International House John Haycraft Classroom Exploration Scholarship

The following text is taken from the IATEFL website. For submission date information, and information about how to apply, please refer to the IATEFL website.

In 2006 Jane Willis and Corony Edwards won a British Council ELT Innovation award for their book Teachers Exploring Tasks in English Language Teaching and donated their award to finance a scholarship to the IATEFL Exeter Conference in 2008. The interest in and quality of applications for this scholarship indicated that it should be offered annually.

International House kindly stepped in to 'adopt' this scholarship and there will now be two scholarships awarded annually. This scholarship is named in memory of the co-founder of International House, John Haycraft.

The aim of the scholarship is to encourage teachers to embark on or to continue small-scale classroom exploration projects to shed light on learner/learner, learner/teacher aspects of the classroom language learning experience.

It is not necessary to be a member of IATEFL to apply for this scholarship.

The award consists of:

  • registration for the Research SIG Pre-Conference Event or another relevant
  • registration for the IATEFL Annual Conference
  • a year's IATEFL membership
  • £1,500 for conference related expenses, including travel and visa costs

To qualify you must be:

  • a practising teacher or teacher trainer

To be considered you must submit:

  • a speaker proposal by the Scholarship deadline. Without a submitted speaker proposal, the scholarship application will be invalid.
  • an outline of your research with its rationale (400-500 words). You can enter a project already underway or planned for the academic year. See below for research criteria
  • a passport size photo (for inclusion in the conference programme and the scholarship poster if you win, please refer to the scholarship guidelines for photo requirements)

Selection criteria for the research:

  • The project should be small-scale and classroom based
  • The research topic should be suitable for its social and educational context
  • Its objectives should be clearly defined and achievable
  • The procedures used for data collection and analysis should be clear
  • The work should be original/innovative in some way
  • The process and/or outcomes should be useful to other teachers/trainers