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.