When did the Festival take 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. In fact, it extended as far as April 2018 – the TESOL Electronic Village Online (EVO) on Classroom-based Research for Professional Development was part of it, in January–February 2018 – and we ended with an online panel discussion on 7 April 2018.
Who organized the Festival?
The Festival was a kind of ‘umbrella’ for different events which had 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 coordinated the Festival overall with a steering committee made up of local organizers, sponsors and our Honorary President, David Nunan.
Could extra events be added to the International Festival? Or, how did an event become part of the festival series?
Yes, we kept adding new events. The events had to be open to anyone to attend and the organizers undertook to make some kind of record of the event (e.g. videos of presentations, handouts online, and/or via blogging) so that those who couldn’t attend could see what happened.
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. During the Festival we tried 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 each year 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 a previous year’s EVO, on the same website.