49th Annual International IATEFL Conference and Exhibition
Manchester Central, Manchester, UK
PCE: 10th April 2015
Conference: 11th-14th April 2015
29th January 2015: Earlybird booking deadline - book now
Gaming and Gamification - a Win-win for Language Learning
2nd IATEFL LTSIG &TESOL CALL-IS Web Conference
Jeff Kuhn: The World is Not Enough: The Need for Game Design
Jeff examines how we can utilize game pacing, possibility space, and intentional design - three key design elements of a good game.
Educational Technology & Global Issues
An IATEFL LTSIG & GISIG event
Episode 2: Edtech and “constructive pessimism”
In this show Neil Selwyn considers MOOCs, edtech businesses and government power over education, the learnerfication of education, teachers and machines and the idea of a "constructive pessimism" about education technology.
Conference: Digital ELT (Ireland) 2014
A joint event between IATEFL LTSIG & and the Marketing English in Ireland Association (MEI) with support from ELT Ireland
Keynote speakers: Gavin Dudeney, Dr Nellie Deutsch and Sylvia Guinan
Plenary recordings are now up on site along with copies of the presentations.
Visit the conference website http://www.digital-elt.eu/
In the run up to IATEFL Manchester 2015, we will be posting interviews with people presenting at our SIG day and PCE. It's now the turn of the winner of this year's LTSIG Travel Scholarship
LTSIG Travel Scholarship Winner
Click here to find out more about the scholarship
In the run up to IATEFL Manchester 2015, we will be posting interviews with people presenting at our SIG day and PCE.
LTSIG Travel Grant scholarship
Could you please introduce yourself?
I have been a teacher in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, for over 20 years, working mostly with adult students, from beginner to advanced levels. I worked as a teacher and coordinator at language courses for 12 years and was also responsible for setting up their learning centres. Nowadays I teach private students, both f2f and online.
How can this scholarship help you to develop professionally?
This scholarship gives me the great opportunity to network with colleagues from different parts of the world, fellow teachers and professionals who are willing to share their ideas and experiences with the other participants. And it will be great to have the chance to present and discuss my work in an enriching and friendly atmosphere.
When and how did you start using technology with your students?
I have always been interested in technology and eager to explore how it can be used to promote new learning opportunities. I probably started in the early 1990s, using videos in class and CALL in the learning centres, but the internet and mobile technology have undoubtedly opened new exciting paths in language learning.
Has technology helped you to become a better teacher? If so, How?
Absolutely, and in many different ways: from class preparation, with the sheer amount and variety of materials we can find online, to a greater flexibility when teaching and the adoption of a much more student-centred approach. It has helped me and my students to expand learning far beyond class time and space and, on a professional level, technology has given me the opportunity to interact with other colleagues, share ideas and materials, find support and work towards my personal development as a teacher.
What do you think are two ‘next big things’ in learning technology?
We say jokingly that ‘it’s hard to make predictions, especially about the future’, but when it comes to technology and learning, I think two areas which will become increasingly important are mobile learning and personalized learning.
What’s your Manchester 2015 session about?
The talk is based on my master’s project, which explored and analysed the use of internet tools to increase and improve student collaboration when writing film reviews. My goal was to observe when and how this collaboration took place and how the online environment may be used as a successful complement – or even alternative - to traditional classes.
What aspects of the conference are you looking forward to?
I am looking forward to meeting teachers and exchanging views and experiences with professionals from all over the world, both formally, during the sessions, and informally before and after them. Attending the IATEFL conference will certainly make a huge contribution to my professional development and I am sure I will come back to my classes with great ideas and a refreshed way of looking at my teaching.
49th Annual International IATEFL Conference and Exhibition
11th-14th April 2015, Manchester Central, Manchester, UK
LTSIG Pre-Conference Event: 10th April 2015
Technology in Action
As we continue our journey into the new millennium, social media is abuzz with the sounds of educators declaring their love for technology in teaching. Alongside their growing assertions that “technology brings teaching to life” and “learners need technology to engage in the task”, the range of technology available and the opportunities it affords for the modification and redefinition of how we teach, also seems to be growing day by day. However, although these rapid developments should indeed be embraced and celebrated, in order for teachers to understand the whats, hows and whys of the available technology, it needs to be exemplified; a lack of lucidity leaves even the most “tech savvy” teacher feeling overwhelmed and bewildered.
This year’s LT SIG Pre-Conference Event aims to shed a very practical light on the wealth of information on using technology in language learning that we encounter daily. Real teachers will show what they do in their classes, and present case studies showcasing “technology in action”.
The morning comprises three of our plenary speakers, Agnes Kukluska-Hulme, Liliana Simon, and James Thomas, putting forward their ideas and experiences on a range of technology related topics. Their talks will guide and inform participants in areas such as mobile and blended learning, and error tagging software. The afternoon offers the LTSIG’s first technology showcase event. Through a series of mini-demonstrations aimed at all levels, experienced teachers will show practical examples of how they are using technology with their learners. You will be invited to try out the tools being presented and to judge their value for yourselves. The PCE will be closed with a plenary by Diane Slaouti related to Technology and Professional Development.
Regardless of your level of experience with technology, the day’s practical “showcase” promises to be a unique learning, sharing and networking experience for all.
We’re looking forward to seeing you there
Register for Manchester 2015 at https://secure.iatefl.org/registration/conf_reg_login.php
Don't forget: 29th January 2015 is the Earlybird booking deadline