The role of research in English language teaching and teacher education

Organised by the Research SIG

  • Date and time: Friday 17 April 2020, 10.00-17.00
  • Location: Manchester Central, Windmill St, Manchester, M2 3GX, UK
  • Cost for IATEFL members: Early bird rate: £57, Standard rate: £73  (price does not include lunch)
  • Cost for non-members: Early bird rate £70, Standard rate: £86  (price does not include lunch)


The IATEFL ReSIG PCE 2020 brings together researchers, language teachers and teacher educators who are interested in the role of research in English language teaching and teacher education. The event has two strands. While Strand A focuses on research in language teaching as part of developing research-related pedagogical competences in school or university classroom settings, Strand B considers research in the context of formal teacher education, highlights practices around research in various teacher education programs, and considers the role of research in continuing professional development. The PCE aims to explore these topics in-depth.

The PCE starts with Strand A, with the plenary by Sarah Mercer on ELT research followed by poster presenters. In the afternoon, after the plenary talk by Maggie Kubanyiova on research in teacher education, presenters deliver their posters on the same topic. Potential topics for each strand include the following:

Strand A: Research in English language teaching

  • What and how to do research in language teaching
  • Who should do research in language teaching
  • Why research language teaching
  • When, where, how often to do research in language teaching

Strand B: Research in teacher education

  • Research during a BA, MA and Ph.D. in ELT
  • Research within teacher education programmes
  • Research for continuing teacher education and development

The proposed programme

  • 10.00-10.15  Welcome and opening of day
  • 10.15-10.45  Plenary by Sarah Mercer on Research in language teaching
  • 10.45-12.00  Coffee and 8 poster presentations by ELT students and researchers
  • 12:00-13:00  Lunch break
  • 13.00-13.30  Plenary by Maggie Kubanyiova on Research in teacher education
  • 13.30-14.45  8 poster presentations by language teachers, teacher educators & researchers
  • 14.45-15.45  Coffee and poster presenters’ individual reflections on feedback from delegates who attended their sessions and their future action based on the feedback
  • 15.45-16.30  Follow-up on plenary talks moderated by plenary speakers
  • 16.30-16.45  In groups, discuss possibilities of setting up (international) collaboration groups
  • 16.45-17.00  Evaluation and winding up of the day


Log in to your dashboard to book your place

Please note: If you don't have a user login then select 'login' and then 'create new account'. It's easy and free to do.