Pavilion ELT Live!

Challenges and change in ELT

This event took place on 22nd June 2019.

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Join Pavilion ELT in London for our 4th Live! event – a one-day conference packed with seminars, interactive workshops, lively debate and networking opportunities.

Pavilion ELT Live! brings you the opportunity to evaluate their own teaching practice, discuss the latest teaching trends and advances, and learn about new ways to incorporate different teaching techniques and methodology into their teaching.

The one-day programme will consist of three strands, to fit a variety of teaching contexts:

  1. Experiential professional development
  2. Debunking the myths
  3. At the chalkface – what really works in practice.

About Pavilion ELT

Pavilion ELT is the home of English Teaching professional, Modern English Teacher, and innovative handbooks and resources for English teachers. Pavilion ELT Live! is our 4th face-to-face Live! event, showcasing key themes and topics from our magazines and books, and the industry at large.


09:00 – 09:30 Registration and coffee

09:30 – 09:45 Opening speech and welcome

09:45 – 10:45 The Solution Room

An interactive session of participation, peer learning and targeted problem solving 

10:50 – 11:20 Parallel session 1

  1. Becoming a Teacher-Researcher – Chris Farrell
  2. Ten rule breaks to teach vocabulary to the many not the few – Fiona Mauchline
  3. Letting the Students Choose – Kate Smook

11:20 – 11:50 Coffee break

11:50 – 12:40 Fact or myth?  Using the brain in ELT practice

An interactive plenary – Carol Lethaby

This interactive plenary will consider some common beliefs about the brain and language teaching that neuroscientists consider to be ‘neuromyths’. There may be some surprises!

Discover how the latest neuroscientific research can help you to:

  • recognise and avoid classroom practices based on mistaken ideas about how we learn
  • apply recent findings about the brain in order to enhance and validate good teaching practice

12:40 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 14:20 Break the Mould! Adapting and Innovating in the Face of Change

A disruptive plenary – Jacqueline Kassteen

Human behaviour has changed drastically in the last few decades, and critics are quick to point out that the education industry isn’t keeping up. As pressure mounts and enrolments teeter, it becomes more and more crucial to innovate in order to not only survive, but thrive. This inspiring plenary will spark new ideas to help attendees break away from a traditional approach and apply a new way of thinking to their brand, educational offering, marketing, and relationships with students, partners, staff, and academics.

14:25 – 15:15 Parallel session 2

  1. Ten steps to CPD success – Fiona Dunlop & Keith Harding
  2. Interrogating the ‘standard’ rules of teaching: a) Why teaching skills means teaching nothing –  Hugh Dellar, and b) Why the grammar syllabus at low levels makes no sense – Andrew Walkley
  3. Teaching interpersonal skills for better communication – Chia Suan Chong

15:15 – 15:45 Coffee break

15:45 – 16:15 Parallel session 3

  1. Materials: from ideas to reality and beyond – Susan Holden
  2. Putting the human centre stage in the classroom – Mark Almond
  3. 21st century skills. Have we been doing them right all along? –  Christopher Graham

16:20 – 16:50 On the mic

Mini closing plenaries with audience participation

16:50 – 17:30 Drinks reception


Mark Almond

Mark Almond speaker photoMark is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Language Studies and Applied Linguistics at Canterbury Christ Church University, where he teaches on various Applied Linguistics and language teacher training programmes. His main areas of interest are in the use of drama in language teaching and performance-related skills for effective and affective teaching to maximise socio-psychological harmony in the classroom. His book Teaching English with Drama was published in 2005 by Pavilion Publishing, and his second book Putting the Human Centre Stage: Practical Theatre Techniques to Develop Teacher Presence, Rapport and a Positive Classroom Community is being published by Pavilion Publishing for May 2019.

Hugh Dellar

Hugh DellarHugh Dellar has over twenty-five years’ experience in the field and is the co-founder of Lexical Lab. He has co-authored two five-level General English series, Outcomes and Innovations, both published by National Geographic Learning, as well as one level of the high-school series Perspectives. His first methodology book, Teaching Lexically, came out via Delta Publishing in 2016.



Fiona Dunlop

Fiona DunlopFiona has over 30 years worldwide experience in ELT, including such areas as Teacher Training, Business and Soft Skills Training and Academic Management. She holds an MA in Psychology and an English UK/Trinity Diploma in ELT Management. She spent several years working in Egypt and Brazil before returning to London in 1997. She has written articles for ELT publications, delivered webinars for British Council and contributed to the development of a British Council CPD handbook for teachers and managers. Fiona is a co-author on ETpedia Management, being published by Pavilion Publishing for June 2019.



Chris Farrell

Chris FarrellChris Farrell is Head of Teacher Development for Centre of English Studies UK and Ireland. He holds and MA and a DELTA and is a lecturer/supervisor on 3rd level courses in both UCD and TCD. He is a Committee member with IATEFL TDSIG and EAP in Ireland and regularly speaks at international conferences on behalf of CES and EAQUALS



Christopher Graham

Christopher GrahamChristopher Graham works as a freelance teacher trainer and author. One of his main interests is working with teachers from conflict and post-conflict environments. He is contributing editor of 21 Century Skills in the ELT Classroom – A Guide for Teachers and author of Training the Trainer – A Resource Book for ELT Professionals, both being published by Garnet Education this year.



Keith Harding

Keith HardingKeith Harding has worked as a teacher, teacher trainer, director of studies and principal in the UK and the US. He has written a number of ELT coursebooks and has run courses in ELT management in Europe, the Middle East and South America. He is also an inspector for the British Council and a London Blue Badge Tourist Guide. Keith is a co-author on ETpedia Management, being published by Pavilion Publishing for June 2019.


Susan Holden

Speaker Susan HoldenSusan Holden has a long and varied experience as a teacher, teacher trainer, magazine editor, publisher and author. She is now based in Scotland, where she runs a small publishing and materials development company.




Jacqueline Kassteen

Speaker Jacqueline KassteenJacqueline Kassteen is a lateral thinker known for enabling others and creating opportunities around brand development and revenue generation. She has nearly 20 years of marketing experience in international education, student travel, publishing, lead generation, retail, and financial services. She holds a BSc in Marketing and CELTA qualifications for adults and young learners. Jackie is recognised as a “top industry analyst” with extensive breadth and depth of knowledge in international education, as evidenced by her launching ICEF Monitor. She has lived in 8 countries and worked as an intrapreneur across a variety of organisational sizes and structures. Now an entrepreneur, she started 2 companies in 14 months.

Via her first company Jackfruit Marketing, Jackie leads as a consultant and project manager helping others with branding, marketing techniques, social media, alumni engagement, recruitment agency usage, product development, analysis and research. She regularly gives training sessions, masterclasses and plenaries around the world for audiences as large as 1500 people. Her second venture,, is the only platform dedicated to showcasing success stories in marketing, recruitment, enrolment and retention. It is a free, award winning resource enabling industry professionals to share best practices and examples of how to achieve success in international education.

Carol Lethaby

Carol LethabyCarol Lethaby lives in San Francisco, California where she is part-time assistant professor on the New School New York online MA in TESOL and honoured instructor on the UC Berkeley Extension teaching certificate in TESL/TEFL. She has authored several textbook series for learners and is a frequent presenter at international conferences.



Fiona Mauchline

Fiona MauchlineFiona is a trainer and author who is now based in the UK after teaching in Spain for 28 years. She has written several courses for secondary, including Dive In! (Delta, 2019) and is a co-author of ETpedia Vocabulary, being published by Pavilion ELT in June 2019. She is also the co-founder of EVE: Equal Voices in ELT and editor of the IATEFL TDSIG ebulletin.



Kate Smook

Kate SmookAfter a career in nursing and health service management, Kate moved into ELT teaching in 2007. She has worked in China, Russia, Poland and the UK and has been full time Director of Studies for Millfield Enterprises since 2018. Her main interests are teaching teens teacher development. Kate is passionate about sharing ideas and learning from others in the profession.



Chia Suan Chong

Speaker Chia Suan ChongChia Suan Chong is a writer, teacher trainer, communication skills trainer. The author of Successful International Communication, Chia has been the resident blogger of English Teaching professional since 2012 and also writes the ‘Not Only But Also’ column for the magazine. After ten years of teaching and teacher training at IH London, Chia now works from her base in York, writing and delivering training online and around the world.


Andrew Walkley

Andrew WalkleyAndrew Walkley has twenty-five years’ experience in ELT and is co-founder of Lexical Lab which provides ELT materials, training and a Summer School in London. With Hugh Dellar, he’s co-authored two General English series, Outcomes and Innovations (National Geographic Learning), and levels in the series Perspectives (NGL) and Roadmap (Pearson). They’ve also written the methodology book, Teaching Lexically (Delta Publishing)


Pavilion ELT Live! is a training conference for:

  • ELT and ESOL teachers
  • Teacher trainers
  • Academics
  • Directors, Heads of Schools, Directors of studies, and Heads of CPD
  • Publishers, authors and editors.



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Event Details

Date: June 22, 2019

Venue: ORT House, 126 Albert Street, Camden, London, NW1 7NE

Directions: By underground: ORT House is just five minutes walk away from Camden Town tube on the Northern Line. By bus: Bus numbers 24, 27, 88,134, 214 and C2 all have bus stops within a 5 minute walk from ORT House. By rail: King's Cross, St. Pancras, Euston, Charing Cross, Waterloo and London Bridge can all be reached easily by underground from Camden Town just around the corner from ORT House.

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