Although a lot of criticism can be made of mainstream teaching conferences they are not going away (yet?). As a way to get ready for the IATEFL 2015 conference I thought it interesting to see what kind of titles were most common.
Professional development in the classroom – this is the ideal title if you want to present at IATEFL and TESOL 2015.
Of the 680 titles (including talks, posters, forums) at IATEFL 2015 and of the 1092 titles at TESOL 2015, the top 2 word bundles are:
professional development (16, 15)
in the (26, 42)
the classroom (11, 15)
Furthermore in + elt/tesol, in a are also common bundles.
If you want to aim for only IATEFL then use how to bundle in your title as this tops IATEFL 2015 with 28 instances.
By contrast if you want to target TESOL then use strategies for bundle which has 16 instances.
In addition TESOL titles prefers to use language learners (14) while IATEFL prefers language learning (10). Do also make sure you give added value for TESOL since teaching and, and the are common bundles.
If you want you can download IATEFL 2015 and TESOL 2105 titles yourself to explore (there may be some errors in terms of duplicates and/or missing titles). I used AntConc to count the 2-gram bundles. All the bundles were taken from the top 20.
One could explore the top 20 keywords to add another perspective. Or a count of titles over the years. A look at other major ELT conferences would also be interesting. Someone may also be interested in making a count of the gender of the presenters.
Thanks for reading.