The 2019 conference will focused on evidence-based research from classroom practices.

The call for speakers specifically asked for proposals that could present results from collaborative projects based on action research, supported experiments, case studies, narrative enquiries or professional product development.

We had an impressive line-up of wonderful speakers who participated on the day. 

Conference Programme

Saturday 9th November 

Time: 9:00- 18.00 with drinks reception to follow


09:00 Arrival and Registration
09:30 Opening remarks with Adrian Underhill & The Flipping Training Panel with Melissa Lamb, Jo Stansfield, Michael Turner and Judie Hudson Room 106
10:30 Coffee Break
11:00 Re-invent the wheel? Making Action Research on Delta more effective Alastair Douglas & Jane Richbell Room 209
New ways to avoid monotony, fear and ignorance in class. Ed Russell & Emma Runkel Room 105
CELTA: Getting on board with blended Anne Timson Room 205
Helping teachers with learner language. Danny Norrington-Davies & Richard Chinn Room 206
Topsy-turvy training: An attempt to blend top-down and bottom-up approaches to in-service teacher training in China. Jason Anderson Room 109
11:45 Break
12:00 Flipping Delta! Melissa Lamb & Jan Madakbas Room 209
Little by little – can an incremental coaching model improve teaching? Jonny Ingham & Christine Helme Room 105
Reflections on using video in TP at two UK-based university teacher education courses Dan Sumner & Teti Dragas Room 205
PBL in YL: A framework for self-reflection and self-evaluation for students and teachers Yiota Gkiaouri Room 206
Sharing success stories: an enhancement approach for low resource/challenging contexts. Richard Smith & Sagun Shrestha Room 109
13:00 Lunch  Room 106
14:15 Helping candidates with mental health issues to achieve their full potential on teacher training courses. Madeleine Du Vivier Room 209
Developing teachers: a post-course commitment to progress with CLIL Jacqueline Douglas Room 205
What is necessary? Stripping back content in the Trinity CertTESOL. Sue Annan & Harry Hall Room 205
Investigating the impact of online teacher development courses. Johanna Stirling and Susi Pearson Room 206
The future is plurilingual. Let’s make teaching qualifications plurilingual too. Ben Beaumont Room 109
15:00 Break
15:15 Meeting of the strands: conference reflections
16:30 Plenary with Nick Bilbrough: The relevant in the room: learner voices in teacher education Room 106
17:45 Drinks reception

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Dangerous Minds: Addressing the prism of disappointment

Jo Stansfield & Marie Willoughby


Both participants and trainers on teacher education courses desire to be inspirational, life-changing teachers. This can lead them to discount the learners’ experiences, culture and incremental progress, feeling disappointed if there are no ‘revelations’ in lessons. This talk looks at what informs this reaction and explores ways of managing expectations, encouraging all to see learning as and when it occurs.


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Maximising Learning for Adults with Specific Learning Differences

Stuart Pollard & Alan Andrew


This session will consider the implications of inclusion and diversity in the classroom: What do specific learning differences look like in the classroom? Which strategies will support people with learning differences, and how can they support learning for all? What are the benefits and rewards of an inclusive classroom? We will discuss areas including the social model of disability, barriers to learning, differentiation and universal design through the lens of adult learning. 

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