World’s largest online professional development programme for English language teachers takes place this week

The three-day virtual event, now in its third year, will run from 25–27 February

Oxford University Press (OUP) is gearing up to host the world’s largest online professional development programme for English language instructors later this week.

The three-day English Language Teaching Online Conference (ELTOC), now in its third year, will run from 25–27 February, and has already received twice as many registrants on last year’s event with attendants tuning in from 166 global destinations – including Peru, Germany, Kazakhstan and the Cook Islands.

The conference has lined up a range of expert guest speakers from across the English language teaching world, who will explore current industry trends and provide practical tips and advice to optimise teaching. Key topics (among others) this year include:

  • Classroom motivation
  • The importance of learner agency
  • Alternative ways of teaching and learning: online, blended, hybrid and socially distanced classrooms

The event will provide a space where teachers can delve into some of the most pressing and transformative challenges facing the industry today, with attendees receiving free professional development resources and a certificate of attendance upon completion.

With the last 12 months forcing educators across the globe to rapidly adapt to digital education delivery, as the COVID-19 crisis and subsequent lockdowns meant industries had to shift to remote working models, OUP designed the 2021 programme to meet teachers’ demand for professional development relating to virtual instruction, as well as to connect and network with peers in a safe and supportive space.

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“As teachers across the globe seek to navigate an uncertain and fast-changing environment, we want to do all we can to help them adapt, develop and support their students – especially when faced with a future where teaching is increasingly reliant on digital technologies,” said Peter Marshall, managing director of OUP’s English language teaching division (ELTD).


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Sarah Ultsch, marketing director of the OUP’s ELTD, commented: “We know from previous ELTOC events that both teachers and remote educators have found comfort in the sense of community the event provides – something that is more important than ever this year. As well as giving educators the opportunity to connect and obtain world-class professional development virtually, we can, in turn, improve the learning experience for thousands of people all over the world.”

A previous ELTOC delegate commented on the 2020 event, saying, “it felt like I had forgotten what it was like to learn, share, communicate”, while another said that the normality of attending the conference and networking with peers made them “feel like a teacher again, and that is priceless”.

The conference is free to attend and delegates can register here.

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