International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

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July / August 2019

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Welcome to the July edition of our eBulletin which brings you news of professional development events and activities organised by our special interest groups (SIGs).

The Manchester conference is nine months away, but our Head Office staff and volunteers are already working hard to make it another memorable event. If you have not yet submitted a speaker proposal for the conference or for one of our pre-conference events, please make sure you do so by the given deadlines.

In the meantime, there are many opportunities for you to participate in, and contribute to events and activities organised by 13 of our 16 SIGs over the next few months. Read on to see the variety of face-to-face and virtual events our SIGs have put together and make sure you do not miss the opportunity to share with like-minded colleagues around the globe.

There are also lots of opportunities for you to contribute to one or more of our SIG newsletters, journals and blogs and, of course, to join one of our SIG committees. Why not take advantage of these to contribute to the growth of your Association.

With best wishes from all of us at PubsCom,

Harry Kuchah Kuchah, IATEFL President, Chair Publications Committee

From Head Office

Annual Conference

You can now book your place at next year’s annual conference in Manchester. Pre-Conference Events run by our SIGs will be on Friday 17 April 2020, followed by the main conference, exhibition and careers fair from Saturday 18 to Tuesday 21 April. For more information and to book you place click here.

Speaker Proposals

The deadline for speaker proposal submissions is 16.00 UK time on Thursday 12 September 2019. For tips and ideas why not watch Madeleine du Vivier’s webinar on ‘How to write an effective IATEFL conference proposal’ here.

Conference Sponsorship 2020

Have you ever considered boosting your brand’s identity by supporting the next IATEFL Conference and Exhibition?

IATEFL has a broad range of sponsorship opportunities available for Manchester 2020; offering creative yet flexible packages to help you engage with our conference attendees and our wider member network. So whether you are looking to increase your brand visibility, or to launch a new product or service, sponsorship of the IATEFL Conference Manchester could be a fantastic marketing platform for your company.

If you would like to find out more about our sponsorship opportunities, or if you have your own ideas that you would like to discuss further, please contact [email protected].


Don’t forget to take advantage of the offers available from a range of publishers on periodical subscriptions.

There is also a 25% discount on all academic Linguistic and Education books at Bloomsbury until 31 August 2019 only!

Log into the Member Area today to see the offers exclusively available to IATEFL members!


 From the SIGs 

From the Learner Autonomy SIG

6 September 2019: LASIG Conference, Braunschweig, Germany: Reforming the Foreign Language Classroom – empowering students to take ownership II

This conference in Braunschweig, Germany, will focus on language learning in school settings that already provide learners with some responsibility for their learning in so-called alternative schools (e.g. Montessori) and schools that have taken their first steps towards supporting Learner Autonomy. For more information about this conference, visit LASIG’s events page here.

Member area on our website

We have been adding new perks and materials to our member area on our website. There you can find digital issues of our newsletter, slides and handouts from speakers at past events, recordings of selected events, and even a free e-book (available for a limited time). To access your member perks, click here.

New committee members

LASIG is pleased to welcome Gamze Sayram and Linda Ghout-Khenoune to our committee. Both have joined the editorial team of our newsletter, Independence. Gamze, from Australia, works at Macquarie University English Language Centre in Sydney, while Linda, from Algeria, is at the University of Béjaia. You can read more about our new committee members here.

Call for contributions *

We are looking for contributors to our newsletter, Independence. You might write an article about your research or ideas related to (aspects of) autonomy or your learner autonomy story, i.e. something about your teaching background, how/why you became interested in learner autonomy, your experience of encouraging it in a variety of contexts (the failures as well as the successes are always interesting!), activities you do, or have done, that you recommend, and/or anything else that seems relevant. The balance of these ideas is entirely up to the writer, and anything from roughly 750 - 2500 words is fine. Read more about Independence here.

Christian Ludwig and Lawrie Moore-Walter, LASIG Joint Coordinators



From the Learning Technologies SIG

PCE Manchester 2020 Theme: 2020 Vision into Artificial Intelligence

As announced in the last eBulletin and on social media recently, our pre-conference event theme is Artificial Intelligence. (AI) – machines designed to act “smart” – has become ubiquitous in many aspects of our daily lives. From smartphone assistants such as Siri, to spam filters in our email, to smart sensors that help us take better photos, AI is all around us. One sector where AI promises to make big changes is education; and while the human presence of teachers is irreplaceable, experts believe there will be many changes to learning and teaching.

The LTSIG would like to invite you to join us for a day focused on AI in language education. Throughout the day we will look at what AI is, what can be done now with AI and what the next ten years or so look like from here. The day promises to offer a mix of theory and practice from various industry perspectives, and of course a fantastic chance to network with like-minded individuals. As always, we will take a critical look at the technology and make informed and pedagogically sound suggestions on the way forward.

If you would like to take a glimpse of AI’s present and future seen through (almost) 20/20 vision, don’t hesitate to join us. Hope to see you there!

OLLRen Online Conference 2019: Call for Papers

The 2019 OLLReN Conference Call for Papers is now open! In this online event, researchers from around the world will share their work into investigating the impact of technology to support language learning. We will review the evidence of what happens when technology and language learners meet. Proposals are now being accepted for a 20-minute presentation to be held online in a virtual presentation room. The conference will take place on 28 September. Deadline for proposals will expire on 22 July. Click here for details of this event and how to submit a paper.

Members’ Area

A reminder that the password to access our new Members’ Area was revealed to our members via the latest edition of our newsletter, LT, which was sent out at the beginning of May, and will also be in the next one. Please contact [email protected] with your membership number in case you missed it.

Write for us *

Remember we are always looking for good content so do find some time to write for us. We are particularly interested in your personal journey in Learning Technologies or ideas for our ‘Tech it Easy’ feature in the newsletter. Please contact our Newsletter Editor, Graham Stanley, or Vicky Saumell about these features. You can also contact our Webmaster, Phil Longwell, with your articles, videos, blogs and ideas on the use of technology in language learning for publication on the LTSIG blog. Use the online form in the link.

Research Publication

Our upcoming research volume Digital Innovations & Research in Language Learning is estimated to be published in December 2019. The volume comprises chapters by experts in the field and will provide our readership with a comprehensive and up-to-date picture of the use of technology in the language classroom. LTSIG members will have free access to the book, and it will also be available to everyone else at a small fee.

Join our Social Media Groups and Pages

Let's make use of our learning technology social media channels to go beyond only reading information. You are part of a teaching community and you are welcome to voice your experience. Please ask questions in the comments to our threads. If you have not done so already, please activate the notifications on your favourite social media channel below. We have recently added a profile on LinkedIn, so please join us there, too. By getting involved online, even though we are geographically far apart, we can stay connected, stay informed of opportunities and support each other.

Our Facebook Page for announcements and news

Our Facebook Group for discussions and postings by members

Our Twitter timeline for lively conversations

Our Instagram account for updates

Our LinkedIn profile

Sophia Mavridi, LTSIG Coordinator



From the English for Specific Purposes SIG

PCE Manchester 2020

The theme of our 2020 pre-conference event is ‘ESP in the world of tomorrow: academic and professional perspectives’. It is an opportunity for us to examine the changes, opportunities and challenges the field of ESP may face in the future from two main perspectives: ESP in tertiary level education contexts, and in professional contexts. The format of the pre-conference event will comprise talks and workshops, as well as round table discussions based on each of these. Participants will have the opportunity to interact and share their research throughout the event.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal for a paper (20 minutes), workshop (45 minutes) or as a forum presenter (15 minutes), please upload your submission to this link* by no later than 16.00 GMT on Friday 6 December 2019.

We look forward to welcoming you in Manchester!

Caroline Hyde-Simon and Aysen Guven, ESPSIG Joint Coordinators 


From the Teacher Development SIG

TDSIG Developod, Episode 13

Topic area: Greater diversity and inclusion in ELT materials
We hear from Sergio Durand, a teacher from Mexico, who explains the current situation; then, Ilá Coimbra, co-author of Raise Up!, a new inclusive coursebook; and Tyson Seburn, TDSIG coordinator on the subject of representation. Listen here and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

15 September 2019: Call for abstracts for Teacher Development Academic Journal *

Our TDSIG community has identified a gap in open-access teacher development-focused publications: one which values a more academic approach and perspective. The editorial mission of TDAJ is to publish research and discussion regarding teacher development. TDAJ is designed to support teachers reflecting upon their own practice and disseminating their ideas of good practice among the wider ELT community. Find out more here.

23 November 2019: TDSIG Workshop, Brighton, UK: Beyond the communicative approach: personal significance in language teaching

This event aims to explore questions involving the concept of expression in language learning. Through a combination of engagement with the main speakers and participant-driven tasks, we will look at practices in which students’ powers of expression are the point of reference. We will develop new criteria against which we can examine, challenge, and adapt our current practices. Find out more and register here.

Tyson Seburn, TDSIG Coordinator



From the English for Speakers of Other Languages SIG

PCE Manchester 2020

Please join us on 17 April for our pre-conference event day entitled ‘ESOL: side-lined no more’. The field of ESOL is growing exponentially as is the global human crisis of forced displacement and migration.  ESOL teachers, many of whom are volunteers, are having to navigate the complexities of this crisis head on. Our pre-conference event will look at how we are training ESOL teachers, especially volunteer teachers, to ensure that they are equipped with the tools and techniques necessary to be able to address their learners’ multidimensional needs. We will also examine the role that ESOL has in the field of English language teaching. Traditionally ESOL has been viewed as playing a minor part; however, with the increase in demand for ESOL classrooms, teachers, and relevant materials, ESOL is now seen as having a significant role to play at the intersection of education, migration and integration policies. The need for pedagogies and materials that reflect the reality of learners’ lives is greater than ever.

The day will be a combination of examining policy issues and practical ideas for the classroom. Please check the IATEFL website for more details about the conference, and how to book.

Newsletter *

Call for contributions: please consider submitting articles for our newsletter, send to [email protected]. We want to hear from you!

ESOL Champion *

Please check out our new feature: ESOL Champion. We want to recognize people who are making outstanding contributions to the ESOL field. Please nominate someone by emailing [email protected] who deserves the recognition.


We are busy planning webinars for August and September. We will email and add information to our website about confirmed presenters.

Lastly, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @iateflesolsig

Lesley Painter-Farrell, ESOLSIG Coordinator



From the Young Learners and Teenagers SIG

Committee Changes

Following a call for nominations for the YLTSIG Committee, Maria Jesus Inostroza and Helen Chapman were nominated and join Leticia Moraes as Joint Events Coordinators, and Stephanie Xerri Agius was nominated for the position of Social Media Coordinator. Maria Jesus, Helen and Stephanie have now been unanimously elected to the committee. You can find out more about them from the About Us page on our website.

Latest Blog Post

Please visit our latest blog post by Susan Holden who focuses on the talks and workshops from our pre-conference event in Liverpool earlier this year. Please leave your comments directly on the blog.

YLTSIG Annual Web Conference

Our YLTSIG Annual Web Conference will take place over three days: 14.00 – 22.00 GMT - 25, 26, 27 October 2019. This year’s theme is 'Opening the ‘YL’ Umbrella: Fostering Age-Appropriate Pedagogies in ELT', and we are currently looking for speakers. The 2019 web conference aims to move away from ‘YL’ as an umbrella term and showcase fresh pedagogies for different age ranges. You can find out more about the regulations and how to apply on our Events page.

PCE Manchester 2020

The YLTSIG pre-conference event for IATEFL Manchester will take place on Friday, 17 April 2020. The theme is ‘Sharing Languages: Celebrating Children’s and Teenagers’ Multilingualism in ELT’. The 2020 pre-conference event will explore multilingualism as a holistic phenomenon from a sociolinguistic, cognitive and affective perspective. We will unpack the ways children and teenagers develop and manage their multiple languages, consider the benefits of multilingualism to the individual and society, as well as identify practical strategies teachers can use to build on and to value children’s and teenagers’ linguistic repertoires. Dr Nayr Ibrahim will give the opening plenary by outlining key issues in multilingualism in ELT. The other speakers and event formats will be confirmed soon. For more information and to book, please visit the IATEFL 2020 website.

David Valente, YLTSIG Coordinator



From the Testing, Evaluation and Assessment SIG

24 September 2019: TEASIG Webinar

The next TEASIG webinar will be on Tuesday 24 September 2019 with Santosh Mahapatra at 16.00 GMT.

This webinar will be about Classroom Assessment. More information will be made available on our website. Also, more announcements will be made through our social media accounts.

PCE Manchester 2020

In 2020, TEASIG will have a joint pre-conference event with the IP&SENSIG (Inclusive Practices and Special Educational Needs). Our pre-conference event will be held at an outside venue, which is situated near the main conference venue.

The theme will be ‘Accessible Assessments? : inclusive practices in language testing and assessment’.

For further information, (including a map to our pre-conference event venue), and to book your place, please visit this link.

IATEFL Conference 2020 in Manchester

If you’d like to submit a proposal as a speaker for the conference, it is a good idea to take a look at the guidelines. Remember that the deadline for submitting a speaker proposal is 12 September 2019. The proposals should be submitted online. Here’s the link for proposal submissions. Visit this link to book your place.

Testing, Evaluation and Assessment Today: Call for contributions *

Our editor welcomes contributions from members and non-members of TEASIG alike. You can find more details on how to contribute to the Testing, Evaluation and Assessment Today and also contact [email protected] with any questions you may have.

The deadline for our December issue is 30 September 2019, but contributions are welcome at any time.

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Join our Social Media groups and/or follow us:

  • Our Facebook Page (for announcements, news, discussions and postings)
  • Our Twitter account
  • Our LinkedIn group page
  • Our Instagram account (photos from our events)

Ceyda Mutlu and Mehvar Ergun Turkkan, Joint TEASIG Coordinators



From the Literature SIG

Autumn Webinar

LitSIG’s second webinar of 2019 will take place at a date to be announced in September or October. It will be conducted by Barbara Rooskens from the Netherlands. Details to come in the next announcements – sorry to keep you waiting!

PCE Manchester 2020

As you can see from the abstract below, the topic of our next pre-conference event at the IATEFL Conference in Manchester next year is an exciting one. We are still refining the programme for the day, and we’ll keep you updated with news of speakers in the coming months.

‘Migrant narratives in the EFL and ESOL Classroom’

(IATEFL Conference Manchester, 17 April 2020)

In our joint pre-conference event with the Global Issues SIG, we want to address a phenomenon which is an ever more pressing part of our contemporary world: migration. The reasons why people migrate are many and varied, and we shall try to include the narratives of as many kinds of ‘people on the move’ as possible, from emigrants and immigrants to refugees and asylum seekers, and even people who opt for ‘return migration’.

Our day will include looking at migrants’ experiences as narrated in ‘diaspora literature’, works written by authors living outside their native country but whose writings are in some way related to their country of origin. We intend to consider a wide range of media in our observation of experiences of migration: the novel, poetry and drama; film and television; visual arts; genre writing (popular literature such as thrillers and detective stories, and young adult fiction).

Pedagogy will be an important feature of our day: how to bring migrant narratives into the classroom, and how to use literature, art and media to promote social inclusion. To this end, we’ll talk about using and creating appropriate materials, and suggest techniques suitable for teaching that involve migrant narratives, notably storytelling and creative writing. In our pedagogical considerations we will bear in mind that the teacher might be teaching about migration, or teaching to migrants, or indeed both.

Robert Hill, LitSIG Coordinator



From the Business English SIG

11 August 2019: BESIG webinar

BESIG will be hosting a webinar ‘Making the most of case studies in and out of class’ with Claire Hart on 11 August at 14.00 GMT.

For more information about the events and the speakers, go to the BESIG Online events page.

11 - 13 October 2019: 32nd BESIG Annual Conference, Berlin, Germany

The preparations for the 32nd IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference are in full swing. Join us in Adlershof, Berlin, Germany from Friday, 11 October to Sunday, 13 October 2019. The deadline for the early bird registration is 1 August 2019.  For more information, visit our official information channel.

13 - 14 March 2020: APIBA Business English Annual Conference

We are delighted to announce that BESIG is planning a joint event with APIBA (Buenos Aires English Teachers' Association). More details about this exciting event will be available soon.

17 April 2020: PCE Manchester 2020

This pre-conference event aims at bringing together business English professionals who are interested in exploring a wide range of business English training activities. If you are looking to network with other business English practitioners, share ideas about training activities, and find inspiration, this pre-conference event is for you. Further details of the pre-conference event will be available soon.

BESIG on social media

To stay up to date with our regular news and updates, follow IATEFL BESIG official accounts on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Evan Frendo and Dana Poklepovic, BESIG Joint Coordinators


From the Research SIG

7 August 2019: MA TESOL Quick Fire Dissertation Presentation Event

IATEFL ReSIG is supporting the MA TESOL Quick Fire Dissertation Presentation Event again this year. This is an opportunity for MA ELT/ TESOL students to share what they have found out in their research with other students who are at the same stage in their career from all over the UK. The event will be held on 7 August 2019 at the University of Warwick (Room MB0.08 Zeeman Building). The cost is £15 for attendants and £10 for presenters. ReSIG offers a scholarship to a ReSIG member to attend the event. Our invited speaker is Ana Inés Salvi, Coordinator of IATEFL ReSIG. You will find further information and the link to registration here.

8 August 2019: Pre-Conference Event TESOL Africa

The Research SIG and the Global Issues SIG are jointly organising a TESOL Africa Pre-Conference Event called ‘Teachers in Action: Exploring Global Issues through Classroom Research’ at the Africa TESOL conference in Abuja, Nigeria on 8 August 2019. The day includes hands-on workshops by international and local speakers. ReSIG will mentor teacher-researcher participants after the event and support a joint publication.

2 November 2019: Exploring Spontaneity in ELT Research

The IATEFL ReSIG & Creativity Group are hosting a joint event on Saturday 2 November (9.30 - 16.30) at Wolfson College, University of Oxford, UK. The activities of the day will start from participant experience of spontaneity, through recall, reflection on prior critical incidents, and activities evoking relevant spontaneity, and its observation during the day. At the same time different inquiry tools will be explored for capturing such experience. The aim is to develop a discourse of spontaneity in ELT and a methodology for researching it. The fee is £100 (£80 for ReSIG and C Group members) including lunch and tea/coffee. For online registration please visit this IATEFL webpage.

Invitation to write an article for ELT Research, the IATEFL ReSIG publication *

ELT Research is published once a year. It carries reports of research in English language learning, teaching and assessment from around the world, news of research-related events, and links to web-resources which researchers will find useful. See here.

The co-editors are currently calling for contributions for the next issue of ELT Research, to be published in early 2020. Your article should be written in a formal yet accessible style, and can include tables, figures and photos. For more information, please check this website.

When and how? Please write up your article and submit it by the end of July 2019 to [email protected] and Cc Darío Luis Banegas, who is one of the co-editors.

Ana Ines Salvi and Kenan Dikilitas, Joint ReSIG Coordinators



From the Pronunciation SIG

26 October 2019: PronSIG event in Glasgow, Scotland *

PronSIG will be hosting a face-to-face event on 26 October 2019 at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, and our call for papers is open until 5 August, 2019. For further details, see here.

‘The road to ‘pron-tegration’: tips, tricks and techniques to expand your pronunciation practice’.

Event abstract: A significant number of English language teachers feel that a gap exists in their knowledge of pronunciation. A lack of initial training has resulted in many believing that they don’t have the expertise to provide pronunciation input. To bridge this gap, IATEFL PronSIG are hosting a day of presentations and workshops all centred around the theme of expanding teachers’ repertoires and increasing their confidence when dealing with pronunciation.

Call for papers

  • Title: up to 10 words
  • Abstract: 50 to 60 words
  • Profile photo
  • Short biodata
  • Deadline: Monday 5 August 2019
  • Proposals should be sent to [email protected]

Catarina Pontes, PronSIG Coordinator



From the Materials Writing SIG

17 July 2019: Webinar

‘So many ‘Englishes’! What does this mean for ELT writers and publishers? A joint webinar with the Materials Writers’ Interest Section of TESOL – MaWSIG’s equivalent body in the US. We live in an age of many ‘Englishes’! British or American English? Standard or ‘new Englishes’? And what about EFL, ESL and ELF? This webinar will take a look at the key characteristics of these labels. It will consider how they influence the content and development process of ELT materials, and offer examples and tips to help writers and publishers deal with the constraints and embrace the opportunities. The speakers are Karen Spiller (Publishing Consultant, Co-founder of ELT Teacher2Writer and ELT Publishing Professionals) and Sherrise Roehr (Publisher, National Geographic Learning). Registration details are on the MWIS website here. The webinar will take place at 14.30 GMT.

18 - 19 October 2019: 8th ELT Council Malta Conference

There will be a MaWSIG strand at the 8th ELT Council Malta Conference. MaWSIG committee members Aleksandra Popovski Golubovikj and Jen Dobson will be there. More info and booking details to follow.

PCE Manchester 2020: ‘Practical tools and tricks of the trade’

A call for papers for the pre-conference event (17 April 2020) will be out this month.

Aleksandra Popovski Golubovikj, MaWSIG Coordinator



From the Teacher Training and Education SIG

TTEdSIG’s Call for Best Practices *

We are looking for trainers and educators to describe and share their practical training best practices with the TTEdSIG committee. These descriptions will be published on our website. Ideally, we are looking for articles that would be suitable for a worldwide audience.

If you are interested, please send an email to IATEFL TTEdSIG Newsletter Editor, Jennifer Book [email protected], and we can provide you with more details.

Suggested Template (up to 500 words)

Objectives (of the activity):


Procedure (including stages and allocated time):

Name of the contributor:


NB: It is also possible to contribute anonymously.

Upcoming Webinar Season

TTEdSIG is currently scheduling the post-summer launch of our 2019/2020 webinar series. SIG members can look forward to a wide range of topics in this upcoming season. This year an eclectic range of guest speakers will be guiding us through the latest theories, issues and tips covering the gamut from ’Rethinking Lesson Observations‘ and ’Feedback & Coaching Techniques for Teacher Trainers‘ to ’Developing Teacher Training Materials’ and more. Do keep an eye out for your invitation to the first webinar of the new series, and let us know if you have any requests around webinar topics!

Are you following us yet?

We now have new-look on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages to celebrate our recent facelift! Follow us and join the conversations to keep up with all things TTEd-related.

Burcu Tezcan Unal, TTEdSIG Coordinator



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