What a great conference!
Many thanks to all the volunteers and staff, who were friendly, professional and essential.
You may have noticed that there’s no ‘Day 4’ review, unlike Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3. I had to travel back home on Friday, and missed the final day’s sessions. I’ll catch up with Day 4’s sessions (and all the other sessions that I missed) at the British Council site.
I’ve set a challenge for myself: to summarise every talk I saw in one sentence. This will force me to reflect deeply, and hopefully help me to understand better and remember longer.
After each summary, I’ve added a links to my reviews, videos and the speaker’s website, where available.
Apologies to any presenters if I’ve misrepresented your talk, feel free to let me know and I’ll correct it.
After that, just for fun I’ve added some quotes that stood out to me while I was in sessions.
Oh, and when you’ve finished, if you’re keen for more, listen to the podcast, where the folks at TEFL Training Institute, some TEFL friends and myself chat about the sessions we watched!
Day 1 Summaries
Harry Kuchah: Opening Ceremony
IATEFL is becoming more inclusive, both in mindset and actions. Video.
Paula Rebolledo: Teacher Empowerment - leaving the twilight zone
David Nunan & Julie Choi: Co-constructing teaching and learning through multi-modal tasks
Help learners develop autonomy through activities that encourage reflection on their own learning experiences. Review.
Ben Beaumont: Contextualised CPD: bringing equality to teaching and professional qualifications.
Jane Willis: Task-based learning, online teaching?
Task-based learning can be adapted to online teaching in a number of ways, especially using thinking / offline time between tasks. Review.
Mark Hancock: Muscle, mind, meaning, memory.
Sarn Rich: Learning through connecting: contributions from cognitive linguistics
Students will better understand metaphors if they understand the ‘meta-metaphors’ (called conceptual metaphors) behind them; we also rob learners of connections with language when we divide words into grammatical silos. Review.
Day 2 Summaries
John Gray: Gender and sexuality in ELT - inclusive education vs queer pedagogy
Carol Read: Promoting high quality thinking in the early years
Brian Tomlinson: Performing the Coursebook
Teacher performance is a way to energise the learners and better exploit material in coursebooks. Review.
Ross Thorburn: Is TEFL Recruitment Racist?
Heike Philp: GUINEVERE - Learn a language through games in a virtual world.
VR games can motivate and encourage learners to better learn language online. Review.
Jason Anderson: deconstructing jigsaw activities
Day 3 Summaries
Aleksandra Zaparucha: Under one roof: considerations on integrating content and language (CLIL)
Melissa Lamb: What if we took away input?
We removed all input sessions from a CELTA course and replaced them practice session (along with self-access online study modules). Review.
Richard Harrison: Improving critical thinking through asking questions
Teach your students three questions to help teach critical thinking: “What exactly do you mean by…?” “What evidence is there?” and “What are your sources?”. Review.
Cecilia Nobre: How do videos enhance online teacher development programmes and self-development?
Cecilia’s research showed three ways that videos can be used effectively for CPD: video self-reflection, video clubs and blogs. Review.
Eleni Seymeonidou: Mirror, mirror on the wall: reflective meta-skills
Experiment with reflective tools (i.e. messaging apps) to improve reflection on initial teacher trainee qualifications. Review.
Silvana Richardson: Continuing professional development for deeper learning and impact.
Guskey’s ‘five levels of information model’ is an excellent framework for reflecting on CPD at every level in your context. Review.
Carol Lethaby: Discovery learning or direct instruction? Cognitive load theory and ELT.
Matt Courtois: Adding online components to your training course
You can successfully use technology to overcome teacher training problems. Review.
Favourite IATEFL Quotations
Another quirk of IATEFL note-taking is that you end up with a bunch of cool quotes. Here are a handful of my favourites (in no particular order):
“There is a new kind of president standing in front of you” - Harry Kuchah, sounding like a boss.
“You need to engage learners affectively before you engage them cognitively” - Brian Tomlinson
“There is no content without language, and no language without content”. - Aleksandra Zaparucha
“The organisation can be the most powerful catalyst of the worst barrier to success of CPD” - Silvana Richardson
It was a wonderful conference, good to meet old friends and make new ones. It’s good of IATEFL to keep the discussion alive, introduce new ideas, and to push us all to develop.
Looking forward to next year in Manchester!