Can you believe that half a decade has flown by since our first InnovateELT conference at Oxford House in Barcelona? Our 2019 conference marks five years of new ideas, collaborations, and connections between teachers, students, publishers, writers and other English Language Teaching professionals. In case you couldn’t make our conference in 2018, here’s what you missed.

2018 was all about the role of fun and struggle in ELT

We have definitely learned and shared so much over the last five years – and our next conference promises even more disruptive ideas and practical takeaways for attendees.

To kick off, we will be reflecting on how the ELT industry has developed over the last five years. We’ll be talking about the lessons we have learned, the myths we’ve debunked and how our work has been impacted in the process.

But, as always, it’s not just the past we’re interested in. The future of our industry is at the heart of InnovateELT.  We’ll cast our eyes five years ahead and think about what’s in store for English Language Teaching, what skills we will need to thrive, and how our community can pull together to shape an industry we all want to continue working in.

There will also be a number of exciting surprises for you during the event – so watch this space and all will be revealed soon!

Early bird discounts still available

The last half-price Early Bird tickets are available now – but very limited – so don’t miss out on our discounted conference tickets.

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A call for papers

Great talks at InnovateELT
Philip Warwick talking about Authenticity at iELT18

We want you to get even more involved in InnovateELT in 2019 so if you have something to share, now’s the time to let us know!

We are looking for sessions that offer value for our attendees – teachers, learners, teacher trainers, materials writers, academic managers, content designers, marketers and edtech experts. We want them to be able to walk away and apply what they’ve learned straight away!

Presenters will have the chance to deliver sessions from 30 to 60 minutes or offer drop-in sessions. Example topics include:

  • Innovative applications of new and existing technology in the classroom
  • Reflections on political, social, or economic changes and how they might affect ELT
  • Influence from outside ELT and how it can help move our industry forward
  • Future proofing our careers with new emerging skills

Applications are now open and you have until Monday 14th January 2019 23:59 GMT to apply. Find out more about what we are looking for and the formats of the talks here.

Top plenary speakers and cutting-edge ideas

Plenaries in the garden at InnovateELT
Excited delegates waiting for the opening plenaries at IELT18

We’re delighted to announce an excellent line-up of plenary speakers, all of whom participated in previous InnovateELT events. They’ll be taking a look back at what’s changed since they last took the stage and offer valuable insights about what’s in store for the future of ELT.

Scott Thornbury will be returning to InnovateELT to speak about innovation in ELT. Scott has authored a number of award-winning books in teaching methodology, including 101 Grammar Questions, which will soon be published by Cambridge University Press.

Sarah Priestley takes another look at fun in the classroom after a very popular plenary in 2018. She’ll be diving into her experience as a trainer and ELT teacher of young and adult learners, as well as taking insights from an Action Research group she is involved in.

Nicola Prentis is talking about gender in the ELT industry and it promises to be as thought-provoking as ever. As a writer for both for ELT and the outside world, she has appeared in a number of publications including The Wall Street Journal and Quartz.

Marek Kiczkowiak re-examines equal opportunities for Non-Native English Speaking Teachers (NNESTS). He is an ELT teacher and trainer and the founder of TEFL Equity Advocates and Academy, where he helps English teachers tackle native speakerism through teaching English as a Lingua Franca.

Duncan Foord is the Director of OxfordTEFL, Barcelona with 30 years experience in language teaching, teacher training and school leadership and management. If his other talks are anything to go by, his plenary this year promises to be a corker.


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