The 2023 Freelancers' Awayday Programme
We are thankful to Weblink Software for being the main sponsor of the 2023 Awayday. Weblink Software specializes in transforming print-based ELT and educational content into high-quality digital material for delivery in online platforms.
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THE 2023 EVENT IS NOW COMPLETE. THE NEXT EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE AUTUMN OF 2024, WITH PROVISIONAL DATES OF 12 AND 13 SEPTEMBER.
PROGRAMME FOR THURSDAY 21.09.23
At the voco® Oxford Spires Hotel
5pm – Walk & Talk Networking (free event for all)
Freelancers and Publishers are warmly invited to join the ELTpp team for a 'walk & talk' by the River Thames. All weathers; bring appropriate clothing. Please note amending timing of 5pm.
Meet outside the hotel foyer. No ticket necessary.
6pm – Social drink (free event for all)
Everyone is welcome to join us in the hotel bar for a relaxed chat. Awayday newbies are particularly welcome – we'll be looking out for you. Please note amending timing of 6pm.
Purchase your own drinks. No ticket necessary.
19.30 – 22.00 Pre-conference dinner (ticketed)
This social dinner is a great opportunity for Freelancers and Publishers to mingle and meet before the conference. The evening includes a range of grill options (dietary requirements catered for), dessert, and a fun collaborative quiz during the latter part of the evening. We are very grateful to Caroline Krantz, who is a well-known ELT author and an ELTpp member, for preparing and hosting the quiz. Please note amending timing of 7.30pm.
Held in the Cathedral Suite and adjacent terrace.
Price: ELTpp members £35; Non-members £45
PROGRAMME FOR FRIDAY 22.09.23
All sessions take place in the main Cathedral Suite at the voco® Oxford Spires Hotel unless otherwise stated.
09.00 – Arrival, refreshments, networking
09.30 – Welcome and introduction
09.50 – AI and Accessibility – key challenges and opportunities in digital content creation by Ian Johnstone, Max Bondi and Nadine Hartley from Avallain
10.50 – Top tips for networking
11.00 – Refreshments, networking, exhibition stands
12.00 – Buzzwords and current trends
A series of 5-minute lightning talks presented by Educational and ELT experts
12.50 – Hot & cold buffet lunch (Restaurant & Cardinal Suite)
14.00 – Post-lunch dynamic networking
A dynamic organised networking session to combat the post-lunch slump! Move around a little and meet potentially useful business contacts in a fun and supported environment.
Led by Helen Holwill.
14.45 – Examining Nuance in DEI: A workshop for reviewing materials by Amina Douidi
15.30 – Refreshments, networking, exhibition stands
16.00 – Panel discussion with industry experts:
A round up of the day, with discussion and questions from the floor on current challenges and opportunities for our industry.
17.00 – End of sessions & 'survivors' photo in front of the hotel.
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Which organisations are represented?
These organisations have exhibition stands:
Creative Listening (ELT media production)
Earn Learn Thrive (ELT Business & Mindset Coach)
Lottie Galpin (DEI Specialist)
The following have one or more representatives attending the day:
Digital Learning Associates (video production)
ELT Teacher 2 Writer (developing ELT writing skills)
EMC Design (design agency; publishing services)
Haremi (publishing services)
Hyphen SA (publishing services)
Just Content (publishing services)
Newgen Publishing UK (publishing services)
The Content Station (publishing services)
Troika (publishing services)
Weblink Software (publishing services)
Who is the day aimed at?
Sessions are aimed at a broad range of roles within the English Language Teaching and Educational sectors of publishing. Our main audience consists of freelancers, but many representatives of publishing houses and other organisations operating in the educational publishing industry also attend, so it is a great opportunity for networking.
The Oxford Spires Hotel is just over a mile from Oxford train station. This recently refurbished venue offers:
excellent conference facilities
terrace alongside the main conference room
free parking (you must register your car at the reception desk)
free superfast wi-fi
sit-down hot/cold lunch, and refreshments
overnight accommodation at a reduced rate to delegates.
Accommodation is not included in the ticket prices. Find out about travel and accommodation.
Creative Listening is again offering the chance for you to have a free professional head-shot photo taken.
Phil Hendy of PAH Accounting is well known to many of our members and is offering free, 1-2-1, pre-bookable 15-minute sessions for those based in the UK.
FREE laptop check-up/clean up
Robert Stokes of Rascom I.T. gives remote I.T. support, supplies equipment and offers an ongoing 5% discount on hardware for ELTpp members. He will be selling discounted USB memory sticks, external hard disk drives, webcams, keyboards, mice, speakers, etc. at the Awayday and is also offering a free while-you-wait laptop check and clean-up.
This event has been organised with reference to the Sustainability guidelines for conference organisers document, sourced from ELT Footprint. Find out more about the measures we actively take to reduce our environmental impact.