Live Schedule

Live Schedule

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

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

Please see details of the live plenary schedule below

Live Schedule: Summary 

All times GMT (UK time)

Saturday 11th April


1400    Kathleen Graves

1415    Bilal Ahmad & Arzu Daniel

1430    Nicky Hockley

1445    Phil Bird

1500    John Knagg & Sara Pierson 

1515    Adrian Underhill

1530    Sinead Laffan TD SIG

1545    Scott Thornbury

1600    Dave Dodgson & Vicki Saumell 

1615    David Petrie & Rachael Roberts 

1630    Anna Searle

1645    Alan Maley

1700    Mike Solly 

1715    Mark Walker 


Sunday 12th April
0900-1010 Plenary by Joy Egbert Check your local time

1030-1700 Interviews from Manchester Online studio

1045    Hugh Dellar

1100    Donald Freeman

1115    Joe Dale

1130    Karen Waterston

1145    Nik Peachey

1200    Jamie Keddie

1230    Margit Szesztay

1215    Jo Budden

1245    Alison Barrett

1400    Daniel Xerri

1415    Dita Phillips & Ela Wassell

1430    Joy Egbert

1445    Umesh Shrestha, Ushakiran Wagle, Sagun Shrestha 

1500    Dorothy Zemach 

1530    Mary  Giuraniuc 

1600    Danny Whitehead

1630    Evan Frendo & Almut Koester 

1700    Philip Kerr


Monday 13th April
0900-1010 Plenary by Ann Cotton "The justice and imperative of girls' secondary school education - a model of action" Check your local time

1130 - 1235 ELTJ Signature Event "This house believes that language testing does more harm than good" 
To propose teh motion: Richard Smith (University of Warwick, UK)
To oppose: Anthony Green (University of Bedfrodshire, UK)
Chair: Graham Hall (ELT Journal)

1030-1700 Interviews from Manchester Online studio - the schedule is being updated

1030-1700 Interviews from Manchester Online studio - the schedule is being updated

1100    Nicola Prentis & Russell Mayne 

1115    Paul Braddock

1130    Deepali Dharmaraj 

1145    Ann Cotton

1230    David Crystal

1245    Huw Jarvis

lunch break

1400    Rob Bolitho

1415    Luke Meddings

1430    Harry Kuchah 

1455    Everything you ever needed to know about English language teaching with Carole Read, Katherine Walter, Jeremy Harmer    

1545    Tareq  Walizada & Jamshed Adel

1600    Thom Kiddle 

1615    Ken Lackman

1630    Maria Cleary

1645    Michael Austen

1700    Martin Peacock   


Tuesday 14th April
0900-1010 Plenary by Harry Kuchah Check your local time

10:25 - 11:40 IATEFL Signature Event
A question of language with David Crystal
David will answer questions on various language issues sucha s language use and change as well as grammar and lexis.

1030-1145 Interviews from Manchester Online studio

1100    Lina Mukhopadhy

1115    Sophia Mavridi 

1130    Liliana Esther Simon

1145    Evelyn Ojeda Naveda




Saturday 11th April
0900-1025 Opening Plenary by Donald Freeman

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Donald FreemanFrozen in thought? How we think and what we do in ELT
English language teaching is rife with prescriptions for what ‘good’ teachers ought to know and be able to do. These prescriptions are anchored in central ideas in the field that we generally take for granted. We do not challenge them, even though they inexorably shape all aspects of the work of ELT-- from national policies and standards for teaching to administrative procedures and day-to-day work in ELT classrooms. These central ideas come from diverse sources: some are loosely derived from research, while others are inherited in the history of what we do. The ideas themselves are taken as common sense, and thus are woven into the social expectations of the work of teaching. In my title, I refer to this process as being ‘frozen in thought’, b y which I mean the field o f ELT h as become immobilized in a critical sense by these ideas and what they mean for what we do as teachers and teacher educators.

This talk examines some of these central ideas that we live by in ELT, including ideas about how teaching and learning work, about the teacher’s role, and about the classroom goals of English instruction. I examine what the ideas mean for the work of classroom teachers given how English functions in the 21st Century, and how they shape and constrain our thinking in teacher education and research. I argue that, if they are left unscrutinized and unchallenged, the ideas can undermine teachers’ professional confidence and stunt training and research. Therefore re-examining them, thereby thawing our thinking, is a critical step in reasserting social control over the public work of English language teaching.

Sunday 12th April
0900-1010 Plenary by Joy Egbert

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Joy EgbertEngagement principles and practice in classroom learning, language and technology
A still-common issue with technology use in language learning is an overly-strong focus on the digital tools and a relatively weak emphasis on actual learning. This technocentric approach may arise, in part, from a lack of clear theoretical grounding for classroom technology use. While it's unclear whether atheoretical uses of technology actually provide barriers to learning, it is clear from the research that principled uses can lead to student achievement. But which principles should language educators use to guide their planning? This plenary proposes that principles of task engagement, as part of an educator's overall understanding of second language learning, can serve both educators and learners well in technologyenhanced environments. Task engagement -- which includes principles of authenticity, connection, interaction, feedback and challenge/skills balance -- supports current popular trends such as flipping instruction and the use of serious education games that underscore the need for students to find their studies engaging.
This plenary provides an overview of task engagement and examples of why and how language educators might engage their learners with technology.

Monday 13th April
0900-1010 Plenary by Ann Cotton

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Ann CottonThe justice and imperative of girls’ secondary school education – a model of action
In the theatre of international development, girls' education has moved from the wings to centre stage in the last 25 years. Ann Cotton will chart this change and both the philosophical underpinnings and utilitarian arguments that have propelled it. Camfed's work is driven by the right to education of every child, and the delivery of that right. Its work has demonstrated that girls' exclusion from education is rooted in family poverty and the enforced decisions as to which child should go to school. Ann will explore the arguments that variously place culture, traditional mores and poverty at the root of girls' educational exclusion. The address will describe how Camfed has worked with rural communities in five African countries - Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe - where family poverty is endemic. The Camfed Model works in a full partnership with Ministries of Education, traditional and faith-based leaders, head teachers and teachers, parents and children. This inclusion is a fundamental principle of the Model and one that shows evidence-based results in delivering sustainable systemic change. Ann Cotton will illuminate the systems and processes that have been built to ensure transparency and accountability first and foremost to the child, Camfed's primary client. Ann will describe the different forms of capital that Camfed recognises respects and extends - capital that includes knowledge, social and institutional capital. The address will conclude with the analysis of Cama, the alumnae organisation of Camfed secondary school graduates that is more than 25,000-strong, explaining the depth of empathy and analysis members bring to the stage as we work to establish and build health and education systems that serve the needs of everyone.

Tuesday 14th April
0900-1010 Plenary by Harry Kuchah

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Harry KuchahELT in difficult circumstances: Challenges, possibilities and future directions
Michael West first used the expression ‘difficult circumstances’ in 1960 to refer to English language classrooms ‘consisting of over 30 pupils (more usually 40 or even 50), congested on benches… accommodated in an unsuitably shaped room, ill-graded, with a teacher who perhaps does not speak English well or very fluently, working in a hot climate’ (p.1). Since then, the number of pupils learning English around the world has grown exponentially, especially in developing countries where the movement for Education for All has led to increased enrolments at primary level without a concomitant increase in resources. In sub-Saharan Africa, for example, this has exacerbated existing challenges to classroom practice such as over-crowded and multigrade classrooms, lack of textbooks, lack of libraries, poor exposure to the English language usage, lack of financial and material resources and other cultural constraints. Despite these challenges, the dominant discourse on ELT methodology promoted in such contexts is still being largely generated in ideal (North) contexts and sometimes resisted by local practitioners as not sufficiently appropriate for their challenging local realities. Studies examining language teaching policy and practice in developing countries reveal incompatibilities between MoE policies and actual classroom practices of teachers and bring into perspective calls from several ELT professionals and researchers for the development of contextually appropriate forms of ELT pedagogy in underprivileged contexts. In this presentation, I draw from my experiences of teaching very large classes (over 200 teenagers and 100 children) in under-resourced contexts in Cameroon and go on to examine the pragmatic responses of teachers in otherwise difficult circumstances. Then I make a case for an ELT methodology which takes on board both learner and teacher agency and suggest ways in which teaching English in such circumstances may benefit from a bottom-up enhancement approach to teacher development and the dissemination of good practice.


1415-1430 Closing Address
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Evan Frendo's picture

Will any of the other sessions be streamed or recorded this year? If so, is there a programme or a list anywhere?



Hi Evan - thanks for the message. Yes - we'll be filming between 40 and 50 sessions this year and making them available here via the Manchester Online website. So in addition to the plenary sessions - which will be going out live - you'll be able to watch a good selection of conference sessions from across the whole programme. We don't announce in advance which sessions we're filming at the conference. Thanks and please see our FAQs for more information:

Julian / Manchester Online Team

Evan Frendo's picture

Many thanks Julian - looking forward to it :-)

Pablo Labandeira's picture

Hi! How do I register? Am I already registered for the conference just by signing in?




Hi Paul - for our online coverage you've already signed in so you're registered. That's it - nothing else required. When you registered to the site, you'll also have seen that there's an option to receive updates. If you accepted, you'll receive our daily conference updates  so you won't miss a thing. 

Thanks and we hope you enjoy our coverage

Julian/ Manchester Online Team

Gisele Arruda Eckhardt's picture

Hello, will people who watch online be eligible to receive a certificate ?

Thank you.

Hello Gisele,

Unfortunately, we're not offering certificates to those who watch online. I do hope you'll join IATEFL Manchester Online anyway!

Best wishes


 Hello, hopefully I have a chance to see the online conference tomorrow

Hello, we're kicking off with our live coverage from the conference around 12:00 today. You can check the live schedule here. I hope you're going to enjoy the conference! 

Best wishes 

Monika / Manchester Online Team





Live coverage has already started, you can watch it on the homepage

Best wishes

Monika / IATEFL Online Team

Can some one send me a link to the live feed, I can not find it. Thank you. 

Live coverage has already started, you can watch it on the homepage

Best wishes

Monika / IATEFL Online Team

Has live video broadcast started yet? if so please provide the link and if not please advise when?

Live coverage has already started, you can watch it on the homepage

Best wishes

Monika / IATEFL Online team


I joined the conference at around 2.50 pm British Time. There was an interview with a man from the British Council (whose name I unfortunately did not catch).  He mentioned an upcoming debate on Monday about Language Testing.  I would like more details about this event. Will this be a webcast?


Thank you for watching :) The interviewee was professor Barry O'Sullivan, Head of Assessment Research & Development at the British Council. 

The debate is scheduled to take place on Monday, at 11:30 UK time. We are confirming if we'll be able to stream it. You'll find details of all the live sessions here The schedule is being constantly updated.

Best wishes

Monika / Manchester Online Team

Thank you for this information, Monika.


I'd not be able to view the recordings this week, but would like to view them next week (especially the invidual sessions and workshops). 

Where/how can I view them?


All the recordings will be available on demand on IATEFL Manchester website. All the interviews recorded yesterday are already available here and will be adding about 18 interviews every day. The recorded sessions will be available on the 'sessions' page we're putting up today.

Enjoy the conference!

Best wishes

Monika / Manchester Online Team

I  am not able to watch  Freeman's plenary session,what do I do,so that I do not miss the rest,I can see the recorded ones but not live.



We are streaming the plenaries and interviews live. Selected sessions are being recorded and made available on the IATEFL Online website. Every day we'll be adding about 10 recorded sessions.

Hope you're enjoying the Conference!

Best wishes

Monika / Manchester Online Team

Good morning, 

is there a link to the recorded sessions - not just the interviews?

Thank you.


The recorded sessions are being made available here We'll be adding about 10 sessions every day.

Best wishes

Monika / IATEFL Online Team

Plz could anyone provide me with the link of the online conference?


We are streaming interviews live from 11 till 17 pm UK time and plenaries at 9:00 every day. We are also makings recordings of sessions, plenaries and interviews available for watching on demand

Best wishes

Monika / IATEFL Online Team