It is undoubtedly the case that with time, teaching English, like teaching
in general, has become an increasingly complex profession,given that an
outstanding command of the foreign language and a solid EFL methodological
background are now felt to be insufficient to successfully deal with the new
generations of students.
Nowadays, English teachers at all educational levels are expected to be the
ultimate acrobatic multi-taskers. We have to be able to manage time
efficiently, show empathy, be emotionally intelligent, challenge, motivate and
inspire students, and establish effective group dynamics. We also have to be
flexible enough to participate in CLIL classes and in English for Specific
Purposes courses in VET contexts, in businesses, institutions and trade
schools. Last but not least, we have to keep up to date with technology and new
educational trends ‒ all simultaneously. And at this point in time, when
technology is blurring the boundaries between our personal and professional
lives, teaching is more than ever a 24/7 job.
These considerations should obviously have a major impact on the training
provided in pre-service courses, as well as on competences developed in
in-service teacher development programmes. That is why this year’s Convention
aims at reflecting on the ins-and-outs of this multi-faceted profession and on
the training and skills required to be not only English teachers, but actually
effective educators to equip our students for the real world.