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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Teachers are not omnipotent

Submitted by Chris Stanzer on Thu 3 Apr, 09:27

At the opening of her wonderfully energetic talk on Thursday afternoon, Maria Araxi Sachpazian posed the following question to her audience; ‘Are teachers responsible for their students’ learning?’ After receiving a resounding ‘Yes!’ in reply, this led on to the perennial problem; I teach – they don’t learn, and the common reaction to this – my fault? – which we in the audience could well identify with.

Sasajima Shigeru's blog

Submitted by Sasajima Shigeru on Wed 2 Apr, 14:24

Workshop - Teacher motivation and the prickly matter of handling feedback

It is my first workshop I happened to attend today. I was attracted the title of ‘teacher motivation.’ I got a lot of different conceptions from the participants there. I do realize each teacher is different due to his or her context. Interesting!

Leaping before you look

Submitted by Chris Stanzer on Wed 2 Apr, 09:20

One of the pleasures of a large conference is the opportunity to attend sessions in fields other than one’s own. I’m not a CELTA trainer but was intrigued by the synopsis of Danny Norrington-Davies‘ talk on Wednesday afternoon about CELTA trainees responding to emerging language during their observed lessons. This is something I do all the time now, but my own CELTA was very structured, which I found frightening enough at the beginning, and I know I would have been terrified to go into a class without the security of something pre-planned.

A most wonderful way to start the conference

Submitted by Vicky Saumell on Tue 1 Apr, 08:41

My first session after the opening plenary and I'm already nergised to go through the sea of talks in these next days. I have just seen and heard Adrian Underhill doing Demand High and Lost Learning. It was a fantastic reminder of how we often stay at the surface of  tasks and lose opportunities for teaching and learning.