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March 2017

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Welcome to the March edition of our eBulletin. Our Annual Conference is now less than a month away, and I would like to invite all of you to this exciting event. If you can’t travel to Scotland, please join us virtually by visiting IATEFL Online Glasgow. Coverage starts Monday 3 April, so make a note in your diaries! 

Don’t miss out on the next IATEFL webinar on 18 March, exploring the links between creativity, motivation and learning.  Read on to find out more about the Exhibition and other plans for Glasgow, upcoming webinars and other events organised by our 16 Special Interest Groups. Finally, if you are attending our annual conference, we will be sending you an email next week with useful tips and advice, so please check your inboxes. 

With best wishes, 

Margit Szesztay, Vice-President and Chair Publications Committee


From Head Office

Conference bookings

Information on the conference – including the online booking form, accommodation booking, the preview conference brochure and the full conference programme – can be found here.

Although online booking closed on Wednesday 15 March, you can still pay for any existing bookings online, or you can download and fill in a registration form in order to book your place when you arrive at conference by going to this webpage

British Council & IATEFL Online Glasgow

We are extremely grateful to once again have the support of the British Council at Glasgow this year who will be undertaking the massive task of providing online coverage of the annual conference. 'IATEFL Online' will make the conference accessible to the wider global community of teachers and educators and will feature talks, sessions and interviews with conference presenters and delegates. This is a valuable resource to people who are unable to attend the conference in person and will be open to members and non-members alike. For more details keep checking the website.

Annual General Meeting

We are pleased to announce that our Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 5 April 2017 from 13.10-14.10 in Clyde Auditorium at the SEC, Glasgow, UK. Members are able to access the AGM documents by going to the Member area of the IATEFL website and logging in using their membership ID and password.

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All registered delegates will receive an email next week containing lots of useful tips and advice so please check your inboxes for it.


With great Pop Up presentations, events at the exhibitor stands, photo shoots and fun games, the IATEFL exhibition is not to be missed!

If you cannot wait until April to see who will be joining us in the exhibition, visit the IATEFL conference website to see a list of all the exhibitors that are attending, and if you are itching to buy some resources and publications beforehand, do not miss the exhibition pre-sale where you can buy the resources at a discounted rate.

There will also be a shipping company in the exhibition hall from 4-6 April 2017, for you to send your purchases straight home from the exhibition: there is no need to worry about your luggage weight or taking a large bag to conference.

But that is not all: IATEFL is also bringing a meeting point into the exhibition hall, to allow you to meet up with friends old and new, take a moment to relax with a beverage and read the programme.

Finally, for the second year in a row, IATEFL will be supplying tea and coffee in the exhibition hall. So, have a cup of coffee and visit the charging booth and internet café, this year sponsored by Pearson. 

Pop Up presentations

Find out what is happening and when, on the Pop Up stage in the exhibition hall and in the printed conference programme and around the venue. Make sure you are in the exhibition hall during your lunch and coffee break to enjoy these shows.

Fundraising for IATEFL Projects

Thom Jones and Simon Wright are fundraising for IATEFL Projects, which enable us to offer grants for improvement to language teaching and learning in local communities. Thom and Simon will be walking Hadrian’s Wall and you can also donate here. There are opportunities to join, and do the walk yourselves, so watch this space for more details.

IATEFL Conference App

The IATEFL conference app will launch soon on Google Play and in the Apple app-store. We will also be launching a ‘how to’ video to show you how to use the app.

eBulletin sponsor


Pearson ELT are proud silver sponsors of the internet café and charging booth for the conference and exhibition in Glasgow 2017. You can find them in the exhibition hall at stand 6 or visit their webpage for more information.

From the Scholarship Working Party

SWP at IATEFL Glasgow

As the date for our annual conference comes ever nearer, the Scholarship Working Party is looking forward to meeting all our winners and attending their talks. We are particularly looking forward to the Scholars’ Gathering, which is held on the first evening of conference. If you are a scholarship winner, we will be sending you information about the place and time of this nearer conference. Your sponsors will also be there, and are looking forward to meeting you.

This year, we have winners arriving from 22 different countries. These are Algeria, Argentina [two winners] Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain [UK but working in Bahrain], Belarus, Brazil [two winners: one winner from USA but working in Brazil], Canada, China, Germany [from Poland but working in Germany], Greece, Hong Kong [two winners], Hungary, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Poland, Russian Federation, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey [from UK but working in Turkey].

There will be a Scholarship stand in the Exhibition area of the conference, and this will be staffed by someone from the Scholarship Working Party at coffee breaks and at lunchtime, so please come along and introduce yourself if you are a winner. It’s always wonderful to finally meet our winners in person. Also, if you would like more information about applying for scholarships for 2018, please come and talk to us. Looking forward to seeing you all in Glasgow.

Maureen McGarvey, Chair Scholarship Working Party

From the Membership Committee

IATEFL Webinar

Our next IATEFL webinar is on 18 March at 15.00 GMT. The webinar which will be led by Chaz Pugliese, is entitled 'Creating Motivation, Creating Learning'. Chaz will be focussing on the multifaceted roles of the teacher in promoting motivation and highlighting the importance of creative pedagogy. For more details and to register, see the webinar page.

Gary Motteram, Chair Membership committee 

From the SIGs

From the Literature SIG

3 April 2017: Glasgow PCE

Our pre-conference event is entitled ‘Light, camera, action! Using films for English language learning’. The day will offer participants a series of talks and workshops on how to explore films with English language learners. The presenters will share ideas on how films can be used both inside and outside the classroom to promote language awareness, critical thinking and the development of the four skills as well as tools for the fostering learner autonomy and independent learning skills.

This will be a joint event with the Creativity Group (C Group). Talks and workshops will be delivered by experienced teachers, renowned ELT teacher trainers, and experts in the field of Film Studies. Confirmed speakers: Alan Maley, Jamie Keddie, Kieran Donaghi, Claudia Ferradas, Robert Hill, Eduardo & Chris Lima, Richard Wilson, James Clarke, Malu Sciamarelli and Mark Reid (British Film Institute).

We are also inviting PCE delegates to join us for a Film Evening after the IATEFL open ceremony at the Cineworld Cinema - Glasgow IMAX near the Conference Centre. More details on this will be given closer to the event date. For full details of the pre-conference event, see the preview brochure.

Chris Lima, LitSIG Coordinator


From the Research SIG

3 April 2017: Glasgow PCE

On 3 April 2017, Richard Smith and Friederike Klippel will be leading the ReSIG pre-conference event. This will be entitled ‘Researching ELT history: a hands-on workshop'. The event aims to show how uncovering ELT history can provide useful new perspectives, both for our own professional practice and for the field more generally.

21-22 April 2017: ELTRIA Conference

ReSIG is supporting the ELTRIA Conference, which is taking place on 21-22 April 2017 in Barcelona. The conference is aimed at ELT professionals who wish their teaching to be informed by current research in the field of Second Language Acquisition (SLA).

6 May 2017: Teachers Research! Buenos Aires

ReSIG is supporting the Second Annual Latin American Conference for Teacher-research in ELT. The conference is taking place on 6 May 2017 in Buenos Aires.

2-3 June 2017: ReSIG Conference

ReSIG’s third annual conference will take place in Istanbul on 2-3 June 2017. The primary goal of the conference is to support the growing international movement of teachers as researchers and knowledge creators for themselves, their students and their schools. The call for proposals is open until 1 April.

10-12 November 2017: BESIG Conference

The 2017 annual BESIG conference, in cooperation with ReSIG, will take place in Malta on 10-12 November 2017.

Sarah Mercer and Daniel Xerri, Joint ReSIG Coordinators


From the Leadership and Management SIG

3 April 2017: Glasgow PCE

Our Glasgow pre-conference event, 'Ethical and effective recruitment and induction' will focus on recruiting the right staff as one of the key roles of the manager. For academic managers this will usually mean recruiting effective teachers who fit well into the organisational culture. There are many stages to this process from initially identifying an organisational need to providing appropriate orientation to the person hired. In this interactive session we will look at some of the key parts of this process. This all-day workshop will feature speakers Loraine Kennedy, Marek Kiczkowiak, George Pickering and Josh Round. Details can be found on our website.

4 April 2017: LAMSIG Day

The SIG Day is a day in which LAMSIG showcases some of the work and ideas going on in the world of ELT Leadership and Management.  The presentations will all take place in the same dedicated room at the conference and the presentations and workshops have been specially chosen to highlight areas that the committee thinks will be of particular interest to our members. Speakers are Ross Thorburn, Alena Hradilova, Bita Rezaei, Vinicius Nobre, Maria-Araxi Sachpazian, Deniz Kurtoglu Eken and Andy Hockley, and subjects include ‘How to motivate and retain young teachers’; ‘Managing a language centre: communication, quality and staff development’, and ‘Is there a leader in you?’. The day will conclude with our annual open forum where we solicit input and ideas for the future work of the SIG. For more information on the day, see our website.

Andy Hockley, LAMSIG Coordinator


From the Young Learners and Teenagers SIG

3 April 2017: Glasgow PCE

We are delighted to confirm our full pre-conference event line up on 3 April, themed ‘21st century values education in teaching English to young learners’. In addition to our plenary speakers, Gail Ellis, Nayr Ibrahim and Liz Hibberd will be facilitating practical workshops around age-appropriate ways to incorporate values education. Content will be relevant to teachers of all age ranges and for full details of the event see here.

4 April 2017: YLTSIG Day

We will be showcasing YLT expertise from a variety of teaching and learning contexts, including talks from Leticia Moraes, Shay Coyne, Nick Bilbrough and Samuel Lefever. We will also have a range of interactive workshops facilitated by Christina Giannikas, Joan Kang Shin and Penny Ur.  Our open forum will include key SIG updates followed by a balloon debate on applying the 'Finnish model' to YL ELT. We’re looking forward to meeting our members on 4 April in the Lomond Room, SEC Glasgow.

Christina Giannikas and David Valente, YLTSIG Joint Coordinators 


From the Pronunciation SIG

17 June 2017: PronSIG event

PronSIG is holding a one-day pronunciation event in Cambridge on 17 June. Plenary speakers are Francis Nolan, Professor of Phonetics, University of Cambridge, and Jonathan Marks, author and teacher-trainer. There will also be a series of parallel sessions so we would like to invite speakers to give either talks or workshops on any aspect of pronunciation with relevance to the classroom. Further details including online registration can be accessed here.

Wayne Rimmer, PronSIG Coordinator


From the Testing Evaluation and Assessment SIG

3 April 2017: Glasgow PCE

There are only a few places left in the joint pre-conference event with ESP SIG on ‘Testing and assessing ESP and EAP: approaches and tensions’. The plenary speaker is Vivian Chiang, Cambridge English Language Assessment. For details on the programme see here.

4 April 2017: TEASIG Day

We hope to see many TEASIG members as well as anyone interested in our SIG at the TEASIG day at IATEFL Glasgow. Speakers will be making presentations throughout the day on a diverse range of subjects in the field of testing and assessment, including our two TEASIG scholarship winners, Ilya Denisenko and Christien Lee. We also have the Trinity scholarship award winner, Anna Soltyska, speaking on malpractice in testing. You can see the full programme here.  

The day is rounded off by the Open Forum which this year is being headed by Felicity O’Dell and Russell Whitehead with a poignant look on TEA – ‘Testing in the dock – guilty as charged?’ It promises to be a day full of exciting talks from experts in the field as well as fun and friendly with the TEASIG team, so do come along.

11 April 2017: TEASIG webinar

The next TEASIG webinar will be on Tuesday 11 April 2017 at 16.00 GMT. The speaker will be Ben Beaumont of Trinity College speaking on ‘Practical ways to support teachers’ assessment literacy’. This webinar will review teachers’ assessment literacy needs and compare these with training provided on a variety of different teacher education qualifications. Drawing on assessment literacy research and stakeholder feedback on CPD support videos, this talk will go on to make focussed suggestions for teachers’ ongoing CPD in this area. Find out more about the webinar here.

Judith Mader and Neil Bullock, Joint TEASIG Coordinators


From the Business English SIG

3 April 2017: Glasgow PCE

There are still a few places left for the BESIG pre-conference event in Glasgow on 3 April. If you would like to learn more about how to help your learners develop the language, business and intercultural skills for an ever-changing business world, then this is the place to be. Further information and the full schedule are available here.

5 April 2017: BESIG Day

If you can't make it to the pre-conference day, then why not join us at the BESIG Day on Wednesday 5 April? The day features a variety of talks given by speakers from Brazil, Mexico, Egypt, Morocco, Denmark and the UK. Topics range from cross-cultural awareness and ethical values through corpora and course design, to becoming a business owner and securing your status as a business English professional. The day will conclude with our Open Forum, in which both members and non-members can find out more about IATEFL BESIG, as well as having the opportunity to meet and network with fellow business English professionals.

10-12 November 2017: BESIG Conference

We are pleased to announce that the 2017 IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference will take place in cooperation with ReSIG on the beautiful island of Malta from 10-12 November.  The Call for Proposals will open on 1 April and will close on 15 May 2017. If you wish to submit a proposal, please do so via the link on the BESIG website.  Please ensure you read the speaker guidelines thoroughly before submitting your proposal. Early-bird registration opens on 1 July. We look forward to seeing you in Malta in November!

BESIG Online

In response to the enthusiastic feedback that BESIG received from participants at Dana Poklepovic's August 2016 online weekend workshop on walking the fine line between coaching and training, Dana will be returning to the online arena in May 2017. Her follow-up webinar will continue to delineate the difference between coaching and training and take a deeper dive into the wonderful world of business English coaching. More details about the event will be available on our website closer to the time.

Julia Waldner, BESIG Coordinator


From the Learner Autonomy SIG

2 April 2017: Pre-PCE dinner

As in previous years, at the dinner held prior to the pre-conference event, presenters and delegates have the opportunity to meet at an informal get-together in one of Glasgow’s newest and best eating-places. Check our website for regular updates and please use the contact form if you would like to join us.

3 April 2017: Glasgow PCE

The LASIG pre-conference event in Glasgow will focus on ‘Affective dimensions in language learner autonomy: from theory to practice’. Scott Thornbury's plenary talk, ‘Taking the bull by the horns: de-fossilizing my Spanish’, will focus on his experiences as a native speaker of English learning Spanish. In the afternoon, he will follow up with a workshop on practical approaches to issues such as anxiety, motivation, willingness to communicate and identity formation. You can download the pre-conference event programme here.

5 April 2017: LASIG Day

In addition to the pre-conference event, the LASIG day offers you another opportunity to look into various areas of learner autonomy more closely. The presentations during the day include self-access and autonomous learning, extensive reading, using drama techniques and working in multilingual classrooms. The programme includes our annual Open Forum where we will discuss the past and future of our SIG. The final programme of the day will be published on our website soon.

6 May 2017: LASIG Webinar

We are happy announce that our next webinar speaker will be Cynthia White (Massey University, New Zealand). The title of the webinar is ‘Locating autonomy practices in contemporary arenas for language learning’. Cynthia White has published widely on strategies, emotion and learner autonomy in distance and online language learning. Find out more about the webinar on our website.

2-3 June 2017: LASIG Conference

Our next conference will be taking place on 2-3 June in Graz, Austria. The two-day event considers what has been achieved so far in the field of language learner autonomy. Confirmed speakers will be David Little (Trinity College, Dublin), Leni Dam (formerly University College of Copenhagen, former LASIG coordinator), Sarah Mercer (University of Graz, Austria) and Annamaria Pinter (University of Warwick, UK). Apart from the plenary talks and the workshops related to specific areas of language learner autonomy, the conference offers opportunities for interaction and discussion about promoting autonomy with all age groups in a wide range of educational settings. Come and share your thoughts, ideas and concerns about implementing learner autonomy in all these language-learning spaces. For registration and more information, please go to the conference website.

Christian Ludwig, LASIG Coordinator


From the Teacher Development SIG

3 April 2017: Glasgow PCE

This year’s pre-conference event is a joint event with the Learning Technologies SIG and is titled ‘UnLimiTeD PD with technology.’ Full details of the event are on the TDSIG pre-conference event page.

5 April 2017: TDSIG Day

The TDSIG is counting down the days to this year’s annual conference and has a day full of sessions focusing on teacher development planned for the SIG day. Full details are now available on the website.

Sinéad Laffan, TDSIG Coordinator


From the Materials Writing SIG

3 April 2017: Glasgow PCE

We are excited to announce our line-up for the IATEFL pre-conference event on 3 April 2017, 'Nuts and bolts: practical considerations for the ELT materials professional.' Writer and editor Penny Hands delves deep into the author-editor relationship. Chris Lonsdale, reader in Procurement and Supply Management at Birmingham University Business School, spills the beans on negotiation skills – vital for in-house staff seeking better salaries, as well as for freelance editors and authors negotiating with publishers. Dan Barber talks about time management and what it is like working with a coach. Last but not least, ELT academics Julie Norton and Heather Buchanan curate an interactive session on what makes an outstanding ELT coursebook from the publishers’ perspective and based on interviews with publishers; this will be followed by a panel discussion. To see the timetable and for more details, click here.

4 April 2017: MaWSIG Day

Don’t miss the impressive roster of speakers, including a forum on digital materials, lined up for this year’s SIG Day on Tuesday 4 April. Take a look at the timetable here. The MaWSIG Open Forum is 17:55–18:30, right after the last SIG Day session. Following a brief address from our Coordinator Rachael Roberts and what promises to be the wittiest of all the SIG Treasurers’ speeches from Lewis Lansford, the Open Forum is MaWSIG members’ opportunity to grill the committee and make suggestions for the future of the SIG.

Afterwards, stay around for drinks and nibbles with the MaWSIG committee and SIG members – an impromptu Conference Meetup. Round the day off at the Meet the SIGs event at 19.30: enjoy free tastes of various Scottish delicacies and meet representatives from all the SIGs.

MaWSIG online event – recording available

If you missed February’s online Q&A panel event ‘From Pen to Press: your materials development questions answered’, you can listen to a recording on the IATEFL website. The panellists were Vanessa Reis Esteves (a young leaners author), Sarah Milligan (Commissioning Editor for onestopenglish), Julie Pratten (founder of Heart ELT Publishing) and Lyn Strutt (a freelance ELT content editor, copyeditor and proofreader). Log in to the IATEFL website to hear their fascinating answers to a wide range of members’ questions about materials development. Go to Members’ area > Downloads & Documents > Webinars – and be aware that the listings are alphabetical not chronological so you’ll need to scroll past the first 60 listings to find the webinar.

Rachael Roberts, MaWSIG Coordinator


From the English for Specific Purposes SIG

3 April 2017: Glasgow PCE

Check out the IATEFL website for the full programme for our joint ESP / TEASIG pre-conference event. Remember to book your place.

6 April 2017: ESP SIG Day

For full details of the ESP SIG day and the Open Forum, please see the conference programme on this webpage.

ESPSIG Journal

The Autumn-Winter 2016 issue of the journal was published this week. Following the results of the questionnaire sent out last year, we have produced an electronic version as well as a paper version. From now on, when you renew your membership, you will be given a choice. As with the previous issues, it includes a wide range of articles covering various topics in vocational, professional and academic ESP from around the world, book reviews and conference reports. A pdf of Issue 48 has now been sent to ESPSIG members.

We are currently working on the editing of the next issue. It consists mainly of write-ups of presentations made at the conference in Athens last year. This will be Issue 49: Spring-Summer 2017 and it will be published in mid-June.

The next issue will be our 50th and we are planning a special issue to mark this milestone! We will be sending out a call for papers at the end of June this year and expect to receive papers for publication by mid-August. This will be the Autumn-Winter 2017 issue, published by the end of 2017.


We are supporting a number of UK universities in their CPD sessions throughout the academic year. Keep an eye on our website and on our Facebook page to find out more.

Aysen Guven ESPSIG Coordinator


From the Learning Technologies SIG 

3 April 2017: Glasgow PCE

Less than a month to our pre-conference event and the IATEFL Glasgow Conference.

This year’s pre-conference event is a joint event with the Teacher Development SIG and is titled ‘UnLimiTeD PD with technology.’ Full details of the event can be found here, and a Facebook event page has been set up here with a pdf participant guide available.

Online registration has just closed. It is possible to register on the day (places are extremely limited) but do please make sure you do this early as our pre-conference event is not held at the SEC but at The Village Hotel – only a 10-minute walk from the SEC. Please register and collect your delegate badge at the SEC before going to The Village Hotel.

6 April 2017: LTSIG Day

We are happy to share our SIG Day speakers and talks on Thursday 6 April:

David Read ‘How to create your own interactive EAP content’

Diana Conheeney ‘Videos created by students as their assessment’

David Dodgson ‘Connected development – teacher reflection and online networks’

Joanna Budden ‘Helping our teenage learners to thrive in a digital world’

Jo Dale ‘It’s behind you!  Green screening in the languages classroom’

Nicky Hockly ‘Myths & monsters: teaching with technology’

Gavin Dudeney ‘The teacher technology toolbox: the essential guide’

We will also be having our Open Forum, where you can meet the SIG committee members, ask questions and find out how to get involved with our SIG.

Blog Challenge

The competition and submissions of blog post for our blog challenge is well underway and, by the time you have received this bulletin, it will be over. Two free places are offered to our PCE, an enticement to get our members blogging short, sweet and practical!

Please visit our blog here and fill in the form anyway as we will still be looking for useful blog posts on sound use of edtech to post on our blog. Our latest blog post by Angeles Hergenreder on mobile apps to use with your students can be read here.

Collaboration with the ELT Council in Malta

The LTSIG pursues collaborations with local IATEFL Affiliates and organisations interested in promoting sound use of educational technology. So far, we have organised several events with an LTSIG ‘strand’, a special section of the associations programme dedicated to talks by LTSIG members or association members wishing to prepare talks on learning technologies. Thus we are very pleased to announce our IATEFL LTSIG strand at the 6th ELT Malta Conference to be held between 12-14 October 2017.

You can submit your talk proposal here – current members are eligible for a travel grant to help them with conference expenses and airfare.

N.B. The ELT Council does not charge a membership but there is a conference fee. This fee is waived for all LTSIG strand presenters – whether they win a travel grant or not.

The deadline for submission of proposals for this conference is 30 April.

1-3 June 2017: LTSIG in Brno

We are pleased to announce that the LTSIG is one of the partners at the International Language Symposium in Brno, 1-3 June. More information about the event can be found here.

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Shaun Wilden and Sophia Mavridi, Joint LTSIG Coordinators