The Image Conference

Putting visual literacy and multimodality literacy at the centre of the language learning agenda.

The Image Conference, the annual conference of The School for Training, is an innovative and collaborative project which seeks to explore the possibilities which film, video, photographs and paintings offer to both language teachers and language learners. The rationale behind The Image Conference is that in the twenty-first century, the ability to interpret, analyse and create images is an integral part of literacy.The key aims of the conference are to put images, visual literacy and multimodality literacy at the centre of the language learning agenda, to offer guidance on using visual texts and multimodal texts critically and creatively in language teaching and to explore how visual texts and multimodal texts can be used in language education to foster empathy and promote social justice.

The Image Conference brings together leading experts and practitioners in the use of visual texts and multimodal texts in language learning who share their experiences, insights and know-how and provides participants with an excellent opportunity to enhance their competence in the innovative and creative use of images.

The Image Conference was an excellent and timely event and something entirely new on the ELT conference circuit. It was great to see so many people discussing the “visual turn” from so many different angles. As such, it has helped consolidate the role of images, gaming and video in our profession.

Ben Goldstein

It’s highly unusual to attend or speak at a conference in English language teaching that is very different than the others. As a regular conference speaker around the world I found the concept and execution of the Image Conference to be refreshing and innovative while not straying too far from a formula that works for attendees and presenters.

Lindsay Clandfield

The Image Conference has provided a new perspective which challenges the well-established vision of the praxis of ELT through a methodologies and approaches view. It is only by changing the way we look at things that we will be able to bring innovative and creative practice to our field. I think this is the richest way in which the Image Conference has contributed to my work as a professional.

Valéria França


The Image Conference 2021 Goes Online CANCELLED

The conference will be held on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th April, and will be the pre-conference event to the main BC TEAL Conference which will take place on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th April. The conference will bring together leading experts in the use of image in language education.     The Association of British […]

Paul Herron’s Experience at The Image Conference Brussels.

  Paul Herron writes about his experience as a speaker and delegate at The Image Conference Brussels.   What did you enjoy about The Image Conference?   There are very few events with such a positive atmosphere as the Image Conference. It’s a place where you can get in touch with other education professionals from […]