With the 52nd IATEFL conference kicking off next week, we’d thought we’d share what we’re going to be up to. Here’s what we’ve got coming up over the conference week. We hope you can join us!

Tuesday 10th April

Beyond placement tests: alternative ways of thinking about learner needs

Talk by Tim Gifford

11:55 – 12:25

Room: Syndicate 2

To what extent do existing needs analysis approaches help us understand the problems our learners are trying to solve? This talk will look at some strategies from outside the world of ELT that are used to identify and address underlying user needs. It will then explore what these might mean for education professionals developing language learning products and experiences.

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04/10/2018 12:55 PM 04/10/2018 01:25 PM Europe/Paris Beyond placement tests: alternative ways of thinking about learner needs To what extent do existing needs analysis approaches help us understand the problems our learners are trying to solve? This talk will look at some strategies from outside the world of ELT that are used to identify and address underlying user needs. It will then explore what these might mean for education professionals developing language learning products and experiences. Room: Syndicate 2

 

 

Wednesday 11th April

Challenge vs. intuition in language learning

Talk by Jo Sayers

15:00 – 15:30

Room: Syndicate 2

They say good user experience (UX) is invisible and intuitive; but should good learner experience (LX) aim for that too, or is there a key role for struggle and challenge as a part of language acquisition? In this talk, I’ll look at the role of struggle and the impact it has on learners, teachers and others working in education.

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04/11/2018 04:00 PM 04/11/2018 04:30 PM Europe/Paris Challenge vs. intuition in language learning by Jo Sayers (ELTjam) They say good user experience (UX) is invisible and intuitive; but should good learner experience (LX) aim for that too, or is there a key role for struggle and challenge as a part of language acquisition? In this talk, I’ll look at the role of struggle and the impact it has on learners, teachers and others working in education. Room: Syndicate 2

 

 Join us for a party!

The Future of Learning and Assessment

Organised by ELTjam & Cambridge Assessment English

18:30 – 21:00

Komedia Brighton

44-47 Gardner Street, Brighton BN1 1UN

Join us for an evening of discussion, networking, music and refreshments as we collectively explore the future of learning and assessment.

Speakers:

Andrew Nye – Deputy Director, Digital and New Product Development, Cambridge Assessment English

Pamela Baxter – Director of Cambridge Exams Publishing, Partnerships, Projects & Policy, Cambridge Assessment English

Evelina Galaczi – Head of Research Strategy, Research & Thought Leadership, Cambridge Assessment English

Zahra Davidson –  CEO and Co-Founder, Enrol Yourself

Manolis Mavrikis – Associate Professor in Learning Technologies at UCL Knowledge Lab

Register online here until Monday 9th April. After that, you can come speak to us at Jo or Tim’s talk, or head to Cambridge English Assessment Stand 26 during the IATEFL exhibition, where there will be limited tickets available.

Add to Calendar 04/11/2018 07:30 PM 04/11/2018 10:00 PM Europe/Paris IATEFL Evening Party: The Future of Learning and Assessment by ELTjam and Cambridge Assessment English Join us for an evening of discussion, networking, music and refreshments as we collectively explore the future of learning and assessment. Speakers: Andrew Nye – Deputy Director, Digital and New Product Development, Cambridge Assessment English Pamela Baxter – Director of Cambridge Exams Publishing, Partnerships, Projects & Policy, Cambridge Assessment English Evelina Galaczi – Head of Research Strategy, Research & Thought Leadership, Cambridge Assessment English Zahra Davidson –  CEO and Co-Founder, Enrol Yourself Manolis Mavrikis – Associate Professor in Learning Technologies at UCL Knowledge Lab Komedia Brighton. 44-47 Gardner Street, Brighton BN1 1UN

 

 

Thursday 10th April

 

Join us for another party!

Jamming with ELT

Organised by Adam Scott with the support of St Giles Brighton, St Giles Educational Trust and ELTjam.

18:30 – 21:00

Carousel

32 Kings Road, Brighton BN1 1NB

Share teaching perspectives and hear local teachers put questions to ELT experts. Uniquely social CPD in an iconic Brighton setting. Panels of ELT experts share their knowledge and experience by answering your questions. Learn more about teaching, training and writing materials, approaching exams, EdTech and new teaching ideas, researching classroom practice, language and just about everything else in ELT! Register online here.

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04/12/2018 07:30 PM
04/12/2018 10:00 PM
Europe/Paris
IATEFL Evening Party: Jamming with ELT by Adam Scott with the support of St Giles Brighton, St Giles Educational Trust and ELTjam.
Share teaching perspectives and hear local teachers put questions to ELT experts. Uniquely social CPD in an iconic Brighton setting. Panels of ELT experts share their knowledge and experience by answering your questions. Learn more about teaching, training and writing materials, approaching exams, EdTech and new teaching ideas, researching classroom practice, language and just about everything else in ELT!

Carousel. 32 Kings Road, Brighton BN1 1NB

 

 

Friday 13th April

 

Future-proofing your ELT career in the digital age

Talk by Nick Robinson

10:20am – 10:50am

Room: Cambridge

In an industry being transformed by technology, and the increased presence of AI and automation, how do ELT professionals upskill in order to thrive? This talk on the ELTjam Academy presents an action plan for career development in the digital age, aimed at teachers, managers, materials writers/editors, publishers and anyone else seeking a long-lasting, successful ELT career.

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04/13/2018 11:20 AM 04/13/2018 11:50 AM
Europe/Paris Future-proofing your ELT career in the digital age by Nick Robinson (ELTjam) TIn an industry being transformed by technology, and the increased presence of AI and automation, how do ELT professionals upskill in order to thrive? This talk on the ELTjam Academy presents an action plan for career development in the digital age, aimed at teachers, managers, materials writers/editors, publishers and anyone else seeking a long-lasting, successful ELT career. Room: Cambridge

 

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