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Final day at the 6th ELT Malta Conference

Published on Saturday, October 14, 2017

Name tags. Lanyards. Booklets. Programmes. And a long line of enthusiastic teachers signing in for the third and final day of the 6th ELT Conference...Industry friends old and new, catching up over coffee before walking into the first room for the first talk of the day.


The initial plenary was given by David Nunan; Professor Emeritus of Applied Linguistics at the University of Hong Kong and President Emeritus at Anaheim University California. He has also published over 100 books and articles in the areas of curriculum development, classroom research, teacher education, young learners and technology in education. This plenary was entitled ''English for 21st Century Skills: Why, What and How?'' and focused on the key questions surrounding the mantra of educating citizens for 21st Century skills, and included examples from a variety of contexts around the world. 


The second plenary, ''Language and Life: A Dual Focus for 21st Century English Language Education'' was given by Sarah Mercer. She is a Professor of Foreign Language Teaching at the University of Graz, Austria, where she is Head of ELT methodology and Deputy Head of the Centre for Teaching and Learning in Arts and Humanities. Her research interests include all aspects of the psychology surrounding the foreign language learning experience. Find out more about her plenary session in the interview we've had with her.



After the plenaries the particpants moved on to a variety of talks, followed by workshops given by both foreign and Maltese speakers. All the particpants had the opportunity to choose the talks and workshops which they preferred. 


The overall atmosphere at this conference was a very positive one and both particpants and speakers had great feedback. This was confirmed during a short interview which we had with Daniel Xerri, Chairperson of the ELT Council, as you can see below.


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