Join us on Saturday 5 October for our World Teachers' Day web conference in collaboration with IATEFL

5 October, 2019 - 10:00 Europe/London

In 2019, World Teachers’ Day will celebrate teachers with the theme, “Young Teachers: The future of the Profession.” The day provides the occasion to celebrate the teaching profession worldwide, to take stock of achievements, and to address some of the issues central for attracting and keeping the brightest minds and young talents in the profession.


The British Council and IATEFL web conference on Saturday 5 October will provide teachers and teacher educators young and old with an opportunity to celebrate their work, develop their skills and share ideas with colleagues around the world by attending presentations by experts on an extensive range of key issues in the teaching profession.

The web conference is free and will feature four 1-hour plenaries and twelve 45-minute presentations, each one looking at an important aspect of teaching, teacher education and the teaching profession. Links to the two seminar rooms will be emailed to all registered participants 48 hours before the event. 

Register for the web conference

Programme of talks and workshops

The complete programme is available on the dedicated web conference website, where you can see the full schedule, information about each talk and information about the speakers. See below for a summary of speakers, their talks and the schedule.

Opening plenary

10:00am - 11.00am UK time 

Taking Flight from the Intermediate Plateau - Antonia Clare | Seminar room 1

Parallel sessions

11.15am - 12.00pm UK time

Assessment training for language teachers - Richard Spiby and Carolyn Westbrook | Seminar room 1

Developmental practice through evidence-based observations - Georgia Papamichailidou | Seminar room 2

12.15pm - 13.00pm UK time

The LearnEnglish team’s top 10 tips - Jo Budden, Joanna Gore, Kirk Moore, Jonathan Rickard | Seminar room 1

Challenges to teacher professional development in low resource contexts - Florence Muluh | Seminar room 2

Plenary 2

13.15pm - 14-15pm UK time

Life Skills: Lessons taught; lessons learnt - Konstantina Ntomprou | Seminar room 1

View details of all the talks on the IATEFL British Council web conference website

Parallel sessions

14.45pm - 15.30pm UK time

Making the transition from teacher to teacher educator - Nelson Arditto, Desislava Zareva, Cristiana Osan, Teodora Naiba | Seminar room 1

Teacher reflections on learning and teaching through English as an additional language in South Africa - Vuyokazi Makubalo | Seminar room 2

15.45pm - 16.30pm UK time

Teaching for success: Establishing a culture of Continuing Professional Development - Lucy Norris | Seminar room 1

Short mystery games to teach critical thinking skills - Walton Burns | Seminar room 2

Plenary 3

16.45pm - 17.45pm UK time

Tick boxes don't matter, representation does - Tyson Seburn | Seminar room 2

Parallel sessions

18.15pm - 19.00pm UK time

Eyes Open: Celebrating Diversity in YL Literature - Bella Szyszkowska & Ella Watkins | Seminar room 1

My journey teaching SDGs and why you should start yours - Carolina Novak | Seminar room 2

19.15pm - 20.00pm UK time

Leveraging Communities of practice for continuous professional development - Roxana Zapata | Seminar room 1

Digital projects to spark language use, creativity and engagement - Vicky Saumell | Seminar room 2

Closing plenary + Q&A

20.15 - 21.45 UK time

Exploring our ELT footprint - Katherine Bilsborough and Daniel Barber | Seminar room 2

View details of all the talks on the IATEFL British Council web conference website


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