Saturday, September 12, 2009

IATEFL Conference 2010 Harrodsgate, UK

IATEFL's 44th Annual International Conference and Exhibition will be held at the Harrogate International Centre (HIC) in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK.

Eleven Pre-Conference Events and IATEFL’s Associates' Day will take place on Wednesday 7th April, followed by the four-day Conference and Exhibition from Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th April 2010.

Join us in the elegant Victorian spa town with its characteristic architecture and immaculately maintained green spaces. The Harrogate International Centre is set in the heart of the town, within walking distance of shops, hotels, guesthouses, restaurants, parks and gardens.

The Harrogate conference and exhibition will bring together ELT professionals from around the world to discuss, reflect on and develop their ideas. The conference programme will offer many opportunities for professional contact and development. It involves a four-day programme of over 300 talks, poster presentations, workshops, panel discussions and symposiums. It also gives delegates a chance to meet leading theorists and writers, and exchange ideas with fellow professionals from all sectors of ELT, as well as enabling them to see the latest ELT publications and services in the resources exhibition.

Visit to:
- register for the conference and PCEs
- submit a speaker proposal (deadline Friday 18th September)
- read the Scholarship guidelines (deadline for applications Friday 18th September)
- join IATEFL to be eligible to submit a proposal or to benefit from the reduced members’ registration fee
- learn more about IATEFL

Plenary speakers
The plenary speakers are Jan Blake, Kieran Egan, Ema Ushioda and Tessa Woodward.

Jan Blake has an international reputation for dynamic, witty, exciting storytelling. Specialising in stories from Africa and the Caribbean Jan has performed and run storytelling workshops throughout the world. In 1998 she launched The Akua Storytelling Project, her own Storytelling Company and school for new storytellers in the UK. Since 2001 she has been the resident storyteller/consultant at the Royal National Theatre, devising educational projects to run alongside the National Theatre’s annual storytelling festival WORD ALIVE! Jan’s first children’s book Give Me My Yam was published by Walker Books for their ‘Reading Together’ series during National Book Week 1998. Give me my Yam is now enjoying its 8th reprint.

Kieran Egan is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser Univ
ersity, and the founder and director of the Imaginative Education Research Group (IERG). He is the author of about a dozen books, and co-author, editor, or co-editor of a few more. Several of his books have been translated into more than half a dozen European and Asian languages.

Ema Ushioda is programme director of the Doctorate of Education in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching. She also jointly coordinates the MA module on the Psychology of Language Classroom Practices and co-teaches on the Introduction to ELT and ELSM professional practice MA modules. She previously taught English in Japan, and has conducted in-service courses and workshops on autonomy and motivation for language teachers in Europe and Japan. Her main research interests are language learner motivation, autonomy, sociocultural theory and teacher development.

Tessa Woodward is a teacher, teacher trainer/educator, and the professional development coordinator at Hilderstone College, UK. She is also the editor of Teacher Trainer Journal and has authored and co-authored numerous articles and books, including Planning Lessons and Courses (Cambridge University Press) and Ways of Working with Teachers (Tessa Woodward, publisher). Since 2000, she has been teaching courses at SIT Graduate Institute for those wishing to become more skilled as teacher educators, trainers, or mentors.

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