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Teaching for Success 2017-
12 Annual Teacher Conference 
23 September 

Once again, we have a full programme of practical sessions that will help inspire your classes over the new academic year.   

As always, we promise to offer a wide variety of talks and workshops for teachers working in different contexts. There will be a wide range of topics, including pronunciation, student-centred activities for teens, storytelling, drama and assessment. So, whether you teach infants, primary, secondary or tertiary learners, you’ll be sure to find sessions of interest to you! 

Our conference speakers

Our speakers come from a wide range of teaching contexts and will be able to give you practical tips and advice which you can immediately apply to your own classroom.
Pulbishers based in Spain also sponsor fantastic sessions at our Teacher Conference.
Please, read the whole list of speakers and sessions here.

Venue Schedule  
Colegio La Salle, Deusto 09.00 - 09.30: Registration  12.30 - 13.30: Workshops and talks
Avenida Madariaga, 67 09.30 - 10.45: Welcome ceremony and Opening Plenary 13.30 - 14.30: Lunch break

48014 Bilbao

10.55 - 11.55: Workshops and talks 14.30 - 16.00: Workshops and talks

(Just a five minute walk from our British Council centre)

11.55 - 12.30: Coffee break (Courtesy of Trinity College London)
Publishers' Exhibition
16.10 - 17.10: Closing plenary
  12.30 - 13.30 17.10 - 17.30: Closing ceremony and prize draw

Our partners

We would like to thank the following institutions who support our conference this year.  We very much appreciate all of your help!

This year's sessions

This year we will have opening and closing Plenary sessions, in addition to the customary choice of workshops taking place throughout the day.

Opening plenary session by Kath Bilsborough (Oxford University Press): Increasing opportunities for choice in the YL classroom

In the real world, from a very young age, children are constantly making choices: whether or not to be obedient, which toy to play with, what to wear, which music to listen to, how to spend their free time, which football team to support, when - or whether - to do their homework … When they come to class they suddenly find their freedom to choose has disappeared. All of a sudden they are being told what to do, how to do it and when to get it done by.

Despite acknowledging the benefits of a more democratic learning environment, many teachers are still reluctant to relinquish control. Some are afraid of opening the lid of a Pandora’s Box and inviting in potential chaos and mayhem. Why invite disaster in, when it’s easier to just lay down the rules? 

In this plenary session Kath will suggest a few reasons why we should include more opportunities for Choice in our lessons … and we’ll have a look at 10 practical ideas that teachers can try without transforming their classrooms into pandemonium.  

Download the handout here

Closing plenary session by Varinder Unlu (Glion Institute of Higher Education): Why won't they learn?   

The majority of our students learn English and other languages without too much difficulty, but there are many students who struggle and find it challenging.  These students get labelled as being difficult, disruptive, unresponsive or just bad language learners.

Many of our teacher training courses do not teach us how to deal with students who have Special Educational Needs (SEN). Yet around ten percent of our students have a special learning difference, which could be dyslexia, ADHD, dyspraxia, Asperger’s syndrome, literacy problems or it could be a physical disability such as sight impairment or hearing problems.

The speaker will present a number of case studies of such students taken from her experience as a teacher, trainer and academic manager and highlight the importance of being able to recognise the signs of SENs. The session will also give useful advice about how to deal with students with SENs and what teachers can do to help their students.  

Melissa Thomson (British Council Bilbao): 20 Ways to Learn English Online 

Do you feel like the time in the classroom just isn't enough to really get ahead with English? Here's some fun, stress free ways to link your classroom with the outside (online) world and promote learning outside of class. For your teenage/adult students, or for you as an advanced learner!

Jessica Toro (International House Zaragoza): It's All About ME! Personalization in your classroom

The importance of personalization in a classroom is sometimes misinterpreted as asking students about themselves when in reality it goes far more.  Getting them emotionally involved in a task and a real desire to express personal opinions but making them feel good about themselves.

In this Workshop  we will be looking at a few activities to get students more involved and interested in activities  and allowing for different outcomes.  Collaborative techniques will be introduced  helping students to develop their thinking skills and prioritize options.  

Andrew Jason Marshall (British Council Bilbao): Testing – why, how, when? 

Much of our job as teachers involves testing our learners; but how much testing is the right amount? Should we do what we feel is right, or should we do what our bosses or our learners’ parents tell us? Some students actually say they like tests and want to do them regularly.

In this talk I will look at “current practice” and suggest some ways testing can be more useful, relevant and even fun. Bring some ideas of your own, plus an open and enquiring mind!

 Download the handout here

David James (British Council Bilbao): Can ICT  improve motivation?

Click here to access the padlet David used at the conference