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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23
Mar

The Coaching Twist

For teachers and their students, online resources for learning languages made available in the last few years should be the answer to our prayers. Learners now have the tools to learn effectively at their fingertips. But ask yourself: have you noticed much of a rise in the level of English among your students? How many of your learners are making use of Skype language exchange chats or vocabulary apps? Some, definitely. But most? The primary question learners need to answer, then, is not: What can I do to improve my English? First they need to ask themselves: What is stopping...
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8
Mar

Who really shaped ELT?

Who shaped ELT? If you’ve got a TEFL certificate of any kind you might suggest some names from the core books on your course. If you’ve done an MA or DELTA, you can probably add to that list. Or you might come up with names of speakers you’ve seen at conferences or on the covers of course books and resources. I can guess some of the names that spring to mind. But I was intrigued to see a quote on a recent IATEFL Materials Writing SIG blog post by Peter Viney as it chimed with an idea I’ve had about...
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20
May

What are bloggers saying about #iELT16?

We would like to send a massive thank you to everyone who participated at InnovateELT 2016: Power to the teacher and helped us make it a really special event. We hope you had the opportunity to connect with others, get inspired by the high quality sessions and plenaries, enjoy the fun times and came out feeling empowered! We’ve really enjoyed reading speakers’ and attendees’ accounts of the event and we’d like to share some of these with you. We hereby pass the mic to… Jessica Brooks. Power to the Teacher!!: Innovate 2016 Justin Noppe. Innovate in ELT Barcelona 2016 Kat...
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8
May

InnovateELT meets Mental Health Friendly

It will be an enormous pleasure to return to Innovate ELT this year with Mental Health Friendly; an initiative designed to improve access to quality English Language Training for people suffering/recovering from serious mental health problems. What is Mental Health Friendly? For those who attended the conference last year, you might remember we presented the project together with Fiona Oates in this talk here. This year will be launching a new tool for teachers to help them raise the issue of mental health in a positive manner. Attendees will be there at “The world premiere” of Elen Evans’ winning entry...
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3
May

Get Mobile. Get Outside. Putting technology in its place

Ahead of his talk at iELT16, Geoff Stead of Platinum sponsor Cambridge English Language Assessment gives us this thoughts on technology in education…    Where does technology fit in your classroom? Is it a collection of tools in your teaching toolbox . . .  or is it trying to BE the entire toolbox? Does it let you take learning outside or does it try to keep it in the classroom? I’ve had the privilege of spending the past ten or so years developing mobile learning apps often targeting learners who, for many diverse reasons, are not well served by traditional...
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2
May

Overcoming Inertia

In this post, Emma Louise Pratt of ELT Campus shares her thoughts on building a community…   I was so excited. I’d put my heart and soul into the project. A group of teachers at a local college were going to meet with me on a weekly basis to improve their confidence with English but also explore together methods and ideas for teaching subjects through English. Being the tech head that I am, I promptly introduced the group to Edmodo with the idea that we could have this shared space for messaging, commenting and gathering information and learning for our new...
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25
Apr

The Power of Global Justice

We welcome Linda Ruas to the iELT blog to share her thoughts on the power that we have as teachers to fight injustice…   The other day, I did a lesson about sport with my multilingual pre-intermediate ESOL group in London, but with a twist. The texts were about two organisations: ‘Coaching for Hope’, teaching football (and literacy) to young child miners in Burkina Faso; and ‘Human Rights Watch’, fighting for women in Iran to be allowed to publicly watch volleyball matches. It was real, contentious, current and the learners were so interested that the lesson ran itself and remembered all...
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19
Apr

Build your own LMS with WordPress

There has been an undoubtable leveling of the playing field in eLearning over the last ten years, with eLearning tools and delivery platforms becoming more widely accessible in terms of cost and choice. This trend has been matched by an equally impressive growth in the number of teachers dipping their toes into course and content development – a trend that is particularly evident in the language field. So what’s a budding course developer’s best option for sharing his or her creations with the world and building an online business? The obvious answer is to use an LMS (Learning Management System)....
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