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The Image Conference, the annual conference of the Visual Arts Circle, is an innovative and collaborative project which seeks to explore the possibilities which film, video, images and video games offer to both language teachers and language learners. The rationale behind The Image Conference is that today we are saturated with visual stimulation and that the visual image has taken over, and the ability to interpret, analyse and create images is an integral part of literacy. The aim of The Image Conference is to put images at the centre of the language learning agenda and offer guidance on using images critically and creatively in language teaching in the age of the Internet. The Image Conference brings together leading experts and practitioners in the use of images 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 conference is held in a different city every year. So far it has been held in Barcelona, Spain; Brasilia, Brazil; Córdoba, Spain; Munich, Germany; Valletta, Malta; and Lisbon, Portugal. We are very proud to be holding the seventh edition of the conference in collaboration with New York College in the beautiful city of Athens.



The Visual Arts Circle is a Professional Community of Practice made up of language teaching professionals - teachers, teacher trainers, writers, editors, researchers, designers, illustrators, artists, photographers, and filmmakers - all with a shared belief in the value of visual arts - drawing, painting, sculpture, design, crafts, photography, video, and filmmaking - in language education. We believe that incorporating visual arts is an extremely effective way of improving the quality of teaching and learning, particularly in the field of language teaching. Through the process of sharing information and experiences with the group our members learn from each other, and have an opportunity to develop personally and professionally.

We intend to:

• engage language teachers in practical uses of the visual arts in the language classroom

• encourage a dialogue between language teachers in order to share activities and creative approaches to the use of visual arts in language teaching

• bring together like-minded professionals so as to build a creative and vibrant visual arts community

• open the group to all those committed to its values and objectives beyond the language teaching community

• publicise the value of visual arts in language education through articles, books, conferences and workshops, videos, films, and social media

• seek cooperation with any recognised organisation which shares our ideas and values.

We hope to make a difference through:

• involving professionals in multiple fields and at all levels

• providing opportunities for our members’ professional development

• promoting educational research on language learning and the visual arts

• promoting pre-service and in-service teacher training on the use of the visual arts in language education

• demonstrating the benefits of visual arts in language education with practical and useful guidance from experts in a variety of fields

• using the visual arts in language teaching to promote social justice and peace.



GISIG provides a forum among ELT practitioners to stimulate awareness of global issues and exchange ideas on integrating human rights, global development and the environment into their teaching. It is for teachers who see themselves as educators in addition to teaching the language and who are keen to bring real-world issues into the classroom, instil a sense of social responsibility and develop students’ critical thinking skills. The topics that Global Issues covers are often those not included in commercially available course books: population growth, social inequality, environmental degradation, consumer capitalism, mass extinction, the refugee crisis and migration to name but a few. Some teachers may avoid these topics because they see them as too ‘serious’, but we feel that in our increasingly confusing world students need opportunities to discuss these topics in order to make sense of them and decide what actions they can take to actively challenge what they perceive to be unjust and exploitative practices.

About GISIG’s involvement with refugees

GISIG has been supporting teachers who teach in difficult circumstances such as low-resourced environments, very large classes and refugee camps. A number of GISIG members have delivered training courses to teachers working in the refugee camps around Thessaloniki for organisations like WeAreHere and Lifting Hands. GISIG has also been collaborating with Team Up 2 Teach which is an organisation, based in Greece, involved in the development of materials for teachers of refugees and the co-creation of syllabi that enable teachers to better plan their lessons, maintain an overview of content delivery and offer a more joined up approach to teaching. Other GISIG members have been training teachers of refugees in Lebanon or delivering classroom lessons online to refugee students as part of the HandsUp project that works with schools in Gaza and Jordan.



All delegates participating in sessions and plenary talks, including speakers, attendees and students MUST register via the website.

Fill in the Registration Form here

Conference Fees:

Participant type

Bank transfer until 5th October

On-site payment (6th – 7th October)


50 Euros

70 Euros

Student Attendee

30 Euros

40 Euros


Registration fee includes:

Participation in:

  • TEN 45-minute workshops or talks delivered by international speakers
  • THREE 1-hour plenary talks from leading experts in ELT
  • ONE 100-minute practical workshop from an expert in video creation in ELT

Plus access to networking opportunities during:

  • THREE coffee breaks with biscuits
  • ONE sandwich lunch
  • ONE buffet lunch reception with soft drinks and wine


  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Opportunity to publish your conference experience in the high-profile Image Conference Website


Please make a Bank Transfer to:


ACCOUNT NUMBER (in €): 026/0248/19/0200109321

IBAN: GR6502602480000190200109321


DESCRIPTION: IC2018 + your name & surname


After the bank transfer, please send a copy of the bank receipt by e-mail to:

Any delegate wishing to cancel their registration must notify the organizers before September 28, 2018 at the latest. After this date, the organizing committee will not be able to refund your registration fee.

Please note that there will be no registration available at Zappeion Megaro.
On-site registration will be available at New York College 38 Amalias Avenue on: Saturday 6th October 8:00 - 17:00 and Sunday 7th October 8:30 -13:00.

How to get to Athens City Centre:

Transport from the Athens International Airport (El. Venizelos) to the centre of Athens

BY BUS: Take the bus number X95 from Arrivals Level, between Exits 4 and 5, to get at the centre of Athens (Syntagma square, opposite the Parliament building). The ticket costs 6€ per person, while the estimated travel time is 60 minutes. Service is provided on a non-stop basis seven days a week (24/7 operation).

BY METRO: Use Metro Line 3 from Airport to get off at Syntagma. If necessary you can change to Metro Line 2 to go from Syntagma to Acropolis. The estimated travel time is 60 minutes. The ticket costs 10€, while a group ticket for two (2) persons costs 18€. The first train from Airport departs at 06:33, while the last train departs at 23:33.

BY TAXI: Taxis are available 24/7, at Arrivals level between Exit 2 and Exit 3. The fare from Athens airport to the centre of Athens (Syntagma/Omonia) is approximately:

· Day time (05:00-24:00) 35€

· Night time (24:00-05:00) 50€


Accommodation in Athens:

In an effort to facilitate delegates, we propose the following hotels which are within walking distance to the venue:

Electra Hotel Athens

Amalia Hotel

Acropolis Select

Airotel Parthenon


Please note that the Plaka and Syntagma areas are expensive areas to stay in Athens. If you want to rent an apartment good options can be found in nearby neighborhoods, e.g. Koukaki, around Sygrou-Fix Metro Station.




Amalias Avenue, Syntagma,105 58

Tel: + (30) 210 322 5961

Fax: +(30) 210 323 3337






Zappeion Megaro, Athens 10557

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