International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

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List of SIGs

Take a look at the Special Interest Group websites. For more information, contact the Group Coordinators listed below. Membership price is £18.00 for individual members and £33.00 for institutional members.

Many of the SIGs produce publications specific to that area of interest in ELT. Check out our online shop for more information and to purchase. If you are after a specific back copy of a SIG newsletter please contact the IATEFL Head Office (generalenquiries@iatefl.org). Please note that there is a charge per issue.


  • Business English logo

    Business English Coordinated by Julia Waldner

    BESIG represents the interests and needs of the international business English teaching community. We offer - both online and offline - a stimulating annual conference as well as other face-to-face events, regular newsletters, webinars and weekend online workshops. We also offer an expanding list of high quality members-only resources including awards and scholarships.

  • ES(O)L logo

    ES(O)L Coordinated by Caroline Okerika

    The focus of this Group is on English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), also known as English as a Second Language (ESL). Our main interest is language learners, including refugees, asylum seekers or migrant workers, who have come to settle in a country where English is the major or predominant language. Our aim is to promote effective language learning opportunities and to exchange ideas for best practice across different countries and educational systems.

  • English for Specific Purposes logo

    English for Specific Purposes Coordinated by Aysen Guven & Andy Gillett

    The ESPSIG focuses on English for Specific Purposes, English for Academic Purposes and English for Occupational/Professional Purposes/English for Work. Its main objective is to disseminate good practice and promote models of excellence in ESP to ELT professionals in the UK and abroad. Our coverage of ESP includes not only the teaching of this area of ELT, but also teacher training and materials design.

  • Global Issues logo

    Global Issues Coordinated by Linda Ruas and Julietta Schoenmann

    GISIG provides a forum among ELT practitioners to stimulate awareness and understanding of global issues to exchange ideas on integrating peace education, human rights education, development education, and environmental education into English language 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 critical thinking skills.

  • Inclusive Practices and SEN logo

    Inclusive Practices and SEN Coordinated by Varinder Unlu

    IP&SENSIG promotes the positive contributions that all teachers and learners can make in promoting a more inclusive and therefore, successful learning environment. We raise awareness of the challenges facing learners with cognitive differences, sensory impairments and physical disabilities in the language classroom. We share best practice and experience in accurately identifying language learners' additional needs, and disseminate information about inclusive teaching methods, materials and resources for working with learners who experience barriers in accessing education.

  • Leadership and Management logo

    Leadership and Management Coordinated by Andy Hockley

    The ELT Leadership & Management SIG aims to raise awareness among the ELT profession of management issues; contribute to the development of good management practices within ELT; provide a forum for the discussion of management issues that affect our profession; provide opportunities for, and information about, relevant management training, and, help improve quality standards in ELT.

  • Learner Autonomy logo

    Learner Autonomy Coordinated by Christian Ludwig

    LASIG aims to raise awareness among language advisers, teachers and researchers of the issues related to developing and implementing autonomy in language learning. Provides forums for discussion of ideas through its webinars, events and publications and also creates opportunities for networking at local, national and international levels.

  • Learning Technologies logo

    Learning Technologies Coordinated by Shaun Wilden & Sophia Mavridi

    LTSIG has been focusing on the use of technology in language teaching for over 30 years. It focuses on all aspects of technology used by teachers and students from online tools, computer-mediated communication, corpora and mobile technologies.
    It aims to: raise awareness among ELT professionals of the power of learning technologies to assist with language learning; contribute to the knowledge base as to how learning technologies can be used for English language learning; develop members' expertise in the myriad of uses of technologies with their language learners and encourage networking and online collaboration among SIG members including a weekly Facebook discussion.

  • Literature, Media and Cultural Studies logo

    Literature, Media and Cultural Studies Coordinated by Chris Lima

    The LMCS SIGs objective is to promote the teaching and use of creative arts and various related cultural manifestations in English language education. Our events, teacher training courses and publications are aimed at those working with prose fiction, poetry, extensive reading, film, drama, interactive media, music, the visual arts and creative writing to promote language learning.

  • Materials Writing logo

    Materials Writing Coordinated by Rachael Roberts

    MaWSIG is for teachers who create their own classroom materials; aspiring writers who would like to get their work published; published authors and ELT editors, publishers & designers.
    MaWSIG aims to share & promote best practice in ELT materials writing; offer professional development to writers & editors and connect our members with other writers & publishers.

  • Pronunciation logo

    Pronunciation Coordinated by Wayne Rimmer

    PronSIG has been at the forefront of the practice & theory of pronunciation teaching for more than 20 years. We give teachers the opportunity to: exchange ideas about methodology and materials; discuss theoretical matters and, work on the interdependence of pronunciation and other areas of language learning.

  • Research logo

    Research Coordinated by Sarah Mercer & Daniel Xerri

    ReSIG is a unique forum for discussion of issues connected with research into ELT, bringing together teachers, teacher-researchers, early career researchers, and established researchers from around the world. In this active community, members share their experiences of and findings from research, and network face-to-face at regular events, online via our discussion list and social media, and in print through our annual publication, ELT Research. 

  • Teacher Development logo

    Teacher Development Coordinated by Sinead Laffan

    The TDSIG provides a forum in which anyone interested in development paths can share their own and learn from the experiences of others. Through an active network the group encourages individuals and groups of teachers to undertake activities that focus on personal and professional development.

  • Teacher Training and Education logo

    Teacher Training and Education Coordinated by Birsen Tutunis

    The TTEdSIG aims to support English language teachers, teacher trainers and teacher educators on the aspects of pre and in-service teacher education, as well as professional development through talks and workshops at the annual IATEFL conference in the UK and around the world.

  • Testing, Evaluation and Assessment logo

    Testing, Evaluation and Assessment Coordinated by Judith Mader & Neil Bullock

    TEASIG is for everyone interested and involved in testing, evaluation and assessment in ELT. Core areas of interest include classroom assessment and tests, external standardised examinations, progress, achievement and proficiency testing and assessment, teacher evaluation, self-assessment and evaluation of institutions and learning programmes.

  • Young Learners and Teenagers logo

    Young Learners and Teenagers Coordinated by Nicky Francis

    YLTSIG represents members in many different countries and contexts including early year settings, primary and secondary schools, language centres and EAL. Members are found in the mainstream and private sectors, as well as in teacher education, academic management and materials and content development. Our community includes ELT practitioners working with different age groups (ranging from 2 to 17 year olds).