Teachers' Conference

The English UK Teachers' Conference 2015

Saturday 7 November 2015
Prospero House, London

Teachers and academic directors are at the heart of your students' experience. The annual English UK Teachers' Conference brings together over 250 ELT professionals for thought-provoking sessions, networking and plenty of practical new teaching ideas to take back to the classroom.

We are delighted to announce that established author Scott Thornbury and IATEFL President Marjorie Rosenberg are providing the plenary sessions this year, see below for a little more about these presenters and their talks. We will release the full programme closer to the event.

Prices are £75 for English UK members and £100 for non-members.

Plenary speakers

Scott Thornbury: the SLA hall of fame 

The relatively recent history of second language acquisition (SLA) research has produced a small number of case studies that have an almost iconic significance in the literature: you only have to mention Alberto, Wes or Nora and scholars will know exactly what feature of language acquisition you're talking about. In this session Scott will briefly review these figures in the SLA 'Hall of Fame', and suggest that they still have relevance to today's classrooms.   

Scott Thornbury is an associate professor on the MA TESOL program at The New School in New York. His previous experience includes teaching and teacher training in Egypt, UK, Spain (where he currently lives), and in his native New Zealand. He has published extensively in the field of language and of language teaching methodology and is series editor for the Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers.

Marjorie Rosenberg: getting unstuck - stretching out of our comfort zones

Our daily teaching schedule often takes up so much of our time and energy that we don't have the chance to take advantage of opportunities to stretch ourselves or take on challenges in other areas. This talk will explore why we keep doing what we have always done - the classes we usually teach, the style, methods and technology we are comfortable with - as a basis to work together and 'get unstuck'.

Marjorie Rosenberg has been an EFL teacher for over 30 years. A lecturer at the University of Graz and president of IATEFL, Marjorie works with corporate clients, trains teachers and gives presentations across Europe. She has written on the business English sector for Cambridge University Press and Professional English Online; her methodology book, Spotlight on Learning Styles, was published in 2013; and she is a contributor to the British Council publication Creativity in the English Language Classroom (2015).


Review of the English UK Teachers' Conference 2014

Saturday 1 November 2014
Prospero House, London

The 2014 conference boasted the biggest programme yet, with two top-class plenary sessions from Jim Scrivener and Silvana Richardson, and plenty of choice throughout the day with 10 elective session choices. The 2014 event included presentations from the Cambridge Action Research Project. 

With such a packed programme delegates also had plenty of opportunities to discuss, ponder and network with their peers during the lunch break, refreshment breaks, and at the post-event drinks and nibbles reception. read more +

Some presentations are available to view again below:

View the English UK Teachers' Conference 2014 programme.

View the English UK Teachers' Conference 2014 image gallery.