Connect, Grow, Thrive

2019 PD Day Plenary Talks

Opening plenary (09:15-10:15)

What's happening to writing?

Lindsay Clandfield

Sponsor: ETAS

Communicative approaches to language teaching have put much value on the oral skill. Classrooms around the world have, over the past thirty years, devoted more and more time in class to speaking, which is generally seen as a good thing. Writing however, has remained relatively unchanged. Often assigned for homework, or in the form of longer pieces of writing (the composition, the essay, the business letter) this skill has just not seemed as interesting as speaking. However, due to technological developments we are all writing now a lot more than we used to. In some cases, we write more to people than we talk to them. In this talk I'll explore the new writing, and look at activities and tools that help students practice writing in new and enjoyable ways.

Biography: Lindsay Clandfield is an award-winning writer, teacher, teacher trainer and international speaker in the field of English language teaching. He has written more than ten coursebooks and is the main author of the new young adult course Studio (Helbling Languages). His other courses include Global and Straightforward (Macmillan). Lindsay is the series editor of the Delta Teacher Development books and has co-written various methodology books for teachers, notably Dealing with Difficulties and Teaching Online (Delta Publishing). His most recent methodology book was Interaction Online (CUP) which he co-wrote with Jill Hadfield. Lindsay is also the creative force behind various web projects including the popular blog Six Things, the e-publishing collective The Round and the sci-fi/adventure materials website Extreme Language Teaching. You can find out more about him at his website

Closing plenary (16:15-17:15)

Our life paths in the ELT profession

Dr. Briony Beaven

Sponsor: NILE

It is generally recognised that good teachers are lifelong learners. How long is the working life of an English language teacher and how long will it be in the future? Life expectancy has increased, the term ‘of working age’ has a new meaning and the resulting changes in career patterns will affect younger as well as older ELT teachers. How can we make the most of the exciting new opportunities that are becoming available? This talk will acquaint you with current developments and help you to foster professional self-sustainability in an uncertain but dynamic world.

Biography Dr Briony Beaven is a language teaching consultant, teacher trainer, and materials writer. She taught English in a British secondary state school (PGCE and QTS) for several years before moving into teaching EFL, later becoming the DoS in a large adult education institute. As a NILE Affiliate Teacher Trainer, she has worked with teachers in many countries around the world, and currently supervises students on the NILE MA course. Briony is a Cambridge Teaching Awards Delta tutor, assessor, and moderator. She has served as the Coordinator of the Teacher Trainers’ and Educators’ Special Interest Group of IATEFL and was Editor of IATEFL Conference Selections for five years. She has presented at many international conferences and has written coursebooks for Oxford University Press and for Cornelsen Verlag, materials for teacher training and trainer training courses, and articles in professional journals. Her ELT qualifications include the UCLES Dip. TEFL and a Doctorate of Education in TEFL.