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Date and Time:

5 October 2019, 10.00 - 21.45 BST

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Join IATEFL and British Council on Saturday October 5 to celebrate World Teachers' Day with a one-day web conference, featuring 16 separate sessions on a wide range of themes and issues, including inclusive education and materials development, life skills, learning technologies, classroom tips and advice and many more.

  • Plenary talks
  • Practical workshops
  • Discussion forums on key topics
  • Q&A sessions with plenary speakers

For more information and to view the full programme of sessions, please visit the website.




Future events and SIG webinars       


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 H Buchanan Heather Buchanan - 'Making more principle-led, quality materials' 

20 September 2019, 1pm BST

Most teachers and learners today are in the fortunate position of being surrounded by a wealth of materials, but quantity definitely does not ensure quality! How do we know if materials are pedagogically sound and in line with research findings? This webinar will address the following questions and use practical examples of materials and anecdotes from my own experience to illustrate each point. Where do teaching and learning principles come from? What are principle-led, quality materials? How can teachers and materials writers create such materials? How can we identify such materials? The webinar will end with ten top tips for identifying and developing principled, quality materials.

Heather Buchanan is a Lecturer in Language Education at the University of York, UK, where she leads the MA TESOL. An experienced teacher trainer/ educator, and co-author of Navigate B1+ (Oxford University Press), she is interested in all things materials, and is currently researching the process of materials writing.

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Santosh Santosh Mahapatra - 'Developing and Using Bilingual Rubrics for Assessment of Writing and Speaking Skills in the Classroom'

24 September 2019, 5pm BST

TEASIG's first autumn webinar offers insights into how to familiarize teacher-participants with the idea of creating and using bilingual rubrics for assessment of speaking and writing skills in the classroom. In the first part of the webinar, the focus will be on steps involved in developing context-specific and need-based bilingual rubrics. The second part will be devoted towards discussing how to use these rubrics for assessing speaking and writing skills in the classroom. In addition, a brief discussion on evaluating the effectiveness of rubrics will be undertaken. Considering that bilingual rubrics are an exciting new prospect in the area of classroom assessment and can be effectively integrated into ESL and EFL classrooms, the webinar can be expected to benefit ESL and EFL teachers. 

Santosh Mahapatra teaches academic English and guides doctoral research at BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus, India. He is also working as the Assistant Coordinator for Aptis Action Research Mentor Scheme (ARMS) 2019-20, a British Council-run project to promote classroom-based research in India. His current research interests are teacher development in classroom assessment and technology integration, and critical analysis of policies and practices related to English language education. 

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ESOL high res 300  Phillida Schellekens - 'Creating effective learning activities in the multi-level classroom' 

26 September 2019, 8pm BST

This is a joint event with NATECLA and will not be presented on the IATEFL Adobe Connect platform. To register for this event, please click here 

In this webinar we will look at the characteristics and contexts that give rise to multi-level language groups and the opportunities and challenges that teachers face. We will look at activities that work well and review the advantages and disadvantages of strategies to meet students' individual needs, aka differentiation. This approach has become very popular and yet is not without its critics. We will explore what research has to say about differentiation and apply John Hattie's meta-analysis on the most effective strategies to multi-level teaching.

Philida Schellekens is an independent consultant, researcher and teacher trainer in the field of language learning and teaching, particularly English language provision for migrants and refugees. More widely, she also provides consulting in EFL, foreign languages, interpreting and translation, and the communication skills of first language English speakers. Philida is an associate inspector in adult and further education, and teaches English part-time at Greenwich Community College, both of which enable her to maintain her perspective on - and direct contact with - language learning at all levels.

Philida is author of the Oxford ESOL Handbook. Other recent publications include: English Language as a Barrier to Employment, Education and Training (2001) DfES; Language in Construction (2004) CITB; and Full on English: The English language needs of ethnic minority people born in the UK (2005) Birmingham & Solihull LSC.



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 Ila and James combined Ilá Coimbra and James Taylor - 'Making materials on topics that are excluded from mainstream coursebooks'

11 October 2019, 3pm BST

Raise Up! is a charitable project that was created with a simple aim - what would a mainstream English language coursebook look like if it represented a wider range of people? We feel that significant improvements need to be made in how various groups in society are included in the most popular international coursebooks, and in this webinar we will describe how the first edition of Raise Up! came to be.Ilá will begin by summarising the current situation regarding representation in coursebooks. She will describe the groups that are currently unseen, hard to see or misrepresented, and explain why diversity benefits everyone: learners and teachers.In the second part, James will go into the process behind the creation of Raise Up! and the principles that underpin it. He will explain how the lessons were written and designed, and then speak about the future of the project and how MAWSIG and TDSIG members can help out.

Ilá Coimbra has been an English teacher since 2001 and a teacher trainer since 2011, especially preparing students and teachers for language exams. Ilá is based in Munich, Germany,  holds DELTA Module 2, CELTA and CPE certificates and has been attending and presenting at local, national and international conferences since 2014. She is also one of the founding members of BRAZ-TESOL Voices SIG, a special interest group that focuses on equality in ELT.

James Taylor is a DELTA qualified EFL teacher, teacher trainer, materials writer and podcast producer based in Brasília, Brazil. He has taught English to adults and teenagers in Brazil, South Korea, Belgium and Costa Rica since 2007. In August 2018, he self-published his first ebook, entitled “How Was Your Weekend?” He produces the ELTON nominated TEFL Commute podcast.

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 TEA Further details to be confirmed shortly 

22 October 2019, 5pm BST

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 NEW YLT-SIG-TTT-OK-02 YLTSIG Annual Web Conference - Opening the ‘YL’ Umbrella: Fostering Age-Appropriate Pedagogies in ELT

25 October, 26 and 27 October 2019

YLTSIG are looking for speakers to participate in their annual web conference. The 2019 conference aims to move away from ‘YL’ as an umbrella term and showcase fresh pedagogies for different age ranges. If you are interested in presenting, please download the call for papers to find out how to get involved.



 IATEFL Webinars  
Carol Griffiths small Carol Griffiths - 'Good Language Teachers'

2 November 2019, 3pm GMT 

As we all know, teaching is a very demanding profession, for which the hours spent in the classroom are only the tip of the iceberg. It requires the teacher to be autonomous, reflective, interculturally aware, knowledgeable, sensitive to individual differences, and ‘on board’ with all the latest acronyms such as ELF and EMI. In addition, they must be conversant with all the cutting-edge methodologies (including the latest technology), assessment theories and procedures, classroom management practices, and feedback techniques. They must be able to manage relationships and give instruction in strategies, vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, pragmatics or skills. And they must be able to handle all this dynamic complexity without getting burnt out. This webinar will present previously unpublished research and briefly discuss each of these essential aspects of good language teachers, taking a ‘human’ perspective, recognizing that teachers are not just machines, but real human beings, with feelings, needs, identities and lives of their own. The webinar will conclude with recommendations for teachers and teacher educators suggesting some ideas about how to develop the good language teacher.

Dr Carol Griffiths has been a teacher, manager and teacher trainer of ELT for many years. She has taught in many places around the world, including New Zealand, Indonesia, Japan, China, North Korea, Turkey and UK. She has also presented at numerous conferences and published widely, including her books Lessons from Good Language Learners and The Strategy Factor in Successful Language Learning. Individual differences, teacher education and support, English as a medium of instruction, English as a lingua franca, action research, and using literature to teach language are her major areas of research interest. Email: [email protected]. Webpage:



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 Barbara Roosken Barbara Roosken - 'Designing photo essays when reading short stories' 

 2 November 2019, 5pm GMT

Photo essays are a great way to practise students’ positioning and composition through different perspectives. This webinar explores how thematic photo essays may be used as an assessment instrument for literature. The presenter will share findings from her research on how photo essays may promote literature appreciation. Participants will leave with ideas to improve students’ creative abilities and critical thinking.

Dr Barbara Roosken studied English Language and Literature at Nijmegen University in the Netherlands and then moved to Sheffield University where she was lector of Dutch Language and Literature and taught courses in American Literature from 1985 to 1990. She has been working at the Department of English Language and Literature at Fontys Teacher Training College in Tilburg since 1990. She wrote two course books for secondary college on teaching English as a foreign language entitled  “Here's to you” (1998). At present she is the coordinator of the B.Ed. Course at Fontys and teaches English and American Literature in both the B.Ed. and M.Ed. courses. Having finished her Educational Doctorate in May 2017 at Roehampton University, she now supervises M.Ed. and B.Ed. students at Fontys University. One issue of particular interest to her is how trainee teachers achieve personal fulfilment from teaching.

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 Paul Dummett Paul Dummett - 'Promoting clear expression'

3 November 2019, 3pm GMT

Much of what we do in work relies on clear, convincing expression to establish credibility, build rapport, make an impact and ultimately persuade others. Expression – or individual language use - is fundamental not just to basic communication but also to the impact our message has. This webinar explores how we can develop learners’ clear expression through preparation, practice and performance.

Paul Dummett is a teacher and writer based in Oxford, UK, where he ran his own school teaching English to professionals from 1996 to 2006. He is now a full-time writer and educational consultant. Business English titles include Success with BEC (2008), Energy English (2011) and Keynote (in collaboration with TED talks, 2016). His main interests are in needs-based teaching, critical thinking, memorization and improving speaking performance. He is currently working on an online business course with ELTjam. 

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 Shelagh Rixon and Wendy Arnold - 'Moving away from exams dominance in YL materials'

15 November 2019, 3pm GMT 

Further details to be confirmed shortly

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Matt OLeary - May 2019 Matthew O'Leary - ‘Using classroom observation to understand and improve teaching and learning: moving from the performative to the informative’

16 November 2019, 2pm GMT

Recent research has revealed that assessment-based models of observation can often be a deterrent to developing innovations in classroom practice, provoking counterproductive consequences and ultimately failing to improve the quality of teaching and learning. This raises the question, how best might we make use of observation to further our understanding of teaching and learning and subsequently improve what teachers and students do? This talk will focus on the work I have been involved in at Birmingham City University over the last 4 years in developing an innovative model of observation. In reconceptualising and reconfiguring the application of observation as a method by removing it from an assessment domain, our innovative approach has uncovered new opportunities for using observation as a tool of educational inquiry for professional development purposes and improving teaching and learning.

Matt O’Leary is Professor of Education and director of the education research centre CSPACE at Birmingham City University. With over 25 years’ experience in education, he has worked as an English language teacher, teacher educator, head of department, principal lecturer, educational researcher and director of research in colleges, schools and universities in England, Mexico and Spain. Matt is well known internationally for his extensive body of work on the use of classroom/lesson observation in understanding and improving teaching and learning. His research has had significant impact in the UK and internationally on education policy and the thinking and practice of education leaders, practitioners and researchers working in all education sectors. His books include Classroom observation: A guide to the effective observation of teaching and learning (Routledge 2014), Reclaiming lesson observation: supporting excellence in teacher learning (Routledge 2016) and Teaching Excellence in Higher Education: Challenges, Changes and the Teaching Excellence Framework (Emerald 2017).



 TEA Further details to be confirmed shortly

26 November 2019, 5pm GMT

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John Hughes - 'Making materials that reflect learners' realities'

6 December 2019, 2pm GMT

Further details to be confirmed shortly

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 Maha Hassan Maha Hassan - 'Are you a fair tester?' 

7 December 2019, 3pm GMT

Supervisors and teachers worry a lot when setting exams. Are we going to be fair towards the students? Should tests be difficult or easy? What is the best way to set them?

Testing not only worries supervisors and teachers but students as well. Will I be able to pass it? I can't concentrate on my studies, what should I do?

Is there a relationship between Assessment and Testing? Can this help both teachers and students in dealing with test stress?

In this presentation, Maha will speak about the common elements between Assessment and Testing. She will look at how teachers can put a suitable Formative Assessment system in place for their students throughout the year to help them go through Summative Assessment at the end of the year as smoothly as possible. She will also speak about online and offline tools that can help supervisors and teachers set well balanced exams and help them apply them practically during the session.

Maha Hassan is an Educational Consultant, Teacher Trainer and Founder / CEO of Teaching ESL Hub (formerly Maha ESL Community). She was nominated for the Lead 5050 Women in International Education Award – WIE 2018, for her work as an Academic Director. She has presented at a number of International Conferences including IATEFL, TESOL International Convention-CALL IS EVO 2018, 2019, K12 Online Conference, TD SIG IATEFL, Nile Tesol, LIF (Language in Focus), Tesol Arabia, Global Education Online Conference as well as at Reinventing the Classroom, Learning Revolution Online Conferences, MMCV7 & 8, CO18, CO19 and MMVC18 with Dr. Nellie Deutsche.  She has also had a number of papers published in IATEFL Voices, Pilgrims, A New Contribution to Bloom’s Taxonomy, HEIS International TESOL Newsletter, Nile Tesol Newsletter and She also blogs on: 



 IATEFL Webinars Adrian Underhill - 'SpoSpontaneity: The elephant in the classroom' 

 4 January 2020, 3pm GMT

Planning lessons is a well-known preoccupation in ELT. Yet teachers also realize that much of what is best in the class happens spontaneously in response to the moment. Planning and Preparation are well documented in our methodology. Yet spontaneity has no discourse, is not researched, and remains an undiscussed skill in teacher development.

This webinar will:
1. Examine the concept that a vital part of enacting any plan with professional artistry lies in developing the human creative capacity for spontaneity
2. Illustrate activities that enable participants to identify their own experiences of spontaneity in teaching
3. Provide a forum for live discussion and online responses
4. Investigate ways that participants can explore this further through their own practice

Adrian Underhill is a trainer, consultant, author and speaker. He is a past President of IATEFL, a current IATEFL Ambassador, and the series editor of the Macmillan Books for Teachers. At the moment he is exploring the role of improvisation, spontaneity, playfulness, intuition and personal significance in learning and teaching.



 Emily Bryson 2019 Emily Bryson - 'Literally Speaking' 

March 2020, 3pm GMT

If students spoken communication leaves you at a loss for words, this is definitely the session for you. This webinar will examine the intricacies of spoken communication and support participants to reflect on the components of successful speaking. It will consider the purpose of speaking activities in the English language classroom and how to support learners to be effective communicators. 

Investigating current practice from both the teachers' and students' perspective, this webinar will discuss the impact of focussing on accuracy or fluency and draw on my experiences of COLA (Creating Opportunities for Language Acquisition) in ESOL learners.  It will also allow participants time to reflect on how speaking activities can support the acquisition of life skills. 

Examining new and innovative ways of teaching and practising spoken English both in and outside the classroom, this webinar will leave participants bursting with practical tips and activity ideas on how to make effective communication more accessible and useful to students who live, work and play in English on a daily basis.

Emily Bryson is an ELT materials writer, teacher trainer and ESOL Lecturer. She has written digital and print materials for a number of publishers including Macmillan Education, The British Council and Language Fuel.  She has been teaching ESOL at City of Glasgow College since 2007 and in that time has gained experience teaching all levels of ESOL students and developed a wide range of ESOL for Vocational Purposes courses. She has also completed various secondments, such as Project Co-ordinator at the ESOL Network Project, ESOL Development Officer at Education Scotland, and Peer Education Programme Manager at the Scottish Refugee Council. She has written two books so far, the A-Z of ESOL and 50 Ways to Teach Life Skills.


Participants Guide:

All IATEFL webinars are presented using the Adobe Connect platform.

To help you get the most out of attending an IATEFL webinar and to ensure your computer is configured properly, we have put together a Participants guide which should cover most of the frequently asked questions. We hope you find it useful.




Past Events and Recordings:

The recordings of the webinars below and the slides used during their presentations can be found in the members' area of the IATEFL website. Please log in using your membership ID and password and then click on "webinars" to access them.

Jane Seely - 'Approaches to corrective feedback for Early Career Teachers' (September 2019)

Ian McMaster - 'From Theory to Practice: Using Business English Tips at Work' (August 2019) 

Follow up to 2019 IATEFL Conference plenary panel discussion with Amol Padwad, Evan Frendo, Katherine Bilsborough and Mercedes Viola - 'Future directions in ELT: where are we headed?' (July 2019)

Hom Raj Khadka - 'Teaching and learning through social networks' (June 2019)

Sarah Mercer - 'Designing language classes and tasks with learner engagement in mind' (May 2019)

Carol Lopes - 'Diversity and inclusion in materials and / or the classroom' (March 2019)

Eugenia Carrión Cantón - 'Puppetry and diversity: Unlocking doors to the mind and the heart in the EFL class' (February 2019)

Heike Philp - 'Webinerds' (January 2019)

David Heathfield - 'Bringing the worlds winter folk tales alive in your students imagination' (December 2018)

Kerstin Okubo - 'The forgotten skill: Building vocabulary for spoken production' (October 2018)

Gerhard Erasmus - 'Developing effective classroom language for teachers with lower English proficiency' (August 2018)

Phil Longwell - 'Mental Health Awareness for Employers within ELT' (July 2018)

Margit Szesztay - 'Tapping into the creative potential of groups' (June 2018)

'From crisis to confidence: how language education is helping women in refugee communities' (May 2018) with presentations and discussion from Chris Sowton, Aleks Palanac, Mike Chick, Chrissie Brunton and Shan Sherwan Hussein

Mercedes Viola - 'Inclusive and equitable quality education in ELT' (March 2018)

Elizabeth Bekes and Marcela Carrasco - 'International English and its Implications for Teaching and Learning' (February 2018) The slides from Elizabeth and Marcela's session are available below or via the member area of the IATEFL website.

Richard Smith - 'Research is for teachers? You muct be joking!' (December 2017)

Mike Harrison - 'Visualising your thinking: ideas for using graphic organisers with learners and teachers' (October 2017)

Laura Patsko - 'Teaching pronunciation for English as a Lingua Franca (ELF)' (September 2017)

Nicola Meldrum - 'How can technology support and facilitate teacher development?' (August 2017)

Fabiana Casella - 'Once you go global, there is no coming back' (July 2017)

Anthony Gaughan - '40 things to do with a text' (6 May 2017)

Chaz Pugliese - 'Creating Motivation, Creating Learning' (18 March 2017)

Agnes Orosz - 'Practical ideas for teaching mixed level groups' (4 February 2017) 

Daniel Xerri - 'A Myriad Views on Creativity' (3 December 2016)

British Council and focus on Language for Resilience (5 November 2016) - read the associated report on Language for Resilience

Anne Margaret Smith - 'Including dyslexic language learners' (10 September 2016) 

David Little - 'Learner autonomy and its implications for the discourse of language teaching and learning' (20 August 2016) 

Nick Bilbrough -'The (second language) play's the thing' (2 July 2016) 

Valéria França - 'How challenging is it to promote change in the classroom?' (11 June 2016) 

Divya Madhavan Brochier - 'Ten truths (and a lie) about EMI' (14 May 2016) 

Mariel Amez - 'An online journey of self awareness (2 April 2016) 

Sinéad Laffan - 'The Cult of Schwa' (20 February 2016) 

Vicki Hollett and Christina Rebuffet-Broadus - 'How to get started making YouTube videos for your students' (23 January 2016) 

Hugh Dellar - 'Following the patterns: colligation and the necessity of a bottom-up approach to grammar' (26 September 2015) 

Nellie Muller Deutsch - 'Action research to improve instruction and learning' (29 August 2015) 

Andrew Cohen - 'Learner strategies for performing intercultural pragmatics' (18 July 2015)

Dorothy Zemach - 'Self-publishing ELT materials' (27 June 2015)

Charles Hadfield - 'Creative Grammar' (30 May 2015)

Rebecca Oxford - 'Positive Psychology in Language Learning: The Role of Hope, Optimism, and Resilience in Learners' Stories' (18 April 2015)

Jamie Keddie - 'Storytelling in the classroom' (14 March 2015)

Shelly Sanchez Terrell - 'Get Them Speaking & Learning with Digital Icebreakers' (28 February 2015)

Leo Selivan - 'Quizlet: more than just flashcards' (24 January 2015)

Nik Peachey - 'Getting the most out of online video resources' (31 August 2014) 

Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto - 'The Lives of English Language Teachers', (19 July 2014)

Jill Hadfield - 'Motivation, Imagination and L2 Identity' (31 May 2014)

Sugata Mitra - ' Questions and answers with Sugata Mitra' (19 April 2014)

Penny Ur -  ‘Using higher order thinking skills’ (22 June 2013)



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Fiona Dunlop - 'Accessing CPD' (30 November 2014)

Susan Hillyard - 'Challenging ELT: Challenging Methodology to Reach Challenging English Language Learners' (27 September 2014)

Lindsay Clandfield - 'What's hot, and what's not in coursebooks?' (21 June 2014)

Professor Ron Carter - 'Internet English: the changing English language and its implications for teaching' (26 April 2014) 

Felicity O'Dell - 'Onesies and selfies: keeping up-to-date with new English words and expressions' (22 March 2014)

Mike McCarthy - 'Spoken Fluency Revisited' (22 February 2014) The link to Mike McCarthy's article published in the English Profile Journal can be found here

Tessa Woodward - ‘Enjoying personal and professional creativity’ (31 January 2014)

Scott Thornbury - ''Fossilization: Is it terminal?' (30 November 2013)

Vicki Hollett - 'Learning to speak 'merican (19 October 2013) 

Vicki was kind enough to answer on her blog some of the questions that came in during her session. The link to these can be found here:

Adrian Underhill - 'The Jazz of Teaching and Learning' (14 September 2013)

Claudia Ferradas PhD - 'Reading across cultures: literature for intercultural awareness' (31 August 2013)

Jeremy Harmer - 'Yes, but why do we need teachers at all' (27 July 2013)

Professor David Crystal - ‘Questions about language with David Crystal’ (25 May 2013)

Professor Crystal also kindly answered questions on his blog which came in during the session. 

You can find those here:


ELT Event Calendar

If you are interested in finding out about other ELT related face to face and online events, why not visit the ELT Event Calendar? This is a website run by Tyson Seburn, joint coordinator of the TDSIG, which crowd sources professional devleopment opportunities from around the world. If you are holding an event which is not yet on the calendar, let him know via the ELT Calendar page.