It’s been six months since InnovateELT18 and we have finally overcome the post-conference blues. To celebrate, we wanted to share with you two fascinating talks by Scott Thornbury where he looks at both sides of the conference’s main theme – fun in ELT.

The first – ‘All work and no play’ looks at the affective filter and the importance of language play in the classroom. In ‘No pain, no gain’ he switches to the other side of the argument and talks about why fun doesn’t necessarily equate to higher levels of motivation and the need for teachers to challenge their students more.

So whether you weren’t able to make the trip to Barcelona, were too busy enjoying the garden with a vermouth, or just want to reminisce and watch Scott’s talks again – make sure you check out the videos below.

Just for fun: All work and no play

Just for fun: No pain, no gain

A big thanks to ITNedu for filming and editing these workshops.

If you’d like to read (or hear) more about InnovateELT 2018 check out the posts below:

Do students really want fun in the classroom?

Sarah Priestley shares with us the transcript from her thought-provoking plenary where she challenges two assumptions in ELT:

1) Students need to have fun in order to learn

2) Students appreciate and want fun activities in the classroom

Find out more and join the discussion here.

All we need is fun? A review of InnovateELT 2018

In this next post Tom Flaherty shares with us his concerns before attending the conference, his key takeaways and why his initial fears were entirely unfounded.

Read more here.

2Ts in a Pod: InnovateELT podcast

Hear more from Scott Thornbury and a number of other conference speakers about their experiences at InnovateELT in this entertaining podcast from 2Ts in a Pod.

Listen here.


If that’s got you excited for InnovateELT 2019 – check out our post with the latest news about what to expect.

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