NATESOL Annual Conference 2021

Challenge and Change in TESOL 

Saturday 15th May 2021

We would like to thank all the speakers and attendees who made this day such a success. If you did not attend but you would like access to the recordings, you can become a member of NATESOL.

Plenary speakers 

Dr Judith Hanks, University of Leeds

Julie Moore, Lexicographer & ELT Writer

2020 will be remembered for the huge changes and challenges that it presented across all aspects of life. In the field of English language teaching the challenges have been many and varied, encompassing the rapid pivot to online teaching, fast learning of all kinds of technology, getting to grips with new and shifting teaching contexts, and managing our own and our learners’ well-being. 

We would like to take the opportunity at this conference to share responses to those challenges, as well as thinking more broadly about the context of TESOL and the world beyond Covid. 

The 2021 NATESOL conference provides the opportunity to address some of these questions, to share excellent practice, and meet fellow teachers in a friendly and open atmosphere. 


All times are BSTZoom Room 1Zoom Room 2Zoom Room 3
10.00am Welcome & Introduction
10.15am11.05amPlenary 1
Julie Moore, Lexicographer and ELT Writer
Language change and the learner: from buzzwords to basics
11.10am – 11.50amDr Michael Hepworth 
(University of Sunderland)

Challenging neo-liberalism and changing the world: what can punk pedagogy offer the language education of adult migrants?
Clara Bauler
(Associate Professor, University of Adelphi)

Can I trust it?: Critically Examining Language Ideologies in Free Online Materials

Daniel Calvert

Multilingual spaces: the benefits of using languages other than English in your online and face-to-face classes

12.20pmLunch break
1pm1.50pmPlenary 2
Dr Judith Hanks
(University of Leeds)

Challenging change: Exploratory Practice, Mentoring & Quality of Life in Language Teaching
1.55pm2.15pmEmily Downes 
(University of Essex)

Building Academic Literacy and Fostering Rapport through use of Memes in the Tertiary EAP Classroom

Aurelia Cristiana Serban
(University of Sheffield)

Peer Collaboration in Online Delivery. An Investigation of Cooperation between Language Tutors in Higher Education during Covid-19 Conditions
Randi Hurlev
Ph.D. (Ruppin Academic Center)

Reassessing Assessment: Using Project-based Language Learning as an Alternative to Exams

2.20pm2.40pmRachael Boon 
(University of Manchester)

Encouraging students to plan their writing on a Pre-sessional EAP Course

Sharon Hartle & Giorgia Andeolli 
(University of Verona)

Lessons learned by university teachers and students in Emergency Remote Teaching (ERT) classrooms: what can be applied going forward?
Nathan Thomas & Gabor Lucski
(UCL Institute of Education)

Resilience in the face of emergency remote teaching: EAL pupils’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic

2.45pmConcluding remarks
Q&A or open discussion

Conference Fees 2021

Member (attendance) £5
Non-member (attendance) £7
Speaker £3
Unwaged and students £3
Certificates of attendance Certificate for speakers (free)Free to members 
£10 for non-members
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