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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The Future of ELT: is it really in future?

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Submitted by Addeh Hovassapian on Thu 11 Apr, 12:24

In today’s plenary Jun Liu delineated how the ELT might look like as an ever-changing paradigm. 

His speech was quite intriguing one as to answer this question Jun had resorted to a thorough study of the prevailing change trends both in past and present and by systematic analysis of what has been studied and researched in the past 5 decades in the field all around the world, had compiled a comprehensive data - both statistical and qualitative - to predict its possible future. 

Evelina Miscin's Cell Phone Scavanger Hunt

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Submitted by Sanja Bozinovic on Thu 11 Apr, 11:37

Evelina teaches at the College of Business and Management in Zapresic, Croatia, and she uses mobile phones in her English language lessons. Teachers usually don't like when students use mobile phones in class because they distract, they are used for cheating or even taking photos of the teacher that end of on YouTube or some other Internet service. However, there are a lot of advantages and Evelina's workshop was to show other teachers some tasks that prove it. After a warm up activity, the delegates worked in groups. We did:

British Council signature event - Native speaker?

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Submitted by Branka Segvic on Thu 11 Apr, 11:02

We had four panellists at this British Council Signature Event: Becky R.K. Ndjoze-Ojo, Sarah Ogbay, Robert Phillipson and Danny Whitehead. Although arriving a bit late and finding a full room, I succeeded to sneak in. The topic of the debate was: Linguistic imperialism: still alive and kicking? A number of different questions which influence teachers and language learners around the world were raised. Are English teachers unwitting promoters of imperialism? Does the global spread of the English language threaten local languages, cultures and identities? Do these need to be safeguard?

Evening events and parties

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Submitted by Branka Segvic on Thu 11 Apr, 08:47

You thought IATEFL is all about language learning, grammar, vocabulary, listening, writing etc., think twice! IATEFL knows the best that ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’. They know how hard we have been working at the conference and they know we need to relax. That’s why we have a number of evening events at IATEFL. I attended two of them and had a great time at each one. 

Correlation Among language learning belifs,strategies and success in EFL

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Submitted by Branka Segvic on Thu 11 Apr, 06:39

Affective factors (beliefs about learning foreign languages) and cognitive (learning strategies) are of extreme importance in acquiring a foreign language. This was a topic of the session by Magda Pasalic. The session is a result of her master’s thesis where she analyzed the correlation between affective factors, cognitive factors and students’ progress and/or success. Her research included 200 participants. These were 1st and 2nd year students at the Faculty of Economics in Split, Croatia.

Bridging the gap between the classroom and the autonomous learner

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Submitted by Sanja Bozinovic on Wed 10 Apr, 14:32

Sandy Millin works at International House Newcastle where they have implemented Personal Study Programme (PSP) as an alternative to more traditional Self Access Centre and she gave a talk about what their students get out of it.

The Weather in Liverpool: The ELT Weather Forecast Perceptions on Effectiveness and Teacher Motivation

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Submitted by Sanja Bozinovic on Wed 10 Apr, 14:16

In an original, surprising and entertaining second pleanary session of this conference, prof. Deniz Kurtoglu Eken from Sabanci University, Turkey, shared the results of the research she conducted online and included teachers from all over the world who work in different contexts. She presented the results using the vocabulary and images of the weather forecast programmes, which not only entertained the audience but served to underline the most important points of the speech.

Maximizing students speaking fluency: Some Scaffolding Techniques

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Submitted by Addeh Hovassapian on Wed 10 Apr, 13:01

I am sure most of us, language teachers, have experienced a scenario such as the following several times: after doing so many controlled practices of different aspects of language (vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation) with our students, when it has come to doing speaking tasks, all of a sudden, our students have frozen and became unable to articulate their ideas even though they have had the required language repertoire. 

So how and with what possible techniques this issue can be tackled in the class and how can we maximize students fluency?

From preparation to preparedness

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Submitted by Branka Segvic on Wed 10 Apr, 12:38

We all prepare our lessons, write up the lesson plans, copy loads of materials and find even more links on the Internet we want our students to see. Finally, we go to our classrooms and then, suddenly, things start to go wrong – the Internet fails you, copies don’t make sense, you get new students or, for whatever reason, you cannot do what you have planned. Sounds familiar? Sure...What do you do? Improvise...

The ideal L2 self - Motivating adult learners

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Submitted by Branka Segvic on Wed 10 Apr, 12:29

Integrative motivation doesn’t seem to exist in the modern world. Students don’t learn a language because they are interested in the target culture. So what motivates today’s students?