Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

What are the dates of the conference?
18-21 April 2020, PCEs 17 April 2020. Dates for future conferences can be found here.

How do I book for the conference?
You can book you place for the conference here.

Do I have to pay the conference fee when booking or can I pay later?
No, you do not need to pay when submitting your online booking. At the end of your booking you will have the option to pay online or you can make note of the details to pay later (either by telephone or bank transfer). It is also possible to return to your booking at a later date to pay online or you can pay onsite when you arrive at the conference.

Will I get a refund if I have to cancel my booking?
We refund 50% of your payment if your cancellation is received by us before 1 March 2020. Cancellations after this date will not be refunded.

I need an invitation to the conference, how can I get one?
Invitation letters are only for overseas delegates who require an invitation to assist with their travel visa application. When you make an online booking you can request an invitation letter: this option is featured on the first page after you have completed your personal details. If you forgot to request one please contact us.

Will I get a certificate of attendance at conference?
All delegates and speakers are able to print out their own certificate at conference by scanning the barcode on their conference badge. This will be located by the IATEFL Registration Desk and is available anytime for you to use once you have collected your delegate badge. Please note, we are not able to send out certificates after the event so if you require a certificate you must make sure it is printed before you leave the Conference.

I’d like to apply for a scholarship to attend IATEFL’s conference, what should I do?
Scholarship applications for the Manchester 2020 conference have now closed. Any applications received after 16.00 (UK time) on Thursday 4 July 2019 will not be considered. If you are interested in finding out more about the scholarship application process for Harrogate 2021, please visit the Scholarship page.

I'd like to submit a speaker proposal for the IATEFL Conference, how do I do this?
We will be accepting proposals for Manchester 2020 from June 2019. The deadline to submit a speaker proposal is 16.00 (UK time) Thursday 12 September 2019. In order to submit a proposal to speak at the IATEFL Conference you must be an Individual (including ECT, Student, Retired and Basic) or Instituional member of IATEFL. Institutional members are entitled to submit up to four speaker proposals. Find out more about membership of IATEFL.
To submit a proposal you will need to create a Conference booking via the Booking page. You should also visit the Speakers page where you will be able to access the Speaker Guidelines, which must be read before your proposal is submitted, a step-by-step guide to completing the online form and access our recorded webinar - 'How to write an effective IATEFL conference proposal' by Madeleine du Vivier.

Can I bring my child to the conference?
Further information about IATEFL's policy on children and young people can be found in point 7 of the Terms and Conditions.

What childcare options are available to me whilst I am attending the conference?
IATEFL does not offer childcare facilities for delegates. This is based on a detailed study of the implications in terms of safeguarding, space requirements, staffing, level of demand and requests over previous years, and the implications on delegate fees that would be a result of offering such a service.

I need an invoice before I can pay, what should I do?
Please email [email protected] to request an invoice for your booking. 

Why do you hold the IATEFL Annual Conference in the UK?
Since IATEFL started in 1967 there have been a few IATEFL Annual Conferences held in European countries but, due to popular demand, normally this event is held in the UK. We have found that the majority of delegates attending from overseas enjoy coming to the UK to experience the UK culture and to practice their English and in many cases have found it easier to secure a visa for the UK over other countries.
We do hold other events throughout the year around the world, and these are generally led by our Special Interest Groups (SIGs). Sometimes these are stand-alone events but they are often in conjunction with local Teacher Associations or organisations such as the British Council. These can be found on our events page.

Why do I need to be a member of IATEFL to submit a proposal to speak at the IATEFL Conference?
Being able to submit a proposal to speak at the IATEFL conference is only possible for IATEFL members.
Some of the reasons for this are:

  • Submitting a speaker proposal is seen, and clearly promoted, as a clear benefit of being a member of the association. IATEFL is a self-funding, non-profit organisation run for the benefit of its members.
  • IATEFL sees the conference as a professional development opportunity which it offers as part of its member benefits along with, for example, having an article published in one of its publications or applying to present a webinar.
  • It is hoped that those who wish to present at the conference are not doing so purely for personal interest, but also as part of a professional community of which they wish to be a part.
  • IATEFL supports the wider EFL community with respect of the conference in significant ways, by: welcoming non-members to attend, having the Exhibition open (and free of charge) to all, by offering many scholarships to non-members to attend (and for many, to speak at) the conference, and also through live streaming and recording parts of the conference, including all plenaries, and making these available free online.
  • The cost of joining IATEFL and the subsequent member discount for the conference is purposely kept lower than the cost of attending as a non-member. One reason for this is to provide members with access to the many other year-round benefits of being a member of IATEFL.
  • IATEFL offers members of over 120 national ‘IATEFL Associate’ teaching associations reduced cost membership enabling their members a cheaper route to joining IATEFL and consequently being able to apply to speak at conference. Additional charitable initiatives of the Wider Membership Scheme and the Wider Individual Membership Scheme make this membership route even more accessible for many.

This policy is regularly reviewed by the IATEFL board of trustees, who believe that it continues to be in line with IATEFL’s mission.