International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

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September 2018

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We hope you have had some time off from work to relax and are now sufficiently refreshed for the new school/academic year. Over the last few months, our Head Office (HO) staff and volunteers have continued to work hard to bring you the best membership offers and opportunities possible in the lead up to our 53rd Annual Conference and Exhibition in Liverpool. Already, we would like to congratulate all our 23 conference scholarship winners from 17 countries around the world and to thank the Scholarship Committee for their hard work in working through all the applications and selecting the best possible winners. We are also proud to announce a line-up of four outstanding plenary speakers in Liverpool plus a brand new interactive plenary to close the conference. Please read the ‘Head Office news’ section to learn more about the opportunities for professional development at the Liverpool conference.

In the Publications Committee we have been reviewing applications from 11 excellent members, for the role of Conference Selections Editor, and are happy to announce that Deborah Bullock has been appointed to the role. Deborah comes with a great level of editorial experience and sound knowledge of the work of IATEFL and we look forward to working with her over the next few years. We want to seize this opportunity to thank all those who applied for the role and to reassure them that we continue to value their commitment to IATEFL.

There are many exciting events coming your way from our Special Interest Groups in the next few months. Read on to find out more about upcoming SIG webinars and conferences such as those organized by BESIG, GISIG, LASIG and TEASIG. If you are thinking of developing your leadership and professional skills, there are opportunities to join the TEASIG and BESIG committees and share your skills and experiences with like-minded colleagues.

With very best wishes from the Publications Committee,

Harry Kuchah Kuchah, IATEFL Vice President and Chair Publications Committee

From Head Office

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IATEFL Conference 2019

Visit our Conference page for information about our plenary sessions. Follow the link to read the abstracts of each of the sessions, including our brand new closing plenary event 'Future directions in ELT: Where are we headed?', and bios of each speaker and contributor.

Careers Fair

In Liverpool we will be unveiling the new look ‘Careers Fair’ as part of the exhibition. It will be the go to place for everything related to your personal and professional development. Delegates will have the opportunity to sit down and discuss future career options with a mentor, have their CV reviewed and to hear from a variety of speakers in informative ‘How To’ sessions directed at CPD. Delegates will also have the chance to speak to recruiters in person and even arrange job interviews during the conference. Keep your eyes peeled for more information about the Careers Fair on our conference website and on IATEFL’s social media platforms.

Exhibiting at IATEFL Liverpool 2019

Are you looking at new ways of engaging with potential customers? Exhibiting at the IATEFL Conference could open the gateway to directly reaching your target audience at a dedicated ELT event. With academic leads, directors and school owners, along with other key decision influencers, the Conference is the perfect opportunity to network with an active community to showcase your products/services.

Exhibition stand spaces will be launched in early October 2018. For more information on exhibiting in Liverpool, please contact us.


IATEFL would like to announce our newest supporters of Liverpool 2019!  

  • Platinum sponsor: 


  • Bronze sponsors:

 Oxford University Press     Pilgrims

  • Sponsor:


Without our sponsors much of what makes the IATEFL conference great would not be able to happen, and so we would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to each of them for their valued support!

From the Scholarship Committee

Scholarship winners Liverpool 2019

We are pleased to announce that the selection of the scholarship winners for IATEFL Liverpool 2019 is now complete. All applicants have now been informed of the outcome, and the winners have all confirmed their acceptance. We will remain in contact with our winners between now and conference, supporting them in their visa applications and travel and hotel arrangements, if necessary. We would like to thank our teams of volunteer readers, and all applicants for providing the reading panels with such interesting reading. We would also like to thank our sponsors, who put so much into supporting the scholarship scheme.

The 23 scholarship winners for 2019 come from Tunisia, Morocco, Romania, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Russia, Egypt [2 winners] Macedonia, China, Hungary, Ukraine [2 winners] Uruguay [2 winners] Mexico, India [3 winners] Hong Kong, Brazil [2 winners] and Pakistan. For full details, please visit the scholarship page.

We look forward to seeing our winners, and our sponsors, at the Winners’ Gathering in Liverpool.

New Committee Member

Christian Ludwig has joined Scholarship Committee as a new Committee member. We look forward to working with Christian. Eryl Griffiths will step down from Scholarship Committee after the Liverpool conference, but will continue as a reader. We would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Eryl for her many years of tireless work on Scholarship Working Party [now Scholarship Committee] and the boundless energy she has put in to creating and developing the IATEFL Scholarship scheme over the years.

Maureen McGarvey, Chair Scholarship Committee


From the SIGs 

From the Materials Writing SIG

New Joint Events Coordinator

MaWSIG is delighted to welcome Fiona Mauchline to its committee. Fiona joins our busy Joint Events Coordinators, Katherine Bilsborough and Clare Maas, and replaces Phil Bird, who has helped to organize several big events over the past year. 

1 April 2019: Liverpool IATEFL PCE

We are delighted to announce that our pre-conference event at Liverpool next year will be a joint event with LitSIG, the IATEFL Literature Special Interest Group. David Crystal will be giving the opening talk and, although we are still working on the rest of the line-up, we can say that the event will be about incorporating creative materials (including, but not limited to, literature) into teaching materials. We will share more details in the October eBulletin.

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 or GISIG 2019 PCE in Liverpool. Full details are on the GISIG website here.

Aleksandra Popovski, MaWSIG Coordinator

From the Business English SIG

14 October 2018: BESIG webinar

BESIG will be hosting a webinar ‘English for Specific Purposes – teaching English for Human Resources’ with Pete Rutherford on 14 October 2018 at 14.00 GMT. For more information about the event and the speaker, see the BESIG Online events page.

16-18 November 2018: BESIG Annual conference

We are pleased to announce that our second plenary speaker for this year's annual conference in Iasi, Romania is award-winning business English author and researcher Catherine Nickerson of the College of Business, Zayed University (UAE). Catherine will be talking about flipping the business English classroom using mobile technology and a multidimensional approach. 

This year's conference promises to be a bumper event; as well as extending it to two-and-a-half days, we are also including a variety of sessions in addition to the regular talks and plenaries, such as a coaching strand, a debate, a publishers' panel, lesson plan swap shops, and a range of activities to encourage networking among delegates. The programme schedule is available to view on the BESIG website. Online registration is open until 21 October and we will also be accepting registrations on the door.

Call for webinar presenters for 2019

IATEFL BESIG is accepting proposals for our monthly webinars in 2019. If you would like to present, please send your ideas to the BESIG Online Team.

Call for Nominations

This November we will be replacing three committee members whose terms have come to an end. You will soon be receiving an email with the call for nominations.  

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.

BESIG on social media

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

Dana Poklepovic and Evan Frendo, Joint BESIG Coordinators

From the Global Issues SIG

6-7 October 2018: The Image Conference 

The very successful Image Conference takes place again next month in Athens on 6-7 October. This event is an innovative and collaborative project which seeks to explore the possibilities which film, video, images and video games offer to both language teachers and language learners. GISIG has its own strand at the conference on teaching refugees and hosts a range of excellent speakers and topics related to this aspect of teaching. 

Registration for the event is open now. Please go to this link.

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 on this link.

The deadline is 30 November 2018, so you still have time to submit that winning entry. 

Julietta Schoenmann and Chris Sowton, Joint GISIG Coordinators

From the Learner Autonomy SIG

Membership Survey 

We would like to remind you that it is still possible to participate in the LASIG membership survey. For those of you who haven’t participated yet, it would be greatly appreciated if you could take 5 minutes of your time to share your ideas with us by the end of the month. 

21-22 September 2018: LASIG Conference 

There are still a few places available for our upcoming event at Masaryk University Language Centre in Brno, Czech Republic. The title of the conference is The teacher’s role in development of learner autonomy and includes plenaries by Leni Dam, David Little and Libor Štěpánek as well as workshops, sharing sessions, and presentations. Please click here for more info about the event.

21 September 2018: Conference webinar 

Our next webinar is from the LASIG conference in Brno and will take place on 21 September at 13.40 GMT. The title of Varinder Unlu’s talk is 'Self-Organised Learning Environments — do they work?’. Varinder will be presenting her research findings on the impact of self-organised learning environments and illustrate how they can help create more autonomous and collaborative classrooms. For more details, go to this webinar page.

23 November 2018: LASIG conference

Registration is still possible for our next conference in Duisburg-Essen, Germany. The conference is titled Reforming the foreign language classroom – empowering students to take ownership. Please go to the conference website to find out more about the conference. To register for the event, please click here.

Liverpool IATEFL PCE: Call for Proposals 

Next year’s pre-conference event at the 53rd IATEFL conference in Liverpool is titled Supporting educators in developing language learner autonomy and will feature plenary talks by Ema Ushioda, Warwick, and Giovanna Tassinari, Berlin. We now invite proposals for our interactive poster session, relating to the overall topic of this event. Please send a title as well as a brief summary of your presentation (100-250 words) to Leni Dam by 28 October 2018.

Christian Ludwig, LASIG Coordinator

From the Testing, Evaluation and Assessment SIG

9 October 2018: TEASIG Webinar

The next TEASIG webinar will be on Tuesday 9 October 2018 with Caroline Hyde-Simon from Zurich University of Applied Sciences at 16.00 GMT. This webinar will be about ‘To test or not to test – ESP vocabulary as a separate focus?’

More information can be found at the upcoming events section on our SIG website.

1-2 November 2018: TEASIG event

TEASIG will have its late-year event 'Technology for teachers in assessment - the immediate future' together with Pearson English on 1-2 November 2018 at Pearson English Head Office on 80 Strand in London. There will be 4 plenaries, multiple workshops, and a panel discussion given by expert presenters. Some of the workshops will be repeated for the maximum attendance opportunity. There will be no extra fee charges for the workshops, and while registering, you do not have to select any sessions.

Online registration is open now. Early bird bookings are accepted until 30 September 2018 and online booking closes on 21 October 2018.

Plenary Speakers are:

  • David Booth: 'Integrated skills testing and automated scoring ? where are we going?'
  • Larry Davis & Veronica Timpe Laughlin: 'Assessing spoken interaction: How can technology help?'
  • Rose Clesham: 'Teaching to the test- construct relevant and irrelevant approaches'
  • Aylin Ünaldi: 'Automatic Text Analysis in Reading Research and its use in Reading Assessment'

Liverpool IATEFL 2019: Scholarship winner

Congratulations to the TEASIG scholarship winner Mona Mersal. We are looking forward to meeting you in person at our pre-conference event and to listening to your talk on our Showcase day.    

Committee vacancy: Call for candidates

TEASIG still has a vacancy on the committee: we are looking for a Social Media Manager. The ideal candidate should have experience of and have accounts with most commonly used social media. Further details can be found here.

Newsletter: Call for contributions

The Editors welcome contributions from members and non-members of TEASIG alike. 

You can find more details on how to contribute to our newsletter, Testing, Evaluation and Assessment Today and also contact the Editors with any questions you may have. The deadline for the next issue is 30 September 2018, but contributions are welcome at any time.

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Ceyda Mutlu and Neil Bullock, Joint TEASIG Coordinators

From the Learning Technologies SIG

4 October 2018: OLLReN Online conference

Following our recent call for proposals, the LTSIG, in collaboration with OLLReN (Laureate International Universities and Cambridge University Press), are delighted to announce that we have 11 confirmed speakers who are expected to deliver very interesting presentations on 4 October. You can see the programme here.

9 November 2018: LTSIG & CALL-IS online event

The IATEFL LTSIG and TESOL CALL-IS will be hosting an exciting and interactive online event with a focus on Artificial Intelligence, which will take place on Friday 9 November 2018, from 13.00 to 17.00 GMT. You can read more about the event on our website.

Liverpool LTSIG PCE Grant 

The IATEFL LTSIG is thrilled to announce a new grant for our pre-conference event ‘Feedback in a Digital Age’. The grant is to offset conference-related expenses and all LTSIG members are eligible to apply. If you are a member of the LTSIG don’t miss this CPD opportunity. The deadline for applications is 12 November 2018, 17.00 GMT, and the results will be announced by 30 November. Please find more information about the grant and how to apply here.

CyTEA Conference Travel Grant winner

We are happy to announce the winner attending the CyTEA conference in Nicosia, Cyprus on 8-9 December is LTSIG member, Belen Albarracin, from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She will be presenting ‘Students empowerment through the integration of virtual reality’. Belen teaches Global Perspectives in 7th form and coordinates ICT as a Facilitator of Tech in the Classroom at Bayard School. She is a passionate advocate of integrating new technologies to motivate learners and enhance their language learning.

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.

We are also happy to reveal that one of our plenary speakers will be Russell Stannard and the rest of the line-up will be confirmed soon. 

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 Teacher Training and Education SIG

SIG personnel changes

We were pleased to welcome five new faces to the TTEdSIG committee in August. The role of Publicity and Membership Manager is now jointly handled by Matt Ellman and Bahar Gün, Özlem Zengin and Lucy Pereira take over as Discussion List Moderator and Webinar Manager respectively, and Adam Bandstra is our new Treasurer.

To read all about them and the existing committee members, click here.

Design the new TTEdSIG logo

TTEdSIG is looking for innovative ideas as we seek to update our logo. Entries should show that the SIG is reflective, collaborative, practice-based, welcoming and focused on professional development. The winning entry will be adopted as our logo and we are offering one year’s IATEFL membership as a prize. The competition is open to all teachers; entries should be sent to TTEdSIG by 30 September 2018.

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, TTEdSIG Coordinator

From the Literature SIG

1 April 2019: Liverpool IATEFL PCE

We are delighted to confirm that our pre-conference event at Liverpool next year, a joint event with the Materials Writing SIG, is taking shape. The pre-conference event will be about incorporating creative materials (including, but not only, literature) into teaching materials. David Crystal will be giving the opening talk, and we have a full line-up of stimulating and informative sessions for the rest of the day.  

More information is on the IATEFL website and this will be updated month by month.

 Rob Hill, LitSIG Coordinator

From the English for Specific Purposes SIG

Liverpool IATEFL 2019: Scholarship

The ESPSIG is happy to offer a scholarship for a SIG member to attend the IATEFL annual conference in Liverpool 2019. The award consists of registration for the ESPSIG pre-conference event, travel expenses and accommodation costs, up to £700 (upon receipts), and a one-year ESPSIG membership. For more details, please click on our website. To apply, please click here

The submission deadline is 15.00 GMT on Friday 28 September 2018. 

1 April 2019: Liverpool IATEFL PCE

We are delighted to announce our pre-conference event for the IATEFL Conference in Liverpool on 1 April 2019. The theme of our preconference event this year will be to explore ‘Quality Assurance in ESP and EAP - academic and occupational perspectives’.  

We are planning to have an interactive pre-conference event. In the first half of the day, we will have plenary speakers and panellists. Then, in the second half, we want to give all delegates the chance to explore and discuss issues and challenges surrounding quality in ESP and EAP through breakout groups and mini presentations (posters & laptop presentations). Finally, we will bring the day to a close with a plenary round-up session where delegates will have the opportunity to discuss issues ensuing during the day with the plenary speakers.  

Some of the core themes and questions we will explore are:

  • Quality and accreditation in ESP and EAP 
  • Implications and challenges of setting standards in ESP and EAP
  • Does accreditation ensure quality?
  • International versus local accreditation schemes in ESP and EAP

We are looking forward to receiving your presentations, posters and questions regarding this theme. Please email your submissions to our Events Coordinators by 1 November 2018.

Future events

We are planning to implement a series of ESP webinars. If you have any ideas as to topics you would like to see covered, please email Caroline/Agnieszka, our Events Coordinators

We are also in the process of planning other, exciting, international ESPSIG events so keep an eye on our website and Facebook page. 

 Aysen Guven, ESPSIG Coordinator

From the Teacher Development SIG

Developod podcast: Episode 7

Available to everyone soon, this episode centres around the potentially polemic question of how to give and receive feedback within the setting of both official and peer observations of teachers. Christian Tiplady and Matthew Noble introduce ideas for how we may more usefully approach developmental feedback to guide it a non-judgmental way, They incorporate inspiration from fields of research such as ‘Cooperative Development’ and ‘Non-Violent Communication’. You can now subscribe to Developod on iTunes, Stitcher, or where you get your podcasts. Thank you to all our new subscribers. For more information, check out Developod page or Facebook page

Upcoming TDSIG ebulletin issues

For members only, our September ebulletin heads to your inboxes shortly on the topic of ‘TD plan: the months to come!’ A big thank you to all contributors. Speaking of which, we’re looking for short articles, video posts, and answers to some of our guiding questions for our November issue on ‘Experimental TD’, which focuses on new approaches, new activities, or new CPD initiatives. Our featured region for this issue is South America, so we particularly welcome submissions from teachers in this region. Deadline: 23 October. You do not need to be a TDSIG member to contribute. For more information, please see here

1 April 2019: Liverpool IATEFL PCE

Are you a ‘social justice warrior’? We know this question, which implies including social justice issues within ELT materials, can be a polarising discussion, both for teachers and learners. Is it our role to bring issues of social justice into the classroom? How do we develop our own approaches to these types of topics appropriately in varying teaching contexts? At our joint pre-conference event with GISIG, we’re going to explore the ifs, whys, and hows of social justice in our practice by examining how it intersects with teacher development. In the months leading up, we’ll examine the connotations of terms involved and preview types of relevant discussions we aim to have at our pre-conference event. In the meantime, check out the full description on this webpage and register to join us for what promises to be an engaging and illuminating event.

 Tyson Seburn, TDSIG Coordinator