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Outcomes of the annual NATE Conference

Outcomes of the annual NATE Conference

The XXIV NATE Russia International Convention and English Language Expo «Shaping Minds, Enriching Souls, Changing Lives» (18-20 April)  turned out to be one of the greatest events of the year for the ELT community in Russia and gathered participants from over 40 cities totaling in about 500 people . Brilliant outstanding speakers representing nearly every sphere of language teaching from Russia and abroad contributed greatly to the tremendous success of the event.
Remarkable professionals and scholars from around the world shared ideas and best practices, explored the research, new developments and current trends in teaching EFL/ESL, and enjoyed networking and socializing.

Special thanks to the English Language Office (US Embassy, Moscow) and the team of organizers from Samara National Research University who at great cost made the conference possible.

 

2 комментария
  • Tatiana Margaryan
    Posted at 23:24h, 12 мая

    Deep gratitude to Samara’s team for their time, efforts & hospitability!!!

  • Юлия Тарасенкова
    Posted at 13:54h, 21 мая

    It is great that the conference is over, but we continue getting gratitudes and feedback from participants! Below we piblish kind of report we received from Karpenko Olga, a teacher from Samara!

    The report aims to evaluate the XXIVth Annual NATE Conference and Academic Writing Institute which was held from the 18th to the 22nd of April in Samara University. Moreover, this report gives recommendations on how the organization of the conference might be improved.
    Topics and speakers
    There was a wide range of workshops and speakers from all over the world. The topics were up-to-date and the speakers presented their ideas effectively, providing the audience with their personal examples, hand-outs and PowerPoint presentations. Furthermore, regarding the academic writing seminars it should be mentioned that it was a great source of knowledge for those who have already been doing research, as well as for those, who are just planning to write a scientific article or an abstract.
    Schedule
    The timing of the seminars was excellent; there were adequate breaks between the seminars so that participants had enough time to have lunch.
    Organization and advertising
    There were professors, PhD students and the representatives of the international publishing houses such as Cambridge, Oxford etc at the conference. However, there were few teachers from schools in contrast with the numbers of those from universities. The first part of the conference could have contributed to their personal development as teachers since the available seminars were both relevant and useful.
    Technical issues
    On the whole the speakers were well-prepared and tried to provide the audience with visuals, such as short videos and pictures. Although, several technical problems occurred during the presentations, those problems could be easily solved by considering any technical issues in advance.
    Conclusion
    All in all, this event was successful and beneficial for those in the field of education. Next year the host city of the conference is St. Petersburg and I believe that it would be a platform for a lot of professionals to share their attitudes and experience. However, there are certain features that need attention if we want to make it more accessible for English teachers. For instance, conducting a better marketing campaign at schools and negotiating with the principals the payment of the fees would have been more beneficial.

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