So IATEFL 2013 has come to an end and all of the delegates have left Liverpool.
But in many ways the conference is only just beginning. Now there’s more time to read and reflect, to revisit and review, to draw conclusions and put into practice. I hope to continue doing this throughout the rest of April. But for today I’d like to show you the best bit of the conference for me, in case you didn’t have the chance to visit it – the International House World stand!
The reason being this year International House celebrates its diamond jubilee – 60 years since John and Brita Haycraft set up the first school in Cordoba, Spain. We’ve come a long way since then and to celebrate we’re giving away lots of fabulous presents to teachers, as well as giving you lots of fabulous opportunities to contribute yourselves and get your students participating in the celebration, participating in a range of competitions we’ll be having throughout the year.
Hopefully those 2585 of you who were lucky enough to attend the conference yourselves are proudly clutching your IH world gift on your way home and have already signed up to our gifts list to receive all the fab freebies we’ll be sending your way throughout the year. And those of you who couldn’t make it can do so right here:
The free gifts already available on the website include a sample 6 lessons / activities / games from our various resource banks – General English Activities, CEF Activity packs, the IH Writing Portfolio and the IH Games Bank. I’m very proud to say that I edited the first three of these and wrote the Games Bank in its entirety. Of course, if you want to have the complete resources you’ll have to become an IH teacher!
We are also running a Lesson Plan competition for all teachers around the world. The lesson simply has to have a link to the word 60 somehow. I have created an example lesson to give you an idea of what we’re looking for and to provide a template for you to use for your entries. You can enter as many times as you like and could win a free IH training course – take your pick:
Full details of the competition are available in our special IH60 section of the website:
You can also access all of the videos from the IH DoS conference in January (just in case you’ve already watched all of the IATEFL videos):
and my favourite section of the IH60 gifts page at the moment is the ‘I wish I’d known’ section, where 60 IH teachers from around the world share what they wish they’d known all those years ago when they started out in the world of English teaching:
So many exciting gifts to start off with and many more to come during the rest of the year. Get thinking about some of your favourite lessons and think how you can get the word 60 into them so you can enter them in the competition. Visit the IH experience page so that you can see how to get your learners involved and keep up to date with our various competitions as they come online.
And make sure you sign up to the IH60 gifts list so that you keep getting lovely presents throughout the year, as well as news of our various conferences and workshops and competitions celebrating 60 years of International House. Happy birthday IH World!