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Live Schedule

Live Schedule

On each day of the conference, we'll be providing the morning plenary live via Birmingham IATEFL Online.
We'll also be providing live coverage throughout the day where you'll be able to watch interviews live from the Birmingham IATEFL Online studio.

Join us at 09.00 (UK time) each day for all the latest from IATEFL 2016.

You will be able to watch live coverage throughout the day statring at 09.00 (UK time). Our daily coverage includes live interviews and all the latest from the Birmingham IATEFL Online studio. - See more at: https://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2016/editors-blog#sthash.DUaBfzrK.dpuf
You will be able to watch live coverage throughout the day statring at 09.00 (UK time). Our daily coverage includes live interviews and all the latest from the Birmingham IATEFL Online studio. - See more at: https://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2016/editors-blog#sthash.DUaBfzrK.dpuf

As well as our live interviews and the 5 plenary sessions, you will be able to watch over 40 conference sessions. These session videos will be published throughout the conference.

Please see details of the live schedule below.


Saturday 16th April

0900-1010 Plenary by Scott Thornbury
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Scott Thornbury1966 and all that: A critical history of ELT

In this talk I would like to use the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the IATEFL conference to review some of the major developments in the teaching of EFL since the mid-sixties and in particular the advent of the communicative approach, including the ideological context from which it emerged, its initial promise, its dispersion, its dilution, its normalization, and its discontents. I will interweave autobiographical detail throughout in order to illustrate some key landmarks in this narrative, while at the same time I will challenge the notion of progress and evolution, and suggest that the diversity of contexts, needs, and traditions that ELT currently embraces repudiates the notion of method, and challenges such established orthodoxies as cookie-cutter pre-service training, global textbooks, uniform examinations and even the notion of a standard English itself. I will argue that one way of making sense of all this diversity is to situate ELT within the wider orbit of education generally, which might mean re-con guring EFL/ELT/ESL/TESOL as simply LE: language education.

10:20    interview with Philip Kerr

10:45    interview with Margit Szesztay

11:00    interview with Lindsay Clandfield

11:15    interview with Glenda Smart

11:30    interview with Nik Peachey

11:45    interview with Sanja Bozinovic

12:00    meet the IATEFL Online Team

1315-1415 Closing Plenary by Jan Blake
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Jan BlakeMan, woman, life, love: stories from Africa, the Caribbean, and beyond

Listen to Jan Blake tell tales of lovers, shape-shifters, the wise, and the foolish. She will transport you to faraway places, wrapping you in the rhythm of her words and transfxing you with the power of her stories, before bringing you safely home. These tales will bring a tear to your eye, a smile to your lips, and put a spring in your step.




Friday 15th April

0900-1010 Plenary by Diane Larsen-Freeman
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Diane Larsen-FreemanShifting metaphors from computer input to ecologial affordances

Fifty years ago, around the time that IATEFL was founded, inquiries into the nature of additional language learning were begun. One of the earliest avenues of inquiry concerned the nature of the linguistic input that language learners were exposed to. Not only was the input thought to be the raw material that the learners had to work with, linguistic input was also thought to be a driving force in second language development. Researchers sought to demonstrate the effect of the input on what was called learners’ output. While this line of research been fruitful in contributing to our understanding of language learning, it has been encumbered by the use of its computer-related metaphors of input and output. Clearly, our students are not computers. We know that the way we talk in uences and re ects the way we think. One problem with ‘input’ is that it ascribes passivity to learners, robbing them of their agency. Another problem is that it suggests that there is a conduit between input and output. It overlooks the meaning-making nature of language use. A third problem is that the use of ‘input’ necessitates all sorts of terminological profusion, such as ‘intake’ and ‘uptake’. At this point, there is a need to move beyond input-output metaphors to embrace a new way of understanding, one informed by Complexity Theory with its ecological orientation – one of affordances. Affordances are two-way relationships between the learner and the environment. Affordances afford opportunities for action on the part of learners, provided that the affordances are perceived by learners. In this way, learners create their own affordances. Thus, affordances restore agency to learners. This also partially explains why learners’ developmental patterns are different. In this presentation, I will elaborate on affordances and discuss the implications of affordances for English language learning and teaching.

10:25    post-plenary discussion with Nik and Rob

10.45    interview with Burcu Akyol and Marek Kiczkowiak

11.00    interview with Vicky Saumell

11.15    Interview with Kath Bilsborough and Ceri Jones

11.30    interview with Scott Thornbury

11.45    interview with Jonathan Gayther and Shirley Finlayter

12:00    interview with Diane Larsen-Freeman

12.15    interview with Ruma Rebecca Rodrigues, Zakia Sultana and Arafat Rahman (English in Action, Bangladesh)

12.30    interview with Neenaz Ichaporia

12.45    interview with Manisha Dak and Anupama Ghai

13.00-14.00    break

14.00    interview with Jeremy Harmer

14.15    interview with Shaun Wilden

14.30    interview with Isora Enriquez O'Farrill

14.45    interview with Jack C. Richards

15.15    Q&A with Margit Szesztay, Scott Thornbury and Hugh Dellar

15.45    interview with Andrew Wright

16.00    interview with Margaret Johnson

16:15    interview with Janet Hardy-Gould

Please keep checking the live schedule for updates.

Thursday 14th April

0900-1010 Plenary Silvana Richardson
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Silvana RichardsonThe ‘native factor’, the haves and the have-nots

...and why we still need to talk about this in 2016. It is often claimed that much has changed in the eld of English Language Teaching since 1983, when Peter Medgyes rst described the struggle of ‘non-native’ teachers for visibility and due recognition. But has it? Away from academic circles, where the discourses that equated the ideal teacher with the ‘native speaker’ have been interrogated and critiqued, how has the situation really changed for the professional teacher of English whose rst or home language is a language other than English?
In this talk I will draw on research studies, anecdotal evidence and my own and my colleagues’ personal experiences to examine the state of equality and social justice in ELT with reference to the so-called ‘non- native speaker teacher’ thirty years on. I will look at how the logic of the market is used to justify current discriminatory recruitment practices that still perpetuate the view that a(n unquali ed) native speaker is preferable to a quali ed and professional ‘non-native teacher’.
I will re ect on the impact of the native-speaker bias and its dominance on developments in English Language teaching methodology, and how this dominance seems to have affected the emergence of context-appropriate pedagogies. Finally, I will address the ‘second best’ view of the ‘non-native teacher’ and its impact on their own construction of a legitimate professional identity and on their con dence in themselves as teachers, users and experts of an-other language.

10:45    interview with Wendy Arnold & Coralyn Bradshaw

11:00    interview with Nick Bilbrough

11:15    interview with Andrew Foster

11:30    interview with Shaike Francis Sefalane (Hornby scholar)

11:45    interview with Alireza Safar (Hornby scholar)

12:00    interview with Adrian Underhill 

12:15    interview with Vuyokazi Makubalo & Pipit Suharto & Urmila Khaled (Hornby scholar)

12:30    interview with Carol Read

12:45    interview with Roohi Malik

13:00-14:00    break

14:00    interview with Larissa Goulart da Silva & Maria Soledad Loutayf & Praphatsorn Wongchaiwa (Hornby scholars)

14:15   interview with Thorsten Merse

14:30   interviews by Paul Braddock

14:45   interviews by Paul Braddock

15:00   interview with Melanie Aplin

15:15   interview with Judy Boyle

15:30   interview with Ben Gray and Seamus Harkin

15:45   interview with Harisimran Sandhu

16:00   interview with Neil McLaren

16:15   interview with Amadeu Marin

16:30   end of live interviews

Wednesday 13th April

0915-1025 Opening Plenary by David Crystal
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Who would of thought it? The English language 1966-2066

Complaints about a supposed decline in standards of English continue to be made, with increasing frequency, in the British press. Although these are nothing new - as the long history of use of would of for would have illustrates - they do draw attention to the way we seem to be going through a period of unusually rapid language change. This paper illustrates the main changes in pronunciation, orthography, grammar, and vocabulary, discusses the chief factors involved - social mobility, globalization, and the Internet - and compares the changes that have taken place in the past fty years with those that are likely to take place in the next fty.



10:30    live studio starts

10:50    interview with Nicky Hockly

11:15    interview with Pete Sharma

11:30    interview with Adam Kightley

11:45    interview with Zeyneb Urkun 

12:00    interview with Silvana Richardson

12:15    interview with Jim Scrivener

12:30    interview with Gavin Dudeney

12:45    interview with George Pickering

13:00-14:00    break

14:00    interview with Hugh Dellar

14:00    interview with David Crystal

14:15    interview with Tessa Woodward

14:45    interview with Hornby scholars: Allwyn D'costa and Erkin Mukhammedor

15:00    interview with Hornby scholars: Mohammed Bashir and Abdallah Yousif

15:15    interview with Gail Ellis

15:30    interview with Hornby scholars Parwiz Hossain and Shoaib Jawad

15:45    interview with Alison Barrett

16:00    interview with Alan Maley

16:15    interview with Tim Phillips

17:20 - 18:25 British Council Signature Event
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Shakespeare lives: love, hate, death and desire in English language classroom

Speakers: Lisa Peter (The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust), Dr Christina Lim (lecturer, researcher and teacher educator), Shaheen Khan (actor), Lisa Peter (Shakespeare Birthplace Trust), Tonderai Munyevu (actor). Chaired by John Knagg, British Council.
Join the British Council to celebrate Shakespeare's work on teh 400th anniversary of his death. We will ecplore how Shakespeare has relevance to our society, students and classrooms today and how Shakespearecan speak to people from all around the world about universal human experiences like love, hate, death and desire.
The event will be practical, thought-provoking and fully interactive with the opportunity join in the discussion before, during and after, either in person and online. The audience will help to shape the event and on the day and participants will take away ideas to use in the classroom on how to address issues which feature in much of Shakespeare's work yet remain relevant today.

Tuesday, 12.04.2016

12:00    meet the team with Kirsteen, Rob and Nik

12:15    interview with Julie Pratten

12:30    Rob and Kirsteen respond to your comments

12:45    interview with Anna Searle, Director English Language British Council

14:00    interview with Lisa Peter

14:15    interview with Marjorie Rosenberg

14:45    interview with Andy Curtis



Eagerly waiting for participation.

 I'm looking forward to attending every session (hope my Internet connection will work those days!)

Larisa Solodkaya's picture

I also hope my Internet connection will work!

Do I understand properly that I need to have an account on this site and that's enough to watch videos and participate? :) A little bit nervous not to do something and miss such a wonderful opportunity :)

Hi - you don't need to do anything else - our coverage starts Tuesday 12 April around 12.00 (UK time) vistir this site then an you'll be able to follow the live coverage

Halina Ostankowicz- Bazan's picture

I am waiting for participation.It is going to be an exciting time.

Unfortunately i can t be there 

We understand that for the majority of teachers the opportunity to attend the IATEFL conference is a dream. For those unable to attend we hope to offer a 'taste' of the conference online. The coverage is free and we hope to be able to present a good number of sessions and live coverage throughout the day.

Nives Torresi's picture

How appropriate to call it "a 'taste' of the conference online" and to term it a dream of many Teachers worldwide who really do dream of attending such an international event, I for one!

Yet every year, no matter how hard I try to 'fix' my agenda, it always seems to steer me off course for any route towards attending! However, as always, I will be more than keen to attend the live meets as much as is feasible (dependant on workload and connectivity) and look forward to gaining more insight into the Teaching profession than ever.

Good luck to all participants and Speakers! Not to forget the Online Presenters!! Thank you for your commitment to making our viewing an event!


Samir Saaad's picture

Looking forward to taking part in such a great conference! A quick overview at the program shows how interesting the event is going to be!
Greetings from Morocco.

Looking forward to attend on-line these outstanding conferences .  I appreciate very much the opportunity to being updated.

A big hug from Peru.


Eagerly waiting & excited too!!

Rizgar Mahmood's picture

Hello, My name's Rizgar from Iraq. Kurdistan. I am an Assistant Researcher at college of Education English Department Salahaddin University. Me and all our teaching and academic stuff will attend this conference through a data show from a live channell.

Rizgar Mahmood's picture

Please! someone helps me where can i get the line?

Samir Saaad's picture

The conference starts at 12 UK.

Hi Rizgar - please join us at 12.00 (UK time) today for the start of our live coverage. 

The live coverage will appear on our home page so this is the link you need: http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2016

Best wishes and we hope you enjoy our coverage of IATEFL 2016

Please use this link for the countdown to the start of our live coverage


I am looking forward to attend online conferences................Can't wait any more please...........

Live coverage starts at 12.00 (UK time) today.

The live coverage will appear on our home page so this is the link you need: http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2016

Best wishes and we hope you enjoy our coverage of IATEFL 2016

- See more at: http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2016/live-schedule#sthash.SgAsB3Yg.dpuf

Can't get there this year after so many in a row, so really looking forward to this, thanks so much


I wushed I were there so I can attend the sessions in reality!

Suddenly will not be able to connect at the time of on-line session. WIll there be any recording available? Thanks!

I am interested in participating in the live conference, but was unable to connect yesterday,  Can someone help with how to connect today?


Sadeqa Ghazal's picture

Greetings from India! Thanks a lot for making it possible for us to attend the conference online. It's great that other sessions besides plenary talks will be streamed. I hope these include the 'How to' sessions by Jeremy Day, Graham Hall, Madeleine du Vivier and others. It'd help those of us who dream to join the conference in person. 

Thanks for the great session. David Crystal is a linguistic who inspires to create and to study English more and harder.

Useful information about face-to-face vs Online learning. Thanks for Cambridge guide for Blended learning, especially, 12 check list question

 I am waiting for participation.

Shame we can't watch the plenaries and talks at a later time like last year. We are all in different time zones and with different work times... :( 

All the sessions from day 1 and day 2 of the conference as well as all the interviewis are available for watching on demand on the website.

IATEFL Online Team

It is such a pity we don't get to have access to recordings of past sessions as we had last year. We are all in diverse time zones and with all the work with have to do it makes it difficult to watch the sessions live!

We, in Brazil, hope that the BC will upload the past sessions shortly. We've missed too much already!


All the sessions from day 1 and day 2 of the conference as well as all the interviewis are available for watching on demand on the website.

IATEFL Online Team





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