All the interviews we recorded at the IATEFL Conference were broadcast live from our online studio. All our video interviews are available here for you to access in your own time.

Saturday 5 April
Time Title Interview description
12:00 Round up with Nik and Kirsteen

Nik and Kirsteen share their final thoughts on IATEFL 2014 and reflect on what they learned.

11:30 Interview with Jane Willis

Jane talks about pre-tasks and the stages of input from teachers and learners to ensure your lessons have effective, motivating tasks. Jane contextualises this in a real life example and if you would like to receive those that she collected in her...

11:00 Interview with Sugata Mitra

ugata joins us in the studio after his plenary session and reacts to some of the comments from Twitter and the live feed during his talk.

10:50 Interview with Jill and Charlie Hadfield

Jill and Charlie talk about the use of low resource creativity in the language classroom and how teacher and learner creativity supports motivation and how teachers can use visualising techniques to both motivate learners and improve grammar.

Friday 4 April
Time Title Interview description
16:50 Interview with Amanda Welfare and Dale Coulter

Dale and Amanda from Berlin Teachers’ Association talk about the opportunities available to teacher associations, their decision to reintroduce their journal and how they arrange international speakers and events whilst maintaining affordable...

16:30 Interview with Paula Rebolledo

Paula talks about a teacher training project in Chile in which she has been encouraging teachers to carry out longer term classroom research. This research has been controlled and carried out by the teachers in negotiation with the students.

16:20 Interview with Chaz Pugliese

Chaz talks about the nature of ‘flow’, a state in which students can achieve optimal concentration on learning. He reflects on research he has been doing in his classroom and how he has tried to identify activities which help to promote states of flow...

16:00 Interview with Valeria Franca

Valeria is the incoming president of Bras TESOL and she talks about the challenges teacher associations face and how they chose their themes for this year’s conference, professional development courses they have set up with the British Council and how...

15:40 Interview with Kevin Rutherford and Jamie Dunlea

Kevin and Jamie talk about the importance of certain techniques for those involved in test item writing, also suggesting some freely available websites that can help:

15:30 Interview with Mark Osborne

Mark talks about the way digital materials can now track student interaction with learning and help to identify unique pathways through materials which respond to their needs.

15:20 Interview with Natasha Rosair

Natasha is responsible for organising the British Council’s Teacher Educator Conference in India. In this interview she talks about the conference, and what she has noticed from following the IATEFL conference organisers this year.

15:00 Interview with Waleed Nureldeen

Waleed talks about how he has integrated the Disabled Access Friendly Campaign into the Nile TESOL strategy and hundreds of teachers in Egypt are using the resources provided by the campaign to raise learners' awareness of disability and how these...

14:50 Interview with Kathleen Graves

Kathleen Graves talks about her plenary in which she explores the concept of the efficiency of inefficiency. She emphasises the point that learning is not an efficient process of moving through course book materials but is much more centred around...

14:30 Interview with Judith Hanks

Judith talks about exploratory practice in the language classroom, where teachers take "Why" questions about learning and teaching to their learners and they work on them together. You can read more about these principles in Judith's book The...

14:20 Interview with Jim Scrivener

Jim Scrivener talks about demand high teaching and how teachers should be pushing students to ensure they extract more meaning and learning from activities. He also mentions the importance of grammar and drilling activities.

14:00 Interview with Agnes Enyedi

Agnes talks about an issue of interest to many teachers - burnout. As well as pointing out what indicators are, and suggesting some ways of dealing with burnout, she dispels some of the myths associated with it.

12:50 Interview with Justine Arena and Mercedes Viola

Justine and Mercedes talk about their experience of being BE SIG scholars. Justine talks about her use of digital narrative in business English teaching and Mercedes tells us about an innovative project using video conferencing to deliver English...

12:30 Interview with Caroline Grant

Caroline talks about some of the ways in which the British Council is supporting teachers and learners of English across South Africa.

12:00 Interview with Simon Ruiz, Dame Diop and Yasir el Hag (Hornby scholars)

Dame from Senegal, Yasir from Sudan and Simon from Venezuela give an overview of some of the issues affecting English teachers in their countries, and what is being done to support those teachers.

11:50 Interview with Saraswati Dawadi, Sbudi Lestari and Deepa Ellepota (Hornby scholars)

Hornby Scholars are talking about their experiences of being Hornby scholars and the processes they had to go through to become scholars. They also have some helpful tips for anyone thinking of applying for a scholarship

11:30 Interview with Jamie Keddie

Jamie gives some practical ideas for teachers to get their learners using video cameras inside and outside the classroom.

11:20 Interview with Marjorie Rosenberg

Marjorie talks about the IATEFL webinar series. This is a new series of online webinars from some of the most prominent names in ELT. She also talks about the Fair List which encourages and supports the principle of gender balance in ELT conferences...

11:00 Interview with Michael Carrier

Michael talks about some emergent areas of technology in the field of ELT, including voice recognition.

10:50 Interview with Angie Quintanilla

Angie talks about her use of digital narrative within pre-service teacher training and the importance of giving trainee teachers models of sound technology use within the language classroom.

Thursday 3 April
Time Title Interview description
17:30 Interview with Rustom Mody

Rustom talks about the British Council’s use of radio as a channel for supporting teacher development across India, with its TeachingEnglish Radio series.

16:40 Interview with Andy Hockley

Andy talks us through the key areas that managers have to consider before deciding to launch online courses and to ensure they understand what's necessary for the teachers who will be delivering online. These points are also covered in his new e-book...

16:30 Interview with David Graddol

David Graddol joins us in the studio to talk about the changes in the world around teaching and learning English and pick up on some of the themes from his opening plenary. You can see the plenary at ...

16:20 Interview with Scott Thornbury

Scott talks about his recent research into the communicative approach and shares some experiences of what's happening in the classroom and how teachers can measure their beliefs and methodology. Scott also shares the background behind his ELT...

16:00 Interview with Julian Kenny

Julian joins us to talk about the TYLEC certificate - the Teaching Young Learners Extension Course. He talks about the rise in the number of non-native speaker teachers at C1 level and how this has led to an increase in the number of teachers taking...

15:40 Interview with Sophie Ioannou-Georgiou

Sophie gives an introduction to CLIL (content and language integrated learning), talking about why it is increasingly important to governments and schools, as well as the different models of CLIL which are currently prevalent.

15:20 Interview with James Taylor, Willy Cardoso and Katherine Bilsborough

James, Willy and Katherine talk about the benefits of blogging, growing the confidence to blog and how it enables a different level of communication with peers around the world

15:00 Interview with Karen Waterston

Karen talks about her work with in-service and pre-service teachers in northern Thailand. She describes helping teachers deal with low resource environments and large classes as well as interventionist teacher development – intervening in observed...

14:30 Interview with Graham Hall

Gavin is joined by Graham Hall to talk about his research into the use of L1 in the classroom at a global scale.

14:00 Interview with Sandy Millin and Adam Simpson

Paul and Ann ask Sandy and Adam about the ingredients for a successful blog and the inspirations behind their blogs. 

12:50 Interview with Sheena Gardner and Hilary Nesi

Sheena and Hilary, from Coventry University, talk about the development of ‘Writing for a Purpose’

12:30 Interview with Hugh Dellar

Hugh talks about the Lexical Lab, a space for teachers who are interested in a view of language which is more complex than grammar structures plus words. This space will allow teachers to come to learn and develop and share experiences which launches...

12:20 Interview with Andrew Wright

Andrew talks about his long career in ELT and moves on to his more recent work with stories and helping teachers use their voice more effectively.

12:10 Interview with Richard MacAndrew

Richard, one of the winners at the Extensive Reading Foundation Awards, talks about how he got into writing graded fiction, and why readers can be useful for learners of English

12:00 Interview with David Heathfield

David is a great believer in using creativity in the language classroom and gives an example of one of his techniques and stories from his new book Storytelling With Our Students.

11:50 Interview with Amy Lightfoot

Amy talks about the British Council’s work to integrate self-access resources into their teacher development programmes in India, linked to a newly developed Continuing Professional Development framework. 

Wednesday 2 April
Time Title Interview description
17:50 Interview with Paul Braddock and Ann Foreman

Paul and Ann talk about the work they are doing on the TeachingEnglish website and its associated social media channels to support continuing professional development.

17:20 Interview with Tessa Woodward and Seth Lindstromberg

Seth and Tessa talk about practical activities teachers can use in their classes to encourage fun and meaningful communication. Tessa also speaks about the Fair List.

16:20 Interview with Jeremy Harmer

Jeremy talks about extensive reading and error correction in the communicative approach

Do we encourage learners just to read for fun or do we explicitly study a novel? Jeremy discusses both sides of the argument when using extensive reading...

16:00 Interview with Anna Searle

Anna talks about the latest British Council online offer for teacher development through TeachingEnglish, MOOCs and University of Southampton as well as other options available through the British Council in 110 countries.

15:40 Interview with Gavin Dudeney

Gavin talks about some of the current digital trends in English language teaching, and considers developments that we should start to see in the near future

15:40 Interview with Jennifer Basset and Robert Campbell

Jenny and Robert, winners of the ERF award talk about their experiences and some of the challenges of writing graded readers and give tips about how to get started writing a graded reader.

15:40 Interview with David Crystal

David talks about two possibly unique projects he has recently been working on: a separately published glossary for a novel, and also a book about places of historical importance for the English language in the UK.

15:40 Interview with Anthony Gaughan

Anthony is the coordinator for the Teacher Development Special Interest Group and he talks about the techniques they used yesterday to identify areas their developmental goals for the next six months as well as other very practical reflection...

15:30 Interview with Neil Ballantyne

Neil talks about the range of LearnEnglish digital products available for learners of all ages and levels, including apps which teachers can use in the classroom. For those living in more remote areas, they have also developed a suite of English for...

12:50 Interview with Daniel Barber

Daniel talks about how teachers can use coaching techniques with whole classes to help learners extend their learning experience outside the classroom. He includes practical suggestions for learners to practise speaking alone and gives food for...

12:30 Interview with Margit Szesztay

Margit is Global Issues SIG co-ordinator, and talks about the work the SIG do to support teachers lead on change in the classroom. Changing the way they teach, the way learners respond in class and react to topics such as climate change, not least in...

12:20 Interview with Barry Tomalin

Barry talks about his workshop at this year’s conference - ‘What do you say after hello’ - all about the importance of being prepared for networking, what to say, and what cultural considerations to bear in mind.

12:00 Interview with Alan Maley

Alan Maley talks about the importance of creativity in the ELT industry. He introduces the C Group, a new group of ELT writers and trainers, who are interested in promoting greater freedom and creativity for language teachers.

11:50 Interview with Jo Budden

Jo manages the British Council’s LearnEnglish Teens website, and talks about the kind of content which attracts teenage learners to the site, and how the community on site is growing.

11:30 Interview with Kieran Donaghy

Kieran gives practical tips on using short film and animated websites to teach vocabulary.

11:20 Interview with Debanjan Chakrabati

Debanjan Chakrabarti is the British Council’s Head of Research & Publications for India. He talks about the research he’s presenting on parental attitudes to English in Assam, and also about the British Council’s wider research work including the...

Tuesday 1 April
Time Title Interview description
16:30 Interview with Sara Pierson and John Knagg

Sara and John talk about teacher training projects and lessons learned from Ministries of Education and policy makers globally. Specifically, John shares with us four key learning points covered in their research which can be found in...

16:20 Interview with Caroline Moore

Caroline talks about new digital innovations that IATEFL are using to extend access to the conference. She mentions the coming webinar ‘After Hours’ which will be held on Friday and will involve opportunities to interact with some of the speakers from...

15:20 Interview with Nik Peachey

Nik Peachey talks about the Digital Skills for Employability panel he is moderating on Wednesday 2nd April. He also talks about his recent project to crowdsource funding for a digital publishing project.

14:00 Interview with Barry O'Sullivan

Barry, Head of Assessment Research and Development at the British Council, talks about the organisation's work in Assessment Literacy.

13:50 Interview with Eric Baber

Eric is IATEFL’s outgoing Vice President, and in this interview he reflects on how his time working for IATEFL has benefited him and how volunteering might also benefit teachers of English.

13:30 Interview with Gwendydd Caudwell

Gwen talks about issues related to assessing teachers’ level of English, and how the British Council's Aptis test for teachers addresses them.

13:20 Interview with Adrian Underhill

Adrian speaks about open space technology and different ways to organise conference events to make them more participatory. He also talks about the “C Group’ a group of teachers who are exploring ways of integrating more creativity into teaching.

12:30 Interview with Carol Read

The IATEFL president talks about the new features of this year's conference - such as the Open Space event - as well as the work that IATEFL carries out throughout the year.

Wednesday 5 February
Time Title Interview description
16:00 Welcome from Carol Read

Welcome message to Harrogate online from IATEFL President Carol Read