The call for speakers has now closed. For more information on the 2021 conference, please visit our conference web page here.

International House London is excited to announce we are looking for speakers for our Future of Training Online Conference November 13th 2021!


After a tumultuous 18 months, our conference would like to focus on all the amazing developments and experiments that have been going on in the world of ELT and teacher education. Whether the changes have been big or small, we have all had to adapt our practice and we would like to hear about it! Here are three themes we would like to encourage speakers to discuss:

1. Aspects of training/training threads:

It can be challenging and unrealistic to overhaul a whole training programme or attempt to shape every aspect of teaching in every course. But it can be rewarding and achievable to home in on one element of teaching/training to develop in your participants or yourself/fellow trainers. Have you done this? What experiments have you conducted with your training programmes to address particular and specific individual areas? Have you adopted new practices that confront more traditional approaches to training or teaching? How have your participants – or peers – reacted?

2. Training in diverse contexts:

Going beyond Cambridge/Trinity qualifications. What does training look like in your context? Alternatively, do you have experiences of training in multiple contexts and can offer a comparison of approach, technique, course design? Perhaps you are a DoS and have found that CELTA/Trinity graduates need something more specific to function in your context: how did you go about it? What did your new teachers experience when adapting to this context and adopting new practices?

3. Modes of delivery:

In the last year, we have all had to adapt to online teaching and training. What other modes of delivery have you been experimenting with? How does your asynchronous support work? What backchannel do you use and how? What feedback have you received regarding these, from participants or peers? Is online pedagogy fundamentally different?

In exploring these themes, we would like to encourage you to bring in voices from your training room/programme, be they learners, training teachers, mentees, peers, line managees or beyond: what are the recipients of training really thinking and feeling? If you would like some examples of the three themes above, and see the proposal guidelines: Click here

What to put in your proposal:

Section of proposal

Word Count



10-15 words


Which theme:

1.Aspects of training

2.Training in diverse contexts

3.Modes of delivery


This is to help us with conference organisation – it won’t be published in our brochure


60 words max

This will be published in our brochure

Summary (optional)

150-200 words 

This will be used to evaluate your proposal during blind selection. Please outline the content of your talk/workshop, and what type of training or context it is relevant to


Format of talk: if successful, you will be allocated a slot of 45-50 minutes. Your presentation should be approximately 30 minutes long, with the additional time set aside for pre- and/or post- discussion.


Delivery of talk: all talks will be delivered using the zoom platform.



If you have questions about any of the above, you can email

Please submit your proposal by 23 August 2021 by filling out our form here.

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