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. We made a concerted effort to invite speakers who were as diverse as the teachers in Korea; we made plenary speakers squeeze their best ideas into ten minute hard hitting presentation; our 50 minute workshops were hands on and interactive and we included demo lessons for teachers to get a rare chance to see some of the best teachers in Asia at work.
The excitELT Seoul experiment was highly successful with lots of great attendee feedback. Lots of the feedback forms said "Please do another conference" and quite a few said "Please come to Japan." The reply was always "Yes, but only if we're doing something new". One year on, I'm happy to say we're coming to Tokyo and that we'll be bringing everything that worked in Seoul alongside new experiments.
We're very excited to announce that as a part of our call for sessions, you can apply to host a 'hangout' at the conference. Some of our best conference experiences have been the chats that happen between sessions; with hangouts, we want to encourage these interactions. These hangouts will be 45 minutes long and and based around a theme of your choosing. It could be a young learners hangout, an edtech, hangout, a women in ELT hangout or whatever interests you. You can tell us what you'd like to do in the hangout, but we're looking for hangouts that are audience focused and give teachers opportunities to meet and share with each other.