The 11th Biennial English Teachers’ Day took place on 5 December 2018. This one-day conference is one of the main events in the English language teaching calendar in Austria and offers a varied programme of practical professional development workshops focusing on a wide range of TEFL topics.
Words of welcome by Vice Rector Dr. Thomas Strasser
300 English teachers from all types of secondary schools could choose from a selection of 37 workshops that dealt with topic areas such as digital technology, creativity in language learning, innovative teaching methods, and cultural aspects. The focus of the conference was to host practical presentations which can help to enhance classroom experiences and aid teachers’ understanding of new developments in English LanguageTeaching.
David Farmer: Shakespeare in Action
Lord Humphrey Trumpbottom, his faithful butler Scratchit and Silvia Jindra
Meg Searle: Big drama in the small classroom
Uwe Pohl: Making group energy work for you
In his keynote speech, Key technologies that are impacting on teaching and learning, Russell Stannard, the founder of www.teachertrainingvideos.com and a NILE affiliate trainer, focused on one of the most popular technologies being used in education. Screen capture technology is being used everywhere in education including in the production of blended, flipped and fully online learning. However in this talk, Russell opened up a whole realm of other uses including in the development of fluency, feedback, reflection and assessment.
The exhibition hall hosted stands of the British Council, the Canadian and Australian Embassies and presentation stands of language course providers as well as stands of publishers to showcase ELT publications for conference participants.
The 11th Biennial English Teachers’ Day provided an excellent networking opportunity for participants, not only with other teachers but also with speakers, publishers and others at the cutting edge of English language teaching. It represented an ideal day for new inspiration and motivation to trigger innovative teaching approaches.
v.l.n.r.: IL Ira Werbowsky, LSI Traude Mori, Elisabeth Paulhart, Martin Gilbert (British Council), Russell Stannard, Denise St. John, Silvia Jindra, Katrin Nuredini, Claudia Tangl, Deborah Burger (Europa Büro)