEAP TNE SIG could do for you
Past issues are available on the Download InForm page.

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