International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language
Linking, developing and supporting English Language Teaching professionals worldwide
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 (email@example.com). Please note that there is a charge per issue.
BESIG provides professional development and networking opportunities to the international business English teaching community. We offer - both on and offline - a stimulating annual conference, regular newsletters, webinars and weekend workshops together with an open discussion list and an expanding list of high quality members' only resources.
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.
The ESP SIG 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.
The Global Issues SIG 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.
This SIG 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.
The ELT Leadership & Management SIG provides professional development opportunities to managers and other ELT professionals in leadership positions. Recent topics through its newsletters and workshops have included leadership skills, performance management, change management, project management, motivation, communication skills and personal effectiveness.
The Learner Autonomy SIG discusses via publications and events a wide range of issues related to autonomy in language learning, including learner differences, motivation, learning styles and learning strategies, and cultural diversity. Their focus is on the implementation of principles of autonomy in institutional contexts.
The Learning Technologies SIG, one of the largest groups, explores the dynamic changes taking place in the application of technology in English language learning, including corpora, multimedia, computer mediated communication, text-based software, authoring, the web, and Interactive Whiteboards.
The Literature, Media and Cultural Studies SIG is for anyone involved in teaching or using literature, media or cultural and intercultural studies in EFL/ESL contexts. By literature we intend both the canon of literature in English, any other forms of creative writing, and also the kinds of learner literature which features in so-called readers specifically written for English language learners.
MaWSIG is for IATEFL members who are interested in exploring ways to write better materials, either for their own classes or for wider publication. MaWSIG has three guiding aims:
The Pronunciation SIG (PronSIG) is for teachers especially interested in pronunciation and its relationship with other language skills, particularly listening. PronSIG encourages and promotes best practice in pronunciation teaching across a range of contexts, from young learners to professional and academic English.
The Research SIG is a unique forum for discussion of issues connected with research into ELT, bringing together teachers, teacher-researchers and 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 in print though our biannual publication, ELT Research.
The Teacher Development SIG provides a forum in which anyone interested in developmental issues can share their own experience 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.
The Teacher Training and Education SIG focuses 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. Members receive information about the latest developments in teacher training and education and plenty of opportunities to network within the profession are provided.
The Testing, Evaluation and Assessment SIG is for everyone interested and involved in the process and outcomes of 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.
The Young Learners and Teenagers SIG provides a forum for English Language Teaching professionals involved in the language education of 3-17 year olds. The community consists of some 1200 individual and institutional teachers, teacher educators, lecturers, policy makers, publishers and textbook writers around the world. All benefit from our online and offline interactions, international events, publications and resources.