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

5 May 2018 – The 6th Edition

This is our 6th BELTA Day! We are very excited that you continue to attend, present, and share at this unique experience.

The BELTA Board has been hard at work lining up great speakers for this year’s event. Our plenary speaker – Scott Thornbury – is well-known in the ELT world, having published a number of methodology books adored by ELT Teachers around the world and for his blog (An A-Z of ELT). He will be joined by a record number of speakers from Belgium (7) and 13 additional speakers from Malta, Germany, The Ukraine and The United Kingdom! You can check out a paper version of the schedule by clicking the link at the bottom of this page. Coming soon will be our ‘Meet the Speakers’ page where you can read about the various presentations in full detail!

During the conference, our partners – The British Council, Fulbright Belgium & the US Embassy in Belgium, and De Taalsector – will be on hand, along with a number of ELT publishers from Belgium and the UK, in our Exhibition Hall on the 4th floor of our new venue, Erasmus Hogeschool, Campus Bloemenhoef. Read more about our new venue and see the directions for getting there from Brussels Central Station on our Practical Information page.

During the conference, we will raffle off a number of great prizes from our partners and publishers and THE JORIS DE ROY MEMORIAL TRAVEL GRANT to attend IATEFL 2019, which will be held in Liverpool, England from 2 – 5 April (with the Pre-Conference Events on 1 April). During the raffle, we will have a tribute to honour past BELTA Board member Joris De Roy, who passed away shortly after BELTA Day 2017.

Theme, Plenaries, Sessions

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 plenaries during BELTA Day 2018. In addition, a number of break-out sessions deal with the conference theme as well, including (TEDxOdense speaker) Heather Hansen’s Beyond Intelligibility: Pronunciation Teaching in Global Environments, The Belgian IATEFL (2018) Presenter’s Grant Winner Natascha Coene’s Three types of presentations used to write a reading portfolio, Fiona Mauchline’s Silent Videos, Talking Teens (active adults, too), and BELTA’s president’s – John Arnold – Visualising Speaking for Students.

Other break-out topics include technology, literature, use of film, assessment and feedback, task-based learning/project-based learning and special projects for the classroom. Break-out sessions were carefully chosen based on their practical nature; our speakers will give our participants practical applications they can use in their classrooms. You can consult this list of sessions broken down by presentation focus and relevant audience focus.

Important dates

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, Campus Bloemenhof. 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

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 on this page.

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

Registration and Fees

The registration button is now active!

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)
If more than 4 people, but less than 8, become members, the membership fee for the 5th, 6th and 7th member is € 50.

If you became a member of BELTA after 13 May 2017 (last year’s BELTA Day), you are entitled to attend BELTA Day 2018 free-of-charge. If you are unsure of your membership status, please write to Mieke Kenis, our Membership Officer, at

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 also have two volunteer categories: student and adult. If you wish to be an adult 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 'Becoming a Member' page for information about the benefits of a BELTA membership!

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

PDF icon BELTA Day 2018 Schedule (PDF) updated 16 April 2018209.77 KB

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