ELT conference 2021 - programme highlights
31 March 2021

English UK ELT Conference v2

2021 ELT conference - programme highlights 

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.

In addition to inspiring speakers, delegates will have the chance to connect with other members of the community to discuss the themes of the conference and how to put these ideas into practice. 

Managers day highlights | Wednesday 21 April 

Day one is a 'pay what you can' event for managers and leaders working at English UK member ELT centres. 

Featured sessions:

Spoon, fork, hand, chopsticks plenary talk from Noreen Caplan-Spence

Perhaps within the next ten years, there will be another dawn of post-colonial world order and the English language and culture will have to adjust. 

Noreen Caplen-Spence was born on the island of St Vincent. She has worked as a teacher-trainer for Pilgrims and the British Council, and was the head of the international study centre at Kent College, Canterbury, for ten years. Noreen has addressed conferences around the world and is interested in language learning within a cultural context, and how cultural understanding can improve our lives.

The importance of recruiting safely in ELT with Barbara Lewin

We hear the phrase "Safer Recruitment" but do we fully understand the complexities involved? Recruiting safely is an important part of the whole safer school culture and we need to ensure everyone involved in recruiting understands the role they are playing in protecting this.

Challenging BAME under-representation in EFL with Jameela Mohamed 

What can recruiters do to strengthen BAME representation in schools? It's time to have a crucial conversation around diversity in EFL. 

Other sessions include:

  • Bouncebackability and resilience with Andy Hockley 
  • Second customer revolution: putting the right staff before the customer with George Pickering 
  • Taking the lead toward educator wellbeing with Dr Tammy Gregersen 
  • British Council inspections 2021 with Liz McLaren 
  • Transformational Leadership: Building a 21st Century Learning Organisation with Sarah Mount 

Teachers day highlights | Thursday 22 April 

Day two is free and open to all ELT practitioners - teachers, directors of studies, managers, leaders, and members and non-members.

Featured sessions:

Approaches to inclusive, global materials for learning at all levels with Adam Scott

Participants will explore ways all learners can develop using diverse, inclusive content, with examples from Sensations English multi-level news videos.

Creating more inclusive learning experiences with Laura Patsko

In this session, we'll share some of the insights, tips and surprises we've encountered as we've been learning about how teachers and course designers can not only build back better after Covid-19 – but build back fairer.

IELTS writing made easy with Anastasia Gorlova

This session will demonstrate a comprehensive classification of writing tasks with an easy-to-follow structure that makes not only students' but teachers' lives easier.  

Other sessions include:

  • Investigating the impact of online teacher development courses with Johanna Stirling
  • Latest assessment solutions from LanguageCert: the perfect fit!



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