Birmingham, UK

Who is it for?

Open to teaching professionals from all sectors of ELT, the annual IATEFL conference offers delegates an opportunity to meet leading educationalists, keep up-to-date with the latest ELT publishing and develop their teaching professionally through a programme of over 500 sessions, including symposiums, talks and workshops.


Macmillan Education were delighted to sponsor the 50th Annual IATEFL Conference and Exhibition in Birmingham. 

Our IATEFL party At the stand Watch again


Wednesday 13th April

Robert Campbell photoMichelle McDonnell-de Graaf: Are you choosing the right digital tool for your classroom?

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Many teachers feel overwhelmed by the number of digital tools available on the internet. Rather than enriching a lesson, the wrong choice of tool can hinder the learning process. To combat this, Michelle has created her own set of criteria for choosing the right tool for the right group of students which we she will explore in this interactive workshop. Michelle McDonnell-de Graff is winner of the onestopenglish IATEFL scholarship for 2016.


Wednesday 13th April

Dave SpencerDave Spencer: Life skills – the gateway to the future

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This session will look at the benefits and challenges of teaching teenagers the importance of life skills. After an introduction to the concept of life skills, it will look at how teenage students can practically benefit from developing various 21st Century skills. The talk will focus on material from Gateway 2nd Edition.

Wednesday 13th April

Danial and Ruth photoDaniel Buisan and Ruth Howarth: Using content and culture to achieve confident communication in primary

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Preparing children for the multi-cultural, and digitally-connected world we live in now is challenging. In this workshop we will look at how using content-rich materials and helping students to develop their intercultural awareness, can also develop their language competence. We will be using some sample material from our best-selling primary course Tiger Time in the session.


Thursday 14th April

Roy NorrisRoy Norris: Intensive First – what to focus on

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You're teaching an intensive Cambridge English: First course. Time is limited and there's a lot of ground to cover. What language and skills should you give priority to? What advice can you give students? In this practical talk, Roy will address these questions using examples from Straight to First, as well as further materials designed specifically for intensive courses.


Thursday 14th April

Hip-hopHip-hop Shakespeare

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The Hip-hop Shakespeare Company will be performing live music and poetry and will include a presentation on how they approach education. The event will be hosted by Lorianne Tika-Lemba who has recently been featured on the BBC's One Show, Blue Peter and CBBC's 'How to be Epic at Shakespeare'. See you there!


Thursday 14th April

Roy NorrisCarol Noakes: Presenting with impact

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This session is for anyone who needs to develop the key life skill of presenting, whether in their students or for themselves. To capture an audience and keep them listening we need to be engaged, authentic and energised. This interactive session will explore fundamental delivery skills that will support speakers in developing their own style and strengths.


Thursday 14th April

Kirsten Holt photoKirsten Holt: Flourish not flounder: using teaching competences for professional development

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Teaching competences have emerged in the last few years in response to a need for contemporary classroom skills and recognised teaching standards. This workshop will introduce the theory behind teaching competences and look at how they are constructed, before exploring how they can be used effectively for the teacher’s own professional development.


Thursday 14th April

Robert Campbell photoDebra Marsh: The Flipped Classroom – Reframing the Role of the Teacher

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The most significant change engendered by flipping the classroom has little to do with technology and everything to do with what takes place in the classroom, which has a direct impact on the teacher. This presentation will consider the need to reframe the role of the teacher in the flipped environment and explore the implications for future teacher professional development.


Friday 15th April

onestopenglish teamSarah Milligan and Patrick Curry: The teacher of tomorrow: professional development through informal learning

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What is informal learning and how can it support professional development in today’s ELT world? This workshop will introduce the concept of informal learning, show how it is emerging as an important element in professional development and most importantly explore how teachers can learn informally today in time for the English language classroom of tomorrow. Sarah and Patrick are both part of the Teacher Professional Development team and are both editors on onestopenglish.

Friday 15th April

Chris LimaChris Lima: A feast of languages: Shakespeare in the ELT classroom

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In this talk, Chris will discuss ways of approaching Shakespeare with English language learners, especially with international students in higher education. She will propose an approach that combines engagement with Shakespeare’s plays while studying his use of language. Chris will use examples from her onestopenglish series EAP Shakespeare. Chris was winner of the 2015 Macmillan Education ELTons Award for Innovative Writing.

Friday 15th April

Steve Taylore KnowlesSteve Taylore-Knowles: A framework for the development of digital competence in ELT

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A recent report from the European Commission (DIGCOMP, 2013) provides a number of insights into digital competence. This session presents the key elements of that report, together with an exploration of the consequences for the English language classroom, including specific task sequences that develop digital competence in a second language.

Saturday 16th April

Carol Higho photoTom Walton: Hand over the tools: technology for learners not teachers

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A recent informal research project suggested that technology is still being used largely by teachers for teaching, not by learners for learning. To catch up with the 21st century, we need to ‘flip’ that trend. Taking ideas from my Tech Tools for Teachers lessons plans on www.onestopenglish.com, this practical session looks at easy ways to hand technology over.

Saturday 16th April

Anderina España photoAndreina España: Learn Beyond, Teach Beyond, GO BEYOND

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Go Beyond is a six-level series structured on detailed mapping to the CEFR. Go Beyond provides an innovative mix of print and digital. This session will walk the audience through the format of the lessons and illustrate how the scaffolded approach is designed to ease teacher planning, while the digital components keep digital natives engaged and coming back for more.

For more information on last year's IATEFL event in Brighton and to revisit some of our highlights from the conference, visit our IATEFL 2015 archive.

The Macmillan Party for IATEFL 2016

Onestopenglish Birthday Party

Since the launch of onestopenglish back in 2001, we've had the privilege of working with a fantastic team of authors and to provide millions of you worldwide with resources to help you do what you do best: teach! Join us at IATEFL Birmingham this year to celebrate the 15th anniversary for what promises to be a spectacular birthday bonanza! Cue music, drinks and plenty of cake!

When: Thursday 14th April

Where: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Tickets are £5 and will be on sale from the Macmillan Education stand at IATEFL on Wednesday and Thursday (13th-14th April). All proceeds from the event will go to charity.

All proceeds from this year's event will be split between the following charities:

Find Your Feet

Find your feet logoFind Your Feet is a charity dedicated to mobilising local knowledge, skills and resources to help rural families find sustainable solutions to hunger, poverty and discrimination. The charity currently supports development projects in areas including northern India, Malawi, Nepal and Zimbabwe.

This is the second year that Macmillan Education will raise money for Find Your Feet, a charity that we are proud to support.

The Friends of Della and Don

Fodad logoThe Friends of Della and Don (FODAD) is a small UK based charity whose mission is to help bring a long-lasting difference to the lives of those in Ratmalana, Sri Lanka, through the provision of education and skills, access to adequate healthcare, community facilities and meaningful, sustainable employment.

This is the third year that Macmillan Education sponsors FODAD and their continuing work over the past decade to support local communities affected by the 2004 Tsunami.

IATEFL Wider Membership Scheme

IATEFL logoThe IATEFL Wider Membership Scheme helps the international ELT community reach out to teachers in parts of the world that need additional financial support. The IATEFL Advisory Committee invites applications for places on the scheme from teachers from countries with little educational provision.

For a fifth year running, Macmillan Education continues to sponsor the IATEFL Wider Membership Scheme in their mission to help teachers in developing countries with their professional development.

* Terms and conditions:
We reserve the right to decline entry without a valid ticket. Ticket admits ONE person to the party. No refunds will be given for failure to attend. Over 18's only. The ticket holder consents to participate in any photography, audio and video recording at the event and grants consent to Macmillan Education for use in any marketing materials. Macmillan Education does not accept responsibility for any loss, injury or damage to a person's property.

Macmillan Education at IATEFL

Develop your teaching career with Macmillan Education

Make the most of IATFEL and the opportunity to develop your teaching career as we focus on providing you with resources, talks and training to help you boost your employability.

In the current working environment it is more important than ever that you have the people skills, life skills and employability skills to develop your career in what is an increasingly competitive environment. This year as part of Mind Series we have a whole host of resources to help you and your students improve employability.

Employability SkillsMind work experience competition

The job market is a competitive place and sometimes a bit of experience can make all the difference. That's why this year, we're offering adult English language students the chance to boost their C.V and win two weeks' work experience in London at our head offices where flights and accommodation will also be included.

Skills for work videos

Each skills for work video from Open Mind teaches a different employability skill. From interview skills to presentation skills and more, the videos and accompanying activities and teachers notes aim to help you and your students improve their ability to meet and surpass their career goals.
 Teachers at the heart

Teacher professional development

Throughout the week of IATEFL we'll be inviting you to get involved at our stand by sharing your top teaching tips with fellow teachers, as well as memorable anecdotes from your teaching career!

Don't miss talks from the Teacher Professional Development team. Head over to onestopenglish to see where and when the team are talking and find out more about the onestopenglish 15th birthday party.

This year Macmillan Education announced a global partnership with NILE. Come and visit us on the stand to hear first-hand how our new partnership will support your development as a teacher, and join us for some celebratory drinks to mark the occasion on Friday 15th from 16:15!

Hip-hop Shakespeare

The Hip-hop Shakespeare Company at IATEFL

This year we have The Hip-hop Shakespeare Company performing live at IATEFL. The company was founded by MOBO award-winning hip-hop artist Akala and aims to explore the social, cultural and linguistic similarities between the works of William Shakespeare and hip-hop music, hopefully engaging students who are new to Shakespeare in the process. As it’s the 400th anniversary Shakespeare’s death, Macmillan Education have a whole host of Shakespeare resources to mark the occasion and help teachers bring 'The Bard' back into the classroom.

The Hip-hop Shakespeare Company will be performing live music and poetry at the pop up area on Thursday 14th from 13.10 – 13.25, and will include a presentation on how they approach education. The event will be hosted by Lorianne Tika-Lemba who has recently been featured on the BBC's One Show, Blue Peter and CBBC's 'How to be Epic at Shakespeare'. See you there!