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The Macmillan team had a great time chatting to everyone, meeting friends and new faces in the ELT world.
We hosted 16 talks and workshops, including our now legendary IATEFL Party, which this year was at the famous Cavern Club!
Videos of most of our speaker events will soon be available on our YouTube channel, and selected speaker handouts can be found further down this page.
Did you manage to get your hands on our fabulous free book, created for IATEFL Liverpool, our ‘Cultural Reader for Liverpool’ a lighthearted and informative guide to the city and the conference. Full of facts and local knowledge that you can use to wow your friends and fellow delegates? It also contains a must-have guide to scouse which will have you conversing like a local!? If not, you can download a PDF version right here.
If you want to check whether you made it into our selection of the best photos we have from the event, or if you want to upload any photos yourself, visit our Facebook page.
For those delegates who had never been to Liverpool before, we created a little video tour of the city for you.
We received a lot of correct entries for our BuzzWord Wordsearch competition, and the lucky winner of a one-year subscription to onestopenglish is Nives from Italy!
The correct answer was: WE LOVE BUZZWORDS!
The Wordsearch will be made available on www.macmillandictionary.com. Thank you all for entering the competition.
The Macmillan party at one of Liverpool’s most famous venues; The Cavern Club was another resounding success! Thanks to everyone who came along and sorry to those that couldn't get a ticket, they sold out in record time! This year's proceeds will be split between the following charities and we'll announce what the total raised was very soon.
The Wider Membership Scheme (WMS) helps the international ELT community reach out to teachers in parts of the world who need additional financial support.
Established over ten years ago, WMS helps provide teachers with professional development that would otherwise be beyond their means.
Each year IATEFL Associates are invited to apply for a limited number of places on the scheme. An Advisory Committee looks at all the bids and the money available, and puts forward suggestions to our Coordinating Committee for allocation of the memberships. Decisions are based on the position of each country on the HDI list, together with estimated earnings of teachers in that country. Successful Associations are then awarded memberships at a significantly reduced rate which they can allocate to individual teachers.
READ International’s mission is to improve literacy and access to education in Tanzania through the creation of libraries in rural secondary schools. This mission is supported by student volunteers in the UK who collect good quality but surplus textbooks from secondary schools to supplement these libraries.
FODAD's mission is to help bring a long-lasting difference to the lives of those in Ratmalana, Sri Lanka and the surrounding area, whose live were devastated by the 2004 Tsunami, through the provision of education and skills, access to adequate healthcare, support and community facilities and meaningful, sustainable employment.
9th April | 12.10 - 12.40 | Hall 12
Stacey H. Hughes has been involved in TESOL either in teaching, training or writing since 1992. She has taught young learners, teens and adults in a variety of contexts and countries and is currently teaching English for Academic purposes at Oxford Brookes University.
10th April | 13.35 - 11.05 | Hall 3a
My teaching career began in 1984 in Selby, North Yorkshire, where I taught French and German in a comprehensive school for five years. At the end of the eighties I moved to Madrid and a career in ELT. Most of my time there has been spent working with International House, as teacher, teacher-trainer and at one point Cambridge Examinations Co-ordinator. In the mid 1990s I spent 18 months in Vilnius, Lithuania, where I held the post of Director of Studies at Soros International House.
10th April | 11.40 - 12.25 | Hall 6
After starting out TEFL teaching with spells in the UK, then Finland and briefly Hong Kong, Sandra has spent over 20 years in Italy where she teaches a mix of classes, spanning various ages and levels. She is coming to the conclusion that she is unlikely to get back home and go into social work after travelling as planned. Some of her YL students have been with her for over half of that time and despite growing up are long-sufferingly coming back for more punishment!
10th April | 15.05 - 15.50 | Hall 4b
After teaching in Spain and the UK for 15 years I moved in to publishing in 2007 where I have worked on a mix of print and digital courses. I’m excited by the pedagogical potential of the every developing digital tools at our disposal (social media and apps to name just the most recent) but this excitement is tinged with regret in that I never got to use them in my own classes!
10th April | 17.55 - 18.25 | Hall 12
After teaching for around nine years in Venezuela, Spain and the UK during which time I did my DELTA and some teacher training I joined Macmillan where I’ve been for the last ten years. I’ve been hugely privileged in that I’ve been able to visit lots of primary classrooms in Central/Eastern/Western Europe, the Middle East and Mexico. I’ve been so lucky to see such a large number of teachers and children enjoying their English lessons and keen to learn. When working with the editorial, design and author teams I try very hard to remember my classroom visits to ensure that what we produce is always relevant, rewarding and enjoyable.
11th April | 14.00 - 14.30 | Hall 1c
Mike Hogan has been involved in Business English training for the past 12 years. He is currently based in Germany, where he gives communication and intercultural skills training to corporate clients in small group and 1-1 sessions. He also supports a team of trainers in southern Germany where he develops and implements new training concepts. He is a regular contributor of articles and teaching resources for Business Spotlight and Karriere magazines, and has written a number of Business English course books, most recently the Global Business Class e-Workbook series. He is on the IATEFL BESIG Online Team and can be found at about.me/mikehogan.
11th April | 16.05 - 16.50 | Hall 4b
Miles Craven has worked in English language education since 1988, teaching in schools, colleges and universities around the world. He has a wide range of experience as a teacher, teacher-trainer, examiner and materials writer.
Miles is author or co-author of several best-selling courses for adults and young adults, including Get Real!, Reading Keys, English Grammar in Use Extra, Cambridge English Skills, Listening Extra, Quizzes, Questionnaires and Puzzles, Breakthrough Plus and Q.
11th April | 17.05 - 17.35 | Hall 3a
I have worked in the dictionary business since 1980, following brief and not very brilliant periods as an academic, then English language teacher. My career in dictionaries is bookended by two major revolutions in lexicography: the arrival of corpora in the early 1980s and - in the last few years - the transfer of reference resources from print to digital media. With the second of these revolutions still in its early stages, I'm on an exciting new learning curve (like everyone else in the dictionary world), as the nature of the business undergoes a complete transformation.
12th April | 10.25 - 10.55 | Hall 6
Teresa Doğuelli has been a teacher and trainer for over 35 years. She has been based in Turkey since 1979, teaching adults, university undergraduates, teenagers and children. She has trained teachers, teacher trainers and ELT inspectors for the British Council in Poland and Turkey and the Turkish Ministry of National Education. She has held key positions at The Middle East Technical University and College in Ankara, and Bilfen College in Istanbul. She has also held interactive workshops in Turkish for parents, administrators and teachers of other subjects in schools around Turkey and Northern Cyprus.
Most recently she has been working as a freelance trainer, training materials’ writer and editor for other established ELT publishers working with teachers and administrators throughout Turkey, as well as spreading new ideas for ELT in Bosnia, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Morocco, N. Cyprus, Poland, Qatar, Russia and Serbia.
She has an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Reading (1985) and her special interests lie in Brain research, NLP and their role in the effective /affective learning and teaching of children, teens and adults.
9th April | 17.05 - 17.35 | Hall 3a
Jeanne Godfrey has been teaching and managing in the field of English language and academic writing for over twenty years, and has been Chair of the British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes. She set up one of the first academic writing centres in a UK University and has also been a Principal Lecturer in Learning and Teaching. She is the author of The Student Phrase Book, How to Use Your Reading in Your Essays, Reading and Making Notes and Writing for University, all published by Palgrave Macmillan.
9th April | 10.50 - 11.35 | Hall 4a
Collaborative learning is focused on the idea that learning is a social act in which participants talk among themselves to reach the goal. This workshop will discuss ways of introducing collaborative learning and how it improves learning. We will look at the usage of web projects and tools in Culture World provided by Macmillan English Campus.
9th April | 12.55 - 13.25 | Hall 4b
The aim of this talk is to outline the development process of Macmillan Practice Online courses. We will show teachers what aspects are considered by a course designer before preparing digital materials. By shedding light on the pedagogic and resource selection criteria used by digital course designers, we will show teachers how to incorporate digital courses in the classroom.
9th April | 16.05
This fun and practical workshop will look at ways in which we can use sound as a creative stimulus for language learning, focusing on the use of music, sound effects and soundscapes (layers of sound) in the classroom.
The workshop will provide a number of theoretical and practical ideas for teachers to use with their own learners: come along to get inspired!
10th April | 16.25 - 16.55 | Hall 1b
A wise woman once told me to do something you don’t want to do every day. Whether you’ve been teaching for five minutes or five years, trying something challenging with your class will inspire you and give you a well-needed buzz. I’d like to suggest five things you might not want to do with your class, but should.
11th April | 14.45
Over the last few years interest in web-based tools has expanded rapidly; but how do we know which ones to use and which to avoid? In this workshop, Nik and his audience will look together at some web and mobile applications and establish criteria by which we can evaluate them to ensure we use tools that will lead to enhanced language learning.
12th April | 11.10 - 11.40 | Hall 1b
This talk will focus on the practicalities of using e-learning systems by looking at the Dutch high-school Christelijke Scholengemeenschap Veenendaals sucessful integration of online with face-to-face English teaching using resources from Macmillan English Campus. By examining the schools needs and the solutions Macmillan English Campus has provided, we aim to de-mystify the use of digital materials.