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April 2017


Great success at the 51st conference in Glasgow

The IATEFL conference 2017 in Glasgow, the heart of Scotland, is sadly over. From 4 – 7 April 2017, over 2,500 ELT professionals from more than 100 countries came together for one of the main events in the English Language Teaching calendar. Once again, telc was one of the key exhibitors. Together with vhs experts, we contributed a total of eight workshops on methodical-didactic topics and exam preparation and assessment as well as a signature event. We are happy to have met many interesting people from all over the world at our stand who showed interest in our examinations, teaching material and teacher trainings.

The IATEFL conference involves a 4-day programme of around 500 talks, workshops and symposiums, as well as a vibrant social programme. It is a unique opportunity for delegates to meet leading theorists and writers and exchange ideas with fellow professionals from all sectors of ELT. At the telc stand in the exhibition area, we particularly showcased our English Practice Material, our dual-level examinations and our telc Online Placement Test. Delegates were very interested in our teaching material based on emotions and the accompanying online activities. Most valuable was also the exchange with local colleges which followed the invitation for a meet and greet.

Our signature event “Who watches the Watchmen? Assessing the Assessors” raised particular interest. Our academic panel explored the world of assessment from the inside, considering various ethos’ used by the different exam boards and how these are then drawn together by national and international accreditation bodies and agreements.

Being in Scotland, telc offered special highland games that were a great success: hundreds of participants competed in the fields of strenght, knowledge and honour, excellently demonstrating their performance. The beer tasting – presented by Filip Dedeurwaerder-Haas – was so popular that we had to limit it to invitation only. We were also overwhelmed by the number of delegates who showed interest in our workshops. Here is a brief introduction of our experts and their workshop topics at the IATEFL 2017:

  • Alexandra Haas: Music on my Mind – Music in the (Business) English Classroom
  • Thomas Jones: Refugees, relevance and revenue. EFL in an age of change
  • Filip Dedeurwaerder-Haas: Activating games – in-betweens or teaching essentials?
  • Diana Metzner: Testing Times! My 40 years’ experience of ELT in Germany
  • Cosima Wittmann: Speaking images – using pictures for exam preparation and assessment
  • Mia Aghajari and Laura Edwards: Listening to the experts – podcasting in the business English classroom
  • Jenny Giambalvo-Rode: How to get the best English Language Teachers – Strategies for teachers‘ commitment
  • Stephan Rinke: Making Business English more motivating with SCARF
  • We thank the IATEFL board for having chosen our experts to give a presentation or workshop.

We are already looking forward to the IATEFL conference in Brighton in 2018!