International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

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About the IATEFL Annual Conference

The IATEFL International Annual Conference & Exhibition each spring is one of the main events in the English Language Teaching calendar.

Attended by over 2,500 ELT professionals from more than 100 countries, it involves a 4-day programme of around 500 talks, workshops and symposiums as well as a vibrant social programme. This offers delegates a unique opportunity to meet leading theorists and writers, and exchange ideas with fellow professionals from all sectors of ELT.  If you have never attended an IATEFL conference before please watch some of the highlights from Birmingham 2016.

In addition, a large resources exhibition involving around 50 ELT-related exhibitors is your one-stop shop to see the latest ELT publications and services.

Plus, the IATEFL Jobs Market continues to grow in popularity with more and more recruiters and candidates using the conference as an opportunity to discuss and fill some of the best vacancies in ELT.

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The next IATEFL Conference is due to take place at the Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre (SECC), from Tuesday 4 April to Friday 7 April 2017.

Exhibition will run from Tuesday 4 - Thursday 6 April 2017

PCE's will take place on Monday 3 April 2017 




Plenary Speakers for Glasgow 2017

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Gabriel Diaz Maggioli

Sarah Mercer

JJ Wilson

Jane Setter

Imtiaz Dharker

Photo credit Ayesha Dharker (Imtiaz Dharker)


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Download the Preliminary Brochure

The Preliminary Brochure has kindly been sponsored by National Geographic Learning / Cengage.


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Please take a look at the Preliminary Brochure to find out more about our Annual Conference and to view all the information you need to be able to submit a speaker proposal. 

Downloadable PDF

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Speaker Proposals 

We are now accepting speaker proposals to present at the Glasgow 2017 conference. You must be an IATEFL member in order to submit a proposal. If you are considering submitting a proposal we recommend the following:

  • Read the Speaker Proposal Guidelines very carefully. 

  • Make sure your IATEFL membership is up to date. You can check this by logging in to the Member Area of the IATEFL website using your Member ID and password. If you have forgotten this information, please contact for assistance. Please do not leave renewing until the last moment - we do require 24 - 48 hours to activate your membership.
  • Watch the recorded webinar (below) hosted by Madeleine du Vivier on "How to write an effective IATEFL conference proposal".

  • Make sure that you have submitted your proposal by the deadline of 16.00 BST Friday 9 September 2016. Check the time in your location here.

If you still need some assistance please do not hesitate to contact us via telephone +44 (0)1795 591414 or email 





Conference Fees

IATEFL Member Non-Member IATEFL Student Member
Early Bird rate (deadline 12 Jan 2017)   £160  £222  £100
Standard rate  £208  £265  £117
Single day (Tues 4 - Thurs 6 April)  £90   £106   £53
Friday 7 April only  £40   £50   £28
Local day *  £57  £57  £57

Pre-Conference Event (PCE) Fees 

Early Bird rate (deadline 12 Jan 2017) 

 £65  £81  £65
Standard rate  £78  £93  £78

Booking fee information

Early Bird

Book early to take advantage of the early bird rate which applies if the booking and full payment for the whole conference / PCE is received by 12 January 2017. Entrance to the exhibition and Jobs Market Fair is free and does not need to be booked.

Standard rate

This rate applies to those booking or paying for the whole conference / PCE after the Early Bird deadline of 12 January 2017. 

Student rate

This rate only applies to delegates with Student Membership of IATEFL.

Single Day conference rate

You can select more than one single day but if you are attending for two or more days you may find it cheaper to pay the full conference fee. If you select the full conference fee, you do not need to indicate on which days you will be attending.

Friday only rate

Please note that the final day of conference is a shorter day and the Exhibition will not be open.

* Local Day

Local day rate applies for the last 24 hours of the conference (13.00 GMT Thursday through to close of conference on the Friday) and is available to those ELT professionals who live in Scotland but are unable to make it to the whole of the conference. When booking onsite you may be asked for proof of address.

Other information

  • Delegate badges will be available to collect onsite from the Registration desk and are not transferable.
  • Please ensure when booking that all your details are correct (name and institution) as this information is used to generate your badge.
  • If booking on-site, IATEFL Membership cards will be requested as evidence to obtain the member rate. Please ensure you bring yours with you.
  • Lost badges will incur a replacement charge. Please keep yours safe and bring it with you for all sessions.


Why attend an IATEFL Annual Conference?

With over 500 conference sessions, five world class plenaries, practical 'How To' sessions, a vibrant evening programme, a Jobs Market and an Exhibition showcasing the latest resources, courses, materials and goods from the ELT world; we think it seems fairly obvious why you should attend our Annual Conference. We appreciate though that sometimes it can be difficult to convince your place of work that you should be allowed the time off or even secure some funding from them to be able to attend. We have therefore translated our document about the professional development benefits our conference offers into a number of different languages. Please feel free to download this document and we hope this may prove a valuable resource for some of you.


Future Conference Dates for your diary

2017 - Glasgow 4-7th April, PCEs 3rd April

2018 - Brighton 10-13th April, PCEs 9th April

2019 - Liverpool 2-5th April, PCEs 1st April

2020 - Manchester 18-21st April, PCEs 17th April

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