Date: 8 - 12 April 2013
The annual conference of IATEFL is one of the major gatherings in the global ELT calendar. The conference provides extensive opportunities for English professionals from all over the world to exchange ideas around English language teaching and learning. The Cultural and Education Section of British Embassy is committed to providing a variety of information exchange platforms and opportunities for Chinese educational decision-makers, ELT specialists, as well as the majority of English teachers to access to this valuable information.
To enable English teachers in China to access the cutting edge information in ELT from the 47th IATEFL Annual Conference in their country, the Cultural and Education Section of British Embassy and the British Council’s Liverpool Online will be collaborating with 21st Century English Weekly to report and broadcast the 2013 Liverpool Conference from 8 - 12 April. You’ll be able to access multimedia resources including video and audio sessions of the plenary speeches, presentations, video clips of conference highlights as well as interviews with speakers and conference participants on 21st Century’s official website, which will continue to publish the resources after the conference.
The conference runs from 8 – 12 April but due to the China-UK time difference, you will only be able to access the videos one day after the sessions are given, starting from the 9 April.
1. 47th IATEFL Liverpool 2013
The 47th IATEFL conference will be held from 8 – 12 April in Liverpool, UK. The conference consists of two parts: a pre-conference day on 8 April and a four-day conference and exhibition from 8 – 12 April. On the pre-conference day, there will be 14 Pre-Conference Events (PCEs) organised by the Special Interest Groups. The IATEFL Associates’ Day (A-Day) will also take place on 8 April.
The PCEs are designed specifically for delegates who wish to concentrate on a particular topic such as Teacher Training & Education, Teacher Development, Young Learners and Teenagers, Testing, Evaluation & Assessment, Research, Learning Technologies, Learner Autonomy, Leadership & Management, Global Issues, ES(O)L, English for Specific Purposes, Business English, etc.
The programme at A-Day would address issues that are of common concern to large numbers of teacher associations. The event usually has a guest speaker, an expert in some aspect of organisational work, who presents and runs a workshop. The intention is that all representatives can take away something of practical use for their teachers association.
For more detailed topics of the PCEs, programmes of A-Day and the four-day conference as well as the plenary speakers for this year, please register at the IATEFL website.
2. ‘Liverpool Online’
Liverpool online is an initiative started at the 2007 annual conference, which was brought about by collaboration between IATEFL and the British Council in line with the aims of linking, developing and supporting ELT professionals worldwide.
The aim of the IATEFL online conference is to make the IATEFL conference accessible to many thousand more participants, both members and non-members worldwide.
Remote delegates will be able to watch live video sessions and recorded highlights of the conference on the Liverpool Online website and access a wide range of multimedia resources including video, audio and PowerPoint presentations of the majority of the sessions. Online delegates will also be able to participate in discussion forums linked to the main conference themes and post messages about individual presentations.
Liverpool Online will also feature video interviews and a large photo gallery where at-venue delegates will be able to share their thoughts and experiences with online delegates. As coming to the conference in person isn’t possible for all members, Liverpool Online will give online participants the opportunity to take part in much of the action of the face-to-face event.
Liverpool Online will provide teacher audiences worldwide with an opportunity to share ideas with colleagues before, during and after the conference.
If you're coming to online conference you can get involved in a variety of ways. The first thing to do is to register on the site.
IATEFL is the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language. Founded in the UK in 1967, it now has nearly 4000 members in 100 different countries throughout the world.
IATEFL, linking with associated ELT professional organisations in other countries, offers various opportunities for participants to reach a range of regular publications. You may find more information in Annual International Conference with an extensive programme of talks and workshops as well as in 14 Special Interest Groups (SIGs). IATEFL provides help to others in forming or developing a local teachers' organisation, and offers scholarships to specific groups of teachers to enable them to attend its Annual Conference.
IATEFL fosters increasing opportunities for international networking and professional development. It continuously improves the quality of its publications and conferences, and offers a supportive and caring environment for its employees and volunteers.
The annual IATEFL conference is one of the key events in the global ELT calendar. The conference provides extensive opportunities for members and non-members to network professionally, whether formally as part of the conference programme, informally, or online.
The United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational