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IATEFL News

November 2018

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Welcome to the November edition of IATEFL’s eBulletin. I hope you will find something that suits your professional interest over the next few months. In this edition, we showcase events and activities organised and/or supported by 12 of our 16 Special Interest Groups (SIGs) in different contexts around the globe, bringing you news about IATEFL’s upcoming events this month.

If you have submitted a proposal for the Liverpool conference, you will be hearing from the proposal committee by the end of this month. In the meantime, our annual Web Conference this year, which runs from Thursday 22 to Saturday 24 November, focuses on the needs and challenges of beginner teachers. Whether you are still finding yourself as a teacher or have already found yourself, this is an opportunity to share experiences with people from around the world.

Our SIGs have been working round the clock, reaching out to as many members as possible in different parts of the world. For example, the YLTSIG recently organised a 24-hour Web Conference bringing together speakers from The Americas, East Asia, Central and South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, Sub Saharan Africa and Europe. Watch out for recordings of these on their YouTube channel soon.

A specific feature of this eBulletin is the range of collaborative activities happening over the next few months. We can be proud to say our SIGs are not only partnering between themselves but also with other ELT stakeholders to deliver professional development opportunities within and beyond Europe. Read on to see what events are happening near you and do get involved.

With very best wishes from the Publications Committee,

Harry Kuchah Kuchah, IATEFL Vice President, Chair Publications Committee

 
From Head Office

IATEFL Conference 2019 - proposal results

Members who submitted a speaker proposal for Liverpool 2019 will be emailed with the Proposal Committee’s decision at the end of November. Remember, if your proposal is accepted, you must pay the conference fee in full by 16.00 GMT on Thursday 13 December.

Speakers who need an invoice before payment can be made should email our Finance Office.

22 - 24 November: IATEFL Web Conference 2018

Join us on Thursday 22, Friday 23 and Saturday 24 November as we undertake our annual Web Conference. 

This year's web conference is titled 'Finding yourself as a teacher' and will focus on the needs and challenges of the beginner teacher. While remaining open to all language teaching professionals, the conference is focusing on the needs and challenges of early career teachers. Over three days it will provide different sessions on topics relevant to that area including a look at the different types of language teaching both contextually and thematically, CPD options and how best to make a career out of teaching.

The web conference is open to members and non-members and is free of charge. To find out more and to register, please visit the Web Conference website.

 

 From the SIGs 

From the Research SIG

Liverpool IATEFL PCE: scholarships

The ReSIG pre-conference event is titled 'Communicating and Learning from Research' and will be held on Monday 1 April 2019 in Liverpool, UK. More details on what to expect will be available soon. Please click here.

Since 2011, ReSIG has offered different scholarships for its members to attend diverse academic events in the UK and across the world. There is a scholarship for ReSIG members to attend the ReSIG pre-conference event in Liverpool, which provides £200 for travel and expenses and free registration. For more information visit our website.

Applications should be sent to ReSIG scholarship coordinator, Larysa Sanotska. The deadline for application is Monday 3 December 2018.

6-7 December 2018: ReSIG – Latin American event

The 3rd Annual Latin American Conference for Teacher-Research in ELT and 14th PROFILE Symposium will be held at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, in Bogotá.

This event is organized by the Research Group PROFILE, at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and supported by both ReSIG and Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, in Bogotá. ReSIG is supporting the event by providing prospective attendees a scholarship of £200, which would facilitate their attendance to the event. The event will feature a series of poster presentations by teacher-researchers about their research experiences on a broad range of topics around ELT. For further enquiries, please contact the organisers via email here or here.

Ana Ines Salvi and Kenan Dikilitas, Joint ReSIG Coordinators

 

From the Global Issues SIG

Cinema Inspirations Competition

GISIG has joined forces with MaWSIG to bring you a competition that is fun as well as practical. Submit an ELT lesson plan based on a film related to global issues, and you could win free entry to the MaWSIG or GISIG 2019 PCE in Liverpool.

To find out more about how to enter, click here. The deadline is: 30 November 2018.  

1 April 2019: Liverpool IATEFL PCE

GISIG is joining forces with TDSIG next year to organise our pre-conference event at the annual conference. Our event is called Are you a Social Justice Warrior?, and the day will be spent unpacking this term and what its implications are for bringing global issues into our teaching and training. The day will be structured around two plenary speakers and a series of short presentations – three in the morning and three in the afternoon. Each of these presentation slots will be followed by an Open Space discussion, facilitated by our guest presenters.

Find out more about the details of our pre-conference event here.  

HandsUp Project Conference

On Saturday 6 April 2019, immediately after the IATEFL conference, The Hands Up Project will be running its 2nd Annual conference at the University of Westminster in Central London.

It costs just £15 to register for the event and this will include a delicious cooked Palestinian lunch. The event is sponsored by Cambridge University Press, The British Council, and IATEFL GISIG and the speakers will include Alexandra Guzik, Julietta Schoenmann, Linda Ruas, Maricarmen Gamero, Richard Gallen, Sahar Salah, Scott Thornbury and Tony Capstick.

There will also be theatre performances by Palestinian children and from a playback theatre company. Registration details to follow.

 Julietta Schoenmann and Chris Sowton, Joint GISIG Coordinators

From the Inclusive Practises and SEN SIG

24-25 November: Dare to be Different 

This two-day colloquium on Specific Learning Differences is presented by TESOL Greece, BELTA and ourselves. Jam-packed with plenaries and workshops, by some of the best-known speakers in the field, all on the subject of Inclusive Practices and SEN.

Event venue: New York College, 286 Thessalonikis Street, Kallithea, 17778 Athens

To register, please click here.

13 December 2018: Webinar

The webinar which Fabio Filosofi will be presenting on 13 December at 17.00 GMT is titled ‘The representation of individuals with special needs in materials: where are our students?’ 

The focus of this talk is in the area of teacher cognition and is inspired by two main questions: - What do teachers think about the representation of disability within textbooks? - Are we providing sufficient training to deal with textbook, which include images and texts of children and adults with special needs?

In the first part of the session, findings from the first phase of the current research study will be introduced to analyze the challenges and fears expressed by informants on the introduction of inclusive materials. The second part of the session will examine a possible approach to improve the inclusiveness of classroom materials: the theory of the inclusive backdrop. Given the paucity of textbooks that represent disability, teachers may find themselves having to design materials in order to maximize inclusion.

To register, please click here.

Varinder Unlu, IPSEN SIG Coordinator

From the Business English SIG

Now on release – New BESIG digital book

We are delighted to announce that our new digital book, IATEFL BESIG Conference Collection 2012–2017 is now available. It’s a compilation of summaries from the ongoing Conference Selections series which showcases what the series as a whole has to offer our members and business English teachers around the world.

This special open-access publication, which is a fully clickable digital edition, is freely available to all who are interested in business English and related ELT domains. To access and download, please click here.

2 December 2018: BESIG webinar

BESIG will be hosting a webinar titled ‘English for Specific Purposes: English for Finance and Banking’ with Marjorie Rosenberg and Shanthi Cumaraswamy Streat on 2 December 2018 at 15.00 GMT. For more information about the event and the speakers, go to the BESIG Online events page.

BESIG Annual Conference: photos and media

Photos, videos and slides from some of the talks and proceedings at the 31st BESIG Annual Conference, which took place in Iaşi, Romania from 16-18 November, can soon be accessed via the BESIG website.

8-9 February 2019: BESIG strand at IH Barcelona

We are pleased to announce that BESIG will be supporting IH Barcelona's 2019 annual conference with a business English strand. More details are available on the BESIG website.

1 April 2019: Liverpool IATEFL PCE

BESIG will be running a joint pre-conference event with the Teacher Training and Education SIG. The theme is Training (business) English teachers to prepare learners for modern workplaces: Integration of soft skills. More details are available on the conference website

2 April 2019: BESIG Showcase

Join us on Tuesday 2 April at the IATEFL Annual Conference in Liverpool for a day full of talks with a business English focus. 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. Further details of the Showcase talks will be available soon.

BESIG on social media

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

Dana Poklepovic and Evan Frendo, Joint BESIG Coordinators
 

From the Testing Evaluation and Assessment SIG

TEASIG Event: 1-2 November 2018

TEASIG held a joint event with Pearson English on Technology for teachers in assessment – the immediate future in London. We hope to have the presentations from our speakers on the TEASIG website soon. Keep an eye on our Facebook Page or our Twitter account for the announcements.

Social Media

Keep in touch with us via social media: Facebook, Twitter , LinkedIn, and you can also find us on Instagram.

Ceyda Mutlu and Neil Bullock, Joint TEASIG Coordinators

From the English for Specific Purposes SIG

1 April 2019: Liverpool IATEFL PCE

Our theme this year is Quality Assurance in ESP and EAP: Academic and occupational perspectives and we are delighted to be working with EAQUALS and BALEAP for the plenaries.

We are looking forward to receiving your proposals by 30 November 2018 at ESP SIG events.

ESP SIG: scholarship winner

The first IATEFL conference scholarship competition has been held successfully and Milena Tanasjevic from Serbia is our winner. Her presentation ‘Quality Assurance and Curriculum Development in HE Institutions’ will be part of our pre-conference event in Liverpool.

Milena had this to say about winning the scholarship:

I feel honoured and privileged to have been selected to be the scholarship winner. Having worked in the field of ESP for 15 years, I have researched and developed courses in the fields of IT, Management and Design, to be delivered as blended, as well as online courses.  I am looking forward to meeting colleagues working in similar, yet different contexts and sharing ideas and experience. I do believe that events like this one are the corner stone of our professional development, since we get a chance to expand our PLN and learn from each other. 

ESP SIG: call for webinar speakers 

We are putting together a series of ESP webinars (starting in January 2019). If you would like to submit an idea for a webinar, please let us know at ESP SIG events. We look forward to receiving your ideas.

Aysen Guven, ESP SIG Coordinator

From the Materials Writing SIG

1 April 2019: Liverpool IATEFL PCE

Our pre-conference event at Liverpool next year will be a joint event with Lit SIG, the IATEFL Literature Special Interest Group. The pre-conference event is a fantastic opportunity to share expertise and experience in incorporating literary and visual materials into classroom as well as published materials. David Crystal is giving the opening plenary ‘Language BLANK Literature: from Conjunction to Preposition’ in which he argues for the integration of the study of language and the study of literature, by focusing on the notion of linguistic creativity which underlies both. Here’s a taste of what other sessions we’ll be holding throughout the day:

  • Christina Klein Wolf and Edward Wolf will look at choosing Shakespearean extracts and designing materials around them.
  • Cheryl Palin will explore the advice of great writers on their craft, highlighting ways in which we might seek inspiration and nurture creativity, choose content and discover our niche, and develop the habits of our literary heroes.
  • Alan Pulverness will discuss the British Council’s BritLit project, suggesting approaches for writing materials for bringing literature into the EFL classroom and sharing some of the work produced by the teachers inspired by BritLit.
  • Hania Bociek will highlight how learner interaction with paintings can inspire the materials created for/used in your classroom, in both a f2f and digital/virtual environment.
  • Walton Burns and Alice Savage will talk about teaching communication skills with theatre and video scripts.
  • Helen Holwill and Nicola Prentis will explore how to write graded readers, as well as how readers are selected and produced by publishers.

Liverpool 2019 PCE Competition

We are running a competition with the IATEFL Global Issues SIG called ‘Cinema Inspirations’. Submit an ELT lesson plan based on a film related to global issues, and you could win free entry to the MaWSIG/Lit SIG or GISIG/TDSIG 2019 PCE in Liverpool. Full details are on the GISIG website here. Deadline: 30 November.

25 November 2018: What about ...? Webinar series

MaWSIG is organising a series of monthly webinars: the What about ...? webinar series. Each webinar will be led by experts in specific aspects of materials writing. Brian Tomlinson gave the first webinar entitled ‘What about principles for materials development?’ on 8 September and on 13 October Vicky Saumell asked, ‘What about writing digital materials?’ Both webinars, as well as blogs featuring responses to unanswered questions from the webinars, can be viewed on the MaWSIG website here. The next webinar, from Henning Rossa and Karoline Wirbatz, is on 25 November, and they will be asking: ‘What about writing CLIL materials?’ You will receive an email inviting you to join in due course. Look out for news of future webinars in the series.

13 December 2018: MaWSIG Christmas Party

IATEFL members are welcome to join us at our Christmas Party, which will be at the Wig and Pen on George Street in central Oxford, from 6.30 pm. Tickets will go on sale soon.

Vacancy for Finance and Strategy Coordinator

Lewis Lansford has worked hard for the last three years keeping our finances in order, and the time has come for him to hang up his spreadsheets and move on. All MaWSIG members have now received a full job description and an invitation to apply for this role on the vibrant MaWSIG committee. Deadline: 26 November.

 Aleksandra Popovski, MaWSIG Coordinator

From the Literature SIG

1 April 2019: Liverpool IATEFL PCE

Our pre-conference event at Liverpool next year will be a joint event with MaWSIG, the IATEFL Materials Writing Special Interest Group. The pre-conference event is a fantastic opportunity to share expertise and experience in incorporating literary and visual materials into classroom as well as published materials. David Crystal is giving the opening plenary ‘Language BLANK Literature: from Conjunction to Preposition’ in which he argues for the integration of the study of language and the study of literature, by focusing on the notion of linguistic creativity which underlies both. Here’s a taste of what other sessions we’ll be holding throughout the day:

  • Christina Klein Wolf and Edward Wolf will look at choosing Shakespearean extracts and designing materials around them.
  • Cheryl Palin will explore the advice of great writers on their craft, highlighting ways in which we might seek inspiration and nurture creativity, choose content and discover our niche, and develop the habits of our literary heroes.
  • Alan Pulverness will discuss the British Council’s BritLit project, suggesting approaches for writing materials for bringing literature into the EFL classroom and sharing some of the work produced by the teachers inspired by BritLit.
  • Hania Bociek will highlight how learner interaction with paintings can inspire the materials created for/used in your classroom, in both a f2f and digital/virtual environment.
  • Walton Burns and Alice Savage will talk about teaching communication skills with theatre and video scripts.
  • Helen Holwill and Nicola Prentis will explore how to write graded readers, as well as how readers are selected and produced by publishers.

Rob Hill, Lit SIG Coordinator

From the Young Learners and Teenagers SIG

November Guest Blogger

Please visit our November blog post by Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto. She explores age-appropriate ways to use technology in primary ELT. Please leave your comments directly on our blog.

Web Conference Recordings on YouTube

The YLTSIG annual web conference held on 4 November hosted one thousand participants from over 90 countries. We will be uploading the recordings of the thirty 30-minute talks showcasing YL ELT from a variety of countries in The Americas, East Asia, Central and South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, Sub Saharan Africa and Europe. To view the recordings, please visit the YLTSIG YouTube Channel towards the end of November.

YLTSIG at British Council Chile YL Conference

For the second year running, YLTSIG will be supporting the British Council Chile Young Learners Conference in Santiago on 11-12 January 2019 at Universidad Central. This includes a plenary by YLTSIG Online Events Coordinator, Joan Kang Shin and YLTSIG Events Coordinator, Leticia Moreas will be staffing the SIG booth in the exhibition. This is the only conference in the Latin America region annually dedicated to young learners ELT. If you would like to attend, please register here.

1 April 2019: Liverpool IATEFL PCE

The highlight of our events calendar is our pre-conference event at the annual IATEFL Conference. Next year’s theme on 1 April 2019 is Building bridges and finding common ground in TEYLs. The pre-conference event will explore how in many global contexts, pedagogies used in English lessons in pre-schools, primary and secondary schools remain completely separate from the language-driven approaches found in out-of-school English courses delivered by private providers. The event aims to identify common ground and build bridges to enable TEYL practitioners to emulate and integrate best age-appropriate practice from both worlds. As well as the plenary speakers, Janet Enever and Dave Spencer and a number of shorter ‘TED’ style talks, the closing workshop will be facilitated by Virginia Parker. To find out more and register, please visit our website.

David Valente, YLTSIG Coordinator
 

From the Teaching Training and Education SIG

TTEd’s New Logo

We are delighted to present you TTEd’s new logo. As announced in October’s eBulletin, TTEd members chose their favourite logo from designs submitted in our logo competition, which took place in September. The winning design reflects the SIG’s values and principles: being collaborative, reflective, practice-based and welcoming. The winner is Dervis Saltik from Izmir University of Economics.

We congratulate Dervis on his great design and he has won free membership to IATEFL.

New discussion platform

TTEd’s new discussion moderator, Özlem Zengin opened a new platform where we launched our discussion topic, ‘Trainer observations and feedback. Is the CPD model used for teachers transferable to trainers or do we need something more?’, which was open from 25 October -10 November. The TTEd SIG committee has been discussing what to do to attract more audience to these discussions. Any ideas are welcome. Please feel free to suggest ideas emailing us here.

Stay in touch

We now have a Twitter account to help you keep up to date with the SIG: follow us at @iatefl_TTEdSIG. Remember that you can also join us on Facebook, or check out our (soon-to-be-updated) website here.

Burcu Tezcan Unal, TTEd SIG Coordinator

From the Learning Technologies SIG

9 November 2018: LTSIG and CALL-IS online event

The IATEFL LTSIG and TESOL CALL-IS hosted an exciting and interactive online event with a focus on Artificial Intelligence and its role in ELT. It took place on Friday 9 November 2018 and members will have access to the recordings soon. You can read more about the event on our website.

LTSIG strand at IH Barcelona ELT Conference

The IATEFL Learning Technologies SIG is excited to announce its strand at the International House Barcelona ELT Conference to be held between 8-9 February 2019. Our expert line-up includes Nicky Hockly, Pete Sharma, Paul Sweeney, Christina Giannikas, and Sophia Mavridi, who are to address key issues in the field of Learning Technologies. The SIG is also offering a grant to an LTSIG member who wishes to be the ‘LTSIG Roving Reporter’ for the strand. Members can apply for the Roving Reporter scholarship here.

Deadline: 10 December 2018 at 20.00 GMT

1 April 2019: Liverpool IATEFL PCE

Are you keen to innovate by providing timely, interactive and effective feedback? Do you want to find out which tools you can use to do so? Our pre-conference event topic this year is on Digital Feedback, so if you would like to find out how to increase choice, engagement and flexibility with paper-free feedback, and leave with some tools and tasks to do so, come and join LTSIG and the discussion about effective feedback in a digital age. For more information on the pre-conference event, please click here.

Write for us

Remember we are always looking for good content, so do find some time to write for us. Please, contact our Newsletter Editor, Graham Stanley and/or our Webmaster, Phil Longwell with your articles, videos, blogs and ideas on the use of technology in language learning.  

Join our Social Media Groups and Pages

Sophia Mavridi, LTSIG Coordinator

 

From the Learner Autonomy SIG

1 December 2018: PCE Call for Proposals extended

The deadline for proposals for poster presentations has been extended to 1 December 2018.

Presentations should offer suggestions to the overall topic of the pre-conference event, for example, ways in which you have been supported in developing LLA, specific ideas, plans, and strategies for supporting educators in different contexts, research results when it comes to the effect of teacher support for developing LLA. Please send a title as well as a brief summary of your presentation (100-250 words) to Leni Dam by 1 December 2018.

Christian Ludwig, LASIG Coordinator