As we head into lots of ELT conferences, we thought we’d give a brief round-up of some the events coming up.


In the lead up to the IATEFL conference and exhibition there will be a range of PCEs from different special interest groups on 10th April. These will include English for Specific Purposes & BALEAP (joint PCE), ES(O)L, Global Issues, Learning Technologies, Materials Writing and many more. Each PCE is a full day event, which means attendees can only register for one PCE. You can download the full line up of SIGs on the IATEFL website now.

IATEFL Conference and Exhibition

The Annual IATEFL conference and exhibition will then be running from 11th – 14th April with ELT professionals coming together to discuss, reflect on and develop ideas. There will also be the chance to view the latest ELT publications, products and services available. Online booking is now closed, however registration will be available onsite.

 IATEFL Online

In addition to the conference there will be online coverage for anyone unable to attend, starting on 10th April and running from 9:00am each morning. Broadcasting will be for 8 hours a day, live from the British Council Manchester Online studio with plenary speaker sessions, interviews with presenters and session videos. Sign up and find out more here. You can also follow the twitter handle @IATEFLOnline/#IATEFL, #IATEFL2015 and on Facebook: IATEFLOnline.


The Materials Writing SIG will be doing a series of webinars throughout May. Details will be coming soon, follow the Facebook page to find out more.

Innovate ELT

The Innovate ELT conference will be in Barcelona from 8th-9th May. With a range of speakers from inside and outside of the ELT industry, listeners will get an insight into what’s happening right now, and where the speakers see things going as we move into the future. There will also be the chance to observe sample lessons and participate in open discussions. You can view a list of all the speakers and find out more about the conference via the website.

ELTons awards

The British Council’s ELTons awards celebrate innovation in English language teaching and the resources used to help English language learners. This year they will be taking on 4th June in London. The award nominations were announced last month; see our previous post ‘ELTons 2015‘ to find out more.

Macmillan ELT Webinars

Macmillan will be hosting a series of ELT webinars with live talks from some of the biggest names in English language teaching. The first webinar “Study Skills” will be on April 15th at 3:00pm. You can view the full list of webinars via the Macmillan website.

Cambridge English Webinar 

On the 21st April Cambridge English will be hosting the online event “Viewing global & cultural topics through your students’ lens” at 3:00pm. The speakers will be discussing “how best to present and explore culutral topics with secondary students, looking at ways of placing students’ culture, community and identity at the heart of our teaching practice. They’ll be exploring a range of practical ideas for exploiting images and video to motivate teens and foster language acquisition.” You can find out more and register via the website.

OUP ELT Webinars

Oxford University Press ELT also have a few interesting webinars coming up in the near future. The next webinar “24/7 learning” will take place on 21st April. More details of up coming webinars are on the website now.