The International Festival of Teacher-research in ELT 2017 is holding face-to-face and online events promoting teacher-research as an empowering means of professional development for English teachers working in difficult circumstances worldwide. Appropriate forms of teacher-research are proposed as a way of addressing relatively difficult circumstances including large class sizes and low resources.
A key aim of the festival is to help more individual teachers engage in teacher-research. The festival also aims to engage and support more Teacher Associations in teacher-research by showcasing models of mentoring schemes and existing research projects to encourage and support associations with projects in their own contexts. To date no fewer than six events have taken place and you can find more information, including photos and videos, from each event on ‘The International Festival of Teacher-Research in ELT 2017’ website by using the links below.
Festival events to date
6 April: Symposium on Teacher-research for difficult circumstances: IATEFL Conference Glasgow
The Festival kicked off with a symposium report on various teacher-research mentoring projects, in Nepal, India (AINET Teacher Research Project), Turkey, Chile (Champion Teachers) and Cameroon (Collective and collaborative research project with CAMELTA). These projects demonstrate how teacher-research can be an empowering means of addressing difficult circumstances including large class size, lack of physical resources, and so on. Reference is made to the University of Warwick Teacher-research for difficult circumstances impact initiative and the Teaching English in Large Classes research and development network.
15 April: Online presentations by TESOL EVO participants
The 2nd Festival event took place online. Teachers who had taken part in the TESOL Electronic Village Online (EVO) had the opportunity to share their research live or via recorded presentations.
5 May: Acting for Understanding: Exploratory Practice, Buenos Aires
The 3rd event was a workshop for student-teachers and members of APIBA (Association of English teachers in Buenos Aires) led by two of the pioneers and leading proponents of Exploratory Practice - Inés Kayon de Miller and Maria Isabel (Bebel) Azevedo Cunha.
6 May: Teachers Research! Buenos Aires 2017
Following the workshop, the Festival’s next event was the second annual Latin American Conference for Teacher-research in ELT, which was held on at the Instituto de Educación Superior en Lenguas Vivas “Juan Ramón Fernández” and featured presentations by 2016-17 British Council Aptis Action Research Award Scheme (ARAS) winners and by other teacher-researchers across Latin America.
7 May: Workshop - Exploratory Action Research for professional development, at Instituto no. 97 in La Plata, Argentina
The Festival’s 5th event, facilitated by Paula Rebolledo and Richard Smith, was a two-hour workshop with teachers, student-teachers and members of staff associated with the Instituto Superior de Formación Docente Nº 97 de La Plata (Escuela Normal 3). The workshop justified, described and provided examples of Exploratory Action Research – an approach to teacher-research developed with and for Chilean school teachers since 2013, - which has shown its feasibility and sustainability in that context and has been spreading to other countries, such as Argentina and India, too.
2 - 3 June: Teachers Research! Istanbul 2017
This two-day conference was the 6th and most recent event in the International Festival of Teacher-research in ELT 2017. It took place at Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul and was the third annual ‘Teachers Research!’ conference to be held in Turkey.
Upcoming festival events
The next scheduled events are a symposium on Exploratory Practice at the World Congress of Applied Linguistics in Rio de Janeiro on 27 July and an AINET teacher-research conference on 14–15 September in Nagpur, India.
The Festival has also made available on its website a number of useful resources for teachers, teacher educators, trainee-teachers, researchers and anyone else who has an interest in forms of teacher-research.
The International Festival of Teacher-Research in ELT 2017 is supported by IATEFL Research SIG, IATEFL Teacher Development SIG, All-India Network of English Teachers (AINET), Federación Argentina de Asociaciones de Profesores de Inglés (FAAPI), TESOL International Association and British Council EnglishAgenda and TeachingEnglish.