Video Voices at ILA 2018

Let us hear YOUR voice!

One of the features we're piloting at ILA 2018 is Video Voices -- an opportunity to hear and share the voices of learners, teachers, advisors, and anyone involved in the language learning process.

In keeping with the conference theme, Whose Autonomy? Voices and Agency in Language Learning, we're inviting language learners and practitioners from around the globe to send us a short video (recorded on your smartphone, video, or other device) to share with colleagues attending the conference.

What should be on the video?

We want to hear the voices of learners, teachers, advisors...any voice from the language learning process. This could mean:

  • individuals directly addressing the camera, describing or reflecting on an activity or how they learn
  • engaged in an activity/discussion either inside or outside the classroom
  • student(s) talking with teacher(s) or advisor(s)

but it could also mean many other things, as long as it involves the authentic voice of participants.

Ideally, your video would not exceed 5 minutes.

The video should not be a presentation, but rather show or reflect on an example of learning/teaching/advising practice, whether it's in the classroom, in a self-access centre, or anywhere.


Anyone - not just conference-goers. In fact, we'd particularly like to hear from you if you're unable to join us in September.

How/when/where will the video be seen?

On computers at the conference, as closed, password-protected YouTube files.
Conference participants would be able to browse through, selecting from (we hope!) a wide range of experiences, reflections and contexts.
We'll also be showcasing the videos prior to plenary and other general sessions.

Filming your short video
  • Keep it simple! Record your video clip on a smartphone, tablet, or similar device (or a video camera).
  • Record in landscape mode (i.e. your device is horizontal, not vertical)
  • Don’t over prepare or over edit. We think it’s good for the participants to be showing as natural a “voice“ as possible.
  • We think it's best if you limit your video to five minutes. If you have a longer session to show, break it down into five-minute chunks. Of course, shorter videos are welcome!
Uploading your video
  • When you’ve finished shooting your video you can upload it directly from your device, together with a title and short summary of what the video contains.
  • Prepare the following:
    • your video (ideally within 5 minutes)
    • title and short descriptive summary (within 100 words) of what's on your video. (If you've divided a session into shorter clips, number the title: e.g. Silvan's Reflection 1, Silvan's Reflection 2 etc..)
  • The final step is to send the video to Malcolm Swanson, who's our video guru for this project:
    1. Email the video to
      The following site shows three options for emailing video files: (by Google Drive in Gmail, OneDrive in Outlook, or iCloud Drive's Mail Drop)
    2. If you're have problems sending your video, contact Malcolm via the above email address and he'll help you get it done.
    3. Don't forget to put your title and summary (maximum 100 words) in the email!
Personal Protection

Please make sure that anyone in your video knows how it will be used:

  • Conference participants will be able to see the video only through a password-protected link at the conference.
  • We have considered making the videos available on a password-protected YouTube site at the conference. This would only happen if those appearing on videos gave their permission.

So, wherever you are, whatever your learning context, share your voices with us!