2018 Edition

Networking, Workshops and more
18 October 2018
9am - 5pm


8:30 am

Doors open at 8:30 am, at which time you can for the day and already have a first look at the publishers' stands.

At 9:00 am the event will begin in earnest with a welcome speech by the new organising team.

Keynote speech: Shaun Wilden

9:20 am

Taking tablets into schools, a remedy for everyone? 

As tablet (and phone) use becomes more of an option in language, teaching managers and stakeholders are keen to get them into classrooms as soon as possible. But how do teachers feel about this? Often such devices are new to them and once they start using them, they realise It creates a classroom environment that perhaps they weren’t trained for.  While teachers may use tablets, and for that matter smart phones, in their daily life, using them with students in a classroom could be a use they might not be comfortable with. As with any new technological implementation in education, teachers are presented with new challenges and worries. For example, how do I stop students being distracted? How much time should let them use a tablet?  How do I remain in control of the learning process when they’re all looking at screens? What advantages does a digital coursebook bring?  In this talk I will explore some of these worries and address some common myths often held by educators about mobile device use. As well as exploring each issue, I’ll offer some practical solutions to help teachers feel confident when using tablets in the classroom. 

Shaun Wilden had been involved in English language teaching for over twenty-five years. He is the Academic Head of training and development for the International House World Organisation and a freelance teacher, teacher trainer and materials writer.  These days he specializes in technology and language teaching, especially in the area of mobile learning. His latest book “Mobile Learning” was published in 2017 by OUP.  He is a trustee of IATEFL being the current chair of the digital committer.  For a hobby, he makes the TEFL commute podcast for teachers.  Other than that, he enjoys playing games both digital and tabletop and growing roses in his garden.

Morning workshops

10:45 am

A: Games of phones (Shaun Wilden)

This workshop chronicles the struggles of noble language teachers against digital distractions as they fight for supremacy of the learning process.  Faced with the threats of Snapchat, Instagram and the mighty dragons of Facebook and Google, many teachers are wondering if it is better to lay claim to the mobile device or fight for independence against it.  

Whether you are for or against; this session will arm you with theory, ideas and plenty of activities that will get you started in the daily battle for student engagement and effective learning. In this episode, we’ll lay siege to the mobile device exploring what it can do and how best it might work as a tool in the ongoing struggles. Once equipped you’ll be able to go forth with renewed vigour and develop your own strategy.​

B: Mentoring for dummies (Christiane Pierson & Eliane Mergen)

This workshop is aimed at teachers interested in mentoring young colleagues and helping teachers reflect on their teaching practice. Participants will be given some input on mentoring techniques and will be asked to work on practical examples.

Participants will be given insight into the elementary observation criteria and rules of giving constructive and professional feed-back to mentees.

C: The A-team wanted (dead or) alive: a forum of debate on the literary section in ES (Marie-Jo Decker & Elisabeth Heiter)

Considering the rather alarming situation regarding student numbers in the A-section,  we feel a need to discuss ways to promote and liven up the study of literature.


Participants are offered the opportunity to exchange views and teaching material. Actively involving participants: discussions, pair work, ‘material fair’… Participants should bring any material they can recommend.  


The aim of the workshop is to motivate teachers to share best practices and suggest any changes necessary to save this section (class readers, new curriculum, above all in 1ère ).  Eventually we aim at establishing a final document to be used as a working tool by colleagues,  the ‘groupe de travail réforme du cycle supérieur’,  TDE (Test Design Group) and Commission Nationale.

D: An introduction to using tablets in English Courses (Sid Mysore)

This workshop aims to give a practical insight into how tablets can be used in the classroom, what multimedia tools can help get students involved, and how tablets can contribute to a dynamics of data sharing.

Participants should bring their own devices to fully benefit from this workshop. 

Lunch break

12:15 pm

Lunch will be served in the main auditorium. Participants are encouraged to use this break to network with other professionals or inspect the newest wares on offer at the various publishers' stands in the auditorium.

Alternatively just use the break to relax, have a bite and catch up with colleagues and friends you have not seen in a while.

Keynote speech: John Mikton

1:15 pm

This speech is about #behaviourisms and how our digital devices and social media apps are designed to make us addicted and how we keep spending more time than we often realize, through examples and anecdotes we will explore some of the dynamics and science behind behaviorism then highlight some research and strategies on this topic. 

It is a shorter speech and will be followed by a Q&A session and discussion. 

Afternoon workshops

2:30 pm

A: Our Privacy in the Age of the Mobile (John Mikton)

In this workshop we explore the architecture the impact of phones and social media on our privacy. We explore the architecture and ecosystems that generate this situation, how we are tracked, what happens to all this information, the challenges, and explore some strategies for educators to be mindful of and how they can support their own learning communities with a better understanding of privacy in the age of mobile.

Participants will better understand how one's privacy is monitored and used to aggregate a curated personalized experience on our phones, and how this is used by companies, governments and organizations to track you Through a series of hands on activities we will explore what as educators we should be aware and how we can support our own colleagues and students to have a more balanced approach.

B: PowerPoint is dead, long live...!?!? (Marie-Anne Dentzer)


Microsoft PowerPoint still is one of the most common tools used in our classroom, both by teachers and learners alike. Several years ago, experts nevertheless declared the death of this presentation program. The question is thus whether PPT is still an effective tool or if it ‘E's kicked the bucket, ‘e’s shuffled off’ 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible!!’ 


I will start by introducing and discussing the different uses of PowerPoint before moving on to new alternative presentation programs. This will involve the participants of this workshop who are encouraged to share their experiences and reflect on them.


The aim of the workshop is to provide people with how to use presentation tools such as PowerPoint or other digital tools effectively in their classrooms. Moreover, participants are encouraged to bring along their iPads, laptops, USB keys, material and ideas. One of my objectives is to get every participant to share their experiences with digital media and to eventually find out together if Power Point is really dead or more alive than ever.

C: Teaching media literacy in 3e and beyond (Pit Sunnen & Chris Pesch)


This workshop aims to explain the concept and challenges of teaching media literacy within the context of ELT. Given the new syllabus for 3e ESC, we would like to discuss various definitions, issues and fears with participants of this workshop and give hands-on suggestions for the implementation of the new syllabus in class.​

D: Team Teaching (Laura de Robertis & Phil Painter)

This workshop details our experience of team teaching - planning and delivering lessons together - and looks at the benefits of this approach as we see them, including for the improvement of individual classes but also through the perspective of teacher development. We will also share our advice for anyone who may be interested in trying team teaching for the first time.

We hope to discuss participants’ experience of team teaching (or reasons why they have not yet tried this), to look at our process of collaboration on lesson planning and delivery in the classroom and to encourage teachers to see this as a beneficial way of teaching while being aware of potential pitfalls.


4:00 pm

To wrap things up, the afternoon workshops will be followed by the now traditional prize draw and drinks reception during which participants can discuss the day's events.