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First up, apologies for taking such a long time to put something up here related to my IATEFL talk, which was called ‘Exploratory practice in ELT: an opportunity to develop yourself’. If you came to the talk on Wednesday at the Annual Conference last month, I am sorry for making you wait so long.


I am becoming a little bit wary about posting resources from my talks and workshops online, so I won’t be writing this up fully. There is a lot more I want to investigate and write about exploring the field of ELT and I don’t want to give away too much too soon. I am also planning to submit the talk write up to IATEFL Conference Selections, so do not want to post anything that would be too similar to that here.

Below you will find a link to the slides from my talk. They are deliberately unexplained, so if you weren’t, then I’m afraid that they probably won’t make too much sense. I plan to do some kind of video of other thing online in the near future to discuss my take on this practice, so if you’d be interested to hear me talking more, please leave a comment below.

IATEFL talk: exploratory practice in ELT


  1. – link to the question I asked about experimental practice in the IATEFL Facebook Group (NB – you do not need to be a member of the association to join the Facebook Group
  2. – a blog post I wrote in response to some of the comments that people made about the question in the IATEFL Facebook Group
  3. – a TED Talk given by Simon Sinek in September 2009 at TEDxPuget Sound, How great leaders inspire action
  4. Introductions to Richards, J. & T. Rogers (2001), Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching, CUP and Larsen-Freeman, D. (2000), Techniques and Principles in Language Teaching, OUP – two books that discuss various methods, approaches and techniques in language teaching, providing concrete examples of how they could be applied in practice and example classroom reports (in the latter of the two books) [Mike’s note – I would consider these as two of my ‘bibles’ for investigating different elements of language teaching]
  5. A Map of ELT – an illustration/diagram drawn up by Mark Hancock and Annie Macdonald as an attempt to reflect on the profession and practice of ELT (see more here:

After note

You can also see a video of an interview I did with Andi White for the IATEFL Online site for the Annual Conference in Liverpool. In the interview Andi asks me a bit about my talk on the Wednesday and my role for the IATEFL Electronic Communications Committee managing the IATEFL Facebook Group and Twitter.

The interview can be found here:

A few more thoughts

I just wanted to say a little bit more, really to say thank you to everyone who did come to my talk. It was something a little different for me, since I had done more workshop-like things before, with a lot more audience participation. Talking for about 20-25 minutes with the focus solely on what I was saying was daunting, but an enjoyable experience. I was very fortunate to have a number of people in really respect in ELT in the audience for my talk. I know there were many other interesting sessions on at the same time, so I want to say how much I appreciated you being there.

Thank you =)