ELT Conference

English UK ELT Conference

English Language Teaching Conference

Wednesday 21 - Thursday 22 April 2021 | online

English UK's 2021 ELT Conference is an event of two halves: Wednesday's programme is for ELT managers working at English UK member centres, and Thursday's programme is for ELT teachers, free of charge and open to all.

Managers day | Wednesday 21 April

Day one is for managers and leaders working at English UK member ELT centres. Connect with the ELT management community to help navigate the return to face-to-face classroom teaching, discuss staff and student wellbeing and share the challenges of ELT management in a Covid-19 world. In the evening you can test your lockdown knowledge in a fun online quiz event.

Pay what you can: we are offering 'pay what you can' pricing for this event to support our members. Suggested contribution is £85 per delegate. Please contact the team if you have any questions.

Register for the managers day


Managers day programme

09:15 - 10:15  

Conference welcome with English UK
Opening plenary: The second customer revolution plenary with George Pickering

10:30 - 11:15   Recruiting staff safely in ELT with Barbara Lewin
    Bouncebackability and resilience with Andy Hockley
    Challenging BAME under-representation in EFL with Jameela Mohamed
11:15 - 11:45   Break
11:45 - 12:30   Human resources updates with Best Start HR
    Taking the lead toward educator wellbeing with Tammy Gregersen
    Project-based approaches in staff and organisation development with Martyn Clarke
12:45 - 13:15   British Council inspections 2021 with Liz McLaren
    Transformational management with Sarah Mount
    Online learning: moving out of crisis mode and into the new normal with Andy Johnson 
13:15 - 14:00   Lunch break
14:00 - 15:30  

Open space sessions - delegates will decide topics

15:30 - 16:15   Break
16:15 - 17:00   Closing plenary: Spoon, fork, hand, chopsticks. English language and culture in a post-colonial world with Noreen Caplen-Spence
17:15 - 18:45   Social quiz 

Teachers day | Thursday 22 April

Day two is open to all ELT practitioners - teachers, directors of studies, managers, leaders, and members and non-members. Connect with fellow ELT professionals learn about new teaching methodology, how sustainability can be built into ELT teaching practice to discuss new teaching methodology, the future of the ELT classroom, and as the event falls on Earth Day 2021 we'll be talking about how sustainability can be built into ELT teaching practice.

Free of charge and open to all.

Teachers day programme

09:00 - 09:45   Approaches to inclusive, global materials for learning at all levels with Adam Scott
    The classroom in 2021: considering hybrid, blending and socially distancing with Chris Farrell
    Practical ways of including sustainability in your language classroom with Milica Vukadin, Ben Crompton and Owain Llewellyn
10:00 - 10:30   IELTS writing made easy with Anastasia Gorlova
    Investigating the impact of online teacher development courses with Johanna Stirling
     Helping neurodiverse students prepare for exams with Dr. Anne Margaret Smith
10:30 - 11:00   Break
11:00 - 11:45   Paperless teaching – good for your students, good for the environment! with Jo Kroussaniotakis
11:00 - 11:20   Latest assessment solutions from LanguageCert: the perfect fit with Marios Molfetas and Janet Golding
    From Syntax to syringes: how to get started teaching English for healthcare with Rebecca Bush
12:00 - 13:00   Plenary: The native factor and the last five years with Silvana Richardson and Chia Suan Chong
13:00 - 13:30   Lunch break
13:30 - 14:15   Virtual Reality: gimmick or effective learning tool? with David Byrne and Gillian Davidson
    Creating more inclusive learning experiences with Laura Patsko
     "Oh crumbs, how do I deal with that?!" Diversity and inclusion in an ever-changing world with Charlotte Williams
14:30 - 15:00   How to integrate soft skills into exam classes with Melih Duman
    What does it mean to teach culture in the English classroom? with Chia Suan Chong
     The landscape of Green ELT with Chris Etchells
15:00 - 15:30   Break 
15:30 - 16:30   Climate action in language education: Impactful ways to integrate environmental issues in English language teaching with Colm Downes, Christopher Graham and Dianna Torosyan

Event sponsors

The ELT Conference 2021 is sponsored by:

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2020 ELT Conference feedback

In January 2020 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