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March 2018

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With our annual conference less than a month away, it is no surprise that the March issue of our eBulletin focuses on IATEFL Brighton 2018. Read on to find out more about the exciting programmes organised by our Special Interest Groups, their pre-conference events, Showcase Days, Open Forum sessions and ways for you to get involved. If you can’t make it to our 52nd Conference, be sure to check out the online coverage that will be brought to you with the generous support of our strategic partner, the British Council.
I look forward to seeing you in Brighton or meeting you virtually during one of our upcoming webinars.

With best wishes,

Margit Szesztay, President and Chair Publications Committee

From Head Office

IATEFL Annual Conference 2018

Don’t forget that online booking for the conference and pre-conference events closes at 16.00 BST (UK time) on Thursday 22 March. After this date, existing bookings can be paid for but they cannot be changed or added to. If you do miss the deadline, do not worry, you can still come to the conference but you will need to book and pay on arrival at the venue.

In order to help plan your time at the conference, you can now access the programme and app via our conference website. Download them now and start building your own schedule for the week.

All registered delegates will receive an email next week containing lots of useful tips and advice so please check your inboxes.

IATEFL Conference online

We are extremely grateful to once again have the support of the British Council at Brighton this year to help us provide online coverage of the annual conference. Brighton Online will make the conference accessible to the wider global community of teachers and educators. This is a valuable resource for people who are unable to attend the conference in person and will be open to members and non-members alike. For more details, keep checking our website or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

IATEFL Conference Exhibition

With less than a month to go until IATEFL Brighton 2018, we have been working hard with our sponsors and exhibitors to bring you some additional exciting events outside of the classroom.

Come along to the exhibition in the Brighton Centre to find out what exciting events our exhibitors have planned and speak to a variety of professionals about the latest ELT trends, products and services.

Pop-up Presentations are back!

Back for a second year, the pop-up stage will be buzzing with a selection of short talks during break times, lunches and during the extended exhibition opening on Tuesday 10 April. Make sure you take some time to visit the pop-up stage, located next to the IATEFL stand, to hear about some interesting topics in the world of ELT.

Details of all of the pop-up presentations are now available online in the conference programme, under the Exhibition pages. Alternatively, you can download the conference app and schedule your must-see presentations!

Annual General Meeting

We are pleased to announce that our Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 11 April 2018 from 13.10 – 14.10 BST in the Balmoral room at the Hilton Metropole, Brighton, UK. Members are able to access the AGM documents and accounts by going to the Member area of the IATEFL website and logging in using their membership ID and password.

Electronic Committee Announcement

Following a call for volunteers, we would like to welcome two new members to the IATEFL Elcom Commitee. Maria-Araxi Sachpazian and Syke Annamma Kumaran will be joining the committee from April 2018 and we are very much looking forward to working with them.


Please ensure all your details are accurate on your membership, especially your postal address and email address. We know how frustrating it can be when you don’t receive Voices or SIG newsletters you are expecting! It only takes a few minutes to check via the Member Area.

We look forward to seeing many of our members in Brighton next month. If you have any questions or queries regarding your membership our membership officer Natalie will be around to talk to at the conference.

Is your membership expiring soon? Why not renew it whilst at the Conference, you can do this at the registration desk. 


From the SIGs

From the Global Issues SIG

24 March 2018: Webinar

Join us on Saturday 24 March at 17.00-19.00 GMT for a webinar, ‘Why Global Issues?’. The webinar is a spotlight on Latin America and has inspiring short presentations given by speakers from Uruguay, Ecuador, Chile, Brazil and Peru. Please put this date in your diaries and check out our website or social media pages: Facebook and Twitter for more detail. 

9 April 2018: GISIG PCE

Final call for all those of you who are thinking of attending our pre-conference event in April. Here are details of our theme and what we’re planning to do:

 ‘Social Justice and ELT through the Visual Arts’ is the theme of the GISIG and Visual Arts Circle joint pre-conference event. Visual images can be arresting and powerful. We have all at some point in our lives been stunned by a photograph or painting that has resonated with us – the Afghani girl on the cover of National Geographic or Picasso’s Guernica. These images can provoke strong emotions, engage us critically and sometimes inspire radical action so how might we capitalise on this in our professional lives and exploit visuals effectively in our teaching and training?

You can hear each of our speakers offering a summary of their presentations here.

If you would like to see details of the pre-conference event schedule you can download it here.

10 April 2018: GISIG Showcase

Details of our Global Issues Showcase Day on 10 April 10 have been finalised and speakers include: Anastasia Khodakova (winner of the GISIG Esther Lucas Scholarship), Arifa Rahman, Rose Aylett, Steve Brown, Maria Estela Ribeiro Jardim, Katharina Groeblinger, and Evangelia Strongylakou. The first 40 attendees to arrive at the GISIG Open Forum at 15.55 will receive a free book. Further information about the presentations can be found here.

Linda Ruas and Julietta Schoenmann, Joint GISIG Coordinators


From the Business English SIG

New Website

We are happy to announce that BESIG's new website is live now. We are migrating the content from the old website. If you need any information related to past conferences, newsletters or old archives you can still go to the old website which will be available until the migration process is over. The new site's design is easily accessible from desktops and any mobile device. We encourage you to visit it and send us your feedback here.

Membership Survey

From time to time the IATEFL BESIG committee asks members to complete a membership survey. The information we gather is used as a basis for many of the decisions which we make on your behalf. We would like to ask you for a few minutes of your time to let us have your responses to 14 short questions. The link to this year's survey is this.

Munich Conference Selections – now available

The IATEFL BESIG Editorial Team is delighted to announce that our latest digital publication, Munich Conference Selections 2016 is now freely available. It is a fully linked and clickable pdf edition. To access and download the Munich conference proceedings, go to the Munich conference webpage and scroll down the page to click.

9 April 2018: Joint BESIG - ESPSIG PCE

We are getting excited about our pre-conference event taking place in Brighton next month. Around 60 people have registered for our World Café so far, and there are still places available if you would like to join us. More details about this event are on the conference website

12 April 2018: BESIG Showcase

On Thursday 12 April we are looking forward to a full day of talks on the topic of business English. Our speakers come from all over the world – from the UK, Denmark and Germany to the Ukraine, Argentina and Japan. The day will end with our Open Forum, where you can find out more about the work of BESIG and how being a member can benefit you as a business English teacher. Details of the day are available on the BESIG website.

6 May 2018: Webinar

Join us online on Sunday 6 May at 14:00 GMT for a webinar titled ‘The future of soft skills - which ones do we need to teach in the BE classroom?’. Former BESIG Coordinator Emma Sue Prince will be discussing how to include soft skills in the BE classroom and how to make use of them as a teacher for your own good. More details about this event are available here.

Free ticket for InnovateELT Conference

Oxford TEFL are offering a free ticket to one BESIG member for the InnovateELT Conference in Barcelona, from 11-12 May. All details, including how to participate, are here. The winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Friday 23 March.

19 May 2018: IATEFL Poland conference

BESIG will be supporting IATEFL Poland in holding a one-day business English event, taking place at Warsaw University of Technology on Saturday 19 May 2018. Further details are on the IATEFL Poland website.

8-9 September 2018: JALT BizCom Conference

BESIG will also be supporting the Business Communication SIG of JALT at their conference taking place at Toyo University, Tokyo from 8-9 September 2018. Keep checking the BESIG website for more details of this event as they become available.

16-18 November 2018: BESIG Annual Conference

We are delighted to announce that the venue for this year's annual conference will be the Hotel International in Iasi, Romania. The call for proposals will open on 1 April and the deadline for submissions is 15 May. Further details about this event will be posted on the BESIG website as they become available.

Dana Poklepovic and Evan Frendo, Joint BESIG Coordinators


From the English for Specific Purposes SIG

9 April 2018: Joint BESIG - ESPSIG PCE

This year we have teamed up with BESIG for a World Café pre-conference event, taking place on Monday 9 April 2018 from 10.00-17.00. The following people will be facilitating:

  • Laura Hudson (Macmillan Education)
  • Alan Simpson (BESIG Scholarship winner)
  • Tanja Murphy-Ilibasic (BE & ESP trainer & coach)

There are only a few places left, so reserve your seat now!

10 April 2018: ESP SIG Showcase

Many congratulations to all those who have been chosen to give papers at this year’s ESP SIG Showcase, taking place on Tuesday 10 April 2018. We are looking forward to a productive, informative day. Here are the talks that you can enjoy:

  • Breaking the monotony of Legal English teaching Helen Dennis-Smith
  • Bridging the gap: creating a non-specific Life Sciences ESP course Caroline Hyde-Simon
  • The leap into EAP Louise Roche
  • Designing EAP grammar assignments in a digital age Lauren Freede
  • Meet the need: teaching workplace language pragmatically to reluctant adults Diana Metzner
  • Encouraging ESP acquisition through interactive projects Albena Stefanova

10 April 2018: ESP Journal – 50th Issue celebration

During the Open Forum, we will be celebrating the 50th issue of our ESP SIG journal. Thanks to all those who contributed. Join us in celebrating this issue and to hear more about the work we do.

11 April 2018: Meet the SIGs event

Join us for this networking event and find out how being a member of the 16 SIGs can benefit you professionally. Improve your knowledge of IATEFL and SIGs, find new first conference friends as you complete a quiz with lots of prizes. 

29-30 June 2018: Joint international conference  

Join us for the ESP SIG / Zurich University of Applied Sciences joint international conference, titled ‘Global ESP and technology – crossing the digital divide’. The call for papers is out now – click on our Facebook page or on our homepage for details. We are looking forward to receiving your contributions via email by 15 April 2018. Registration is open now here. We have four plenary speakers, including Sam McCarter, Carolyn Westbrook and Neil Bullock. Keep an eye on our Facebook events page for exciting previews of their talks.

New ESP SIG committee roles

We are in the process of creating a Scholarships Manager role so that we can increase benefits for our SIG members. The call for nominees will be out soon.

Aysen Guven, ESP Coordinator


From the Materials Writing SIG 

9 April 2018: MaWSIG PCE 

Our pre-conference event is all about a shift that’s happening in ELT. We’re developing a broader understanding of who our students are, where they are and what they need. English is a global language, and the focus of ELT is no longer on a limited range of learners and settings. We examine the implications of this shift for materials writers. To what extent do today’s ELT materials reflect the global use of the language? This pre-conference event brings together five speakers with expertise in different aspects of writing for the world.

  • Marek Kiczkowiak asks what ‘writing for the world’ generally means for ELT materials development. Watch him introduce his talk here
  • Laura Patsko talks about how materials can support the development of pronunciation in this global context.
  • Romulo Neves explores the adaptation of materials for learners with a wide range of special educational needs, such dyslexia or ADHD. You can read a blog about Rom’s talk here .
  • Psyche Kennett considers how materials for international emergency and development contexts can address themes such as gender and human rights, non-violent communication, good governance and critical thinking. Watch her introduce her talk here.
  • Julie Day talks about how we can address the specific needs of ESOL learners and teachers in the UK. Read more about Jules’s talk here.
  • Panel discussionfeaturing all the speakers from the day where all the above issues can be developed and your questions answered. 

Register now on the IATEFL website. The deadline for online applications is 22 March, but you can still register on the day if you need to.  

11 April 2018: MaWSIG Showcase 

If you’re at this year’s conference in Brighton, look out for the MaWSIG Showcase, a whole day featuring a range of fascinating talks, all with a materials-writing theme. The glittering line-up features Damian Williams, Graham Burton, Heather Buchanan and Julie Norton, David Read, Chris Mares, Julie Moore, Andrew Dilger and Tim Herdon. For more info, click here

22–23 June 2018: Joint Conference with Oxford Brookes University 

We are co-hosting a joint face-to-face conference with Oxford Brookes University in Oxford (UK) called ‘Materials writing: opportunities and challenges’. Our main themes will include getting started with materials writing, the exciting new directions ELT materials may take in the future, and innovative ways to tackle challenges that can occur in the materials creation process. Our keynote speakers are confirmed as Fiona Mauchline and Michael Kedward. The conference will have talks and workshops that appeal to both experienced and less-experienced writers. 

Call for Papers: Full details are on our website here. The deadline for proposals is 30 April 2018. Scholarships: Covering full registration for two Master-level students and two English language teachers. To apply, please send a text of 250 words to Jane Spiro by 30 April 2018 explaining how participating in this conference will be of benefit to you and your career in ELT. You do not need to be a member of MaWSIG to submit a speaker proposal or apply for a scholarship, though we would love to welcome you as a new member.

Rachael Roberts and Tania Pattison, Joint MaWSIG Coordinators 


From the Learner Autonomy SIG

8 April 2018: Pre-conference dinner

On Sunday 8 April at 19.00 the ‘traditional’ self-paid pre-conference dinner will take place at the Lion and Lobster Restaurant in Brighton. A letter of invitation should have been sent out to everybody who has registered for the pre-conference event on Sunday. If you haven't received an invitation, please contact Leni. We have space for 40 participants – registration takes place on a first come, first serve basis.

12 April 2018: LASIG Showcase

The LASIG Showcase day in Brighton promises to be a very stimulating event. The five talks and two workshops planned for the day will cover a variety of topics relevant to all who aim to actively and reflectively involve their learners in their own learning. Areas touched upon will be peer assessment, language advisors’ self-perception, students as teachers, and reflection to enhance learning. For the last two presentations of the day (Study skills integrated into EAP; Using online platforms effectively for learner independence), we will be moving into a room offering space for 250 participants. The programme of the day also includes our annual Open Forum where we will discuss the past, present and future of our SIG. The final programme of the day will soon be published on our website.

23 November 2018: LASIG Event

Join us for our kick-off event on how to reform language learning and teaching for the 21st century. This one-day LASIG event is titled ‘Reforming the foreign language classroom – empowering students to take ownership’, and will be held at the University of Duisburg-Essen. The call for papers/posters will be open from 1 April-31 May, 2018. For more information or to register, visit our website.

Christian Ludwig, LASIG Coordinator 


From the Learning Technologies SIG 

9 April 2018: LTSIG PCE

Our next pre-conference event in Brighton promises to give you new insights into Virtual & Augmented Reality projects. Our topic: 'Altered Reality Meets Language Learning’. Our LTSIG has a tradition of holding its pre-conference events on venues outside the main conference buildings, so do book early as there are limited seats.

Our speakers will be Paul Driver, Heike Philp, Tushar Sharma, Sarah Rogerson, Jonathan Dykes and Raquel Ribeiro. You can register for our LTSIG pre-conference event here.

10 April 2018: LTSIG Showcase

Our LTSIG Showcase will be on day one of the annual conference on Tuesday 10 April from 10.40 to 18.10. Here are the session details:

  • Jennifer Dobson: Taking responsibility for safeguarding Primary learners online
  • Sharon Hartle: Just the Word or Word and phrase?
  • Mohammad Etedali: 21st Century Online Tools and L2 Writing: Redefining Literacies
  • Shaun Wilden: Your exits are here, here and here
  • Deborah Healey: Gamifying your classroom: the basics
  • Christina Giannikas: The Facebook effect: usage of social media in elearning programs
  • Gary Motteram: Developing mobile teaching materials for challenging circumstances

The day will end with our Open Forum, where you can find out more about the work of LTSIG and all our member benefits.

Write for us

Remember we are always looking for good content so do find some time to write for us! There is always a call for new content on our blog – a new series of teachers sharing their favourite tools and apps has just been launched and we hope that members old and new will contribute their top tools and top tips!

Click here to let us know what you would like to write for us!

Join our Social Media Groups and Pages

Our Facebook Page for announcements and news

Our Facebook Group for discussions and postings by members

Our Twitter timeline for lively conversations during events and throughout the year

Sophia Mavridi, LTSIG Coordinator 


From the Research SIG

19 March 2018: Webinar

On 19 March at 14:00 GMT, Steve Mann and Steve Walsh will lead a webinar titled ‘Reflective tools for teacher development’ to show how reflective practice can be used as an ongoing teaching tool that supports professional self-development. The webinar will be of interest to both teachers and teacher-educators from a range of settings. Read more.

24 March 2018: EVO follow-up session

The ReSIG-supported 2018 EVO on Classroom-based research for professional development concludes on 24 March. Previous sessions, webinars plus interesting presentations from February can also be viewed here.

9 April: Joint ReSIG - LASIG PCE

ReSIG and LASIG are holding a joint pre-conference event at the upcoming IATEFL conference, titled ‘Learner autonomy and practitioner research’. The event features two plenaries by Phil Benson and Judith Hanks, and 16 poster presentations. Programme and abstracts can be viewed here.

11 April: ReSIG Showcase

Our SIG showcase day this year features no fewer than five talks and two interactive workshops on a range of research themes by speakers from diverse contexts. Read more about the speakers and topics.

11-12 May: Teachers Research! – Call for poster proposals

The Third Annual Latin American Conference for Teacher-research in ELT will take place at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá. Teacher-researchers in schools and other educational institutions across Latin America are warmly invited to share with others by means of a poster and a short presentation of the poster followed by discussion. The deadline for proposal submissions is 20 March 2018. Find out more here.

8-9 June: Teachers Research! – Istanbul 2018

This will be the fourth annual IATEFL ReSIG conference in Turkey, to be held at Bahçeşehir University. This year EAP/ESP/ELT teachers as researchers will elaborate upon their personal research experiences, and discuss challenges they have encountered during their practices. Find out more here.

Ana Inés Salvi and Kenan Dikilitaş, Joint ReSIG Coordinators


From the Literature SIG

9 April 2018: LitSIG PCE

The theme of our pre-conference event is ‘Teaching literature in secondary schools’. Sessions will focus on exploring literature – both works from the canon and contemporary writing – with teenage learners in English-speaking and non-English speaking countries. Our impressive line-up of presenters includes experts from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the British Library. For details see the LitSIG website and Facebook page.

10 April 2018: LitSIG Showcase

This year the Literature SIG Showcase is on the first day of the conference. For more information on this day of talks and workshops on a variety of subjects see the conference programme or visit the LitSIG website or Facebook page.

28 April 2018: Webinar

Andreia Zakime will show us practical ways to use videos to recreate and retell stories, a practical and eminently useful session. For more information go to our website.

4 May 2018: Webinar

A question and answer session with acclaimed author, translator and academic Tim Parks represents an exceptional opportunity to interact with a leading figure on the international literary scene. For more information please go to our website.

Robert Hill, LitSIG Coordinator

From the Leadership and Management SIG

9April 2018: Joint LAMSIG/TDSIG PCE

This year’s joint LAMSIG and TDSIG pre-conference event is titled, ‘Personalised teacher development - is it achievable?’ This is a workshop for managers and teachers and will discuss, for example, whether there is such a thing as truly teacher-centred professional development.

This day-long pre-conference event, bringing together LAMSIG (leadership and management) and TDSIG (teacher development), will look at this question and others. Through a mixture of short TED-style talks, plenary discussion, and open space interactions, we plan to provide ideas and options for both managers and teachers as well as giving those present the opportunity to share ideas and imagine possible alternatives to the ‘one-size-fits-all’ staff development workshop paradigm. More details can be found on our website.

11April 2018: LAMSIG Showcase

The LAMSIG Showcase at the IATEFL conference will focus on some of the work and ideas going on in the world of ELT Leadership and Management.  The presentations and workshops during the SIG day have been specially chosen to highlight areas that the committee thinks will be of particular interest to our members. Speakers are Katherine Martinkevich, Ben Butler, Ewelina Nowak and Amie Stephens, Bruna Caltabiano, Jenny Johnson and George Pickering. Subjects include ‘Magic moments: making your students’ experience memorable’; ‘Women and the will (and obstacles!) to leadership’, and ‘Decisions, decisions, decisions! How to make effective ones’.

The day will also include our annual open forum where we solicit input and ideas for the future work of the SIG. More details can be found on our website.  

11April 2018: LAMSIG Speed Mentoring event

As part of the showcase above we are happy to announce our first ever ‘speed mentoring’ event where attendees will be paired with a series of other managers to discuss problems and challenges, while simultaneously building a stronger community of practice. Come and see what it is all about.

Andy Hockley, LAMSIG Coordinator

From the Young Learners and Teenagers SIG

New Committee Members

Bruno Andrade, Sinem Daridere and Simon Pounder were nominated and stood unopposed for the positions of Public Relations Coordinator, Online Events Coordinator (Webcon) and Business Development Coordinator respectively for YLTSIG. 

Bruno, Sinem and Simon have now been elected to the committee. Find out about them on the About Us page of the YLTSIG website here.

March Guest Blogger

Please visit our March blog post by guest blogger, Luciana Fernandez. She focuses on how the concept of ‘communicative competence’ has developed and what it means for primary ELT today. Feel free to leave comments directly on the post and join the discussion: here.

25 March 2018: Webinar

We would like to announce our February webinar speaker,Claire Venebles who will focus on incorporating pronunciation in teaching young learners.  Join Claire on 25 March, time to be confirmed shortly on our website and social media. This month’s webinar will be hosted by YLTSIG Public Relations Coordinator, Bruno Andrade. Free to attend via the YLTSIG Adobe Connect room with no prior registration necessary.

March Twitter Chat

We recently launched our monthly Twitter chat #TEYLTchat on @iatefl_yltsig. Our next chat will be hosted in the final week of March by Social Media Coordinator, Shay Coyne, date and time to be confirmed on SIG social media shortly. The theme of the March Twitter chat will be the United Nations Rights Sustainable Development Goals and how these relate to YL ELT.

12-13 October 2018: ELT Malta Conference

The 7th ELT Malta Conference on 12-13 October 2018 is titled multiple Perspectives in ELT  and will contain a strand organised in collaboration with YLTSIG. The strand's goal is to move beyond a 'catch all' approach to YL ELT and to foster age-appropriate pedagogy according to children's ages and life stages. If you're interested in speaking in this strand, please submit a proposal focused on one specific age range: Early Years (2-5 year olds) or Primary (6-10 year olds) or Lower Secondary (11-14 year olds) or Upper Secondary (15-17 year olds). If your proposal is considered sufficiently age-appropriate, it will be included in this strand.

Please note the 30 April deadline and apply here.

4 May 2018: YLTSIG - GISIG Pre Conference Event 

We are collaborating with GISIG to deliver Africa TESOL’s inaugural PCE in Dakar, Senegal on 4 May 2018. The theme is ‘Africa in the World, the World in Africa: How can the Sustainable Development Goals enable secondary learners to navigate in the 21st century?’ Find out more and register via the Africa TESOL website here.

TEYLT Worldwide – Issue 1, 2018

The first 2018 issue of our newsletter edited by YLTSIG Publications Editor Amanda Davies will be published digitally and emailed to members shortly before the Brighton Conference in April. The edition comprises 17 articles from both established TEYLs names and fresh faces representing all YL age ranges. There is a special spotlight on Values Education as well as interviews with Sue Palmer and incoming IATEFL Vice President / President Harry Kuchah Kuchah.

9 April 2018: YLTSIG PCE

Our 2018 pre-conference event theme is ‘Children’s rights, children’s future: practical applications in TEYLs’ and focuses on applying the United Nations Rights of the Child and Sustainable Development goals to YL ELT.

Annamaria Pinter and Harry Kuchah Kuchah are our plenary speakers and will unpack the what, why and how of children’s rights and the SDGs. We will build on their plenaries using TED talks by speakers representing early years, primary and secondary ELT. The day will culminate with a debate led by a specialist YL panel including Annamaria Pinter, Harry Kuchah Kuchah, Carol Read, Gail Ellis, Nayr Ibrahim and Katherine Bilsborough.

Register for the pre-conference event here.

SIG Showcase

Our Showcase on Wednesday 11 April includes a varied line up representing early years, primary and secondary ELT as well as key issues which concern practitioners today. The morning focuses on early years and will open with Carol Read’s talk, followed with a talk by Tom Beakes and Katy Kelly. Then, our focus will shift to secondary learners, where Sofia Leone’s workshop will explore coaching techniques for teenagers.

The afternoon will explore key issues in TEYLs including interactive platforms for language learning, growth mind set, gender equality, use of L1 and multiculturalism.  This comprises talks by Maria Heron and Claudia Mewald, Sophie Handy, Fiona Copland and Ellen Setterfield.

Join us for our Open Forum at the end of the Showcase where following member updates from the SIG Committee, we will host an interactive debate on ‘edutainment in YL ELT’.  This will be facilitated by Shelagh Rixon, Gail Ellis, Daniel Xerri and Kieran Donaghy. High levels of delegate participation are guaranteed and we will also be serving bubbles. 

David Valente, YLTSIG Coordinator


From the Testing, Evaluation and Assessment SIG

9 April 2018 – TEASIG  PCE

The pre-conference event will focus on Assessment of Listening, something often seen as the most difficult language skill for educators and learners to really understand. In this 2-part event we will be attempting to take the lid off this mysterious world with the help of 3 well-known experts and practitioners in this domain. John Field will be looking at cognitive processes for L2 learners, Sheila Thorn, will tackle the importance of authentic recordings to aid learners in the real world, while Rita Green will show us the benefits and tricks of using statistics to demonstrate whether our listening assessments are doing what they should be doing.

In the afternoon session Thom Kiddle and Russell Whitehead will engage participants in active workshops to help teachers focus on the ideas from the morning session. Further details of the sessions and workshops can be found here. Registration is now open here.

11 April 2018 – TEASIG Showcase

TEASIG is hosting its own Showcase on 11 April, with 5 talks and a workshop on various domains related to the world of TEA. This is followed by the TEASIG Open Forum, where members and non-members can meet the dynamic and ever approachable TEASIG team, find out about what we do and chat informally over a glass & some nibbles. You'd be surprised how friendly we really are. Come and join us on the day.

17 April 2018: Webinar

Now in its third year, the TEASIG webinar series continues on 17April 2018. The title of the webinar is ‘Testing – Fit for Purpose?’ and is present by Jane Lloyd from Cambridge Assessment English. More details available shortly on this TEASIG webpage.

If you would like to join the growing list of TEASIG webinar presenters or know of a speaker you would like to see, or even if you think we could use a new format (short talks, debates, etc) then please contact us here. We welcome all interest and try to respond to all requests wherever possible.

TEASIG Newsletter: Call for contributions

Our city desk Editors welcome contributions from members and non-members of TEASIG alike, on any subject related to TEA. It can be practical, theoretical, reflective, descriptive, even fun. You can find more details on how to get your name in print in the TEASIG Newsletter TEASIG Newsletter or you can contact the Editor.

TEASIG Committee

Changes are afoot on the TEASIG Committee and further details will be sent out very soon. If you think the time is right for you to step forward, and join the TEASIG team. Keep an eye on your inbox for vacancy updates. 

Neil Bullock, TEASIG Coordinator