Innovation in English Language Teacher Education

The British Council and English and Foreign Languages University (EFL-U) Hyderabad hosted the fourth International English Language Teacher Educator Conference in Hyderabad from 21 - 23 February 2014 with support from the English Language Teachers’ Association of India (ELTAI) and the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL). The main theme of this year's conference was Innovation in English Language Teacher EducationThe conference took place at Novotel - Hyderabad International Convention Centre, the award winning, first purpose-built, state of the art conference centre in India.

This theme was stressed upon by Rob Lynes, Minister of Cultural Affairs, British Council India, who said, ‘innovation is not simply advanced technology…it’s about people, teachers, administrators and academics.’ In his address to over a 1,000 delegates from all over the world, he expressed his view that everyone has a responsibility to put aside fears and encourage new ways of teaching. He reiterated that ‘innovations are not bright ideas alone but the nitty-gritty of practice, feedback and taking risks, which also means being prepared to fail.’ Rob’s keywords to the audience were 'share and collaborate'.

Rob’s address kicked off three days of plenaries, discussions, debates and workshops designed to help teachers and educators integrate innovation into their classrooms, and use further their Continuing Professional Development (CPD).


Exploration and experimentation are two key terms in any teacher’s life; without them teaching becomes boring and repetitive. Today, in the 21st century, these two aspects get intertwined with technology, leading to varied innovations and other pioneering practices. 

"Any system, in order to be forward looking, must be bold in encouraging experimentation and innovations and also be involved with constant review of the outcomes of such efforts. The field of teacher education should be no exception." (National Curriculum Framework for Teacher Education 2009/10 pg 83)

In line with this NCFTE assertion, the 2014 International English Language Teacher Educator conference carried innovation as its theme addressing the roles of exploration and experimentation in English language teacher education through technology and other innovative and pioneering practices.

The main theme of the conference was 'Innovation in English Language Teacher Education' and the conference was structured around following three sub themes - 

Innovations in Continuing Professional Development for English language teacher educators and teachers

  • Technology and CPD
  • Social Media and Networking for CPD
  • Online and face to face mentoring
  • Teacher motivation through technology

Learning from Experience

  • Reflection as a tool for growth
  • Classroom based research 
  • Alternative practices in assessment and evaluation
  • Feedback as a teaching – learning tool

Technological resources for language education

  • M-learning in teacher education
  • Online teacher education
  • Interface of technological and traditional resources
  • Digital course design and delivery
  • Technology for inclusive and special education
  • Technology enabled in-service teacher training (INSETT) 

TEC14 Speakers

Plenary Speakers

Julian Edge, University of Manchester & Steve Mann, University of Warwick - Julian has been involved in TESOL and teacher education since 1969. His research and publication interests have been increasingly committed to issues of continuing personal and professional development.

Rama Matthew, Delhi University - Professor Rama is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Education, Delhi University, Delhi. She has also coordinated a project on mentoring in collaboration with the Open University, UK, under the UKIERI scheme.

Simon Borg, University of Leeds - Simon is a freelance ELT consultant who specialises in teacher education and development, teacher research, and research methods training.

Tom Power, Open University, UK - Tom is a senior lecturer and programme director for English in Action at the Open University, UK.

Featured Speakers

Alison Barrett, British Council - Alison is the Director English for Education Systems South Asia.

Atanu Bhattacharya, Central University of Gujarat - Atanu teaches at Centre for English Studies, Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, Gujarat. His research interests are technology, English language and culture studies and their interactions with pedagogy. 

Claire Bradin Siskin, Regional Institute of English, Chandigarh - Claire is a Senior English Language Fellow at the Regional Institute of English in Chandigarh, India.

Dawn Bikowski, Ohio University - Dawn is presently the Director, English Language Improvement Program, Linguistics Department, Ohio University and also English Language Specialist, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Geetha Durairajan, EFL University, Hyderabad - Dr. Geetha is a Professor, Department of Testing and Evaluation at EFL University. Her interests include Pedagogic Evaluation and Testing in Multilingual Contexts.

George Pickering, Director of George Pickering Consultancy, Leadership Coaching and Training Consultancy - George is an experienced educational coach, consultant and trainer, who has helped leaders, managers and teachers make significant changes in their professional lives.

Graham Hall, ELT Journal editor, IATEFL - Graham is editor of ELT Journal. He is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at Northumbria University, UK.

Graham Stanley, British Council, IATEFL - Graham is the British Council's project manager for Plan Ceibal, a project to teach Uruguayan state school primary children English via video-conferencing.

Nicky Hockly, The Consultants-E, IATEFL - Nicky is the Director of Pedagogy of The Consultants-E. Teacher, trainer and author, she is particularly interested in the impact of technology in EFL.

Richard Smith, University of Warwick, IATEFL - Dr Richard coordinates the TELC network as well as  IATEFL's Research SIG.

Speaker Presentations

Day 1: 21 February 

The Impact of Using Evaluation Criteria on Writing Performance: a Study of Pre-Service English Teachers - Lina Mukhopadhayay & Geetha Durairajan

Reflecting on Reflection: Making It Work - Deepali Dharmaraj

Active Reading Skills -  Suganthi T Krishna

The Pedagogy of Collaboration: Teaching Effectively with Evolving Technologies - Dawn Bikowski

Mobile Embedded Self-study Materials for CPD: the Use of English Language for Teachers in Bangladesh - Farham Azim & Mir Md. Saifur Rahman

Day 2: 22 February

Teacher Development as the Future of Teacher Education - Rama Mathew

Transactional Process of a Unit in the Context of New Pedagogy in A.P English Textbooks: a Case Study - Kallamadi Nagendra

Using Multimedia in the Classroom: Which Side Does the Balance Tilt? - Soni Joseph

Mobile Devices for Teacher Learning and Training: Opportunities, Challenges and Solutions - Kalyan Chattopadhyay

The Interface of Corpus Linguistics and the Lexical Approach for Teaching ESL Beginner Learners Effectively - Adam Scott

The Role of Critical Friends in the Continuing Development of Teachers - Jayagowri Shivakumar & Jayanthi Vijaygopal

Design and Evaluate a Training Programme in Purposeful Listening in English Language for Early Childhood - Pallavi Naik

From Encyclopaedia Britannica to Wikipedia: TESS-India’s Model of Collaborative Authorship of School-based Professional Development Materials - Sandhya Paranjpe and Sushant Verma

Day 3: 23 February

Building up a Corpus of Technical Vocabulary: Strategies and Feasibility - Preetha Anthony & Palle Aparna

Do the Teachers Really Learn to Reflect from the Training? A Critical Perspective - Nasreen Sultana

Developing Academic Reading Skills through Strategy Training - Sruti Akula

Remote teaching, distance learning, team teaching or blended learning? - Graham Stanley

Critical reflection for CPD: Using the SOAP Strategy to Analyze Pedagogical Experience - Padmini Boruah

Pedagogical Tasks and Learner Participation in the English Classrooms of Undergraduate Engineers - Khamseng Baruah

The Role of Printed Materials in Promoting Reflection in a Distance ELT Teacher Education Programme - Pranjana Kalita Nath

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