When is the Festival taking place?
It started in April 2017 with a Symposium on Teacher-research for Difficult Circumstances at the IATEFL Conference in Glasgow and at that time we were thinking that it would go on till September and maybe end with some kind of online panel discussion event (to be hosted by IATEFL’s Research SIG) in October.
When will the Festival end?
We are now thinking of carrying on the Festival at least until early 2018 – the TESOL Electronic Village Online (EVO) on Classroom-based Research for Professional Development is happening in January–February 2018, and it might be good to end with that. Or we might carry on, depending on energy levels after that!
Who is organizing the Festival?
The Festival is a kind of ‘umbrella’ for different events which have different local organizers. So, for example, organization of the Teachers Research! Buenos Aires 2017 conference was led by Dario Banegas in Argentina, and this was preceded by a workshop organized by the Buenos Aires English Teachers’ Association, APIBA. Overall, the Festival was conceived by Richard Smith of the University of Warwick in the UK, and he has been coordinating the Festival overall with a steering committee made up of local organizers, sponsors and our Honorary President, David Nunan.
Can extra events be added to the International Festival? Or how can an event become part of the festival series?
Yes, we keep adding new events. If you are hosting a teacher-research event for English language teachers please get in touch (see Contact page). The event should be open to anyone to attend and you should undertake to make some kind of record of the event (e.g. videos of presentations, handouts online, and/or via blogging) so that those who can’t attend can see what happened.
How can I get involved in the Festival?
You could attend one of the events, either as a participant or an organizer – or simply learn more about teacher-research by browsing these pages, or – ideally – embarking on it yourself! You could offer to write a guest blog for the website on something to do with teacher-research – your own, or a presentation or presentations you’ve attended, or a relevant book or article you’ve read. You could upload a self-recorded video about a teacher-research project you’ve undertaken, and we could publicise it via our Twitter field. Again, just get in touch! The possibilities are endless …
Who can help me with teacher-research?
It is valuable to have a more experienced mentor or friend to help you get started / help you along the way, but you could equally well form a self-help support group with like-minded colleagues. We’re gradually trying to build up a set of resources – including online introductory material – on our website to help teachers new to teacher-research. And you can learn a lot by reading reports by teachers themselves. In January to February 2018 you can join an Electronic Village Online (EVO) on classroom-based research for professional development and receive some mentoring at a distance and/or you can work your way through the materials from this year’s EVO, on the same website.