English Language Teaching Event



  • Speakers:
    Mark Richard, Edmund Dudley, Jenny Dance, Paul Woodfall, Jamie Keddie, Oli Bayley, Joon Lee, Zarina Subhan, Colm Downes, and Christopher Sheen
  • Dates and Times:
    Friday 9th December 2022, 10:45 - 13:40 UTC
    Saturday 10th December 2022, 01:45 - 04:40 UTC

Connect with a global community of educators at the biggest online event in the English Language Teaching Calendar! Grow personally and professionally, with two days of live Q&A sessions, discussion panels, and interactive events across social media! Delivered by experts, inspired by you.


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We want to hear what YOU have to say, so we have created our most interactive conference ever. Sign up for your chance to ask questions, lead the conversation, and tell us what you think!

Learn about trending teaching topics and have your say on the latest issues in education. This December, it's time to make ELTOC yours!

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Friday 9th December 2022, 11:00 – 11:40 (UTC)

How to avoid being replaced by a computer

With Mark Richard and Edmund Dudley

The truth is, there are some things that a computer can do better than a human. Teachers, however, possess certain skills and qualities that make them especially effective. This discussion will focus on how teachers can develop the uniquely human skills that make them irreplaceable – including the ability to make choices about how they use technology.

Friday 9th December 2022, 11:45 – 12:25 (UTC)

Integrating pronunciation teaching and learning into the classroom

With Jenny Dance and Paul Woodfall

Join Paul Woodfall, Senior Professional Development Services Consultant at OUP, and Jenny Dance, Founder of Phona Ltd, publisher of the Say It: English Pronunciation app, to discuss engaging and effective ways to integrate pronunciation into your classes. We’d love to hear your questions and share some tips and best practices. Come along and get involved - see you on 9-Dec!

Friday 9th December 2022, 12:45 – 13:25 (UTC)

Stories from the teacher

With Jamie Keddie

One thing that fascinates human beings is other human beings. And as the teacher, your students will be naturally curious about you. Sharing stories with students does not mean trying to impress them. In fact, the most valuable stories might be those which are meaningful but unremarkable. In this talk, I would like to build a case for bringing teacher-led storytelling to the front of the class.

Saturday 10th December 2022, 02:00 – 02:40 (UTC)

Extensive Reading – what, why, and how?

With Oli Bayley and Joon Lee

Join Oliver Bayley and Joon Lee as they discuss how Extensive Reading can help students of different ages improve and consolidate their English skills. They'll talk about what Extensive Reading is and why it should be known to all English Teachers. Finally, they will explore how it can be implemented by sharing some fun and effective ideas for learners of different ages and levels. Come along and join in the discussion as Oliver and Joon share their ideas of what Extensive Reading can do for you and your students.

Saturday 10th December 2022, 02:45 – 03:25 (UTC)

Climate Change in the ELT Classroom

With Zarina Subhan and Colm Downes

Young people today are concerned about the clear effects of climate change around the world, so it is the perfect topic to help engage them through English about real-world relevant issues. However, it does not have to be about far away, abstract, or technical issues, it can involve the idea of individual and shared responsibility at a ‘glocal’ level. Thus, we can incorporate ideas of citizenship and connectedness by providing differing perspectives on the consequences of climate change. This can lead to practical actions and changes in behaviour with climate change acting as a gateway for communicating about attitudes and habits, while developing important global skills.

Saturday 10th December 2022, 03:45 – 04:25 (UTC)

Fingers + Thumbs = Communication Fun

With Christopher Sheen

We use our ears, mouth, eyes, and even our hands to communicate - and this is effective. However, is it the only way? Our students these days naturally use their fingers and thumbs to communicate, perhaps more than with any other body parts. Join this fun session to learn a new formula on how teachers can capitalize on this ‘non-traditional’ way to interact and connect with our students.


Meet our speakers for ELTOC


Chris Sheen

Christopher Sheen is an educator who has for twenty-six years engaged all types of learner profiles in the ELT field, in North and South America, Asia, Europe, and Africa. From 2014 to 2021 he worked as teacher trainer and Professional Development coordinator with Oxford University Press, based in Istanbul, Turkey. He continues to be a tutor on the Oxford Teachers' Academy. Prior to OUP he was the lead trainer in the corporate sales division of Japan’s largest language company as well as being a full-time English instructor in several departments in the largest university in western Japan.


Colm Downes

Colm has been involved in education and specifically language education, higher education and professional skills training for over 20 years across Europe, the Middle East and East Asia. Most recently Colm worked as the Director English, Education and Society for the British Council Indonesia and was the British Council global technical lead for ‘Climate Action in Language Education’. Colm is passionate about the role of cultural relations in international diplomacy as well as equipping young people with the skills, network and opportunities they need to drive transformative social economic change and develop solutions to global challenges.


Ed Dudley

Edmund Dudley is a professional development manager for Oxford University Press where he works on developing the Oxford Teachers’ Academy courses. He has extensive experience of training, teaching and materials writing. He is the co-author of Mixed-Ability Teaching (OUP, 2016) and the author of ETpedia Teenagers (Pavilion Publishing, 2018).


Jamie Keddie

Jamie Keddie is the founder of LessonStream – a community of teachers with a passion for using story to engage students. He is the author of "Images" (OUP, 2008), "Bringing Online Video into the Classroom" (OUP, 2014), and "Videotelling: YouTube Stories for the Classroom" (LessonStream Books, 2017). Jamie is an affiliate trainer at Norwich Institute for Language Education (NILE) in the UK.


Jenny Dance

Jenny Dance is an English teacher and exam trainer with more than 20 years' ELT experience. She has a passion for pronunciation teaching and learning, and is also the Founder of Phona, publishers of the award-winning Say It: English Pronunciation app. Jenny is a regular contributor and presenter on the 'Learning English with Oxford' social channels. She believes using technology to support language learning can be both effective and fun - for learners and teachers!


Joon Lee

Joon Lee has taught a variety of students in the EFL and ESL community ranging from kindergarten to university students and business professionals. He has held positions as an Academic Director, Content and Curriculum Developer, and Academic Advisor in his near 20 years of experience in Asia. He holds great respect for educators and administrators who show passion towards nurturing a learner’s path to success.


Mark Richard

Mark Richard is a Taiwan-based trainer with 20 years’ ELT experience in East Asia and Europe. He has taught all age groups in various schools and agencies As OUP’s Educational Services manager, he regularly presets at TESOL conferences, and is a certified trainer for the Oxford Teachers’ Academy. He loves to fill his students’ minds with curiosity so that they work hard without realizing it, and think for themselves.


Oliver Bayley

Oliver has taught a wide variety of students including kindergarten, primary, secondary and adults.

In his more than 20 years of experience in the publishing industry and 25 years plus spent living and working in Asia, he has created and delivered Professional Development workshops and seminars for thousands of teachers in countries across the region. As well as presenting at national conferences in Japan (JALT), Korea (KOTESOL) Thailand (Thai TESOL), Cambodia (CAMTESOL), and Indonesia (TEFLIN), he also conducts workshops for smaller audiences. He has a keen interest in the use of fun, effective and collaborative activities and educational technology in the EFL classroom.


Paul Woodfall

Paul Woodfall is OUP’s Regional Training Co-ordinator for Central Asia and the Middle East. He has given training workshops from K1 -12 and university and trained, f2f and online, teachers in Spain, UAE, KSA, Iran, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Yemen and the Sultanate of Oman.

He has lived and worked in the region for over 20 years. Specifically interested in “learning by doing”, his main goal is to promote a greater understanding of student-centred, enquiry-based learning approaches, with the overall aim of encouraging critical thinking and the development of good study skills at all levels during the educational process.


Zarina Subhan

Although Zarina Subhan originally qualified as a scientist, she has been working in the field of ELT for over 30 years. She has taught at all levels, in both private and government institutions and worked worldwide as a teacher and teacher educator.

Having worked both in and with educational institutions, she also has experience working with educational policy makers, NGOs, community leaders, local and state governments and in a variety of training contexts.

Zarina’s time is now spent between delivering teacher training, conference presentations, speaking on educational topics, and writing materials. Having worked in the science, educational and development sectors, her interests are the neurology of learning; CLIL; continuing professional development for teachers; inclusive and sustainable education.

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