Oxford National Conference 2019

Please join us at the Oxford National Conference, one of Italy’s most popular and prestigious annual teacher training events. This year, we have changed the conference format to allow for three keynote speakers, experts chosen specifically to address the interests of secondary school teachers in Italy. We will explore how to develop better listening skills and motivate students to more active participation; touch on the neuroscience that differentiates the teenage brain and how we can (and should!) use this information to more effectively reach our learners; and enjoy a practical introduction to Phenomenon-Based Learning from one of the leading experts in the field.



Registration and materials exhibition from 8.30

Time Activity
9.15 Update from Oxford – Local consultant
9.30 Authentic Listening: Real Understanding and Active Engagement – Michael Lacey Freeman
10.30 Coffee Break and materials exhibition
11.00 Say Something! Communication and the Teenage Brain – Carla Leonard
12.00 Applying Phenomenon-Based Learning to Day-to-Day Lessons – Donna Fields, Ph.D.
13.00 Closing Comments


Robin Walker

Michael Lacey Freeman has been working in the field of English language teaching for 28 years, both as a teacher and ELT author. In this period, he has prepared and published a great deal of listening material for course books and exams in order to prepare and test students of all levels, and ages. He is also a storyteller and has travelled extensively around Italy and other parts of the world to tell his stories and spread the message that words are powerful. He has won numerous international awards for his stories and supports public education spaces in all continents through video and face to face conferences. In 2014 and 2017 he was the winner of the ERF Language Learner Literature Award for his stories, and is currently exploring how songs can be used with stories to enhance understanding.

Ben Wetz

Carla Leonard is an experienced writer of ELT secondary school books for Italian state schools, with over 20 years in English teaching in Italy.

Passionate about motivating young people, elevating their potential and transforming classrooms into places of inspiration, inclusion and personal development. Particularly interested in the communicative language teaching approach and cognitive psychology.

Ben Wetz

Donna Fields (Ph.D.), author, assistant professor at the International University of Valencia, a collaborator with Oxford University Press, consultant to the BEDA organisation in Spain, and expert teacher-trainer for such international organizations as Educluster, Finland and the Departments of Education in Helsinki (Finland), Guadalajara (Mexico), Valencia and Cataluyna (Spain). She specialises in the CLIL approach, Phenomenon-Based Learning and EFL innovative practices.


Monday 18th
March 2019

Savoia Hotel Regency
Via del Pilastro 2 Bologna

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Tuesday 19th
March 2019

Palazzo dei Congressi, Firenze Fiera
Piazza Adua, 1 Firenze

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Wednesday 20th
March 2019

Crowne Plaza Padova
Via Po, 197 Padova

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Thursday 21st
March 2019

Teatro Manzoni
Via Manzoni 42

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Friday 22nd
March 2019

Centro Congressi, Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile
“Avv. Giovanni Agnelli”
Corso Unità d’Italia 40 Torino

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Thursday 28th
March 2019

Teatro Ambra Jovinelli
Via Guglielmo Pepe 45 Roma

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