The 6th ELT Conference 2018

Voices in ELT


Welcome to ‘Voices in ELT’ – the 6th annual ELT conference organised by Exams Catalunya. As in past years, we have planned a varied and stimulating range of plenary talks and workshops as well as a lively and interactive panel discussion to contribute to your professional development and boost your motivation.

Coffee and lunch breaks will provide opportunities to network and exchange views and experiences with other ELT professionals as well as to browse stands from leading ELT publishers and other sponsors.  Whatever your level of experience or teaching context you are sure to find sessions to interest you and input that will inspire you to take your teaching to the next level!

Why ‘Voices in ELT’?

Something that has struck us is the breadth of topics most ELT teachers have to keep abreast of in order to do their jobs well. Teachers are often required to adopt different ‘voices’ over the course of their careers: teacher; learner; manager; coach; organiser; assessor; advisor; – just to name a few!

We also felt that the idea of ‘voices’ would help us as an organisational tool to allow participants to plan their conference choices according to the ‘voices’ that were of most interest to them. For this reason, you will find this year’s workshops assigned to one of four categories. Feel plan your day according to the areas you are most interested in or ensure that you have a varied day by selecting from different categories.

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Experts in the field of ELT will bring fresh ideas to put into practice right away in your classrooms.

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Our plenary and workshop programme reflects some of the many perspectives in ELT.

Welcome Address

9:15 – 9:30

Erin Van de Hey, Head of Support Services, Exams Catalunya

Plenary Session 1

9:35 – 10:20

21st Century Classroom Management

Amanda Davies.  Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Publications officer for the IATEFL Young Learners and Teenagers SIG.

Plenary Session 2

10:25 – 11:10

Speaking with Robots: Tech for Talking

Dan Frost. Learning Technology Lead, Research & Development, Cambridge Assessment English

Workshop 1

12:50 – 13:40

Workshop 2

14:45 – 15:35

Workshop 3

15:45 – 16:35
Cofee and tea will be available in the corridors from 14:30 - 16:45

Plenary Session 3

16:45 – 17:30

Positive psychology in the classroom

Simon Ward.  Senior Educational Pyschologist.  Consultant for the Cambridge Learning Journey.

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Plenary and Workshop Details

Our plenary and workshop programme reflects some of the many perspectives in ELT.

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  • Plenary
  • Workshops
  • Learning
  • Management
  • Assessment
  • Teaching

Positive Psychology in the Classroom – Simon Ward

Using positive psychology approaches to engage children and young people opens up their willingness to put in extra effort, improves learning outcomes and…

21st Century Classroom Management – Amanda Davies

Managing the classroom has never been easy, and in the 21st century when so much learning centres around choice, collaboration and independent learning it can be…

Voices & Choices: How learner autonomy leads to active learning – Anne de Leon

The aim of the session is to reflect on learner autonomy and active learning and to provide a range of activities to help learners consider their personal learning strategies…

Young Learners – Storytelling and Storymaking – George Heritage

Promoting storytelling and storymaking in the classroom is a fantastic way of engaging students emotionally and developing not only their linguistic skills…

From B2 Writing to C1 Writing – navigating the journey – Sarah Johnston

What should we expect of students writing at B2 level and how much more should they be able to do by C1 level? We often talk about the jump from B2 to C1 but…

Making all the right noises: developing B2 speaking skills – Brian Engquist

Most of us teachers will understand the mechanics of the B2 speaking exams we prepare our students for but how can we give them the very best chance for success?…

Put Your Thinking Caps On – Nina Lauder

One of the challenges teachers face is pushing students beyond simply memorising and recalling information into the world of critical thinking and problem solving…

Keep it together – helping students manage their nerves in the Speaking test – Dan Shepherd

If you are like me – you’ll hate exams. No matter how much you study, when it comesto the big day you turn into a nervous wreck. For our students, it’s even worse…

2Ts in a Pod: Podcasts in the Classroom – Tim Warre

The aim of this talk is to explore ways in which podcasts and other authentic audio texts can be exploited in class to boost students’ listening skills and increase their…

The Positive Side to Peer Pressure – Laura Darby

We all know what peer pressure is and how harmful it can be, but does it always have to be the enemy? Can we tap into positive peer pressure and use it as a motivational tool in our …

Developing academic writing skills at C1 level and above – Graham Ward

It can be challenging even for experienced teachers to help students develop high level writing skills. This workshop will give teachers an overview of writing for academic English…

Making it meaningful – Nikki Unsworth

Teens can be passionate but this enthusiasm isn’t always apparent in the classroom. I will share activities, which illustrate that if a class can be made meaningful…

Techniques and tools for Primary & Secondary: Developing students’ productive skills – Lola Garay

The objective of this workshop is to look at some useful tools, techniques and collaborative activities to help students produce written and spoken language in a scaffolded way…

Designing CPD: Personalised, Effective and Sustainable – Jessica Mackay

There is clear evidence that the most important factor influencing student satisfaction is an engaged, motivated and well-trained teacher. In this talk, we will look at ways…

Where do I go from here? Career paths for English teachers – Dan Shepherd

Are you looking for a new challenge? From management and teacher training to examining and materials writing – there are lots of opportunities for ambitious teachers…

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Join us for lively and rewarding day of plenary talks and practical workshops, all related to the different “voices” or perspectives present in the modern ELT classroom.

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Palauet Casades

Il·lustre Col·legi de l'Advocacia de Barcelona

Our 6th Annual Conference returns to the beautiful surroundings of the Palauet Casades. Dating from 1833, the building is famous for its auditorium and ‘pati de columnes’ and is home to the Il·lustre Col·legi de l’Advocacia de Barcelona. Easily accessible through the same building are the modern and well-equipped training rooms which will be used for our afternoon workshops.

The Palauet Casades is centrally located at Carrer de Mallorca, 283 (corner with Roger de Llúria), 08037 Barcelona. It is a short walk from Passeig de Gràcia and easily accessible by train, metro or bus.

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08021 Barcelona
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