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Friday 5 April - Closing Plenary

Future directions in ELT: where are we headed?

with Katherine Bilsborough, Evan Frendo, Amol Padwad and Mercedes Viola

This plenary will be a team effort focusing on the future of our profession. It will be kicked off by four mini-presentations and followed by an interactive discussion with the audience both inside and outside the plenary hall. The presentations aim to look at English teaching to future generations from various angles: changing attitudes and learning habits, next generation workplace needs, materials to support a changing learning context, and new roles for the teacher. Our four contributors live in different countries, work in a range of teaching contexts and bring an international perspective to the discussion. Without attempting to paint a comprehensive picture, they will be sharing with us their personal wishes and predictions for the coming years.

The aim of this somewhat unusual plenary is to challenge all of us to step back, ask questions and see how our day-to-day teaching concerns relate to wider trends in the profession. This closing event will invite participants to review their conference experience and reflect on what they are taking away.  There will be opportunities for you to get involved, make your own predictions and put questions to the four presenters both before and during the session.

Katherine Bilsborough is an ELT author. She is interested in principles for ELT writers. She’ll be sharing her predictions about the future of ELT materials and how we can ensure writers create materials that meet the needs and interests of future generations.  
Amol Padwad is the Director, Centre for English Language Education at Ambedkar University Delhi and Secretary of the Ainet Association of English Teachers. Amol will be looking at the changing role of the teacher.
Evan Frendo has worked in corporate language training for the last twenty-five years. He will be looking at how English might be used in the future workplace, and what this might mean for learners and teachers.  

Mercedes Viola has an MA in TESOL, specialized in curriculum development, assessment, inclusive education and communication skills. She is an international and TED speaker and will be looking at the attitudes and learning habits of next generation learners.

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