INNOVATE ELT 2023

20th and 21st May 2023 | Barcelona, Spain

What is InnovateELT?

InnovateELT is an annual conference inaugurated in 2015. True to the name, our aim is to discuss the role of innovation in language education and celebrate some of the most exciting things happening around us. The event attracts ELT professionals from around the world, from fields including teaching, training, leadership, materials writing, publishing, EdTech and more!

This year’s conference theme is:

“Who Needs Theory in ELT?”

According to Kurt Lewin “There is nothing more practical than a good theory”. Is he right? At InnovateELT 2023, we’ll be exploring whether our industry is driven by theories. Participants can look forward to workshops and demo classes which include ideas for English teaching, teacher training and ELT leadership or management which are so practical we can use them on Monday morning, but which include a reflection on whether they are based on theory. If so, which theory is it? If not, what are they based on?

Innovate ELT Conference 2023

20th and 21st May 2023 | Barcelona, Spain

Speakers

Our speakers are the movers and shakers of the ELT world. Our typical conference speaker is someone truly passionate about the English Language teaching industry and full of ideas that they want to share with the community.

Scott Thornbury

Teacher / Freelance

Teresa Bestwick

Teacher trainer and materials writer

Duncan Foord

Director of Teacher Training

Regina Szuszkiewicz

English Teacher and REGIPIO Games Designer

Ambra Pacchioni

Teacherpreneur

Jedrek Stepien

English Teacher

Caroline Chapman

Teacher, Director, Trainer, Writer

Georgie Thorman

English Teacher

Barnaby Griffiths

Language and communication coach

Geoff Jordan

Associate Tutor

Florencia Giudici

EFL Teacher and Teacher Trainer

Patrick Casey

Director

David Young

Course Director, Trinity DipTESOL

Anna Machura

English Teacher, Linguist, Dyslexia Tutor, Therapist

Marina Yesipenko

Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Researcher

Renata Agolli

EFL Teacher

Katherine Reilly

Academic Lecturer

Polina Venglovskaya

Community Manager

Colin Young

International Communication Specialist

Daniel Lawrence

Teacher and Materials Writer

Joanne Carr

Teacher of English

Anthony Green

L2 Listening Expert

Chris Fry

Ex British Council & EOI teacher & trainer

Tim Warre

Educational Content Creator, Teacher & Trainer

Svetlana Gritsenko

Senior Teacher

Joan Chirivella

Language Coordinator

Sinead Collins

English Teacher and Teacher Trainer

Paul Ricketts

Product Owner, ELiT

Sarah Bromley

Senior Product Manager

Alex Asher

Co-author of LangTech & CEO of LearnCube

Our Sponsors

Sessions

During the conference you will be able to attend sessions covering a wide range of topics. From discussions about traditional ELT theory in a world of apps and AI to game-based pragmatic learning, we’ve got you covered.

You will also have the opportunity to pick the brain of seasoned ELT veteran Scott Thornbury in his Q&A session, reflect on the industry as a whole during the plenaries and share insights with attendees during the breaks.

May 20, 2023

01:30 PM

🕑 01:30 PM – 02:00 PM

Arrival & registration

02:00 PM

🕑 02:00 PM – 02:45 PM

Introduction and Plenaries

Duncan Foord

Katherine Reilly

Scott Thornbury

Duncan Foord

Katherine Reilly

Scott Thornbury

03:00 PM

🕑 03:00 PM – 03:45 PM

Therapeutic Teaching. It’s Not Rocket Science, It’s Neuroscience

Anna Machura

🕑 03:00 PM – 03:45 PM

Game-Based Pragmatic Learning

Regina Szuszkiewicz

🕑 03:00 PM – 03:45 PM

Speaking homework, in theory & in practice

Paul Ricketts

🕑 03:00 PM – 03:45 PM

Decoding in Practice

Sinead Collins

04:00 PM

🕑 04:00 PM – 04:45 PM

Q & A

Scott Thornbury

🕑 04:00 PM – 04:45 PM

Writing less is more

Colin Young

🕑 04:00 PM – 04:45 PM

How a Soviet-era philosopher can help your students listen better

Anthony Green

🕑 04:00 PM – 04:45 PM

Promoting an Inclusive ELT Environment

Katherine Reilly

05:30 PM

🕑 05:30 PM – 06:15 PM

How can we practise micro-listening theory?

Daniel Lawrence

🕑 05:30 PM – 06:15 PM

Instilling and Using a Growth Mindset in the YL ELT classroom

Joanne Carr

🕑 05:30 PM – 06:15 PM

The Benefits of a Bad Theory

David Young

🕑 05:30 PM – 06:15 PM

Creating original teaching materials: A Theoretical Approach with Online Tools

Polina Venglovskaya

06:30 PM

🕑 06:30 PM – 07:15 PM

Extensive reading – the solution for everything

Chris Fry

🕑 06:30 PM – 07:15 PM

Atomic Classroom Habits

Tim Warre

🕑 06:30 PM – 07:15 PM

Using educational technologies to boost speaking performance

Svetlana Gritsenko

Joan Chirivella

🕑 06:30 PM – 07:15 PM

Learner autonomy via multimodality

Marina Yesipenko

07:30 PM

🕑 07:30 PM – 08:00PM

Closing plenaries (and drinks!)

All tickets include Saturday and Sunday entry, snacks, drinks and an unforgettable experience!

May 21, 2023

10:00 AM

🕑 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Arrival / Breakfast

10:30 AM

🕑 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Plenaries

Ambra Pacchioni

Jedrek Stepien

11:15 AM

🕑 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

15 Things to Use on Monday [Revisited]

Teresa Bestwick

🕑 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

The Magic Chair Theory

Caroline Chapman

🕑 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Deconstructing Innovations (CLIL) through Theory

Renata Agolli

🕑 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Unleashing the Power of Technology in Your Language School: A Framework for Making it Work

Alex Asher

12:15 PM

🕑 12:15 PM – 01:00 PM

Explicit and Implicit Learning in SLA: Theory and Practice

Geoff Jordan

🕑 12:15 PM – 01:00 PM

Traditional ELT theory in a world of apps and AI

Sarah Bromley

🕑 12:15 PM – 01:00 PM

Theories, Methods and Research – a force for good, a waste of time or worse?

Duncan Foord

01:15 PM

🕑 01:15 PM – 02:00 PM

More language coaching tips to incorporate into your teaching

Barnaby Griffiths

🕑 01:15 PM – 02:00 PM

Reducing foreign language speaking anxiety in our learners

Georgie Thorman

🕑 01:15 PM – 02:00 PM

Needing the exam, doesn’t mean wanting the exam

Patrick Casey

🕑 01:15 PM – 02:00 PM

How to create 10 minute activities using music videos

Florencia Giudici

02:15 PM

🕑 02:15 PM – 04:30 PM

Closing plenaries (with drinks & snacks)

Pricing & Registration

Sales end on 21/05/2023

€25.00

Speaker

€50.00

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Oxford TEFL Barcelona

Organiser: Oxford TEFL

Oxford TEFL is an an accredited teacher training school in a great central location in Barcelona, Spain, that provides Trinity dipTESOL and Cambridge CELTA courses online and face-to-face in Barcelona. We also offer specialised teacher development courses and are the leading provider for the Diploma in Trinity DipTESOL in Europe. Our trainers are experts in teacher training and active in the ELT industry.

We strive to create a positive, dynamic and supportive environment where our students, teachers and trainers can focus on their learning and teaching aims and enjoy the experience of achieving them.

Be a part of InnovateELT 2023!