Other Sessions and Events

As well as featuring talks, workshops, posters, panels and forums all submitted by IATEFL members, our programme features a number of additional sessions within the Conference day. Below you will find details for each of these, more information will follow in due course.

Tuesday 17 May

Hornby Trust Scholars' Panel - 14.50-16.05, Hilton Lagan Room B
Standards of English in the Global SouthAbstract: The Scholars all share a ‘plurilithic’ view of English (Hall & Wicaksono, 2020). That is, they recognize there is no single linguistic entity but rather a multiplicity of Englishes, as many as there are individual users of the language; they acknowledge that it is used mostly as a lingua franca and that skills of accommodation and negotiation of meaning are more important in most communicative contexts than strict observance of the rules of Standard English; and they feel that the language belongs to them as much as to its native-speakers.
However, they also acknowledge that in their professional roles as English teachers/trainers in the Global South their behaviour does not always match their beliefs. Whether choosing textbooks for their courses, correcting learners in class, preparing and marking assessments, they act as if English was a monolithic construct most perfectly expressed in its ‘Standard’ ‘Northern’ form to which all must aspire.
In this presentation the Scholars will first briefly articulate their common understanding of what English is; they will then offer reflections on the types of challenge which this understanding brings to their daily work; in the final part they will suggest ways that some of these self-contradictions and conflicts might be resolved so that their practice does better reflect a plurilithic conception of the language.

Wednesday 18 May

IATEFL Annual General Meeting (AGM) - 13.00-14.00, ICC Studio
We invite all IATEFL members to attend the AGM. The agenda will be available on the Key Documents page of the IATEFL website, when logged in as a member, nearer the time.

British Council Signature Event - 16.35-18.05, ICC Auditorium
The Future of English: voices fromaroundthe world
In 2006 David Graddol wrote his influential book English Next, in which he examined the current and future trends in English language learning and teaching. It is the most cited book ever published by the British Council and has stimulated a great deal of debate on the learning and teaching of English globally. In 2020, the British Council decided to revisit Graddol’s work and initiate a global project – The Future of English – to reflect on his predictions to assess where English is at themoment and where we think it might go in the next 10 years. In this panel session a range of experts from across the globe will discuss their ideas and predictions for the future of English.

Tribute session - 17.25-18.10, ICC Room 2B
This is an opportunity for you to remember colleagues who have died during the year since the last conference. If you’ve lost a colleague or former colleague, you’ll have an opportunity to say a few words in their memory and, if you wish, to bring along a memento (book, teaching materials, etc.). Or you may just want to come to the session to hear about colleagues who are no longer with us, and perhaps to add any memories you may have.

Thursday 19 May

ELT Journal Debate - 16.15-17.45, ICC Studio
This House believes that online teaching is both necessary and effective
The COVID-19 pandemic ensured that what was until recently a minority endeavour – teaching fully online – has become widespread. Teachers and institutions who may never have expected (or wished) to teach online suddenly found themselves immersed in what came to be termed ‘remote emergency teaching’. Two years on from this precipitous rush online, and with a substantial amount of online teaching experience under our collective belt, it’s time to reflect and evaluate. What, if anything, does online teaching bring to our profession, and to the teaching/learning process? The debate will consider whether online teaching is both necessary and effective or whether, on the contrary, it falls short of its promise and can ever only be a second-rate substitute for in-person teaching. With plenty of online teaching experience themselves and taking different perspectives, our two speakers will debate the issues surrounding online teaching. Please come along and join the debate.
Speakers: Nicky Hockly and Amol Padwad