• ELTeach: Mexico City

    ELTeach event in Mexico City

    Date: Friday, June 3rd

    Time: 11:00 AM

    Venue: Gran Hotel de la Ciudad de México

    Address: 16 de Septiembre 82, Cuauhtémoc, Col. Centro, 06000, Mexico City

  • TESOL 2016: "Developing Teachers' Use of English in the Classroom"

    TESOL 2016

    "Developing Teachers' Use of English in the Classroom," p
    resented by Anne Burns, Donald Freeman, and Anne Katz

    When: Thursday, April 7th, 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

    Where: Key 11 Room, Hilton, Baltimore Convention Center 
    Baltimore, Maryland

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  • JASELE: "Global Students from Global Teachers"

    JASELE (Japan Society of English Language Education)

    "Global Students from Global Teachers"

    Date: Saturday August 22 and Sunday August 23 2015

    Where: Kumamoto Gakuen University, Kumamoto, Japan

    Summary: The basic ideas behind ELTeach are; (1) The central role of the teacher, (2) Confidence and efficacy, (3) Time-on-task. Based on these ideas, this presentation discusses the outcomes of in-service teachers as well as pre-service teachers who have engaged in ELTeach program in Japan.

    Discussion: The completion rate and TEFT scores were correlated (time-on-task), in-service as well as pre-service teachers’ confidence improved (confidence & efficacy), and T’s confidence or self-efficacy beliefs related to the students’ same feelings (The central role of the teacher). Therefore, teachers’ English ability is judged to be the key to enhance students’ active involvement in the global society.

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  • JASTEC - "A Case Study on ELTeach Piloting in Japan"


    JASTEC (Japan Association for the Study of Teaching English to Children)

    "A Case Study on ELTeach Piloting in Japan"

    Date: Saturday June 27th and Sunday June 28th, 2015

    Where: Osaka Seikei University, Japan

    Summary: ELTeach is a program designed to enhance teachers’ confidence to teach English. This presentation discusses teachers’ (1) English abilities (2) Confidence to teach English (3) Self-efficacy to teach English, changed by introducing ELTeach to elementary school teachers in Japan.

    Discussion: The study witnessed that the program enhanced teachers’ English proficiencies as well as their confidence to teach English. However, no significant differences were observed in teachers’ self-efficacy beliefs. However, the past research revealed that confidence and self-efficacy were correlated (Pajares), and this is further investigated.


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  • IATEFL 2014 - 'New Knowledge Constructs in Teacher Education'


    Forum on Investigating New Knowledge Constructs in Teacher Education

    Chair: Donald Freeman, ELTeach Senior Academic Advisor

    Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014
    Time: 5:10 PM - 6:15 PM
    Where: Harrogate International Conference Centre, Harrogate, UK

    What: Donald Freeman, Anne Katz, and Anne Burns, Senior Academic Advisors for ELTeach, will present a series of 3 papers and moderate a forum on investigating new knowledge constructs in teacher education. 

    Paper 1: Investigating Professional Confidence in Teacher Learning and Development
    Donald Freeman

    The presentation introduces concepts of professional confidence, along with knowledge-for teaching and teacher agency, as different ways to conceptualize teacher learning. The paper outlines the operationalization of these ideas in self-access teacher education materials and assessments, and discusses a global trial of the materials and assessments with 4000 teachers in 10 countries.

    Paper 2: Investigating Professional Confidence in Developing Teacher Classroom Language
     Anne Katz

    This presentation examines a new framework for describing teacher English proficiency in the classroom. ‘English-for teaching’ is based on a language competence model that supports teachers in building confidence in using English. The presenter discusses how this framework informed the design of online learning materials, drawing on pilot survey data to illustrate its effectiveness.

    Paper 3: Investigating Sources of Familiarity in Developing Professional Knowledge
     Anne Burns

    In the global enterprise of teaching English, quality is an important factor. A key aspect is the nature of professional knowledge teachers bring to the classroom. Successful professional knowledge development means building from what is known or familiar. The presenter discusses how the concept of familiarity was operationalised and tested in the development of new online professional development programme.

    Visit Us:

    If you are responsible for teacher training in your country/institution and would like to learn more about ELTeach, please visit the National Geographic Learning booth at IATEFL 2014 or contact Kelly Jennings-Robinson at to make an appointment.


    IATEFL 2014

  • TESOL Arabia 2014 - 'Myths We Live By in Engish Language Teaching'


    Plenary Session

    Title: Myths We Live By in English Language Teaching
    Presenter: Donald Freeman, ELTeach Senior Academic Advisor

    Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014
    Time: 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
    Where: Hyatt Regency, Dubai


    As a field, English language teaching is full of prescriptions for what ‘good’ teachers ought to know and be able to do; these are myths that we often take for granted in ELT. Many of these prescriptions are professionally based: some come from research, while others are historically inherited. Other prescriptions seem to be commonsense, which means essentially that they come as part of the social expectations of the work of teaching. In this talk, I want to re-examine several of these key prescriptions-- or myths-- that we live by in ELT. In particular, I will look at myths about what English is and how it works in the 21st century, and then what ELT students can (and can’t) do with it. I then examine what these mean for the job of the English teacher in the classroom. I argue that if they are left unchallenged, these myths can erode teachers’ professional confidence, so re-examining them is critical to establishing professional confidence and classroom competence.

    Visit Us:

    If you are responsible for teacher training in your country/institution and would like to learn more about ELTeach, please visit the National Geographic Learning booth at TESOL Arabia 2014 or contact Kelly Jennings-Robinson at to make an appointment.


    TESOL Arabia 2014 Plenary Sessions

  • 2nd Academic Seminar - Teaching with Confidence: August 10, 2013


    2nd Academic Seminar - Teaching with Confidence

    When: August 10, 2013

    Where: Hotel Crowne Plaza, Santiago, Chile

    Sponsored Presenters: 

    Donald Freeman, ELTeach Senior Academic Advisor

    Mary Jane Abrahams, Director TESOL CHILE

    Ricardo Contreras, National Coordinator for MINEDUC (Ministry of Education) 

    Contact and Registration: (562) 2490 26 10 • 2490 26 15 •

    Academic Seminar Information

  • IATEFL 2013 - 'Getting Involved in ELTeach'


    National Geographic Learning and Educational Testing Service (ETS) invite you to attend ‘Getting involved in ELTeach’ at IATEFL 2013 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. 

    Please join Professors Donald Freeman, Anne Burns, and Anne Katz, and members of National Geographic Learning and ETS as we introduce ELTeach, our newly-launched online, integrated professional development, assessment, and certificate program supporting teachers with the knowledge and language to teach English in English.

    When: Thursday, April 11, 2013, 10:30 AM

    Where: Malmaison Liverpool Hotel, 7 William Jessop Way, Liverpool, Merseyside L3 1QZ, United Kingdom (Conveniently Located near the Liverpool Arena and Convention Centre)

    IATEFL 2013

  • IATEFL 2013 - ELTeach Academic Presentation


    Online professional development for English language proficiency and professional knowledge 

    Presented by ELTeach Senior Academic Advisors:

    Anne Burns
    Donald Freeman
    Anne Katz 

    Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 3:05-3:35 PM


    The expansion of English teaching worldwide creates pressing demands for professional development that prioritises teachers’ language proficiency and professional knowledge. Professors Burns, Freeman, and Katz discuss theoretical and practical issues in developing, internationally piloting, and implementing ELTeach, a new online professional development programme incorporating materials and assessment based on the concept of “language competence-for-teaching”.

    IATEFL 2013

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