Advancing Learning Season 3 Opening Plenary

15:00 - 16:00, 19 November 2020

Advancing Learning: 2020 and Beyond


2020 has been a year that none of us will forget. In this plenary session, we want to take this opportunity to look back at everything you have accomplished throughout the year and celebrate those successes with you. With this in mind, we now want to start looking forward. We want to show you that those successes were not only that, but that they are the skills and knowledge that will form the backbone of this academic year, and beyond.



After studying languages at Oxford University, David Spencer trained to be a Secondary School teacher. He then moved to Spain where he has been living and teaching ever since. He continues to teach teenage students every day in a school near Madrid. Dave began writing courses for Macmillan in 1994. His latest series is the 2nd Edition of Gateway, a highly successful multi-level course designed to prepare teenage students for exams and life after school. Dave has given talks to teachers in twenty-eight countries and is active on social media at www.facebook.com/macmillangateway .

Chia Suan Chong is a writer, communication skills trainer and a teacher trainer. She is the author of Successful International Communication, and was English Teaching Professional’s award-winning resident blogger between 2012 and 2019. Currently based in York, Chia conducts a lot of training online and is a regular speaker on the Macmillan webinar series. Chia is also a material writer and has written extensively for the British Council’s Learn English website. She holds a DELTA and a Masters in Applied Linguistics and ELT.

Will Rixon is a Diploma-qualified ELT professional with over 9 years’ experience in product marketing, teaching and academic management. Throughout his career he has been extensively involved in teacher training and presented at a number of internal and external conferences, including the IATEFL. He has hosted conferences with authors and thought-leaders, and written and presented teacher training videos.