We are happy to announce The Unplugged Conference, a one-day event on Sat 21 May 2011 at OxfordTEFL, Barcelona, Spain, organised along Open Space Technology lines so as to maximise participation, and with the aim of exploring and debating issues involved in unplugging teaching, teacher training and teacher development.

The event  is organised by the IATEFL TD SIG and sponsored by OxfordTEFL, Barcelona.

Facilitators on the day will include:

  1. Anthony Gaughan (Teacher Trainer, Hamburg School of English
  2. Duncan Foord (OxfordTEFL, Barcelona and TD SIG)
  3. Lindsay Clandfield (Author)

and members of the TD SIG Committee:

  1. Colin MacKenzie (Nantes)
  2. Mark Bain (Sabadell)
  3. Catherine Mitsaki (London)

The key features of the unplugged conference

  1. the focus will be on the interactions between the people in the room, on the here and now, and the face to face
  2. it will foreground participation. You will have the opportunity to take an active part and contribute your ideas as well hear those of others.
  3. it will be productive. Discussions will move towards short team presentations to fellow participants at the end of the day.
  4. it will include language learners. The demonstration class will be with 15 or so real learners from the local community.
  5. it will be small. The maximum number of participants is 80
  6. it will be diverse. Well, that depends on you, but we aim to attract a range of ELT professionals to the conference as individual participants, including teachers, teacher trainers, school directors and publishers. There will not be an exhibition.

The programme for the day


Registration and coffee


Demonstration Lesson. Scott Thornbury and Luke Meddings will teach a class of Spanish speaking learners, watched in the round by conference participants.This will take place in a venue near OxfordTEFL.

11.20 -11.40

Coffee break


Discussion in groups and in plenary with Scott and Luke on the lesson. Learners will be invited to join this.


Lunch, a sandwich and a chat in a local café

14.00- 15.30

OST discussion groups 1




OST discussion groups 2


Presentations in plenary


Supper. For those who would like to meet in the evening we will reserve a space in a tapas restaurant down town. Please confirm on the day.


Please visit for registration details and more information.