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IATEFL has 15 Special Interest Groups (SIGs) which aim to give teachers professional development opportunities including the chance to share knowledge and best practices in specific areas of English Language Teaching. As part of their activities, many of our SIGs hold their own webinars. Below, you can find a full list of upcoming SIG related webinars. These webinars are free of charge, open to both members and non-members of IATEFL and no pre-registration is required. Please check back on a regular basis as webinars are always being added. 

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 LAMSIG logo Liam Brown - 'The new manager - ways of learning, ways of being' 


The challenges of the teacher-to-new-manager journey are well mapped. What is less well developed or discussed are the human dimensions involved, the value and importance of prior personal experience and our capacity to think about and through our feelings about the experience.

This hour-long webinar discusses these dimensions and also investigates the ways in which new and developing managers can learn how to be “effective” managers.

The focus narrows to two important responsibilities – managing the team and managing the context or the boundaries within which the team resides. How well are the relationships developed inside, outside and beyond the team and how well is the manager aware of the competitive environment to ensure that the team – teachers, support staff, administrators – understand and can work to the school agenda?

Lastly we look at the implications of surveys which have identified ‘managing change’ as the key skills gap in managers (learning professionals, CIPD) and the biggest challenge managers face (managers, GoodPractice).

Liam Brown is Learning and Development Manager, English and Examinations Strategic Business Unit at the British Council.

Liam is an experienced manager, trainer, speaker and writer working on achieving excellence in communication at work, collaborative learning and people-friendly people management. Liam has worked extensively in Europe, Asia, The Middle East and UK within the private and not for profit sector. He is based in Rabat, Morocco

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YLT30y-320px  Susan Brodar - 'Using digital tools in the classroom to enhance and reinforce hands-on learning in Young Learners' 

5 June 2016, 8am BST

An account of how only five hours of effective teaching per class of 9 year olds can be organised and enhanced using digital tools which remain after the course for the teachers to reinforce the newly acquired language, thereby keeping the ever meagre school funding projects short without jeopardizing the quality of learning.

Born in London and brought up bilingual English / Italian, Susan is today a freelance English language teacher, teaching both online and face-to-face. With over 38 years in the profession, Susan has acquired experience in teaching a range of ages from preschool to adults, including university undergraduates, postgraduates and teacher trainees.  She also prepares students for a variety of certifications.

Passionate in teaching languages, she is constantly researching engaging ways of teaching all ages and believes in full-immersion.

She has her own blog and website:

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relogo green sm  Jane Spiro - 'Creating Space: Research into Practice, Practice into Research'

8 June 2016, 5pm BST 

This webinar will ask questions about ‘creativity’ in language learning: what it means, why it matters, how are research and practice connected? Are other terms more useful to explain this? It will draw together research from multiple fields such as education, psychology and the humanities, second language acquisition and TESOL to explore what teaching might learn from creativity research, and vice versa. The participants will be engaged during the session in mini-research enquiries which they can take further into their own classrooms and with their own colleagues, answering the question: what does a ‘creative’ classroom really look like, and why does it matter?

Jane Spiro is Reader in Education and TESOL at Oxford Brookes University, and has run teacher development programmes in Poland, Hungary, Mexico, Switzerland and the UK. Her teaching has always connected language learning, creativity and research into their connections. Her research interests include teacher beliefs, the experience of studying in a second culture, and creativity in second language learning. Her publications include Creative Poetry Writing and Storybuilding (2004, 2007 Oxford University Press), Changing Methodologies in TESOL (2013 Edinburgh University Press), and co-authorship of Reflective Writing (2013 Palgrave Macmillan). Jane has also published a novel, two collections of learner stories, and a poetry collection Playing for Time ( 2015 Oversteps).

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YLT30y-320px  Kieran Donaghy - 'Short and sweet: Using short films with Young Learners to promote communication'

10 July 2016, 12pm BST 

In this session we will explore how short films can be used in the classroom. We will look at how we can use short films to promote both oral and written communication by doing communicative activities based around a variety of short films. The session will be very practical. Teachers will come away with practical activities to use with their own students.

Kieran Donaghy has taught in the UK, Italy, Portugal and Spain. He teaches at UAB Idiomes Barcelona part of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He has Master's degrees in ELT, and Business Communication. He has a special interest in the use of film in the classroom and writes extensively about film and education. Kieran is the co-author of Films in Health Sciences Education (University of Barcelona) and How to Write Activities for Film and Video (ELT Teacher2Writer), and the author of the methodology book on the use of film in language teaching Film in Action (DELTA Publishing).

His website on the use of film  won a British Council ELTons Award for Innovation in Teacher Resources, and the most prestigious European media in education prize, the MEDEA Award, in 2013, and an English Speaking Union Award in 2014. Kieran is also the founder of the only conference exclusively on the use of images in language teaching, The Image Conference.

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YLT30y-320px  Vicky Loras - 'Are you playing or learning? - Both!'

21 August 2016, 4pm BST

As educators who teach young learners among others, we often think of ideas to make learning more fun. Fun? Is that still learning? Is fun still stigmatised in some contexts as non-learning? In this talk, we will demonstrate how children learn this way, but we will also share some – what else? – fun ideas!

Vicky Loras is an English teacher, born and raised in the beautiful city of Toronto, Canada. She has been teaching English as a foreign language and literature to students of all ages, since 1997.

She now lives in Switzerland and is the co-founder and owner of The Loras English Network, a school she owns with her sister Eugenia. They teach English, train teachers and also hold children’s events.

In 2014, she was named as one of the top 42 Leading Women in Education Worldwide, by the University of Southern California.

She blogs at:

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Sylvie Doláková - 'Storytelling with (very) Young Learners....? Why not?'

28 September 2016, 7pm BST 

 It is a well-known fact that children of a very early age, if properly guided, can absorb foreign languages easily. Due to their curiosity they like stories. Are we, teachers, ready to teach English to little learners this way? Storytelling has all the benefits of promoting the foreign language in English lessons; it improves listening skills, speaking, communication within a natural, comprehensible context. Listening to stories stimulates inventive thinking, enriches vocabulary, knowledge of phrases and structures. It enables cognitive development of children, comprehension without having to understand all the words; it supports imagination and creativity.

This webinar presents not only the importance of telling stories to children but will provide activities for them to listen to, comprehend, retell, and remember phrases by listening, acting, miming, finger play, drama, action games and songs. Welcome to the fascinating world of children’s imagination!

Sylvie Doláková worked initially as a kindergarten teacher and later as a primary and lower-secondary English teacher in the Czech Republic. Currently she works as a freelance teacher trainer and she also trains students-to-be-teachers at Masaryk University, Brno, CR. She has also worked as an ELT consultant for NILE (Norwich Institut for Language Education), Norwich, UK.

Her main focus is on teaching English to children aged 4 – 12. She specialises in teaching English through music, art and stories. She has published a number of language game books and CDs for children which focus on using stories as a platform for developing language skills in a CLILish way. She has led a few webinars on the national educational platform in the Czech Republic and has presented at more than forty international conferences throughout Europe.

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For more information about the SIGs, please click here or go to the "Special Interests" tab of the IATEFL website.

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