The IATEFL Board of Trustees is pleased to announce an initiative to create International Ambassadors for IATEFL. This role is an honorary position by invitation with a goodwill mission to spread the word about IATEFL in an international context.
We’re delighted that two internationally known and highly respected ELT professionals and long-time members and supporters of IATEFL, Jeremy Harmer and Jill Hadfield, have accepted our invitation to be IATEFL’s first International Ambassadors for a period of two years.
In addition to welcoming Jeremy Harmer and Jill Hadfield as International Ambassadors for IATEFL, we’re also delighted to announce that many former Presidents of IATEFL, who frequently attend international events and have highly respected profiles within our profession, have also accepted our invitation to take on this honorary role. In many cases, this reflects and recognizes informal ambassadorial work that our former Presidents have so kindly and tirelessly done over the years since they served as President. They include Susan Barduhn, Madeleine Du Vivier, Peter Grundy, Chris Kennedy, Alan Maley, Herbert Puchta, Adrian Underhill, Ron White, Marion Williams and Tessa Woodward.
We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all our International Ambassadors for participating in this initiative. We hope that it will help us to reach out to more ELT professionals world-wide and create a positive ‘buzz’ about IATEFL in places and conferences that we cannot always reach ourselves. If ever one of IATEFL’s International Ambassadors comes to a conference or event in your country or region, please give them a big welcome!
Our IATEFL webinar series continues to receive extremely positive feedback and members can enjoy the recordings of our six past webinars delivered by internationally renowned speakers by going to the members' area of the main IATEFL website. Next up in the series is a not-to-be-missed session with Scott Thornbury on ‘Fossilization: is it terminal?’ on Saturday 30 November 2013 at 15.00 GMT – see below for full details of the webinar and how to join.
Other online events to note in the diary include the next BESIG weekend workshop on technology and materials writing on 3 December 2013 and the next four webinars in a monthly series organized by LTSIG, starting on 15 December 2013 and taking us up to March 2014. They include a range of highly relevant topics such as ‘The Big ICT debate’ and ‘Innovations in learning technologies for ELT’.
There is also a range of exciting, face-to-face conferences to suit all tastes currently being organized by many SIGs. These include the Annual TEA SIG conference coming up very shortly in Siena, Italy on 22-23 November 2013 and ‘Digital ELT Ireland’ with LT SIG in Dublin, Ireland on 30 November-1 December 2013. Moving into next year, we can look forward to the first live MaWSIG event in Oxford on 25 January 2014, as well as a LASIG conference in Istanbul, Turkey on 30-31 May 2014, the BESIG Summer Symposium in Graz, Austria on 13-14 June 2014 and a ReSIG conference in Izmir, Turkey on 27-28 June 2014.
Thinking ahead to next year’s Annual Conference in Harrogate, you can find out more about the PCE programmes of BESIG, MaWSIG and TEA SIG in the sections below. You may also be interested in responding to the call for papers from LASIG or the call for posters from ReSIG.
In other news, you may like to check out BESIG’s new dedicated LinkedIn page or enter the third edition of their competition for writing Business English materials. Watch out also for the publication of LA SIG’s fifth ebook due to be released later this month.
Finally, and if you haven’t done so already, please do take a moment to complete the authors’ questionnaire on the role that IATEFL has played in your life (see below for link). This is part of our research for the ‘History of IATEFL’ project in preparation for IATEFL’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2016 and we’d really like to know your views.
With best wishes,
Carol Read, Chair of Publications Committee and President, IATEFL
A History of IATEFL Project
Many thanks to all members who have already sent in responses to our questionnaire on the history of IATEFL and the role that IATEFL has played in their lives. The link to the questionnaire is still live and all are invited to contribute. Here is the link again.
Richard Smith and Shelagh Rixon, Joint Authors, History of IATEFL Project
From the Membership Committee
Continuing with the IATEFL webinar series, we are delighted to announce that Scott Thornbury will be holding the next webinar. The theme is, ‘Fossilization: is it terminal?’ This event will take place on Saturday 30 November 2013 at 15.00 GMT. Scott will be giving us insights into the concept of fossilization and how to address this as language teachers, as well as providing us with some conclusions for classroom teaching. To take part, go to the IATEFL webinar page. Please join us online on 30 November.
Members can continue to enjoy the past professional development sessions which are available on the IATEFL website in the members’ area. The recordings from David Crystal, Penny Ur, Jeremy Harmer, Claudia Ferradas, Adrian Underhill and Vicki Hollett can be found there along with slides from the webinars. These recordings can be accessed by going to the IATEFL website and logging in with your IATEFL membership number and password.
Marjorie Rosenberg, Membership Committee
From the Business English SIG
Online Weekend Workshop
1 December 2013 – ‘Using technology and online resources for materials writing’, with Andy Johnson and Luke Thompson. For further information and the link you need to join the workshop, see this events page.
Simulcast programme from the IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference in Prague
The IATEFL BESIG Online Team simulcast ten workshops and talks from the conference on 9 and 10 November. The recordings of these sessions will soon be available on the members’ only area of the BESIG website.
LinkedIn IATEFL BESIG Group
IATEFL BESIG now has a dedicated LinkedIn page open to all. Members of this group can start or follow conversations. Hope to see some of you there. You can find the group here.
IATEFL BESIGis delighted to announce the third writing competition for Business English materials. This competition is open to all and prizes are being offered by IATEFL BESIG and Cambridge English. The winning entries will be uploaded to the BESIG website and the first-place winner will also have his or her entry published on Professional English Online, the Cambridge University Press website for Business English and ESP. Details regarding the submission dates, guidelines for writing an activity and the prizes can be found here. The jury of BESIG committee members and authors is looking forward to reading your submission.
IATEFL BESIG PCE in Harrogate
Save the date: 1 April 2014 from 10.00-17.00. Our PCE, sponsored by Cambridge English, will be addressing the topic, ‘How to teach business skills through teaching Business English’. Speakers include Jonathan Deer, Martin Lisboa, and Bob Dignen. Information about individual talks can be found on this webpage. See the IATEFL website for PCE fees and booking as well as the necessary information for booking a place at the IATEFL Annual Conference in 2014.
IATEFL BESIG Summer Symposium, Graz, Austria – Call for papers
Save the date for this event: 13-14 June 2014. The theme is ‘Putting the research to work: research, practical applications and materials in business English teaching’. The plenary speaker is Evan Frendo
The call for papers has begun for our next summer symposium in Graz, Austria and will continue until 14 January 2014. This symposium is being sponsored by the language institute of the University of Graz and will take place in the institute and other university buildings. Booking will begin on 1 March once the programme is put together and will continue until 4 June 2014. Information about the conference and the plenary can be found on our events webpage.
Marjorie Rosenberg, BESIG Coordinator
From the Learner Autonomy SIG
1 April 2014: LASIG PCE, Harrogate, UK – Call for Papers
The theme is ‘Developing learner autonomy in different learning spaces: Experiences and examples’. Opening plenary talk by Emma Crawley, Gateshead, UK (SOLE Project).
Please send proposals as e-mail attachments to Leni Dam and Lienhard Legenhausen. The proposal form can be found here. If you wish to apply for a LASIG travel grant (2 x 300 GBP each) please click here. Deadline for both proposal submission and grant application is 1 December 2013.
30-31 May 2014: LASIG Conference, Istanbul, Turkey
Please save the date in your calendar. ‘Learners &Teachers as Companions on the Road to Autonomy’ is the title of this upcoming conference which is being jointly organised by Sabanci University School of Languages and LASIG. Further information on the event as well as the Call for Papers will be published on our website shortly.
The series editor of ‘Autonomy in language learning’, Jo Mynard, is getting the fifth ebook in the series ready for publication. The new ebook, The answer is autonomy: issues in language teaching and learning, is due for release late November. Find out more about it on our website.
Leni Dam and Lienhard Legenhausen, Joint LASIG coordinators
Research SIG Events in 2014 – Calls for Participation
We are calling for poster presentation proposals for our Harrogate PCE, 'Teachers Research!' on 1 April 2014. If you are a teacher engaged in researching your classroom practice or a mentor of such research, please consider submitting a proposal. The first 30 to be accepted will be awarded a reduced rate of admission, but please note that we have already accepted eighteen proposals. Dick Allwright, Anne Burns and David Nunan will all be with us to offer their insights and guidance. Further details of the event and how to put in a proposal are available on the Research SIG website.
Our second event in 2014 on the theme of teacher-research is 'Teacher Researchers in Action', a 2-day conference which will be held on 27-28 June 2014 and which is being organised by Gediz University, Izmir, Turkey and supported by the Research SIG. Anne Burns and Dick Allwright are the guest speakers we will be sponsoring, and the call for presentation (including poster) proposals has just opened for this event. Please see the conference website for further details and do consider joining us.
Richard Smith, ReSIG Coordinator
From the Materials Writing SIG
Saturday 25 January 2104: first MaWSIG event, Oxford, UK
The first MaWSIG event will take place on Saturday 25 January 2014, 9.30-17.00, at The King's Centre, Oxford, UK. The theme of the event is ‘New directions in ELT materials writing’.
The opening plenary will be given by Simon Greenall who will talk on ‘The Decline and Fall of Coursebooks? A look at what has changed in nine months since IATEFL 2013’, and the closing plenary will be given by Laura Austin on ‘What could ELT learn from the wider world of publishing?’ There will be a further four panel discussions. For more information see here.
1 April 2014: first MaWSIG PCE
Our first PCE will be at Harrogate on Tuesday 1 April 2014 on the topic of ‘Writing for digital’. We're delighted to be welcoming Jeremy Day, Laurie Harrison, Lucy Norris and Nick Tims to speak.
Our first newsletter is due out just before our January 2014 event. We hope to include a wide variety of topics and perspectives on writing for the digital age. Contributions are most welcome; the deadline for submissions is 1 December 2013. If you would like to contribute, please contact our publications team.
Keep up with all our news on our Facebook page and by following us on Twitter ‘ (@MaWSIG). If you have ideas for articles, events, publications, discussions, or anything else that might be of interest for MaWSIG members, please contact us.
Nick Robinson, MaWSIG Coordinator
From the Learning Technologies SIG
‘Digital ELT Ireland’ (2013) will be held in Dublin, Ireland on 30 November-1 December 2013.
LTSIG and the Marketing English in Ireland Association (MEI) are happy to announce a new edition of the joint educational technology and ELT conference in Dublin. After last year’s successful and popular event ‘Social Mobile Web2’, this year our themes are ‘The impact of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)’ and ‘Teacher training needs and attitudes’.
Confirmed speakers include Nicky Hockly, Kristina Smith and Paul Driver. You can book your place here .
LTSIG look forward to your participation in the following webinars.
Sunday 15 December 2013, 14.00 GMT: ‘The Big ICT debate’.
Sunday 19 January 2014, 14.00 GMT: ‘Enrich your storytelling with sound effects’, with Dinçer Demir, Turkey
Sunday 16 February 2014, 14.00 GMT: Event in collaboration with #AusELT
Sunday 23 March 2014, 14.00 GMT: ‘Innovations in Learning Technologies for ELT’, with Gary Motteram, UK
Paul Sweeney and Nicky Hockly, Joint LTSIG Coordinators
From the Testing Evaluation and Assessment SIG
22-23 November 2013 – Annual TEASIG Conference, Siena, Italy
The Universita per Stranieri di Siena is hosting our annual TEASIG conference, which will be held on 22-23 November. The conference theme is ‘Diversity, plurilingualism and their impact on language testing and assessment’. Plenary speakers are John de Jong, Nick Saville, Diane Schmitt and Elana Shohamy. For further details see our website.
1 April 2014 – TEASIG PCE, Harrogate, UK
The PCE will be led by new TEASIG coordinator, Judith Mader. The theme for this event is the setting and organisation of classroom assessment and tests, one of the core areas and the main interests of many teachers in the field of testing, evaluation and assessment. PCE presenters will address the following questions:
- How much do teachers need to know about testing in order to set valid and reliable classroom tests?
- Are teachers always the best testers?
- What is the main purpose of classroom tests? Do teachers need to set formative tests, diagnostic tests or tests of achievement or proficiency? What will the answer depend on?
- What are the main things to be considered when setting and marking classroom tests or organising classroom assessment?
- How can large groups be dealt with in the most effective way?
The PCE will end with a panel discussion. More details on this event will be available shortly on the TEASIG website.
Judith Mader, TEASIG Coordinator