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Evenings at the IATEFL Conference

Your experience of an IATEFL conference doesn't need to stop after the last conference session each day. There are IATEFL events happening each evening, not to mention the opportunity to get out and visit the wonderful city centre of Glasgow, with its sights, shops, bars, cafes and restaurants.

Monday evening
Civic Welcome Reception and Ceilidh
From 1800 in Argyll at the Crowne Plaza
Let us welcome you to the city of Glasgow by joining us at a Civic Reception hosted by The Lord Provost of Glasgow. IATEFL President, Marjorie Rosenberg will open the conference before inviting you to dance the night away at our ceilidh, led by music from local band, Stravaig. We promise a fun evening of Scottish folk music, plenty of dancing and great company. Join us to open the conference in style! Entry is by conference badge only so please register first at our registration desk.
Tuesday evening
Meet the IATEFL SIGs
1930-2100 in Barra/Jura
Meet the IATEFL Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and enjoy a taste of Scotland
Join us for some specially prepared Scottish nibbles, a wee nip of whisky and other drinks and find out how being a member of the SIGs can benefit you professionally. The 16 IATEFL SIGs invite you to come and meet their committee members and hear about planned SIG activities and aims for the coming year. Test your SIG knowledge for the chance of a prize and find new conference friends as you complete the quiz. We hope you will join us for this special evening event!

British Council Networking Evening
1930-2200 in Forth
The British Council invites you to a networking reception. Join us for an enjoyable evening, to meet with friends old and new, and relax after a busy day at the conference.

International Quiz
2000-2145 in Argyll 1 & 2
Back for another year - a multimedia extravaganza under the management of Gavin Dudeney... it’s the IATEFL International Quiz. You’ll need a global team (you can come along and join one on the night!) with diverse interests and knowledge, a sense of humour and a desire to meet new people, have some fun, network and work together to score more points than any other team. Music, fun... maybe a drink or two and the chance to be crowned quiz champions of Glasgow 2017.

Wednesday evening
History of IATEFL
1900-2000 in Forth
In 2017, IATEFL is celebrating its 50th birthday. In order to celebrate this momentous event, an evening event will be dedicated to interviews and stories from those who have been in IATEFL over the years. Come along to find out about our association and the personal experiences of others who have been involved.

The C Group annual meeting
1900-2015 in Argyll 1
We will be meeting to report on what has been done since last year in Birmingham, and to discuss possible initiatives for the coming year. Existing C Group members are asked to contribute actively. If you are not a C group member, come anyway and find out more about the group. This could change your life! All are welcome.

Sharing stories
1900-2130 in Argyll 3
After a long day of working sessions, why not relax and simply listen to stories or tell a few yourself IF you feel like it? By stories we mean tales, myths and legends from your own culture or anecdotes from your life experiences. David Heathfield and Andrew Wright will be telling a few stories themselves and a few local storytellers and poets will be joining us to tell their stories. We are sure it will be another lovely evening of story sharing.

‘People forget things but not stories. Into even the simplest story they learn to pour their understanding of each other and of the world around them.’   Brian Patten ‘I gave peace to the bereft and the forsaken, merriment to the meek. I gave hope to ragged men who had no lord:  Will you hear me?  For those that will, your hearth will not be lonely.’ Widsith the Gleeman

David and Andrew are both professional storytellers, both have worked as storytellers in many countries and both have shared their experience by writing books about stories and storytelling. They are very happy to have been associated with this story sharing evening at IATEFL for many years.

Thursday evening
Pecha Kucha - in association with Ladybird
1900-2015 in Lomond
Originating from the word “chitchat,” a Japanese term describing the sound of conversation, we again offer you a Pecha Kucha evening. By now you should know the format: each speaker is allowed a slideshow of 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds, giving a total presentation time of six minutes and forty seconds before the next speaker is up, keeping presentations concise and fast-paced. It promises to be as exciting as ever so don’t miss it!

Extensive Reading Foundation Reception and Awards Ceremony
1930-2030 in Forth
JJ Wilson, teacher, teacher trainer, novelist and plenary speaker will present the 2016 Language Learner Literature Awards. Meet publishers and the award-winning authors over drinks. The first 200 attendees will also receive a free copy of one of the winning books.


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