Exploring the future of English language teaching

More than 150 teachers, education policy-makers and language specialists recently attended Regent’s University London’s ‘The Future of English Language Teaching’ conference.

Held in partnership with Trinity College London, the event addressed the most pressing topics for English language teaching, ranging from multilingualism and the globalisation of English, through to using drama to help children become more effective learners.

English students around a table

A prominent topic was the rapid growth in teaching using the medium of English overseas, along with increasing demands for training programmes to equip teachers with the necessary skills, methodologies and language needed to deliver integrated learning.

Julian Kenny, Associate Director of Regent’s Institute of Languages and Culture, explained: 

“Our delegates included representatives from teaching centres, the British Council, publishers and exam boards across the UK, as well as education specialists from France, Spain, Italy, Argentina, Indonesia and beyond.

“There is clearly a growing demand for English teaching internationally, and debate addressed the skills-gap in teacher training and standards.

Julian Kenny
Julian Kenny

“One of the ways Regent’s is seeking to address this challenge is to implement a new, fully-blended MA Teaching & Learning programme in association with our partner institutions abroad."