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February 2017

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With our Annual Conference less than two months away, it is no surprise that the February issue of our eBulletin focuses on IATEFL Glasgow 2017. There will be special events such as the Meet the SIGs evening, the Job Fair, as well as the rich variety of pre-conference events organized by our Special Interest Groups. For those of you who cannot make it to our Conference, there are many webinars for you to join: we invite you to explore the link between creativity and motivation, and the move from teacher to manager, among other themes. Read on for the details. 

On 9-10 February our sister Association TESOL organised a momentous event asking some big questions about the future of our profession. Check out the event site where you can read about the key themes, as well as listen to interviews with some of the plenary speakers and organisers. Our president Marjorie Rosenberg also comments there about the significance of this event from an IATEFL perspective. 

I look forward to seeing you in Glasgow, or meeting you virtually during one of our upcoming webinars,

With best wishes,


Margit Szesztay, Vice-President and Chair Publications Committee


From Head Office

IATEFL webinar

The next IATEFL webinar is on Saturday 18 March 2017 at 15.00 GMT. Chaz Pugliese will be leading the webinar which is entitled: ‘Creating motivation, creating learning'. These events are live, but are also recorded. You can find links to all the previous sessions in the members’ area of the website. Further details on the presenter and webinar can be found on the IATEFL webinar page.


conference news

Conference bookings

Information on the conference - including the online booking form, accommodation booking, the Preview Conference brochure (kindly sponsored by Macmillan Education) – can be found on our Conference website. Online booking for the annual conference will close on Wednesday 15 March. Onsite bookings are more than welcome, but delegates will save time by booking and paying for their place in advance online.

British Council & IATEFL Glasgow Online

We are extremely grateful to once again have the support of the British Council at Glasgow this year as they undertake the massive task of providing online coverage of the annual conference. Glasgow 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.

SIG Open Forums & Meet the SIGs evening event

At each IATEFL annual conference the Special Interest Groups list their SIG days, which are selections of talks at the conference that sample the breadth and variety of work being done around the world in each special interest field. An open forum is held by each SIG during their SIG day. They are an opportunity for delegates to find out more about the SIG, meet the committee, hear how the budget has been used, propose ideas for new events and get involved. This year the SIG days are as follows:

Glasgow SIG days   
Tuesday 4 April Wednesday 5 April Thursday 6 April

The 16 IATEFL SIGs are also hosting a ‘Meet the SIGs’ evening event on Tuesday 4 April from 19.30-21.00 in the Crowne Plaza hotel. Join them for some specially prepared Scottish nibbles, a wee nip of whisky and other drinks, and find out how being a member of the SIGs can benefit you professionally. Test your SIG knowledge for the chance of a prize and find new conference friends as you complete the quiz.

IATEFL, Associates & Scholarships exhibition stand

The IATEFL exhibition stand has plenty of interactive features this year designed to encourage you as an ELT professional as we celebrate our 50th year:

  • Take a fun photo and share it with your friends and colleagues (tweet with #iatefl2017)
  • get to know the IATEFL Patron, David Crystal at the “Meet the Patron” slots
  • have a question about the organisation? Come and ask the IATEFL Head Office staff
  • connect with representatives from some of our 130 affiliated Teaching Associations
  • chat to members of the Scholarship Working Party about opportunities to attend the 52nd IATEFL conference in Brighton as a scholar.


There are so many new and exciting plans coming together for the exhibition and with over 46 companies attending, from publishers to ELT games companies, there is something for everyone!

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.

For the first time 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 the 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, which is being sponsored this year by Pearson.

Pop-up presentations

To find out what is happening and when, either visit the Pop-Up stage in the exhibition hall or look in the printed conference programme and around the venue. These shows were new for our 2016 conference in Birmingham, and were so popular we decided to bring them back for 2017.



eBulletin sponsor 

British Council are proud gold sponsors of the Staff, Volunteers and Associates (SVA) dinner and Associates’ day at Glasgow 2017. You can find them in the exhibition hall at stand 46 or visit their webpage for more information.

IATEFL Jobs Fair

Recruit at the IATEFL Jobs Fair

Are you, or your organization, recruiting English language teachers for 2017? Make sure you get involved with the IATEFL Jobs Fair taking place 4-6 April at the SEC in Glasgow.

Bookings for the Jobs Fair are coming in fast, so if you are thinking of joining us at the conference it’s time to make your booking. 

The Jobs Fair takes place within the exhibition hall during the annual IATEFL conference, and gives employers an ideal space to recruit highly qualified teachers and English language teaching professionals. Each year we welcome recruiters from all around the world – across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the USA. No matter what range of qualifications and experience you are seeking, the Jobs Fair gives you the opportunity to meet face to face with the right candidates. If you can’t join us in Glasgow, there are still opportunities to advertise your roles online, and on our Jobs Boards.

Please note:

Recruiter bookings for the IATEFL Jobs Fair in Glasgow will close on 14 March 2017.

Space is limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

For more information visit the Jobsmarket webpage or email us at Jobsmarket.

From the SIGs


From the English for Speakers of Other Languages SIG

3 April 2017: Glasgow PCE

The ES(O)L SIG pre-conference event will take place on 3 April in Glasgow. Our theme is ‘International approaches to English language teaching’.

Governments often have a major say in the teaching of English to migrants and refugees. Priorities, funding and methodologies come and go. This year’s pre-conference event will focus on how well these initiatives promote the effectiveness of teaching and learning, and how we can make them work. We will use examples from countries such as Scotland, Ireland, the rest of the UK and the USA to review what approaches work well for students and teachers.  There will also be a special focus on the materials that we use, as well as a panel discussion with all of our speakers. 

ES(O)LSIG celebrates its 15th birthday in 2017. In order to help us celebrate this milestone we have decided to offer 10 ES(O)L SIG members a £100 travel grant (receipts for travel will be needed), to attend our pre-conference event in Glasgow. The fee for this event will also be waived. In order to be eligible, you need to be an ES(O)LSIG member, and willing to write up one of the talks on the day and/ or submit an article for consideration to our newsletter. 

If you would like to apply for one of the travel grants, please send an email to ES(O)LSIG explaining why you feel you would like to attend our pre-conference event. The closing date for applications is 17 February and winners will be noted on or before 30 February. You can register here.

Caroline Okerika, ES(O)L SIG Coordinator

From the Research SIG

Webinar recording available

The recording of the Research SIG webinar entitled ‘Using Questionnaires in Research into Emotions in ELT’ is available here. The webinar was led by Christina Gkonou.

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).

Sarah Mercer and Daniel Xerri, Joint ReSIG Coordinators

From the Testing Evaluation and Assessment SIG

TEASIG Committee

Proposals will be invited soon for the two committee posts of Newsletter Editor and Joint Events Coordinator to take over from the IATEFL Annual Conference in April 2017. If you are interested in finding out more about what is involved and talking to the present holders of these posts, please contact the TEASIG Coordinators.

3 April 2017: Glasgow PCE

The theme of our joint pre-conference event with ESP SIG is ‘Testing and assessing ESP and EAP: approaches and tensions’. The plenary speaker is Nicola Johnson, Cambridge English Language Assessment. For details on the programme see here.

4 April 2017: TEASIG Day

The TEASIG day at IATEFL Glasgow follows the PCE and starts on 4 April at 10.30. Speakers will be making presentations throughout the day on a diverse range of subjects in the field of testing and assessment, including our two scholarship winners, Ilya Denisenko and Christien Lee. We also have the Trinity scholarship award winner, Anna Soltyska speaking on malpractice in testing. The TEASIG committee will be on hand to introduce the speakers and greet guests, as well as being available for any questions participants may have.

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.

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 Pronunciation SIG

3 April 2017: Glasgow PCE

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of Daniel Jones’ landmark English Pronouncing Dictionary, the PronSIG 'Pronunciation teaching then and now' pre-conference event in Glasgow will be exploring a century of trends and changes in pronunciation teaching through a day of talks and workshops, beginning with the current editors of the dictionary, Peter Roach and Jane Setter. All attendees will receive an invite from Cambridge University Press to an evening event celebrating 100 years of the English Pronouncing Dictionary. Further details can be found here.

Wayne Rimmer, PronSIG Coordinator

From the Leadership and Management SIG

22 February 2017: Webinar

In our next webinar, 'Making the transition from teaching and learning to managing and leading,' Andy Curtis starts by making distinctions between managing and leading. He will then look at how classroom management skills can be transferred and translated into educational leadership skills before considering some of the challenges of moving into management and leadership roles. At the end of the webinar, there will be time for a brief question-and-answer session with the presenter. Further details can be found here.

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

Andy Hockley, LAMSIG 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.

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). In addition, the conference will follow an interactive format of extensive and focussed group discussions according to different educational sectors. For registration and more information, please go to the conference website.

Independence editing team

Are you creative, have a flair for writing, enjoy working to deadlines and have a good eye for detail? If so, you might be interested in joining the editing team of Independence. Two hard-working members of the editing team would gradually like to stand down, but are very willing to assist and mentor anyone who might be interested in taking over the reins. Contact Ruth Wilkinson and Christian Ludwig for more information.

LASIG Blog now online

Are you interested in finding out more about developing learner autonomy in Afghanistan? Visit our blog where our first blogger Shoaib offers us insights into the fascinating world of teaching English autonomously in an Afghan context. Would you also like to share your experiences with developing/experiencing learner autonomy? Contact Sandro Amendolara for more details. 

Christian Ludwig, LASIG 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.

24 June 2017: Sheffield

The plenaries have now been announced for our one-day event at the University of Sheffield on June 24th 2017 – Dr Nigel Harwood and Dr Caroline Hyde-Simon.  

The IATEFL page for online registrations has gone live – register here now.

ESP SIG journal – issue 48

Keep an eye out for the new issue of the ESP SIG journal which will be available soon.

The latest issue demonstrates the wide range of contexts and countries in which ESP is taught. In this case, two of the articles deal with EAP writing: genre-based pedagogies from Japan, and paraphrasing in Croatia. One article looks at EAP reading in India, one at ESP computer-science in Russia, and one more generally at EAP in Oman.

Kei Kawanishi discusses the difficulties using a genre-based pedagogy for teaching academic writing. Tina Miholjančan gives examples of how using mind maps can help students with paraphrasing in their writing. Also in the EAP area, Divya John provides the results of her survey into the reading preferences of her engineering students. More generally, Olga Stognieva discusses one way of dealing with subject specific content with her IT students. Finally, Neil McBeath argues for a narrow focus in EAP overall.

Aysen Guven and Andy Gillet, Joint ESPSIG Coordinators

From the Young Learners and Teenagers SIG

New Committee members

We would like to announce that David Dodgson, Joan Kang Shin and Lia Testa Teismannwere nominated and stood unopposed for the positions of Web Coordinator, Social Media Coordinator and Events Coordinator respectively for the YLTSIG Committee.

24-26 February 2017: Web Conference

We are holding our inaugural 3-day web conference, ’30 pearls of YLT wisdom’ between 24-26 February.  This will feature 30 speakers, each giving a 30-minute talk on a contemporary area of YL ELT. The innovative online event will include a focus on all YL age groups (early years, primary and secondary). Join our free, public-access event here.

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 you can register for the event 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.

New SIG YouTube Channel

We will feature short videos with YL ELT tips from around the world as well as a series from teachers in different contexts discussing class size, classroom layout, etc. Watch our first video with Carol Read, leading expert in primary ELT.

Please subscribe to our channel. We need 100 subscribers to receive a custom URL and are particularly keen to have our members involved.  

Christina Giannikas and David Valente, YLTSIG Joint Coordinators

From the Business English SIG

3 April 2017: Glasgow PCE

We are pleased to announce that the latest schedule for the BESIG pre-conference event in Glasgow is now available to download from this conference events page. A line-up of six experienced business English trainers will guide participants through various topics on the theme of 'Which skills? Which English? Helping learners to develop the language, business and intercultural skills for an ever-changing business world'. We do hope you will join us there.

5 April 2017: BESIG Day

If you can't make it to the PCE, 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.

March 2017: BESIG at APIBA

In March 2017, on behalf of IATEFL BESIG, Pete Rutherford will deliver the opening plenary at APIBA's (Asociación de Profesores de Inglés de Buenos Aires) inaugural business English conference in Buenos Aires. The conference will focus on the shifting role of the modern business English trainer. The plenary, delivered virtually, looks at the changes that business English has undergone in recent years as well as those that lie ahead, including input from BESIG's global membership on what the shift from teacher to trainer means and how BESIG can support members in making these changes as effectively as possible. Dana Poklepovic is scheduled to present a wonderful session on business English pedagogy, in person, at the event.

The BESIG online team feels that Argentina and nearby Uruguay are excellent examples of countries with active and growing BESIG engagement. Our online offering and partnerships with TAs such as APIBA have been a big driver of this trend. BESIG would very much like to continue to strengthen its ties to business English teaching groups and individual teachers around the world. If you have any suggestions in this regard, please email Pete Rutherford.

World Blog

In the second instalment of BESIG's ‘Tales from a Business English Professional’, Dana Poklepovic interviews Analía Duarte from Argentina. They talk about Analía's first steps in the business English world, the market in Argentina, professional labels, the role of a BE trainer, the value of TAs, creativity and much more. Read the full interview of the World Blog.


Information about BESIG's online activities is available on BESIG website as well as on the SIG's Facebook group and Twitter account. All BESIG online events are free and open to everyone. The recordings are made available after the event to BESIG members exclusively. 

Julia Waldner, BESIG Coordinator 

From the Teacher Development SIG

Web Carnival recording available

The TDSIG’s second Web Carnival took place at the end of January, and proved to be a highly successful event. Revolving around the theme of ‘Learnings when the wheels fall off’, the carnival offered four talks from presenters around the globe. More details about the event are available on the TDSIG website, as well as video highlights on the SIG YouTube channel. 

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.

Sinéad Laffan, TDSIG Coordinator  

From the Learning Technologies SIG 

3 April 2017: Glasgow PCE

LTSIG and TDSIG's joint PCE event is filling up fast so don’t delay, sign up today. Our theme is inspired by the goals of both SIGs – and our keynote speakers will be talking about integrating technology into our continuous professional development as well as in the design of teacher development programmes. We are very pleased to announce that Cambridge English Language Assessment has joined our list of sponsors and is contributing two speakers, Andrew Nye and Anna Lloyds, presenting the ‘Digital Framework’. You can see the programme here.

We will be announcing a competition for three free places at our pre-conference event within the next week. Stay tuned by following our social media points of contact: Facebook page, Facebook Group  and Twitter account.


David Dodgson talks about ‘Professional development with technology’  and tells the tale of his own CPD with edtech, while Carolina Santarossa &  Josefina Castillo describe how they use ‘WhatsApp in the classroom’ – a talk they presented at the LTSIG Strand in FAAPI 2016 in Argentina.

1-3 June: International Language Symposium

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

Shaun Wilden and Sophia Mavridi, Joint LTSIG Coordinators

From the Materials Writing SIG

MaWSIG ebook 2016

Members should by now have received a link to their copy of the MaWSIG ebook 2016. The ebook is available to members only as one of their SIG membership benefits. Volume ll is a compilation of the second year of guest blog posts on our website, featuring 14 posts spanning a fantastic range of topics – genre writing, writing for digital, self-publishing, getting started as a writer and much more. Join MaWSIG here and receive Volumes l and ll today.

18 February 2017: MaWSIG online event

We’re really looking forward to our online event ‘From Pen to Press: your materials development questions answered’ at 16.00 GMT on Saturday 18 February. Developing materials is a complex process. Whether you’re a teacher writing for your own class, an author working on a big project, or anything between or beyond, you’re going to face challenges along the way. Have you ever had a question about materials development but weren’t sure who to ask? Well now’s your chance to ask a panel of experts. The panellists are Vanessa Reis Esteves, Sarah Milligan, Julie Pratten and Lyn Strutt. You can read more about the panellists here. Join us in the IATEFL webinar room here to hear our experts’ answers live.  

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. Our pre-conference event days are very popular and places are limited, so book here to avoid disappointment.

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.

Rachael Roberts, MaWSIG Coordinator