IH London at IATEFL 2014

Come and see our teachers and scholarship winners speak at this year's IATEFL conference. We look forward to seeing you in the audience.

International House London teachers


Danny Norrington-Davies

Leaping before you look 

Wednesday 2 April, 17.10 - 17.40 - Ripley

A lot of unexpected language emerges in lessons, and when trainees on CELTA courses take time to respond to it they often find themselves using skills and techniques they didn’t know they possessed. This talk explores how trainees can benefit from responding to emerging language and how they can use the experience to help them plan for future lessons. 


Andrea Borsato

Still cutting up cards! Activities for storing and retrieving chunks 

Thursday 3 April, 14.05 - 14.50 - Hall Qc

As L2 learners store and retrieve language as prefabricated chunks, revision and practice activities should reflect this. This workshop will explore how teachers can adapt the tried and tested technique of using cut-up vocabulary cards to enable students to learn, store and retrieve lexical items as chunks. Participants will also have the opportunity to share and take home ideas. 


Jacqueline Douglas

A rallying cry for CLIL

Friday 4 April, 16.40 - 17.10 - King's B

CLIL is currently a force for change, but as a trainer, I wonder about its future. I've listened to many CLIL teachers and, hearing the potent mix of confusion and fear commonly felt, I see brave pioneers lacking support. This session invites current and future CLIL teachers, and trainers like me, to explore what might help CLIL succeed. 


Alastair Douglas

CELTA for all?

Saturday 5 April, 10.25 - 10.55 - Queen's 3

CELTA trainees are from increasingly varied backgrounds. More and more are non-native speakers, with experience of teaching in perse contexts including universities and state schools. This research-based talk will offer practical ideas and explore such questions as: Is CELTA suitable for these types of teachers? How do these participants affect the course delivery for trainers? 


Fiona Johnston

Write here, write now 

Saturday 5 April, 11.10 - 11.40 - Hall Qd

How well are we equipping learners of English as a second language with the necessary skills for communicating in today’s online communities? And what are the skills they need? This talk will explore a new aspect of written fluency – the ability to write speedily, relevantly and concisely – and offer practical ideas on how to develop it. 

IH London scholarship winners

Each year we run a series of scholarships. The winners are all given help and resources to attend the IATEFL conference. Find out more on our scholarships page.

International House Training & Development Scholarship Winner


Fauzia Shamim, Pakistan

Talk: Action research for teachers - learning opportunities and challenges

Wednesday 2 April, 12.00 - 1.05 - Harewood 1

International House Brita Haycraft Better Spoken English Scholarship Winner


Marina Noelia Cantarutti, Argentina

Talk: Pronunciation and E-Portfolios: Developing self-regulatory skills and self-esteem

Thursday 3 April, 11.30 - 12.00 - Queen's 5

International House John Haycraft Classroom Exploration Scholarship Winner


James Pengelley, Australia (British Council, Hong Kong)

Talk: Rethinking communicative language teaching

Friday 4 April, 10.25 - 10.55 - Studley

The result of the previous 20 years of Communicative Approach(es) has led us to a time of ambiguity. In this session we will look at some initial research I recently conducted in my own classes and look at how this might feed into a redefined, contemporary view of communicative language teaching (CLT) for the 21st Century.

We interviewed James at the conference just after his talk. Listen to what he had to say:

James kindly provided a version of his talk with slideshow so you can watch and pretend you were at the event!

International House John Haycraft Classroom Exploration Scholarship Winner


Svetlana Belic Malinic (Crnjanski Educational Centre, Belgrade, Serbia)

Talk: Reciprocal coaching as teachers’ professional development

Friday 4 April, 10.25 - 10.55 - Hall Qc

Educational action research in a small international school in Belgrade, Serbia, was conducted with an aim to bring about change in teachers’ perceptions of their pedagogical practice in the classroom. The teachers were introduced into reciprocal coaching schemata in order to support each other in their professional growth, which positively affected their self-assessment.