ELT Conference

English Language Teaching Conference

Friday 17 - Saturday 18 January 2020
Prospero House, London

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.

Many thanks to support from Trinity College London and drinks reception sponsor Macmillan Education.


The programme

Previously known as the Academic Conference, the event welcomes around 300 delegates for inspiring plenaries and over 30 elective sessions. Delegates can explore a variety of topics, such as mental health, technology in the classroom and developing an excellent teaching team for inspections.

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

We are excited to welcome Countdown host Susie Dent again in 2020 for more fascinating musings on the English language.

Academic leadership | Friday 17 January

09:30 - 10:00  Registration 
10:00 - 10:15 Introduction and welcome from English UK
10:15 - 11:00 Setting yourself up for success: 2020 vision and working practices with George Pickering
11:00 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 12:20 Accept your situation and strategise: a lesson learnt by a tired DoS with David Byrne
  Employee engagement: the importance of being heard with Shirley Norton and Ben Butler
  Moving from teaching to impact on learning with Silvana Richardson
  Further sessions TBC...
12:30 - 13:20 How we do peer observation and why you should do it too with Ed Russell
  Environmental responsibility with Chris Etchells
  Mindfulness for stress, wellbeing and resilience with Matt Lunt
  A tale of two staff rooms: making teacher retention work for you with Gill Davidson
13:20 - 14:20 Lunch and poster presentations
14:20 - 14:50 Collaborative decision making in teams with Chris Farrell
  Play to your strengths: positive appraising with Vic Richardson
  Further sessions TBC...
15:00 - 15:40 Performance management and helping staff to plan their careers with Emma Carlisle
  Lead 5050 discussion circle
  The secret to total employee engagement with Josh Round
  Performance management with Dawn Harry
15:40 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 16:30 DELTM certificate presentation
16:30 - 17:30 Recognising, avoiding and dealing with burnout with Rachel Roberts
17:30 - 19:00 Networking reception sponsored by Macmillan Education


Classroom practice | Saturday 18 January

09:30 - 10:00  Registration 
10:00 - 11:00 Welcome and opening plenary
11:00 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 12:20 Restorative practices with Georgina Patterson
  Creative ideas for the exam classroom with Paul Abbot
  Insights in the psychology of the language teacher and learner with Alex Thorpe
  Teaching (not testing) listening skills: focus on decoding with Sarka Pigott
  Personalising adult language learning with Daniel Bradshaw
12:30 - 13:20 The IELTS "short-course": some design considerations with Louisa Dunne
  No word is an island: the importance of word partnerships with Alex Warren
  Textpoitation with David Byrne and Mark Heffernan
  Further sessions TBC...
13:20 - 14:20 Lunch and poster presentations
14:20 - 14:50 Zooming in and out: facilitating language learning for children in refugee camps through video conferencing with Nick Bilbrough
  The certificate for practicing teachers: supporting contextualised, plurilingual CPD with Ben Beaumont
  Mediating communication with Stephen Parsons
  Teaching as gradual disappearance with Johnny Day
  Two birds, one stone: preparing for the OET with Ros Wright
15:00 - 15:40 No game no gain: using games in high level exam classes with Aida Sahutoglu
  Developing materials for specialist young learners courses: my experience of becoming a specialist with Magdalena Salawa
  Toward a more responsible and sustainable school with Ricky Anderson
  Further sessions TBC...
15:40 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 16:30 TBC
16:30 - 17:30 Licking language into shape: learning English through etymology with Susie Dent
17:30 - 19:00 Networking reception sponsored by Macmillan Education


Prices and booking




Friday (academic management) £200 £250

Saturday (classroom practice)

£120 £150


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 


3x2 exhibition space + one representative  £960 £1,200

Additional representative

£256 £320

Event programme advert

£196 £245



What do delegates think?

"I found it inspiring" - Sara Vaghefian, University of the Arts

"I really enjoyed it and found everything useful. The focus on mental health was really interesting and there were some really good ideas to take back." - Jo Kroussaniotakis, Wimbledon School of English

"I've come for about eight years. I enjoy it, I learn a lot, it's a really good day for reflecting." - John Watson, Into Manchester