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The 6th Future of English Language Teaching Conference (FOELT) 2021

ONLINE | Saturday, 26 June 2021

09:30 - 16:45 (UK time)




2 Plenaries

Presented by Silvana Richardson and Scott Thornbury.

20 Breakout Sessions

Covering English for Specific Purposes, Young Learners, Technology and Innovation and Teacher Education.

Truly International

The free online conference is open to English language professionals around the world at all stages in their career.


9:45 - 10:00



10:00 - 10:10

Introduction - Welcome and orientation


10:15 - 11:00

Breakout sessions 1:


ESP: Translation and the ESP classroom, Panagiota Frytzala


YL: "A tale never loses in the telling": Challenging hegemonic worldviews and decolonizing the EFL classroom, Erika de Freitas Coachman and Izabelle da Silva Fernandes


IT: Enriching language development at all levels with inclusive, global resources, Adam Scott


TE: Revisiting teacher language proficiency and the native speaker, Khanh Duc Kuttig


TE: Lessons learned. Teaching & learning in the online/hybrid classroom, Aga Gurbin

11:00 - 11:15

Refreshment break


11:00 - 11:15

Pop up session

What's new at Trinity?, Alison Castle Kane


11:15 - 12:00

Breakout sessions 2:


ESP: ELT and climate change, where next? Christopher Graham


YL: Moving towards a culturally responsive learning experience for the whole child through social-emotional learning in ESL classrooms, Sonali Priyadarsini Sahoo


IT: Avoiding an overload: (Re)discovering the Cognitive Load Theory in ELT, Diana Bauducco


TE: How can socially constructed knowledge held in communities of practice be reliably assessed? Lessons from TESOL assessment development, Richard Harris


TE: Adapting and extending your coursebooks to avoid boredom, Carmen García-López and Raquel González-Gómez


12:00 - 12:45

Refreshment break


12:45 - 13:30

Plenary 1:


Lessons from Disruption, Silvana Richardson


13:30 - 13:45

Refreshment break


13:45 - 14:30

Breakout sessions 3:


ESP: Making memes matter: Internet memes as an effective tool for skill development and learner engagement in ESP, Mark Nicholas Glasford


YL: The power of storytelling: How to engage students emotionally, imaginatively, intellectually and playfully, Manuela Kelly Calzini


IT: The Online English Café: Expanding opportunities for refugee learners through free online resources, Jane Mandalios and Susan Stetson-Tiligadas


TE: Teacher competencies for the modern classroom, Chris Farrell


ESP: Communication skills - A road to employability for young people, Catherine Sercombe



14:30 - 14:45

Refreshment break


14:30 - 14:45

Pop up session

Learn, teach and inspire with the English language centre at Regent's University London, Emilia Kruszewska

14:45 - 15:30

Breakout sessions 4:


ESP: Integration of L1 tests to promote L2 vocabulary retention, Thatha Molli


YL: Understanding multi-competence and translanguaging, Ande Pradeep


IT: Implementing digital cultural heritage in teaching, Ivana Štiglec


TE: The story of impact: Lessons learnt and feedback on training teachers to teach online, Ben Beaumont


TE: The gap between perception and achievement, Peter Lahiff


15:30 - 15:45

Refreshment break


15:45 - 16:30

Plenary 2:


Swings and Roundabouts: Where we've been and where we're going, Scott Thornbury


16:30 - 16:45

Closing comments and farewell



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