The Innovate ELT team is pleased to announce a call for papers for our conference in Barcelona in May 5th and 6th 2016. The conference title this year is ‘Power to the Learner’.
We especially welcome sessions that examine learning from the learner’s perspective; explore issues related to learner autonomy, empowerment and agency; or encourage conference attendees to put themselves in the learner’s shoes. For example, are you learning something that has made you reflect on or change the way you teach? Could you give attendees a class on something that would help them gain deeper insight into the learning process? Would any of your learners be interested in giving a 10-minute plenary or co-presenting with you?
Please note that in a change from previous years, speakers will be asked to pay the full conference fee in order to attend; this is so that we can make the ticket price lower for all attendees. The fee will be waived for learners who are giving plenaries or co-presenting.
These sessions will involve you teaching a class of 6–10 Spanish-speaking, B1/B2-level learners observed by delegates. The session should include opportunities for feedback and discussion of the lesson. The room will have an internet connection and a projector. The learners should be included in the feedback sections, which can be in groups or plenary or a combination.
These sessions will involve you teaching something to a group of conference attendees in order to have them reflect on the learning experience from the learner perspective. We would encourage you to prepare a 30-minute lesson and a 30-minute structured feedback/reflection session. The lesson can feature any topic or skill that you like, and does not necessarily need to be language related.
These sessions will be in rooms with internet connection and a projector. We would especially welcome workshops/talks co-presented by teachers and their learners.
These will take place in the garden. You will have a microphone but no other technical aids. We are requesting submissions from people within and outside the ELT community and also, for the first time, from learners themselves. Please let your learners know, and encourage them to submit!