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This year we’ll be asking IATEFL Harrogate conference delegates to contribute their own Harrogate Online Roving Reporter reports.

We will be featuring accounts of sessions attended by conference delegates on each day of the event.

If you’re attending the conference and you are interested in writing session reports for the Harrogate Online website, please come to our Harrogate Online studio and we’ll explain what this involves.

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Roving Reporters

Classic Exercises and Why They Work in the 21st Century (Hanna Kryszewska)

Submitted by Csilla Jaray-Benn on Thu 16 Apr, 08:30

Session review, Tuesday 14th April

Hanna teaches both at the Uniwersytet Gdanski in Poland and for Pilgrims Language Courses. She is an active member of The C Group and dedicated to developing and promoting principles and techniques for creative teaching. (http://thecreativitygroup.weebly.com

Classic Exercises and Why They Work in the 21st Century (Hanna Kryszewska)

Submitted by Csilla Jaray-Benn on Thu 16 Apr, 08:30

Session review, Tuesday 14th April

Hanna teaches both at the Uniwersytet Gdanski in Poland and for Pilgrims Language Courses. She is an active member of The C Group and dedicated to developing and promoting principles and techniques for creative teaching. (http://thecreativitygroup.weebly.com

IATEFL International Quiz Night (Hosted by Gavin Dudeney and Victoria Boobyer)

Submitted by David Dodgson on Thu 16 Apr, 08:24

The IATEFL Conference is a massive event with a multitude of sessions running from 8am until 6pm. Even the coffee breaks are moments for further discussion and exploration of ideas. But it doesn’t stop there! A full programme of evening social events is also laid on for delegates and one of these –which I had the pleasure of attending– was Monday’s International Quiz Night.

Video in the Hands of Learners (Jamie Keddie)

Submitted by David Dodgson on Wed 15 Apr, 08:21

So, on the last day of the conference it all comes first circle. I wrote my first report of the Conference on Mike Harrison’s short form video session and now my last one focuses on video too, this time with Jamie Keddie at the helm.

Open Space 2015 – Facilitated by Adrian Underhill, Susan Barduhn, and Ros Wright

Submitted by David Dodgson on Tue 14 Apr, 12:02

The first ‘Open Space’ session at the IATEFL conference was held in Harrogate in 2014 and has returned to the programme this year, ably facilitated by Susan Barduhn, Adrian Underhill and Ros Wright. Having heard about Open Space events at other conferences, I was intrigued by the concept and was keen to join for the first time.

Training University Students into Digital Natives – Challenge Taken!

Submitted by Csilla Jaray-Benn on Mon 13 Apr, 13:05

“Please turn on your phones!”

With a mobile phone in her hand and a big smile on her face, Nora starts by asking the audience a series of questions:

Fostering Autonomy: Harnessing the Outside World from within the Classroom (Elizabeth Pinard)

Submitted by Csilla Jaray-Benn on Mon 13 Apr, 11:48

Lizzie Pinard teaches at International House, Palermo, is keen on professional development and materials design and shares her reflections on English language teaching with teachers around the world through her blog (http://reflectiveteachingreflectivelearning.com).

How Does Just Chatting Become a Purposeful Conversation? (Candy van Olst)

Submitted by David Dodgson on Mon 13 Apr, 09:47

“That’s just chatting!” is a common and dismissive response to the idea of teaching unplugged, and one that prompted Candy van Olst to investigate the value of conversations as a way to learn.

The C Group: Creativity for Change in Language Education

Submitted by Csilla Jaray-Benn on Sun 12 Apr, 15:31

Created two years ago by joint coordinators, Chaz Pugliese and Alan Maley, The C Group describes itself as “an independent and informal grouping of EFL professionals. It aims collaboratively to share information, promote reflection and inquiry, and encourage action through more creative and open teaching practices.” Group members are dedicated to diffusing information about creativity, taking action to promote creative teaching, supporting creative professional development, reflecting on various questions and lobbying for creative solutions in teaching.

Using Augmented Reality in the EFL Classroom

Submitted by Csilla Jaray-Benn on Sun 12 Apr, 00:00

Stephen Pilton’s opens his talk by asking us to imagine we are students at his language school in Oxford. We can see different images moving on the screen; a poster advertising the language programmes at his school, a music club and a local café. He then takes us to a page from The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (US drama based on Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice) and finally to a student worksheet with gap-fill exercises on phrasal verbs. All very different types of information, but all related to student life at the language school. The information itself is not new, but the way it is presented is absolutely ground-breaking.