Tuesday 22 June - Sustainability panel discussion

Environmental  Sustainability & ELT in 2021 – Which Way Now?  

We are all living through an unprecedented period of change and adjustment on a global scale, which affects every single one of us. How can our relationship with the environment be seen in terms of the recent pandemic?  Remote working has seen a temporary reduction in our impact on the environment, but it this move ‘online’ a transformative one, or is accelerating our path in the wrong direction?

We are now at a point where we can decide to return to our old ways of doing things – or follow a new path with lessons learned from lockdown. 

In this closing panel discussion, educators from Ecuador, Algeria and Kenya will talk about their own experiences over the last 12 months. We will look at the very different contexts in which they work and how they are addressing environmental responsibility in their new working practices.

We will look at how the ways in which we teach have been affected by the recent Pandemic, how scientific explanation has increased our understanding of the effects of our relationship with the environment, and how can we put these lessons learned into practice.

This will be a lively, interactive discussion and we invite delegates to come and both share their own experiences and contribute to what promises to be a lively discussion.


Katy Cory-Wright is an international ELT (English Language Teaching) consultant and award-winning author, based in Quito, Ecuador. She has 30 years' experience in teaching, teacher training and writing ELT materials. Her publications include more than 25 course books. Over the past 25 years Kate has delivered over 500 ELT academic seminars, workshops and short courses, in regions as diverse as Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and East Asia. Kate's also a keen environmentalist. In her free time, she runs a reforestation and land regeneration project in the Andes.

Geoffrey Maroko holds a PhD in applied linguistics from Kenyatta University. He is an associate professor of English and Linguistics and is currently the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Machakos University, Kenya. His teaching and research interests include linguistic field methods; language planning and management; language and healthcare; and language and culture. He is currently leading a three-year research project funded by the National Research Fund (NRF) entitled: A Situational Analysis of Intervention Measures in the Management of HIV/AIDS Prevalence in Kisii County. He has published in such areas as language teaching and testing; English for academic and research settings; language and culture;  Phonology; communication in healthcare situations; language management, and HIV/AIDS.

Owain Llewellyn is a passionate environmentalist and language teaching professional. As a student he took part in direct action to prevent oil companies drilling in the bay next to his home. As a language teacher he saw a new opportunity to raise awareness of environmental issues and bring the dialogue about sustainability into the classroom. Since 2012 he has been publishing eltsustainable.com, giving teachers the world over the opportunity to reach thousands of learners with his engaging environment-themed lessons. He has taught English, trained teachers and been an academic manager on 3 continents. He works in British Council Algeria as adult programmes manager. His professional interests are EdTech integration and global citizenship and is now completing his MA with a focus on EdTech and materials development. Now he works with teachers everywhere in bringing the dialogue around the environment into their class with the online course ‘Language Teaching for the Planet’.

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