The Festival ran from April 2017 to April 2018.
There were several events connected with teacher-research starting in April 2017, several of them with a particular focus on ELT in ‘difficult circumstances’. The idea of co-branding these under the heading ‘International Festival of Teacher-Research’ arose in the first few months of 2017. The Festival was constituted to aim to:
- maximize publicity for all of these events;
- bring together and ‘internationalize’ hitherto disparate local initiatives, building on the experience of the January-February 2017 Electronic Village Online in this regard;
- present teacher-research in ELT as more of a ‘movement’ than as something that can happen only in rare cases in relatively privileged circumstances;
- thereby, maximize impact of the work being shared.
It was also hoped the Festival would provide a rationale for genuinely international publications (possibly to include a multi-media collection of teacher-research reports as well as a book) which will bring together experiences from various contexts as a complement to books / journal special issues focusing on particular countries as has tended to be the case in the past.
Festival outputs (in the form of video-recordings of presentations at the events) were made available to a wider audience, to broaden access to teachers in developing countries, in particular, who may not otherwise have access to professional development opportunities of the kind envisaged. A steering committee was formed to discuss how to maximize publicity for festival events and ensure this kind of wider dissemination. This Festival website for video-recorded presentations of teacher-research was constructed and frequently highlighted in the Teachers Research! Facebook group as well as IATEFL Research SIG, British Council TeachingEnglish and other media. A major aim of our activity was to bring together teacher-researchers around the world and help build a sense of a global ELT teacher-research community.
The Festival is not currently ‘sponsored’ but its supporters include:
Chair of Steering Committee: Dr Richard Smith
Honorary President: Prof. David Nunan