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Online Teacher Conferences in October 2019

British Council, Macmillan and Cambridge University Press are organizing web conferences which will provide useful and practical advice that you can apply to your own context, whether you are a teacher or a teacher educator. Attendance is free and open to all. Sessions will also be recorded and made available after the event. Whether you just want to casually attend, or interact in the discussion panels, these conferences are easily accessible to everyone, the presenters are well-educated, and most of all, they are free.

WORLD TEACHER’S DAY WEB CONFERENCE – BRITISH COUNCIL AND IATEFL

5TH OF OCTOBER

Join IATEFL and British Council to celebrate World Teachers’ Day with a one-day web conference, featuring 16 separate sessions on a wide range of themes and issues, including inclusive education and materials development, life skills, learning technologies, classroom tips and advice and many more. You will participate in:

  • Plenary talks;
  • Practical workshops;
  • Discussion forums on key topics;
  • Q&A sessions with plenary speakers.
Plenary 1 – Seminar Room 1 10:00 – 11:00
Antonia Clare – Taking Flight from the Intermediate Plateau
Seminar Room 1 11:15 – 12:00
Carolyn Westbrook and Richard Spiby – Assessment training for language teachers
Seminar Room 2
Georgia Papamichailidou – Developmental practice through evidence based observations
Breakout Room
Plenary 1 Question and Answer session
Your opportunity to ask further question and discuss issues raised in Plenary 1.
Seminar Room 1 – 12:15 – 13:00
Joanna Budden, Joanna Gore, Kirk Moore, Jonathan Rickard – The LearnEnglish team’s top ten tips
Seminar Room 2
Florence Muluh – Challenges to teacher professional development in low resource contexts
Breakout Room – Staff Room chat
Chat with other teachers from around the world and share ideas on everything from ice-breakers and fillers to classroom management and lesson planning!
Plenary 2 – Seminar Room 2 13.15 – 14.15
Konstantina Ntomprou – Life Skills: Lessons taught; lessons learnt
Seminar Room 114.45 – 15.30
Desislava Zareva, Nelson Arditto, Cristiana Osan, Teodora Naiba – Teacher educator discussion forum – Making the transition from teacher to teacher educator
Seminar Room 2
Vuyokazi Makubalo – Teacher reflections on learning and teaching through English as an additional language in South Africa
Breakout Room
Plenary 2 Question and Answer session
Your opportunity to ask further question and discuss issues raised in Plenary 2.
Seminar Room 1 15:45 – 16:30
Lucy Norris – Teaching for success: Establishing a culture of Continuing Professional Development  
Seminar Room 2
Breakout Room – Staff Room chat
Chat with other teachers from around the world and share ideas on everything from ice-breakers and fillers to classroom management and lesson planning!
Plenary 3 – Seminar Room 1 16:45 – 17:45
Tyson Seburn – Tick boxes don’t matter, representation does
Seminar Room 1 18:15 – 19:00
Bella Szyszkowska, Ella Watkins – Eyes Open – Celebrating Diversity in YL Literature
Seminar Room 2
Carolina Novak – My journey teaching SDGs and why you should start yours
Breakout Room
Plenary 3 Question and Answer session
Your opportunity to ask further question and discuss issues raised in Plenary 3.
Seminar Room 1 19:15 – 20:00
Roxana Zapata – Leveraging Communities of Practice for Continuous Professional Development
Seminar Room 2
Vicky Saumell – Digital projects to spark language use, creativity and engagement
Plenary 4 – Seminar Room 2 20:15 – 21:45
Daniel Barber and Kath Bilsborough – Exploring our ELT footprint

Teacher’s Day Conference – Macmillan Education

2ND OF OCTOBER

In the Macmillan Teacher’s Day online conference you will be able to hear 6 45 minute talks with a relaxed, non-academic tone, which could motivate you and provide you with fresh ideas to start your new school year.

SATURDAY, 2ND OF OCTOBER
12:00 – 12:45 – Carol Read – How to survive and thrive as a language teacher of children
13:00 – 13:45 – Emma Reynolds – Mind full or Mindful? An introduction to Mindfulness for teachers
14:00 – 14:45 – Amy Blanchard – Teaching EFL and EAP
15:00 – 15:45 – Chia Suan Chong – Making the most of the Teacher’s Book
16:00 – 16:45 – Jo Ramsden – Extending literacy beyond the classroom
17:00 – 17:45 – Russell Stannard – Collaboration and sharing: Ideas, approaches and technologies that can help.

IATEFL Young Learners and Teenagers SIG

Opening the ‘YL’ Umbrella: Age-Appropriate Pedagogies in ELT

3-day event, 25 – 27 October 2019

The 2019 YLTSIG Web Conference takes place over three days: 25, 26, 27 October between 14.00 – 22.00 GMT each day. This year’s event features 9 world-class plenaries, 2 fascinating panel discussions, 1 interactive Q&A session and 15 highly creative talks focused on early years, primary, lower and upper secondary ELT! The web conference moves away from ‘YL’ as an umbrella term and showcases fresh pedagogies. See the digital programme for more information and register here.

CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS – ACADEMIC ELT FREE ONLINE CONFERENCE

29TH OF OCTOBER – 31ST OF OCTOBER

In the Cambridge University Press Academic ELT Online conference you will be able to:

  • Listen to a variety of engaging topics delivered by academic experts. Topics will include: critical thinking, vocabulary in speaking, listening skills, plagiarism and many more. 
  • Discuss and share thoughts with like-minded people.
  • Join a talk and receive a certificate of attendance.
TUESDAY, 29TH OF OCTOBER
09:00 – Averil Coxhead – Focus on vocabulary in speaking in English for Academic Purposes 
12.00 – James Dunn – Extending Critical Thinking Past the Text: Strategies for creating supplemental printouts that focus on students’ needs
17:00 – Rhonda Petree – An intentional approach to syllabus design for EAP courses
WEDNESDAY, 30TH OF OCTOBER
09:00 – Gaby Lawson – Teaching HOT (Higher Order Thinking) Reading skills: teaching summarising more effectively with two strategies
12:00 – Diane Pecorari – Plagiarism and academic literacy: What EAP teachers need to know
TUESDAY, 31st OF OCTOBER
09:00 UK- Melissa Oldroyd – Using active listening skills to improve listening comprehension in expository discussions
12:00 UK – Racher Robinson – How to help students develop strategies for giving more effective presentations

BONUS: CAMBRIDGE PRIZE DRAW (A CHANCE TO WIN A CAMBRIDGE BOOK OF CHOICE AND A GOODY BAG

How to enter the prize draw

At 09:00 BST on 27th September 2019, we will be posting the prize draw question on our FacebookTwitter and Instagram pages.  Entrants must visit one of these pages and respond by comment to the prize draw question: Tell us how you build brighter futures in your classroom?  The competition closes at 09:00 BST on 10th October 2019 and, in turn, 3 winners (1 from Facebook, 1 from Twitter and 1 from Instagram) will be chosen at random.

What could you win?

Each winner will be notified by response to their entry comment on 14th October 2019.  If you are a winner, you will receive a Cambridge book of your choice and a goody bag including a notebook, USB pen, tote bag, keyring, water bottle and travel mug.

What do you think about online professional development and online conferences? Do you believe they can be equally good as the in-person conferences? Let me know in the comments or via the Contact page.

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Alice is a 27 years old preschool teacher (Pre-K) with a B.Ed. She is currently enrolled in her Master studies, with a double major, one of them being English teaching methodology. She is also an online ESL teacher and blog writer for British Council. Last but not least, she is a mother of a very energetic toddler.

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