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

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.

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.

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