Technology and do-it-yourself research take centre stage at Teachers' Conference
11 October 2013

Technology's place in the classroom, practical teaching ideas, and the chance to become a classroom researcher are all on offer at this year's English UK Teachers' Conference.

Delegates will hear Russell Stannard describing his award-winning method of using ICT to provide targeted student feedback, and also how technology can encourage speaking both inside and outside the classroom.

A contrasting view will be given by teacher trainer Hugh Dellar in the final plenary, as he discusses technology and principles in language teaching, stressing that teachers' focus should be on language. Finally, Stannard and Dellar will take the stage together to answer delegates' questions.

Another highlight will be the launch of an action research scheme for English language teachers, run jointly by English UK and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

English UK's Deputy Chief Executive, Huan Japes, said: "This is a really excellent opportunity for teachers to do their own classroom research with the support of an expert researcher, and to publish their findings as well as presenting them at next year's conference.

"The scheme fits really well into the day's programme, which is packed full of expert and practical advice and information for working English Language teachers and academic directors."

The Teachers' Conference, which is being held in London on November 9, and has almost sold out, includes a wide range of elective sessions with an emphasis on practical classroom techniques and ideas.

The 27 choices on offer, given by names such as Mike McCarthy, Silvana Richardson, Jane Willis, and Peter Moor, include sessions on breaking into the upper levels of English, motivating teens, teaching listening with authentic audio texts, pronunciation as a listening skill, using assessment to promote student learning, creativity, and spoken grammar. Other sessions tackle using mobile devices, dealing with conflict, and challenging sacred cows in ELT.


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