The second Learn English in Wales conference will be held at Cardiff and Vale College International on Saturday 1 March 2014. Our keynote speakers will be Sam McCarter and Jeremy Harmer, who will also treat delegates to a musical performance!

The theme of this conference is ‘Promoting Best Practice in English Language Learning and Teaching’. We welcome proposals from ELT professionals and actively encourage TESOL/ TEFL trainees to present posters. We are delighted to announce that Jeremy Harmer and Sam McCarter will be our keynote speakers. The event will be supported by the following publishers: Macmillan Education, Cambridge, Pearson, Richmond and National Geographic/ Cengage Learning.

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Please see the full programme for the day below, or submit a proposal to present at the conference.


Time Activity
9.30 – 10.00 Registration / Welcome, coffee
10.00 – 10.40 Gabriel Roberts (Cardiff Metropolitan University)
‘Just Try to Relax: case studies in pre-test anxiety’
Helen Connies-Laing (University of South Wales)
‘Overcoming the blank page: how to motivate students with FCE writing tasks’
Sian Morgan (Cardiff and Vale College)
‘Technology in the Classroom’
David Greenslade (Cardiff Metropolitan University)
‘The Money Lesson’
10.45-11.25 Ruth Humphreys (Herriott Watt University)
‘A scaffolded approach to building learner autonomy & extending practice’
Maria Sidaway (Cardiff Metropolitan University)
‘Using mobile phones in a learning environment: Friend or Foe?’
Elizabeth Smith (WE-Bridge International)
‘Reading beyond the classroom’
Tristan Francis (Peartree Languages)
‘The power of reflection’
11.25 – 11.50 Coffee, posters
11.50 – 12.30 Emma Lomax (CELT Cardiff)
‘Conversation strategies for the classroom… My turn or your turn?’
Jon Lishman (Swansea University)
‘EAP Feedback, Metacognitive Reflection and MediaWiki’
Georgeta Bradatan (WE-Bridge International)
‘Voices in Pictures: Using images in a creative way in the EFL classroom’
Neil Harris (Swansea University)
‘Refocusing a Pre-sessional Academic Writing Programme – from IELTS task 2 to EAP writing’
12.35 – 1.25 Lunch, posters
1.30 – 2.30 Sam McCarter
‘Developing IELTS Reading skills’
2.30 – 2.55 Coffee, posters
3.00 – 4.00 Jeremy Harmer
‘So why do we need teachers at all?’
4.00 – 4.25 Coffee, Posters
4.30 – 5.00 Round up panel discussion
Q&A session with Sam McCarter and Jeremy Harmer
5.00 – 6.00 Live music from Vice Versa
Jeremy Harmer and Steve Bingham provide the entertainment in this special St David’s Day performance