IAFOR was excited to take the seventh European conferences on Education (ECE2019) and Language Learning (ECLL2019) to the great city of London, where it was held on both Birkbeck and UCL’s IoE campuses in Bloomsbury. More than 300 academics joined IAFOR’s biggest European event, and the plenary session kicked off with Professor Thanassis Rikakis (above left), of Virginia Tech (USA), who presented on how “Transdisciplinary Knowledge Ecosystems can Advance Interdependence and Agency”, in a presentation that spoke both to IAFOR’s interdisciplinary mission, and that of the conference theme of "Independence and Interdependence". In her Keynote Presentation titled, “Challenges and Solutions to Improving Educational Outcomes”, Dr Jo Van Herwegen (above center), of the UCL IoE (UK), discussed the challenges to changing classroom practice and the importance of overcoming obstacles in order to improve education. Professor Jean Marc Dewaele, from Birkbeck, University of London (UK), delved into the psychology of learners and educators in his Keynote Presentation “The Emotional Rollercoaster Ride of Foreign Language Learners and Teachers” in which he explored the role teachers must play in guiding language learners to be more creative and effective communicators.
Above left: Professor Barbara Lockee, from Virginia Tech (USA), gave a Keynote Presentation titled “Interaction in Online Learning: A Design Paradox” on the apparent paradox of online learning being created to increase independence while educators increasingly seek ways to create interaction and interdependence in distance learning programmes. Above right: Professor Svetlana Ter-Minasova (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia) was interviewed by longtime friend and colleague Bruce Monk on her career as Russia’s leading public intellectual and proponent of ELT in Russia, which included reflections on the development of scholarship in the field, the differences in teaching in the Soviet Union and after its collapse, and the changes she has seen in students over her years in education.
Above: Delegates gathered for a group photo outside Birkbeck, University of London.
ECE/ECLL2019 Conference Programme and Abstract Book