What is excitELT? 

excitELT is an English language teaching conference that strives to be friendly, inclusive and more participant driven. 

Date: May 6th, 2018 8:30-18:30 with sessions starting at 9:30

Location: Building 14, Rikkyo University (Ikebukuro Campus) Tokyo

Theme: Things Nobody Tells You about English Language Teaching

Cost$25 in advance or 3500 Yen on the day. Proceeds from the conference will be donated to education-related good causes. Last year we raised over 40,000 yen for ITDI scholarships and Educating Girls of Rural China



Our Speakers

Who can you see at excitELT?

Every year, excitELT features world class speakers offering not only plenaries but also hands-on workshops, hangouts and demo classes. The full list of speakers is available at our Speakers Page.

Featured Speakers

  • Louise Ohashi
  • Reiko Yoshihara
  • Atsuko Watanabe
  • John F Fanselow
  • Michael Griffin

Special Online Session

  • Scott Thornbury 
  • Heath Rose
  • Zhenya Polosatova

Conference Theme

'Things Nobody Tells You about English Language Teaching'

No matter how hard you study before you before you step into the classroom, nothing can fully prepare you for what you experience at the whiteboard. The conference theme ‘Things Nobody Tells You about English Language Teaching’ seeks to explore knowledge about teaching that is neglected in teacher education, academia or simply not talked about that much.  

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Who is excitELT?

Meet the team


Anna Loseva

Anna Loseva is a Russian teacher of English in a university in Tokyo. She curates the iTDi Blog, writes (mostly about teaching and learning) on her own blog, and co-runs a Reflective Practice Group in Tokyo. Other than that, Anna spends time reading, travelling, doing yoga, and learning more about sketchbook art.


Timothy Hampson

Tim is a teacher, coffee lover, public speaking coach, and writer based in Beijing having previously lived in Shanghai, Nanjing and Seoul. His teaching interests include public speaking and encouraging critical thinking. When he's not teaching he is trying to make the perfect cup of coffee. 


Marc Jones

Marc Jones teaches at universities and companies in the Tokyo area. He has taught across contexts and his professional interests are task-based language teaching, listening and pronunciation. He is also a collaborating member of Cooperative de Serveís Linguistics de Barcelona.

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Matthew Turner

Matthew Turner is a lecturer in the Faculty of International Tourism Management at Toyo University. He holds an MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL and his professional interests include teacher development, reflective practice, support for SEN learners, and continuing professional development. He is co-founder and co-presenter of The TEFLology Podcast.

About excitELT: Past, Present and Future

excitELT was originally conceived as an experiment in ELT conferencing. It was conceived out of a love of ELT conferences and a desire to make them more accessible and participant centred. Every year we continue to experiment, keeping the things that worked along the way. At our first conference in Seoul, we made plenary speakers squeeze their best ideas into ten minute hard hitting presentation while workshops were hands on and interactive. We included demo lessons for teachers to get a rare chance to see some of the best teachers in Asia at work. 
Our second conference at Rikkyo Universty, Tokyo brought a focus on making conferencing more social and breaking the presenter/audience divide. A social on the Saturday before the conference allowed teachers to meet in a more relaxed setting. Our new session type, the ‘hangout’, saw presenters leading discussion on a particular topic. 
This year we will be returning to Rikkyo and bringing back everything people loved about the first two conferences. We know that a lot of the best discussion at conferences happens outside of organised sessions over a cup of coffee, so this year we’re opening a new cafe space. The cafe will serve free hot and cold drinks and also be used for new session types. 


excitELT 2018 has been awarded a platinum award by Equal Voices in ELT. This award "recognises balance of both gender and highly proficient L1/L2 speakers across an ELT event’s plenary line-up."