3rd ELT Malta Conference

 

24-26 October 2014
The learning ELT Professional

Press Release

Conference Celebrates Teachers' Identity as Professional Learners
 
The third edition of the annual English Language Teaching conference emphasised the significance of continuing professional development for teachers of English in Malta. The conference was organised by the English as Foreign LangXerri, Chairperson of the EFL Monitoring Board, said "The theme for this year’s conference celebrates the learning ELT professional. This reinforces the idea that in order for teachers to fulfil their duties effectively they need to value continuing professional development. Their own learning should be an intrinsic part of their professional identity."uage Monitoring Board. It took place between 24-26 October and was attended by around 300 delegates, working in both private language schools and the mainstream educational sector. The audience had the opportunity of attending talks by world-renowned ELT experts like Carol Read and Jim Scrivener. The conference consisted of six plenary talks and 19 workshops. A number of these workshops were led by local ELT practitioners. A pre-conference event on 23 October focused on how to do good quality research in ELT. It was led by Prof. Simon Borg from the University of Leeds. This event was organised because of the pressing need to raise research standards in the ELT sector in Malta.
 
Hon Minister Bartolo officially inaugurated the conference on Friday 24 October. During the opening ceremony, the 1st Inspiring ELT Professional Award was presented to one of Malta's most renowned teacher trainers, Mr Alan Marsh. This new initiative recognizes the achievement of those local ELT professionals who inspire their peers.
 
Mr Xerri, Chairperson of the EFL Monitoring Board, said "The theme for this year’s conference celebrates the learning ELT professional. This reinforces the idea that in order for teachers to fulfil their duties effectively they need to value continuing professional development. Their own learning should be an intrinsic part of their professional identity."
 
Left to Right:
 
Dr Odette Vassallo, EFL MB Member
Mr Daniel Xerri, EFL MB Chairperson
Hon Minister Evarist Bartolo
Mr Alan Marsh, 1st Inspiring ELT Professional 2014.