Speak for IH!

Speak for IH!

Many people who have trained and worked with IH are regular speakers at National and International Conferences, and within the languages industry International House has an excellent reputation.

We want to foster new talent and showcase IH expertise to the world. So we would like to encourage and inspire all the excellent teachers, trainers and DOSes in IH schools around the network to take on the challenge of standing up in front of your peers at external events and talking about the topics close to your heart.  You can do it!

Don't be nervous!

Public speaking takes skill and preparation, and can be nerve wracking. With this in mind Diana England (IH Torres Vedras), who has a great deal of experience as a speaker and trainer, has produced some very useful guidance to support aspiring new speakers.

Val Hennessy speakingLog onto our secure Members Area to find this (click on the button opposite).

The guidance contains principles behind session design so you convey information and share knowledge and experiences as effectively, efficiently,  and enjoyably as possible. 

There is also guidance about the "nuts and bolts" of delivering session - from initial planning, submitting your proposal, preparing materials and handouts, then actually speaking! 

It's a very useful and detailed set of guidance!

Will 300 Euro help?

Sometimes travel/accommodation expenses or conference fees are prohibitively expensive and so opportunities for IH professionals are lost. If the cost of attending is a barrier for you, we can help. IHWO is providing grants of 300Euro to staff from IH schools presenting at conferences. You may qualify if:

  1. You currently work in an IH school
  2. You want to speak at an event that is NOT an IH event (i.e. not hosted by an IH school)
  3. The event will provide an opportunity raise awareness of IH and our commitment to excellence in language training.
  4. You use IH branded slides (we will provide templates) 
  5. You are willing to write a very short piece for us afterwards, and let us publish it and your photo on this website. (So you can inspire others!)

If you would like to apply please complete the form in the members area – remember to persuade us that you are a good investment! 

These people have done it!

Norman Cain and Giovanni Licata from IH Rome did it .........

Dear IHWO, Even though you said it would be great, it was even more amazing than that! We were a bit scared at the start because we’d never done this before and there were lots of famous names who were much more important than we are. Anyway, we knew we had to do this for IHWO coz you’d been really cool about sponsoring our talk for “All In” in Venice, so we gave it our best. The topic was a bit risky (LGBT themes in ELT) and the public was totally unknown to us, yet they were really involved, warm and supportive of what we were putting forward as an alternative to mainstream materials out there. In the end, we were so thrilled that we’d been able to represent IHWO and build a new community of friends and similar-minded colleagues through the opportunity you’d given us. It’s a great opportunity for anyone who feels they have something to contribute on behalf of IHWO to the teaching/learning community. BTW, Venice is A-mazing! The people, the architecture, the food and the gondolas are as good as it gets!!!!!!!

By Norman & Giovanni

These people have done it!