Carol Read

Friday 21st May

Plenary speaker: Carol Read (Freelance)  

Plenary: A whole child approach to learning in uncertain times

Abstract: We may all be familiar with the ‘4 Cs’ of creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration as an integral part of effective 21st century teaching and learning. But let’s never forget the most important ‘C’ of all at the heart of the educational process – the child. Whether we’re teaching remotely, hybrid or face-to-face, it’s more important than ever to adopt a whole child approach in order to make learning pleasurable and effective. In this session, we’ll explore what is meant by a whole child approach and discuss practical ideas and strategies to integrate all aspects of children’s development into our teaching, whatever the mode of delivery.

Workshop: How to empower learners through the Sustainable Development Goals

Abstract: With less than 10 years to go before the deadline to fulfill the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, time is running out. Through developing awareness and understanding of global issues that directly affect their lives, children become confident communicators and are challenged to think critically and creatively. They also develop social skills and attitudes, such as empathy and willingness to cooperate, that underpin responsible global citizenship. This session explores practical ideas, suitable for learners as from upper primary, which integrate language and thinking skills, values education and intercultural understanding, as well as promote self-directed learning.

Bio: Carol Read has over 30 years’ experience in ELT as a teacher, teacher trainer, academic manager, materials writer and educational consultant. Carol specializes in early years and primary English language education and has published extensively in this area, including the award-winning titles Bugs, Tiger Time and 500 Activities in the Primary Classroom and a new global pre-school course, Mimi’s Wheel (Macmillan Education). Carol’s latest publication is 101 Tips for Teaching Primary Children (Cambridge University Press). Carol is a former President of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL). You can find out more about Carol by visiting

Sophia Mavridi

Saturday 22nd May

Plenary speaker: Sophia Mavridi, De Montfort University

Plenary: Digital literacies and the new digital divide

Abstract: New technologies have become pervasive in the way students live, learn and communicate, challenging our values and norms in education and literacy. For most educators, preparing students for an ever-changing, multimodal and interconnected world is not just a choice but a necessity; yet, addressing this need can present most educators with overwhelming challenges. This was the case before the pandemic and became even more apparent during it.

This plenary will argue that along with the traditional access inequalities, there is a new and increasingly concerning digital divide that separates those who have the literacies to use technology in an informed, responsible and sophisticated way and those who do not. After exploring the impact of this disparity on students, we will look at how embedding Digital Literacies in the ELT classroom (both online and face-to-face) can help bridge the gap. This will lead to a final discussion in which we will attempt to draw some practical conclusions about the way forward.

Workshop: It’s showtime! Podcasting in the language classroom

Abstract: Are you looking for exciting and student-centred ways to make your teaching more engaging? Do you want to use technology in a pedagogically sound way to help your students develop their digital literacies and language skills? Then join this hands-on session and learn how to design simple podcasting projects for both the online and the face-to-face classroom.

Informed by digital literacy and task-based language learning frameworks, we will explore how you can guide students through the process of planning, drafting, editing and revising short podcasts. You do NOT need advanced digital skills to participate in the workshop; if possible, use a laptop/ desktop and don’t forget to bring in your creativity and imagination.

Bio: Sophia Mavridi is a Digital Learning Specialist & Lecturer in English Language Learning at De Montfort University (UK). Her research focuses on online learning and the increasingly important role of digital literacies in language education. As a consultant, Sophia supports institutions and teachers to integrate technology in a pedagogically sound way and has trained for major organisations around the world. She is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences and the joint-coordinator of the IATEFL Learning Technologies Special Interest Group. Her latest publications are ‘English for 21st Century Skills’ (Express Publishing, 2020) and ‘Digital Innovations and Research in Language Learning’ (IATEFL, 2020), both of which reflect her keen interest in innovative pedagogies in language education. You can learn more about her at her website