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.

Enter part of name to only display reports by that reporter.


Submitted by Ana Kodric on Thu 22 Mar, 10:23

Roslyn said "You are going to speak Chinese today"??!! Well that came as a surprise, especially when she said she wasn´t going to say a word! How on Earth..?

Well, facing a board with a number of rectangles, each in different colour, we started learning. She pointed to the first one and mimed with extreme facial movement the first sound without uttering anything, we improvised and finally guessed it.
It went on untill we went through all the small rectangles.

Management and Leadership - What to do with poor performance?!

Submitted by Ana Kodric on Thu 22 Mar, 10:19

The main questions are how do we find out about poor performance, why does it accur and how to deal with it?

Managers find out about it in 3 ways:
- students complain ("playground conversation")
- a teacher asks for help
- they just "pick it up" (noticing the teachers´ "mess")

Loraine Kennedy - Appraisals

Submitted by Ana Kodric on Thu 22 Mar, 10:14

Loraine Kennedy - Consultancy, Training, Coaching 

Anthony Gaughan: The Se7en Deadly Sins

Submitted by Adam Simpson on Thu 22 Mar, 09:57

Everything you know is wrong! Well, not wrong, but I guess we could all do with a fresh perspective on our teaching practices every now and again.


As methodological and pedagogical notions progress, we are often in danger of throwing the babies out with the bathwater. This, noted Anthony in this lovely session, is what we have done on a number of occasions: many useful teaching and learning strategies are discarded without real reason.


Şirin Soyoz and Suzanne Mordue: Using e-portfolios in alternative assessment

Submitted by Adam Simpson on Wed 21 Mar, 16:48

The future will require skilled and digitally aware learners. E-portfolios, Suzanne and Şirin suggested, would play a major part in ensuring this occurs.


Working with e-portfolios will enable learners to develop a wide array of skills, such as goal setting, engagement, motivation, ICT skills, reflection and collaboration, among others.


Suggested methods for developing an e-portfolio included something as simple as word documents, through to things like wikis, blogs, moodle, and even Facebook.


The IATEFL Interactive Language Fair

Submitted by Nahla Schowahne on Wed 21 Mar, 15:37

Twelve presenters races through their presentations while trying to give an image of what their topic is all about. This was no ordinary session since the audience had a role in this too. When the presenters finished, the audience was invited to walk around the gallery and ask them questions.

Why Webwikiblogstream? using online support in teacher development

Submitted by Nahla Schowahne on Wed 21 Mar, 12:57

A wiki is a website which anyone can log into and edit to add or change information. The British Council, Madrid, used a wiki to write about the 2010 September Conference. They added directions, presentations, handouts, conference downloadable timetables, webcasts and chat options using social networks. 

Russell Stannard: Tools for digital storytelling

Submitted by Adam Simpson on Wed 21 Mar, 12:07

'Russell Stannard: doing the hard work of finding the best tech tools so you don't have to!'


Russell’s presentation was part of the YTL Special Interest Group. He reflected on the fact that we as ELT practitioners are already good at the flipped classroom, so today he wanted to talk about what he calls the ‘connected classroom’.


Olwyn Alexander: Who needs a teacher's book?

Submitted by Adam Simpson on Wed 21 Mar, 11:06

As someone involved in EAP, I was particularly looking forward to Olwyn Alexander's presenation, as she is doing some wonderful work in the development of academic English.


In her session, she looked into how the teacher’s book has been viewed in our profession, with particular emphasis on the fact that up to this point they have been less important to publishers than the course book itself.


Plenary session by Diana Laurillard

Submitted by Nahla Schowahne on Wed 21 Mar, 10:32

In her session about supporting the teacher as innovative learning designer, Laurillard begings by stating that the reason we look for teachnology is for learning through discussion, practice and collaboration. She states that in order for a learning process to take place, the teacher begins with presenting and the students internalizing, but in order for the learner to learn, something must be demanded from them.