Workshop: Looking at CELTA assignments in more specific detail. Get my gist?


Calling all CELTA trainers! Please come along to an interactive workshop with experienced trainers from IH London who will facilitate a session on the Language and Skills assignments. You will have the opportunity to share and discuss rubrics and approaches and will go away with new ideas to experiment with. As trainers, we don’t often have the opportunity to see other people’s assignments so this is an opportunity to do that.

Workshop: Looking at CELTA assignments in more specific detail. Get my gist?

Are you tired of interpreting the same attempts at CCQs? Are you fed up deciphering what a trainee means by speaking for gist? Is sentence level analysis how trainees should learn about language? Should the texts be authentic or graded coursebook material?

Following on from the culture of sharing that was such a prominent feature – and goal – of the IH Future of Training conference in November, we would like to invite CELTA trainers to bring and share rubrics for the Language Related Tasks and Language Skills Tasks assignments to our workshop, where we can investigate and discuss different approaches to the written work.

Bring your ideas and leave with even more!

This is a free event.

When: Thursday 28th March 2019


Workshop 6pm-7pm 
Drinks and chat 7pm-8pm






‘Survey-inspired CELTA innovation’ with Jacqueline Douglas

This event is the first in a series of our post-conference talks and workshops at IH London.

Jacqueline revisits the CELTA by Cambridge’s talk at IATEFL Brighton on making it fit for purpose in the 21st century. Jacqueline’s thoughts follow Clare Harrison’s survey-based suggestions that we incorporate more technology and include input on large classes and teens. Come and find out how Jacqueline plans to implement ideas heard there by experimenting on an intensive CELTA, including use of digital coursebooks in teaching practice and ‘flipping’ sessions.

This event takes place at International House London and it is a talk which will be followed by drinks and nibbles.

Date And Time

Thu 24 January 2019

17:00 – 19:00 





From 2018 - The Future of Training Conference

IH London is delighted to welcome you to the Future of Training Conference on 23rd and 24th November.  The conference will represent both our 65 year heritage and our tradition of innovation.  We would like to invite you to be a part of that and shape the future of training with us.

IH London’s founders pushed boundaries and developed the first teacher training qualification in 1962, which went on to become the CELTA we know today.

However, the world today is not the world of 1962. How much has the industry evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of the global market?


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Through our keynotes and workshops, we will explore some of the biggest issues facing the teacher training industry today, as seen from the point of view of trainees, trainers, management, school directors, and key industry stakeholders.

Location: It will take place at 16 Stukeley Street, Covent Garden, International House London.

6.30pm – 8pm on Friday 23rd November  

9.00am – 6pm on Saturday 24th November 2018, with a drinks reception to follow.

Price: £80

Who is this Conference for?

- School Directors
- Academic Directors
- Sales and Marketing Directors
- Teacher Trainers
- Teachers in Training

Conference Program

Friday 23rd November

Time: 18.30 – 20.00

18.00   Arrival, Registration and Drinks
18.30  Conference Opening and Welcome
 18:45  Panel: Real teachers, real needs. Our panel of teachers in various stages of their careers will share their thoughts and experiences of training and development.
 19:30  Discussion: Looking backward, thinking forward. In response to the panel, and in relation to your own experience and context, you will work with fellow delegates to identify common threads and shape a series of questions which will be explored throughout the remainder of the conference
 20:00  Drinks reception. Following the reception at IH, you are welcome to join us at the pub. 

Saturday 24th November

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

09:00 Arrival and Registration
09.30 Conference Opening with Jess Andrews
09:45 Opening Plenary: A little more conversation, a little more action, with Danny Norrington-Davies
 10:45  Coffee break
 11.15 Plenary: The baby AND the bathwater, with Gabriel Diaz Maggioli
12:15  Break

Training the Future Trainer – Practice vs Theory. Will Nash (talk)  

Are we undermining ourselves? The dangers of parochialism in ELT. Ben Beaumont (talk)

Exploring Trainer Development: stories, experiences, practices. Teti Dragas (workshop)

Don’t forget the online teacher. Lindsay Warwick (workshop)

Trends in training – a Cambridge perspective. Tim Banks (talk)




PEP talks for teacher development. Nick Bilborough (talk) 

What if we took away input? Melissa Lamb (workshop)

What do we mean by ‘appropriate’ model? Martin Oetegenn (workshop)

What the E L does it stand for anyway? Jo Stansfield (talk)

Making sense of meaning. Gabriela Petchey (workshop)

 15:30  Break

Striking the Balance. Nikki Fortova (talk) 

We’ve always done it that way… Sinead Laffan (talk)

Up creek, no paddle: training in language skills teaching. John Field (talk) 

Synchronous online teaching observation standards. Where is the love? Renata Franco Wilmot (workshop)

Introducing differentiation on short initial teacher training courses. Karin Krummenacher (talk)

 17:00 Closing Q&A Panel with Adrian Underhill, Fiona Dunlop, Jason Anderson and Marie Willoughby
 17.00  Closing Q&A Panel with Adrian Underhill, Fiona Dunlop, Jason Anderson and Marie Willoughby
 17:55  Closing Remarks
 18:00  Drinks reception

Keynotes, Workshops and Q&A Panels

Our selection of speakers incorporates teachers, teacher trainers, academic directors and school directors. Together we will explore the future direction of the industry of teacher training from an academic and commercial perspective and seek answers to the questions: what do teachers and teacher trainers need now, what will they need in the future, and are our current courses delivering that? How can we ensure we are continually innovating and developing our existing courses to meet the changing needs of the teacher training market?


Click here to see our Speaker Abstracts


Speaker Proposals at The Future of Training Conference

Speaker proposal submissions are now closed.  Thank you for submitting your speaker proposal for the conference. We are currently reviewing the submissions and will email you the result of your proposal shortly.