Christopher Tribble

Attending a conference or joining a community of practice helps build connections within the education community, providing platforms for discussion of policies and practices in education around the world. They provide an excellent opportunity to share knowledge and experience, network with other professionals, collaborate on projects and learn new and innovative teaching techniques and ideas.

Communities of practice on social media

British Council India has an active online commmunity of practice especially aimed at teachers of English in India via our Facebook page @TeachEnglishInIndia and Twitter feed @TeachEngIndia

Upcoming conferences

Find out below about English language teaching (ELT) and education-focused conferences and events taking place across India, South Asia and internationally in the coming months. Past conferences organised by the British Council can be found further down the page.

The conferences are arranged in date order but please look carefully to see the deadlines for proposal submissions for speakers or registration.

Conference name
Date and location Theme Important dates
Language policy forum 

31 May – 1 June 

Sheffield, UK

Language policy in the age of diversity: dilemmas and hopes

Registration for presenters is closed.

Registration for non-presenting attendees: 30 April

EdtechX Europe

19 June 

London, UK

Eternally Learning

Please refer to the website

5th Symposium on Language and Sustainability in Asia

24 – 25 June

Hiroshima, Japan

Language, Diversity and Globalization

Deadline for proposals: 13 April

The International Conference on Future of Education 2018 

26 – 27 June

Colombo, Sri Lanka 

Education at reach 

Deadline for proposal submission: 26 March

Deadline for registration: 27 April 

49th Annual ELT@I Conference

29 June – 1 July

Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, India

NextGen Learners: New Demands, New Responses Deadline for proposal submission: 15 May 
The European Conference on Language Learning 

29 June – 1 July 

Brighton, UK

Surviving and Thriving: Education in Times of Change Deadline for proposal submission: 16 April 
11th International Conference of English as a Lingua Franca

4 – 7 July 

Brighton, UK

ELF, Migration and Multilingualism Please refer to the website
54th UKLA International Conference 

6 – 8 July   

Cardiff, UK

Literacies in a changing world: creativity, criticality, empowerment Call for papers is now closed
International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies 

9 – 13 July 

Mumbai, India

Not specified Deadline for proposal submission: 31 January  
Connect Malaysia Conference

16 – 19 July 


Language and Literacy in Multilingual Societies Deadline for abstract submission: 26 March 
ICELTS: International Conference on English learning and Teaching Skills

26 – 28 July  

Kolkata, India

English Learning and Teaching Skills

Deadline for registration: 25 June

Deadline for abstract submission: 15 May 

World Education Summit

6 – 7 August 

Delhi, India

Not specified    Please refer to the website
BERA Annual Conference

5 – 7 September 

Brighton, UK

Not specified Deadline for abstract submission: 31 January
51st annual meeting of the British Association of Applied Linguistics

6 – 8    September

York, UK

Taking Risks in Applied Linguistics

Deadline for abstract submission: 7 April 


 4 – 6 October

Mumbai, India 

Future of education  Please refer to the website
India Democratic Education Conference 

15 – 20 November 

Bangalore, India 

Not specified   Please refer to the website
Second International Conference on Multidisciplinary Research 

7 – 8 December

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sustainable future through creativity and innovation  Deadline for abstract submission: 26 March
International Conference on Language, Literature and Culture (ICLLC)

14 – 16 December 

Pune, India 

Not specified  

Registration open

Deadline for abstract submission: 1 December 

Please note that as the majority of these events are not organised by the British Council, inclusion in this list is not an endorsement of the event. Please use the contact details on the website for each event if you have any questions for the organisers. All information is correct at the time of writing, but may be subject to change.

For information about more conferences taking place in the East Asia region see here.

If you are organising a conference or event that you would like to be included in this list, please contact IndiaCustomerCare@britishcouncil.org and ask for the information to be passed to the Schools, English and Skills team.

Past conferences (British Council)

Teaching for Success Online Conference

With over 60 scheduled talks by speakers from around the world and panel discussions taking place between Wednesday 5 October and Sunday 9 October 2016, the Teaching for Success Online Conference delivered a wide range of engaging and insightful presentations covering all aspects of professional development for teachers in all contexts. Talks on each of the five days focused on distinct themes related to the different Professional Practices that make up the British Council’s new CPD framework for teachers and CPD framework for teacher educators. 

Click here for more information.

Teacher Educator Conferences 2011–2015: Hyderabad

British Council India, in partnership with English and Foreign Languages University (EFL-U) Hyderabad, hosted the International English Language Teacher Educator Conference between 2011 and 2015. The most recent conference was held from 27 February to 1 March 2015 with over 950 delegates and speakers from more than 25 countries. The theme of this conference  was ‘Ensuring quality in English language teacher education’. 

Visit the conference page to access the previous conference publications, speaker presentations, session recordings and interviews.

Language and Development Conference 2015: New Delhi

The 11th International Language and Development Conference was held at The Lalit Hotel, New Delhi, India from 18–20 November 2015. Click here for more information.

The Language and Development Conference is held every two years in different locations around the world. The conference series aims to explore the role of language in development, focusing on specific themes. It addresses the issues of world, national, second and minority languages and the role they play in economic, social and cultural development, language policy, conflict transformation, language rights and identity, communication, education and development and language pedagogy.