The IATEFL Conference

The IATEFL International Annual Conference and Exhibition each spring is one of the main events in the English Language Teaching calendar. Attended by approximately 3,000 ELT professionals from more than 100 countries, it involves a 4-day programme of around 500 talks, workshops and forums as well as a vibrant social programme. This offers delegates a unique opportunity to meet leading trainers, theorists and writers, and exchange ideas with fellow professionals from all sectors of English language teaching and learning.


Our fantastic teachers Ado, Tom and Vesna attended the event this year on behalf of Tti School and Ado has kindly agreed to share his experience with us. Read on to find out what he got up to!

“As those in our industry know, this year’s IATEFL conference took place in Liverpool. It was my first time visiting the city as well as attending this annual event. As soon as I got off the train at Liverpool Lime Street station, I was struck by the grandeur of the station. The way its glass wall let in the sunlight was magical. I had a good feeling about things to come.


Our teaching commitments meant that each teacher was only able to attend a day of the week-long conference. I chose Wednesday and managed to attend seven talks and workshops. When you have a series of events on a scale as big as this, you don’t expect all of them to be good, but most talks I attended were pretty good. There was one called ‘Learner-centredness Revisited (by Diane Hoggins)’, which shed new and wider light on the subject for me, while ‘Testing Grammar: Yes/No? Why? When? How? (by Frances Treloar & Felicity O’Dell)’ had me nodding my head throughout in agreement.


One that made the biggest impression on me was called ‘Language Coaching – a holistic view (by Sandra Lindon)’. This was about seeing the learner not as just another student but as a human being. The talk had some unmistakeable echoes of the Person-Centred Approach of Counselling to it. The talk advocated, in my view, flexible thinking by the teacher to ‘see’ the student as a whole person and teach accordingly and to consider the student’s life obligations. It was truly inspirational.

Next year, IATEFL is in Manchester. I wonder if I could go for the whole week…”

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