Past TESOL France Spring Day



TESOL France Spring Day 2018 
Learning is Fun! Create, Learn, Share, Participate!

Date: Saturday, June 9th, 2018Spring Day 2018 Learning is Fun!
Time: 9.00am - 7pm

Venue: Télécom ParisTech

46 rue Vergniaud, 75013 Paris

Map: For directions click here.
Registration deadline: June 5th, 2018






We are delighted to announce Jamie Keddie as the plenary speaker for Spring Day 2018. Jamie is a teacher, trainer and storyteller. He is the founder of Lessonstream, a website that provides visual lesson plans for teachers, and hosts his own youtube channel. Additionally, Jamie is an associate trainer at Norwich Institute for Language Education. 

Not only are we excited about our plenary, but we are also looking forward to a great selection of talks from a wide array of speakers. Confirmed speakers include Graham Stanley, Bethany Cagnol, Daniel Kelly, Michael Harlow, Peter Wiley, Emma Herrod, and Matt Ledding. Talks will be conducted like interactive workshops and will offer delegates the opportunity to engage as a student (learner). The various talks will look at different methods to encourage learning through fun activities, integrating humor, gamification, quizzes and trivia, debating and technology.  

Themes for this interesting event will include:
  •     gamification
  •     integrating escape games and quizzes
  •     storytelling
  •     video, skype
  •     unusual and quirky ideas for the classroom


Plenary speaker:

Jamie Keddie
Listen to Jamie's podcast with TESOL France's Jeremy Levin!

Learn more about Jamie Keddie:

Author of the Month interview

Free for TESOL France members.

Non members registration fee is €30
€5 contribution for lunch will be asked at the door.
ONLY cash or check payments will be accepted.



TESOL France Spring Day 2017 in Toulouse!

Teaching the Mosaic: Inclusive practice and Special Learning Differences (SpLDs)

Date: Saturday, 20th May 2017
Time: 9.00am - 5.30pm
Venue: Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile
Address: 7 Avenue Edouard Belin, 31000 Toulouse
Map: For directions click here


 Online registration is CLOSED!




Interviews & Podcasts


 Online registration is CLOSED!


Plenary speakers:

Judit Kormos
Professor in Second Language Acquisition, Lancaster University

Yves Henri Robillard
Co-founder of The New World Lyceum,
Alternative Education

Other speakers: 
Alison Heal
English and dyslexia teacher in Lyon
Gerard McLoughlin
EFL Teacher Trainer and writer

Rachael Harris
IPSEN (Inclusive practice and special educational needs)
SIG newsletter editor (IATEFL)
Co-Coordinator ETAS, Geneva region

Topics will include:

  • How SpLDs affect language learning

  • Classroom tasks to identify difficulties

  • Teaching young learners with dyslexia and SpLDs

  • How learners with SpLDs are supported in France ... and more


Free for TESOL France members.
Non members registration fee is €30
€5 contribution for lunch will be asked at the door.
ONLY cash or check payments will be accepted.

**** Book your housing EARLY! This weekend coincides with the Airexpo 2017.



TESOL France Spring Day 2017 in Paris!

Here's Looking at you teacher! Where are you heading?

Date: June 11th 2016.
Time: 8:00am - 5:30pm
VenueTelecom ParisTech.  49 rue Verginaud, 75013 Paris.

Register online for this event by clicking here.

Registration fees:
This event is FREE to TESOL France members, speakers and stand representatives only.

Exceptionally, €4 donation is requested for lunch.
Non-member registration fee: €30. Please bring exact change.
Please bring a photo ID to present at the venue entrance.

Duncan Foord and  Andrew Nye
Representatives: Syndicat de Formateurs Consultants Indépendants (SYCFI)


8.00 – 9.00    Registration
9.00-9.45       Introduction to the day by Duncan Foord
9.45-10.30     Intro to the Cambridge Teaching Framework by Andrew Nye
10.30-11.00   Tea/coffee break
11.00-11.45    Workshop session 1
11.50-12.35    Workshop session 2
12.35- 13.30   Lunch
13.30-14.15    Workshop session 3
14.20 – 15.00  Language Quiz
15.00 – 15.30  Coffee break
15.30 -16.15    SYCFI presentation
16.15 –17.00   Making a Development Plan and Round Up


Each workshop will make reference to the descriptors in the Cambridge Teaching Framework and all the workshops will run in parallel during each workshop session, so attendees will be able to attend 3 of the 4 workshops listed below
  • Getting feedback, do you really do this? Workshop led by Duncan Foord
  • Understanding Assessment: Six questions all teachers should ask. Workshop led by Evelina Galaczi
  • From Learning to Teaching. Workshop led by Andrew Nye
  • How effective is your lesson planning? Workshop led by Jane Ryder & Alina Brooks
  • Digging into Classroom Management Workshop led by Jane Ryder & Alina Brooks

Click on the programme below to view the pdf version online.

Listen to our very first TESOL France Podcast:
An interview with Duncan Foord (Spring Day Speaker)


Information about the Spring Day

How long has it been since you spent time evaluating yourself as a teacher? Come to our TESOL France one-day conference, on Saturday, June 11th at Telecom ParisTech entirely dedicated to answering the question “How good a teacher am I?”
Hands-on workshops, quizzes, presentations and open space Q&A sessions - all of these plus the Cambridge English Teaching Framework, a very useful tool we'll be using to structure our answers to this question. Are you a Foundation, Developing, Proficient or Expert teacher? How are you going to move forward from where you are right now?
We'll be helping you chart a path and we'll also be giving you practical assistance in making sure you have access to the tools needed to defend yourself in this new environment of France and the réforme. An important part of the legislation on formation professionnelle taking effect this year requires language schools, independents, and freelancers in general, to justify that they are 'good' teachers before they will be able to have access to funding, notably through the OPCAs. We will be welcoming SYCFI, the Syndicat de Consultants-Formateurs Indépendents to our Spring Day to help us understand how this is going to play out and how their quality label will help us.
Our moderator for the day will be Duncan Foord, author of the very popular book The Developing Teacher (DELTA publications) and long-time teacher trainer working for Trinity in Barcelona. Duncan will be joined by Andrew Nye from Cambridge English and together they will guide us through this fascinating day. We often feel we have a pretty good working appreciation of our skills as teachers but we rarely take the time to back-up these self-assessments with reliable criteria and consequently we're unable to present ourselves confidently when pushed for justification.
At TESOL France we believe that ultimately it is in our interest as teachers to shape up and take a long hard look at ourselves. We can only benefit from the process. Not only will we be better able to chart our professional development into the future, but we'll feel more in control of our careers and less at the mercy of outside elements which seem to be having an ever greater impact on our access to work. France may not seem a great place to be teaching in this year but, hey, let's make it work for us. You may be pleasantly surprised at the bulletin you hand in to yourself at the end of the conference.

Speaker Bios:
Duncan Foord
Duncan Foord is the Director of OxfordTEFL, Barcelona. He has 30 years experience in language teaching, teacher training and school leadership and management. He is the author of “From English Teacher to Learner Coach” (with Dan Barber, The Round 2014) The Developing Teacher (Delta Publishing, 2009) and The Language Teachers Survival Handbook with Lindsay Clandfield (Its Magazines, 2008).

Andrew Nye
Andrew Nye is Assistant Director Digital & New Product Development in Cambridge English, where he focuses much of his time on the area of teacher professional development. Before joining the organisation he worked in English Language Teaching for 12 years as a teacher, teacher trainer and academic manager.

Also :
Evelina Galaczi.
Evelina is Principal Research Manager at Cambridge English and leads research on speaking assessment. She has published in assessment journals and academic volumes, including publications in Language Assessment Quarterly, Applied Linguistics, and Examining Speaking (CUP).

Alina Brooks.
CELTA & DELTA trainer at The ELT Hub and Jane Ryder, CELTA trainer and owner of The ELT Hub.


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