The IATEFL international conferences is one of the biggest events in the ELT calendar, with education professionals from around the world travelling to speak-at and attend the four-day conference.  This year 35 Thai Master Trainers (TMT) joined in the excitement.

“It was a great opportunity being connected to other English teachers around the world, experiencing and learning from each other.” TMT

The trip was part of the Regional English Training Centre project (RETC/Bootcamp) which ran across Thailand from 2016 – 18, in partnership with the Thai Ministry of Education. Over the course of the project 17,000 primary and secondary teachers were trained in teaching methodology and English language development, and now that the main round of training is complete the TMTs have taken over.  They are vital in ensuring the sustainability of the project and continue to support teachers across the country. 

As well as attending IATEFL, drawing experience and inspiration from global ELT experts, the TMTs also visited language schools and the University of Liverpool, as well as spending a day in Cambridge.  What they gained from the visit will help broaden their perspective on teaching and training, helping them to support other teachers as part of their Professional Learning Community.       

“The trip to the UK was my biggest adventure and it was full of impressive moments.” TMT