ELT Conference


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English Language Teaching Conference

Friday 15 - Saturday 16 January 2021

The ELT Conference is a one-stop event for ELT practitioners and their managers. The two-day event includes expert speakers, materials providers and the chance to connect with contacts old and new over great food and an evening reception.


2020 ELT Conference feedback

In January 2020 we welcomed industry professionals from Australia, Italy and Estonia as well as plenaries from George PickeringRachael RobertsSilvana Richardson and Susie Dent. The event focused on the needs of teachers and their managers, with one day aimed at each group and strands on best practice, performance management and well-being.

"It's the most important event in the EFL calendar!"

- Susanna Wright, Stafford House London, ELT conference 2020 delegate

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The ELT Conference 2020 received excellent feedback. Around 90% of respondants said they left feeling more knowledgable, inspired and with ideas to implement back at their ELT centre. The event was rated 8.5/10, and two of three delegates felt more confident after attending.

Regular attendee Debbie Collins of ELC Brighton said: "I really enjoy it. I like that you meet up with lots of people, the presentations are really good and the food is really nice. It's also really welcoming – this year I am on my own but I don't feel it.

"Reflecting the conference's wide appeal for ELT professionals, the other plenary sessions focused on how to meet your professional aspirations, language teaching in the age of the multilingual turn and recognising, avoiding and dealing with burnout in yourself and your team.

"It should be the first thing on the to-do list for next year - two days of inspiring, enthusiastic, knowledgeable speakers that can only enhance the individual teachers, the management, the language schools and most importantly the students themselves"

– Duncan Cotton, Kent School of English


 What is the ELT Conference?

The ELT Conference welcomes around 300 delegates for inspiring plenaries and over 30 elective sessions on all aspects ELT teaching and management. Delegates can explore a variety of topics, such as mental health and wellbeing, divesrity and inclusion, exams and teaching practice, time management and team performance.

Friday is designed primarily for academic managers, directors of studies, curriculum managers and others involved in course development. Saturday's programme is designed for classroom practitioners.


Prices and booking


Early bird

Full price






Friday (academic management) £165 £220 £210 £125

Saturday (classroom practice)

£95 £125 £260 £155



Sponsorship and exhibition

Publishers, examination boards and other suppliers of related products and services are invited to sponsor or exhibit at the ELT Conference.


Corporate member 


Exhibition space + one representative  £988 £1,235

Additional representative

£264 £330

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£208 £260

(all prices subject to UK VAT)

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2020 presentations and notes

Some speakers kindly share their slides after the event. We are pleased to share the following presentations from the ELT Conference 2020:

Friday: Academic leadership

Saturday: Classroom practice