AzETA held its 12th International Teachers’ Conference: Perspectives & Challenges of Teaching a 21st Century Student, on 6-7 May 2017 at European Azerbaijan School in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The aim of the Conference was to provide a forum in which the participants had a chance to explore current trends in education and to discuss a number of subsidiary issues. Sessions addressed such matters as:

  • Key trends in education today
  • Teaching via the new media
  • Innovative language teaching methodology
  • Creativity in the classroom
  • Reflective practice
  • Learner-centred teaching
  • Mixed ability and differentiated teaching
  • Enhancing teacher education
  • Learner autonomy
  • Sharing Success: Adopting and Adapting Innovation
  • Real world learning: Bringing education to life

Different sessions and all the related activities at the Conference created a unique opportunity for all the participants to find out more about the most cutting-edge practices in education, network professionals from different parts of Azerbaijan, as well as, overseas, and to actively participate in building the future of education in their communities.

Plenary speakers of the Conference were Dr Erdem Soylemez, Education Expert, Turkey and Les Kirkham, ELT Expert, UK. There were ELT experts from Georgia, Japan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, UK, US among the presenters alongside with presenters from different regions of Azerbaijan.

160 teachers attended the Conference. 25 of them gave presentations on different topics on the Conference theme.

Day 1 of the Conference started with opening ceremony. Mr William Gill, US Embassy Charge d’Affaires, Mr Abdulgafur Buyukfirat, Education Attache, Embassy of Turkey, Mr Asif Jahangirov, Education Advisor, The European Azerbaijan Society, Dr Gilinjkhan Bayramov, Head of Translation Centre, Azerbaijan University of Languages, Dr Gary Crippin, Director of European Azerbaijan School and Mr Graeme Pollock, Director of Azerbaijan Teacher Development Centre made opening remarks.

After the opening ceremony, Dr Erdem Soylemez gave a plenary talk titled: Role of a Teacher in Educating a 21st Century Student. After the tea break, the Conference continued its work through concurrent sessions.

Day 1 of the Conference finished its work with celebration of 20th Anniversary of establishment of AzETA. Ragsana Mammadova, AzETA Founder and President gave a presentation on 20 years’ activity of AzETA. She presented Honorary Certificate to AzETA Executive Board members, Managers of AzETA branches and teachers of English Microscholarship Programme (EAMP) for their hard work for AzETA to be successful for 20 years.

AzETA also gave Sudaba Sadigova, former EAMP Co-ordinator and teacher an Award after Martyr Teacher Ahliman Huseynov, for her invaluable work towards the project, as well as, an exemplary teacher of Azerbaijan.

AzETA also awarded Dr Erdem Soylemez with Honorary Diploma for his invaluable contribution to AzETA in the past 5 years.

After her presentation, the celebration continued through entertainment programme where AzETA branches made presentations. The celebration continued with reception at the School canteen.

Day 2 of the Conference started with plenary talk by Les Kirkham. The title of his presentation was English across the Curriculum: Interdisciplinarity and the 21st Century Student. After the plenary talk, the participants attended concurrent sessions.

Before the closing ceremony, Les Kirkham made a presentation on IATEFL, its benefits and how to join it.

At the closing ceremony, Ragsana Mammadova awarded Famil Teymurov, English teacher from Astara, brother of Martyr Penjeli Teymurov with Certificate of Honorary Member of AzETA. She also thanked all presenters, participants and stakeholders to make the Conference successful. Feruza Rashidova, President of UzTEA (Uzbekistan Teachers of English Association), Miyoko Takatama, Teacher of Soko Univeristy, Tokyo, Japan, Marine Chalauri, Head of ETAG (English Teachers’ Association of Georgia) Gori Branch, Gori, Georgia congratulated AzETA for its 20th Anniversary, for a successful conference and thanked for hospitality.

At the end, the participants had a family photo.