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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Final plenary

Submitted by Maria Soledad L... on Sat 16 Apr, 18:48

Jan Blake delighted the audience with her stories about men, women, love and life. She is an amazing and entertaining story-teller. Her deep voice and vivid body language contributed to the impact of her stories.... so moved!! Lovely!!!!

Greeting an Iatefl international ambassador

Submitted by Maria Soledad L... on Sat 16 Apr, 18:42

This is PhD Claudia Ferradas. She is an amazing teacher from Argentina and a Shakespeare expert and fan. Life crossed our paths in Argentina ... so happy for her and well deserved recognition. Congrats

Silvana Richardson's Plenary and follow up session

Submitted by Maria Soledad L... on Sat 16 Apr, 10:41

This was an interesting plenary about non native teachers of English... it is a must see plenary for everyone (fortunately, it is availabe at the BC website). The follow up session was packed and there were lots of questions... it seems that there is a demand for professionalism, teacher development, awareness and social justice. These seem to be topics that have global relevance and that concern all teachers of English. Sone conclusions: we all have to work together!

Online Teacher Developnent

Submitted by Maria Soledad L... on Sat 16 Apr, 10:33

Johanna Sterling describes the characteristics of on line development courses. She suggests and shows activities she carries out in Nile. Also, the how-to of some software is explained and tips are provided.Interesting!

What is this thing called academic English language proficiency?

Submitted by Larissa Goulart... on Sat 16 Apr, 10:33

Pamela Humphreys By 2012, 4.5 million students were studying abroad in English medium universities that's why we should be interested in EAP proficiency. English is a critical factor for these students inserted in EMI contexts. In the 80s communicative competence became famous with ideas on grammatical knowledge, discourse, sociolinguistic and strategic skills. In the 90s Bachman proposed the communicative language ability framework and since then many other researchers have addressed the Communicative teaching framework. But what about a framework for EAP?

Visual literacy by J. Hughes

Submitted by Maria Soledad L... on Sat 16 Apr, 10:17

I loved attending this session. I use his books in my classes so it is giving a face to the author ;) he explained how and why he chooses images for textbooks and what should be taken into account when dealibg with images. He gave a brief overview of visual literacy (constructed meaning, communicated meaning, and combined meaning). He also suggested software and activities to be used in class. Great session! I really enjoyed it!

Stories in the classroom

Submitted by Larissa Goulart... on Sat 16 Apr, 09:57

Life-changing stories for teaching English to university students

Submitted by Larissa Goulart... on Sat 16 Apr, 09:42

Maria Cyrankowska one of the IATEFL scholarships started her presentation telling Leon Tolstoy 3 questions to show us the importance of the present time and the people with whom we are talking to. She used the same story to her students to bring their attention to the classroom. She uses stories with her students because she believes that the English class is not only to teach reading, speaking, listening and writing, but also compassion, understanding of others...

1966 and all that: a critical history of ELT

Submitted by Larissa Goulart... on Sat 16 Apr, 09:28

Scott Thornbury took us through English language teaching research, methodology and coursebooks in the last 50 years.

Interview with Kirsteen

Submitted by Alireza Safar on Fri 15 Apr, 22:57

Before the five-minute interview Kirsteen and I had a quick chat. She asked me a couple of times to say how my name is pronounced which was very thoughtful of her. She also asked a few questions about our presentation and what I think it is like to study in the UK, and explained where I had to look during the interview and 3, 2, 1, Go! I found it interesting since

  • She was listening attentively and didn’t interrupt me
  • her questions were consistent and to the point
  • she didn’t hurry
  • she was encouraging and was smiling all the time