When Thursday 29 February, Friday 1 March, and Saturday 2 March 2024

Where MAS Athena, Thulhiriya, Sri Lanka


The English Language Teacher Educator conference grew out of our work with teacher educators, both pre and in -service, in the state sector in Sri Lanka.  From 2017 the Improving Teacher Education in Sri Lanka  (iTESL) Project has been running. Materials were developed based on the needs of both sectors. Teacher educator courses were delivered to over 100 teacher educators in the National Colleges of Education and mentoring and ELT methodology courses were delivered to over 200 in service advisors and senior teachers. A Community of Practice (COP) was initiated to assist these teacher educators to share best practices and to give them a forum to collaborate. One of the events that the COP were keen to run was a conference in Sri Lanka specifically for English language teacher educators.  Although there have been many conferences run by the Sri Lankan English Language Teachers Association (SLELTA) for English teachers, there has never been one for English teacher educators. Our first SLELTEC ran in March 2020 the week before the pandemic closed the country down.  Since 2020 the iTESL project changed paths and the focus has been on online delivery of teacher training and on developing and assessing speaking and listening skills in the classroom.  The 2023 SLELTEC conference reflected this change in emphasis in its themes. The 2024 conference will similarly reflect its changing context. The conference is the ideal venue for showcasing and sharing the work of both local pre and in service teacher educators and for providing a platform to showcase and share the work of other non-project teacher educators both in the country and in the region.  This conference is jointly hosted by the Ministry of Education and the British Council.

Overall theme 

Current trends in English Language Teaching and their implications for teacher education

Papers, workshops, and poster presentation abstracts are invited from local, regional and international presenters for submission on the sub themes below. 

Guidelines for abstracts

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words for

  • Papers - maximum 2000 words; 10 slides; 15 minutes & 5 minutes for Q&A
  • Workshops - 90 minutes
  • Poster presentations – one poster

 Include a bio of no more than 150 words

Deadline extended to Friday, 12 January 2024

Register now!

To join us as a participant click here.

To join us as a presenter click here.

For more information please email lk_sleltec_2024@britishcouncil.org


Sub themes

A. Inclusive language teaching 

·       learning difficulties 

·       people with disabilities (PWD)

·       gender

·       ethnic backgrounds and L1 differences

·       individual differences such as motivation 

 B.      English as a lingua franca and World Englishes 

·       pronunciation and accent 

·       language attitudes 

·       English grammars, vocabularies and testing in a lingua franca context

·       translanguaging, ecology of language in English as a lingua franca context

·       impact of world Englishes in ESL/EFL classroom 

 C.      AI and its impact on language teaching  

·       Assessment

·       Ethics (Limits, boundaries and equity with AI)

·       Teaching, Research and Materials development using AI

·       Gamification

·       Materials development using AI

 D.      Reflective practice and teacher-led research  

·       Reflective teaching 

·       Action research 

·       Classroom-based inquiry 

·       Teacher researcher identity 

·       Context specific teaching 

E. Bilingual Education (BE) and English Medium Instruction (EMI)

·       Developing curricula, materials, and activities to promote BE

·       Assessment in BE and EMI

·       Classroom interaction in BE

·       Role of Academic Literacy and CLIL in BE

·       Teacher role and teacher identity in BE


  • To demonstrate and share best practice in teacher educator course delivery locally and regionally.
  • To provide a forum for discussion of teacher training delivery and to demonstrate and share best practice in this area locally and regionally.
  • To compile a conference publication showcasing local and regional best practice.