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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Reflections on IATEFL Glasgow 2012

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Submitted by Adam Simpson on Wed 11 Apr, 07:01

So, a reflection on IATEFL Glasgow 2012...


Gavin Dudeney: Past IT – from CALL to EdTech: A History

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Submitted by Adam Simpson on Sun 25 Mar, 14:44

What justifiable connection is there between the development of technology and the advancement of teaching methodology?


Having worked with educational technology (EdTech) in teaching and training for more than two decades, Gavin has witnessed a wide range of tools come and go during that time. In his session He shared his journey through the history of EdTech. Central to Gavin’s session was an examination of where we are today, what have we learnt from the past, which technologies survive, and where we are heading in the future.


The last day has come...

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Submitted by Ana Kodric on Sat 24 Mar, 01:38

The last sessions of the day is finished.. and the Final Plenary session, the Closing Adress and the Conference Farewell are behind us. The exciting fulfilling satisfaction combined with complete lack of energy which I feel reminds me of video games when at the end of a level you complete your mission and get the token but your energy level signalizer is flashing "red" :)

So after listening to great presenters, learning, sharing ideas and experiences it is time for what? What do you prepare your students for? The real life obviously :)))


SIG Conference Message

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Submitted by Ana Kodric on Sat 24 Mar, 01:11

Mark Krzanovski ( is a lecturer in Tesol and teacher training at the University of Westminster. He is the co-ordinator of the ESP Sig at Iatefl and ESP/EAP adviser for Garnet Education.


He states that the most important issue facing ESP in Britain is the lack of an official teaching qualification at a post-diploma level. However, the British Council is currently planning to design a certificate in teaching ESP for post-16 vocational education around the world.

Joost Swaenepoel - From Book to play! Motivating and educating learners by acting

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Submitted by Ana Kodric on Sat 24 Mar, 00:43

One of the most inspiring sessions I have been to! The presenter being so enthusiastic and energetic!

He presented the idea of transferring a book read by his students, Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo, into a play perfomed by themselves. No actors! No directors! No cameramen! Well, at least not professional ones ;)


Işıl Boy and Beyza Yılmaz: TeCH-achers: Get your one-way ticket to tech islands!

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Submitted by Adam Simpson on Fri 23 Mar, 18:55

Where can the internet take us as 21st century teachers? The web, Işıl and Beyza noted, is now somewhat analogous to a ‘tech island’ resplendent with a variety of web tools. Nevertheless, if teachers aren’t aware of how to make the most of them, they won’t be able to guide students through their learning journeys.


In this wonderful presentation, Işıl and Beyza took us on a guided tour of the tech island, explaining online platforms like Virtual Learning Environments and Personal Learning Networks.


Vocabulary learning and technology: are they a perfect match?

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Submitted by Nahla Schowahne on Fri 23 Mar, 11:04

Mark Osborne and Graham Shipman presented their project which is called WordReady. The program is intended to enhance vocabulary usage through practice in the program. Te program informs the users of their progress from words that they are learning to what they will be learning in the future.

    The users can copy any text, paste it into the program and starts the vocabulary learning process. When clicking on a single words, questions begins to appear starting from the part of speech, definition in the context, multiple choice, and fill in the gaps questions.

Eugene Schaefer - Teaching with spontaneity: using PDL in the classroom

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Submitted by Ana Kodric on Fri 23 Mar, 02:22

"Imagine not knowing where your lesson is going.. walking into a classroom with no idea what the lesson content will be, but certain that learner input will lead the way."


In this workshop we were introduced to techniques used in PDL - Psychodramaturgie Linguistique - enabling us to react spontaneously to impulses from the class and help students  say what they really want to say.


There are two basic techniques:

Dietmar Tatzl - Europen Teaching Staff Mobility Programmes

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Submitted by Ana Kodric on Thu 22 Mar, 23:50

Dietmar talked about mobility activities, ESP teacher development and degree programmes in aeronautical engineering and piloting.


He presented the curricula of the Department of Aviation and the mobility activities he went through and finally presented the topics and gains derived from each activity.


The conclusion drawn from his expereinces are that Teaching Staff Mobility Programmes open new teaching environments, strengthen ties with partners and internationalisation and does wonder for professional development!


Joe Pereira: Using Interactive Fiction for digital game-based language learning

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Submitted by Adam Simpson on Thu 22 Mar, 18:22

The notion of Interactive Fiction is neither new nor innovative. Nevertheless, its use in language teaching is still new and not yet greatly explored. Interactive Fiction is actually what many of us would refer to as the original computer game; a text-based adventure in which the player works with the game to co-construct the story.


In the session Joe highlighted the origins of the format and how it became a worldwide phenomenon. He then proceeded to look at the conventions of playing and the type of language needed to progress through a typical game.