Innovate Events Blog

17-18th May, 2019, Barcelona

Innovate ELT 19

BACK TO THE FUTURE

InnovateELT is five years old. To celebrate our half-decade, we want to invite our wonderful community of ELT professionals to stop the clock and take stock of where ELT is going.

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24
May

Climate emergency declaration for the ELT industry

At last weekend’s Innovate conference I declared a climate emergency on behalf of the ELT industry. The causes of the unfolding global environmental disaster and the threat it presents to our survival and to the living planet will be familiar to you all. You’re probably already changing the way you doing things in your personal lives: walking, cycling and taking public transport more, reusing plastics, eating less meat. But we need to address climate breakdown and biodiversity loss in the ELT industry, too, because it has a significant environmental impact. In this post I’d like to do four things: identify...
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21
May

Where’s the fun in that?

This is the transcript (and slightly longer version) of the plenary I gave on May 17th 2019 at the 5th InnovateELT conference.  This year’s theme is Back to the Future and in this talk I look back on the last 12 months of fun and where we might go. Feel free to leave a comment in the box below and thanks for reading. First of all, happy 5th birthday InnovateELT and thank you for inviting me back here to speak again.  Last year I had a lot of fun here, hearing speakers and attendees discuss what fun, delight and challenge...
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16
May

No, we don’t use only 10% of our brains!

Ever heard anyone say that? The last time I did was from one of the most powerful voices in movie history: Morgan Freeman’s. If he had been born in the UK, I’m sure he would’ve been knighted by now and joined the select group that includes Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Judi Dench, and Dame Helen Mirren. Mr. Freeman played the role of Professor Samuel Norman, brain expert who has studied, among other things, the evolution of this incredible organ in Lucy, a movie co-starring Scarlet Johansson. In one of the scenes, Professor Norman is lecturing to a...
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13
May

ITN at iELT19: How to Create and Publish Your Own Teaching Videos

Seasoned online content creator & CELTA teacher trainer, Billie Haase will be joined by professional video producers from multi-award winning London based global media organisation, ITN to workshop, ‘How to create and publish your own teaching videos’. The experts will be sharing insights, practical tips and success criteria for creating video to be used as both teaching aids and in some cases, additional income. They’ll be exploring what works and more importantly what doesn’t when creating video for language learning with real examples and professional ‘behind the scenes’ advice on making the most out of simple camera or camera phone...
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12
Apr

5 things you may be getting wrong with Gen Z in your classroom

A whole generation is entering the world of education, yet not many seem to be talking about it. Introducing Gen Z. Born 1996-2010. Usually, people’s first reaction is, “Wait! Aren’t they Millennials?”. No, they are not. In fact, they are quite different. I’m a Millennial and there is not a day that goes by where you don’t hear about us. The most analysed generation in history. We talk about Millennials so much that we can’t even imagine a whole new generation showing up at school. Gen Z. The oldest ones are already in their early twenties. They love Snapchat and...
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18
May

Real Fun and Fake Fun

The InnovateELT 2018 conference theme was: Fun?! Delight and Struggle in ELT. In this post I will reflect on some key points which emerged for me, inspired by the talks I attended and conversations I took part in. In the pub quiz conference ice-breaker activity, I quoted this from the Demand High website (Scrivener and Underhill). In the quiz this was a gap fill task incidentally, but here I quote in full: “We launched the Demand High meme at IATEFL in March 2012. We argued that communicative language teaching had painted itself into a corner, encouraging a lot of “fun”...
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16
May

Plenary: Do students really want fun in the ELT classroom?

This is the transcript of my plenary ‘Do students really want fun in the ELT classroom?’, which I gave on Saturday 12 May 2018 at InnovateELT. It was just a microphone and me in the Oxford TEFL school garden so there are no slides or graphics to accompany it. A special thanks to all those who tweeted and chatted with me afterwards about it. If you’re short of time then the TL;DR version is in the final paragraph. Feel free to leave your thoughts or questions in the comment box at the end. Enjoy!   FUN. It’s made up of...
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9
May

If I’m not suffering, am I learning?

Bindi Clements is Instructional Design and Efficacy Manager at Wall Street English, and will be exploring some interesting discrepancies between what teachers and students think is ‘fun’. Join her talk at 17.40 in Room 10 to find out why these differences might matter for how we design learning experiences. At around the time that the iELT18 conference theme of ‘Fun?! Delight and struggle in ELT’ was published last year, I’d recently joined Wall Street English. I’d obviously checked out our website when I was applying for the job, and had noticed that the idea of ‘fun’ featured strongly in how...
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