BELTA Day 2018

BELTA Day 2018

The BELTA Day Conference is the one time when ELT teachers from all levels and sectors in Belgium gather together and share innovating teaching ideas, concerns, experiences, successes and action research. The goal of the conference is to host practical and theoretical presentations which aid our understanding of new developments and enhance our classroom experience. Each year we present these sessions with speakers from all over the world. Please note that pictures will be taken during the BELTA Day. By registering for our event, you are consenting to allowing BELTA to use the photographs on their promotional material.

Scott Thornbury: 2018 BELTA Day Plenary Speaker

Sixth Edition

This is our 6th BELTA Day! We are very excited that you continue to attend, present, and share at this unique experience. During the conference, we will raffle off a TRAVEL GRANT to attend IATEFL 2019, which will be held in Liverpool, England from 2 – 5 April (with PCEs on 1 April); we will have a special teacher trainee poster presentation and a competition which honours past BELTA Board member Joris De Roy, who passed away shortly after last year’s BELTA Day.


The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Defining Language & Fluency in a Global Context’. As we move from teaching in very regional and national settings to preparing our students to work in a Global English context, it is critical that we re-examine our beliefs about language and fluency.

Scott Thornbury will address both topics in his two plenaries during BELTA Day 2018.

Even though this is the major theme of the conference, the break-out sessions do not need to adhere to this theme. But, break-out sessions will be chosen based on their practical nature; participants in BELTA Day like to walk away with practical applications they can use in their classrooms.

Plenary Speaker: Scott Thornbury

It is an honour and a pleasure to announce the BELTA Day 2018 Plenary Speaker: Mr Scott Thornbury.

Scott is a recognisable face in the ELT world. He has written countless publications, has a successful blog (An A-Z of ELT), has been a teacher and teacher trainer and has delivered many successful talks, workshops and plenaries at conferences the world over.

With over 30 years' experience in English language teaching, and an MA from the University of Reading, Scott is currently Curriculum Coordinator of the MA TESOL program at The New School in New York. His previous experience includes teaching and teacher training in Egypt, UK, Spain (where he lives), and in his native New Zealand. His writing credits include several award-winning books for teachers on language and methodology, as well as a number of papers and book chapters on language and language teaching. He is the series editor for the Cambridge Handbooks for Teachers (CUP). He was also the co-founder of the dogme ELT group. And, currently, he is an associate of the International Teacher Development Institute (iTDi), an online campus dedicated to teacher development.

Mr Thornbury will open BELTA Day 2018, with his talk entitled ‘Is ‘language’ a countable noun?’ and end the conference with ‘Fluency and how to achieve it’. Mr Thornbury will be at the conference for the complete day, so he can interact with our participants.

Important dates

18 November 2017: Call for Proposals opens

28 January 2018: Call for Proposals closes

15 February 2018: Publication of BELTA Day schedule / Registration opens

​1 May 2018: Registration closes

5 May 2018: BELTA Day


This year, we are switching venues. We are staying in the heart of our beautiful capital, Brussels, but moving across the Grand Place to Erasmushogeschool. On the ‘Practical Information’ page you can read more about getting to the venue.

Practical Information

On the ‘Practical Information’ page, you will find all the information you need to make your trip to BELTA Day 2018 enjoyable. On this page, you will find information about:

The venue, including location and directions

The day, including the general structure of the day

The special events that will be held during the day,our teacher trainee poster presentation and competition, and our raffle.

If you plan to spend time in Brussels, which is always a viable option, we offer a list of reasonably-priced hotels in the area.

Please note that this page is updated regularly leading up to BELTA Day 2018! Check back often.

Registration and Fees

The registration button will become active on 15 February 2018!

The registration fee for BELTA Day 2018 includes a year-long membership in BELTA. Here are the fees for attending BELTA Day.

€65 - National members (including Belgium, Luxembourg, France, the Netherlands and Germany)

€65 - International members (including attendance at BELTA Day)

€35 - Students, unemployed and retired teachers. To receive this discounted price you must submit your student ID card or proof of unemployment status or retirement status.

€195 - Institutional members (this includes 4 individual memberships for the price of 3)

All fees are in place until 5 May 2018. On the day of the event, the price for attending BELTA Day increases by 10 euros for each category.

We have two volunteer categories: student and adult. If you wish to volunteer and you are a BELTA member, please contact us at to express your interest. We will contact you and tell you about the next steps.

Fee: €35

Student volunteers come from our local teacher training departments. If you are a student in a teacher training department, you can contact us at to discuss becoming a student volunteer on that day.

Fee: €25

Check the membership page for information about the benefits of a BELTA membership!

If you have additional questions about BELTA Day 2018, please send us an email.

Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals