With springtime heralding renewal, IATEFL 2020 will bring opportunity for ELT educators, institutional decision-makers, authors and publishers to come together to share new ideas, trends and innovations.
In 2020, we are focusing on Employability and English. Our aim is to highlight the importance of developing soft skills alongside English to help our learners be successful when preparing for the world of work or academic study.
Our courses and assessments offer various approaches to suit different learners’ needs, improve their outcomes and help them move with their English.
Building upon our previous thought-provoking debates, this year’s expert panel discussion is on What makes us employable? We’ve gathered together an enthusiastic expert panel to share their points of view.
Who’s on the employability panel?
The panel will feature Antonella Sorace, Professor of Developmental Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh, Karine George, an award-winning educationalist, and future skills commentator Chris Brandwood who is the Director of English Europe at the British Council. Also joining will be our very own Mike Mayor, Director of the Global Scale of English – and all will be deftly managed by the delightful and effusive Roy Cross.
On top of this, you can also expect a range of presentations designed to inspire and deliver practical ideas to use in class:
- We have Amanda Davies, teacher and ELT expert, exploring the topic of sustainability within a secondary school setting. She’ll be examining how this European Council theme forms part of personal and social capabilities.
- Vaughan Jones, Focus 2nd Edition author, will be looking at the importance of personalisation for secondary learners. He will highlight the benefits of taking a student-centred approach.
- Iwonna Dubicka, a Business Partner author, will examine the need for educators to provide practical business English language development, while developing essential soft skills. This all helps prepare learners so that they can adapt and flex to thrive in an unknown and evolving world of work.
- Continuing with the employability theme, Eneida López and Isabel Cubilla from the Panama Bilingüe program, will present a case study on the work they’ve been doing to raise standards in teaching and learning English in Panama to create more employment and economic opportunities for their citizens.
- Roadmap author, Andrew Walkley, will take us through his optimal approach to lesson planning. He’ll help you ensure your lesson plans are flexible, appropriate and relevant enough to meet the needs of learners.
- Jenny Liontou, Assistant Professor at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, will be looking at digitized formative assessment, using English Benchmark as an example.
IATEFL 2020 and the Pearson English Global Teacher Award
The IATEFL 2020 conference is taking place in Manchester, UK from 18th-21st April. Why not enter our Pearson English Global Teacher Award to be in with a chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to IATEFL 2020.
All you need to do is to create a short video telling us your own English teaching story. Tell us about something you’ve done or achieved that has changed the life of your students or made a difference to your school. But hurry – the deadline is Friday 10th January! Five winners from across the world will be chosen to attend IATEFL or TESOL.
Apply now and you might be on your way to Manchester in April!