International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

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May 2019

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Welcome to the May edition of our eBulletin - the first after the Liverpool conference! Whether you attended the conference in person or virtually, we hope you enjoyed meeting old friends and making new ones and that you learned something new or at least reminded yourself of something about the profession. Don’t forget that you can still watch recordings of some of the sessions online.

Away from the Liverpool conference, our Head Office staff and SIG Volunteers have continued to work behind the scenes to bring you a variety of professional development opportunities. In this edition of the eBulletin, you will find news of upcoming face-to-face and online events organised by 13 of our 16 SIGs plus updates of changes and opportunities within the different SIGs.

Happy reading!

With best wishes from all of us at PubsCom,

Harry Kuchah Kuchah, IATEFL President, Chair Publications Committee

From Head Office


Don’t forget to put the dates of next year’s Conference in your diary. We’ll be in Manchester 18-21 April 2020 (with Pre-Conference events on 17 April 2020). Booking will open in June 2019.

Scholarship applications for the 2020 Conference are now open. All the information you need to apply can be found here.

Jobs Market

If you are interested in finding out about new career opportunities in ELT, why not sign up to our ‘job alerts’ mailing list and be the first to hear about the latest job openings through the IATEFL Jobs Market!

Looking to recruit staff? Your organisation can advertise a job vacancy online with IATEFL for just £75.00 (ex. VAT) per month. Find out more and register online to place your advert here.


 From the SIGs 

From the Learner Autonomy SIG

1 June 2019, 10:00 GMT: Webinar: Promoting interaction and dialogue in the university classroom

In this webinar, Anja Burkert will describe how students can be encouraged to get actively and critically involved in their learning, despite the multiple constraints which exist in teaching environments. For further details about how to join this webinar, click here.

6 September 2019: LASIG Conference, Braunschweig, Germany: Reforming the foreign language classroom – empowering students to take ownership

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.

Christian Ludwig and Lawrie Moore-Walter, LASIG Joint Coordinators


From the Inclusive Practices & SEN SIG

New Committee

We are proud to present our new committee as follows:

Coordinator: Anne Margaret Smith
Secretary: Rom Neves
Treasurer: Jana Jilkova
Events coordinator: Anette Igel
Newsletter editor: Anna Pires
Web coordinator: Parisa Mehran
Social Media coordinator: Rachael Harris
Committee member without portfolio: Giovanni Licata

Call for Papers

Breaking Barriers, TESOL Spain’s 43rd Annual National Convention will take place from 6 - 8 March 2020 in Salamanca. There will be a one-day strand on Inclusive Practices, so if you are interested in sending a proposal for a talk or a workshop then check here for details.

Website Update

Thanks to new committee member, Parisa Mehran, our website is undergoing a facelift. Check here for resources, previous editions of our newsletter, details on upcoming events, etc.

Anne Margaret Smith, IP&SEN SIG Coordinator


From the Learning Technologies SIG

Liverpool IATEFL PCE and Showcase

On 1 April 2019, the IATEFL LTSIG held a very successful and informative pre-conference event at the Racquet Club, Liverpool. Our scholarship winner and roving reporter, Serrana Muñiz, wrote extensively about this day and her full write-up was published in our latest newsletter, LT. As she stated, the topic of ‘Feedback in a Digital Age’ was an exciting opportunity for LTSIG members from all over the world to meet in person and exchange ideas on a subject that is key for language learning. Many questions were explored, and some answers provided during the day. Brief highlights, including interviews with the speakers were published on our website.

Our Liverpool CPD scholarship winner, Rafael Webster, also provided a review of the day, which you can read on our website.

Serrana provided excellent coverage of our showcase day in Liverpool, on 3 April as well. Again, her full report is available to members via our newsletter, whilst her review of the Forum on Teaching and Learning online, featuring Susana Galante, Lowri Mair Jones and Maggie Sokolik, is available on our website. There was also a lively, interactive session with Graham Stanley, an analysis of audio podcasts versus video content by Craig Wealand, an exploration of language learning through virtual worlds by Heike Philp and Letizia Cinganotto, and quick wins with technology from Joe Dale.

Members’ Area

The LTSIG committee is delighted to finally have a Members’ Area on our website. Our webmaster, Phil Longwell, has been working behind the scenes on getting this ready, building upon the work that the previous webmaster, Sylvia Guinan, had been doing. Members can find many recordings from Liverpool and a previous AI in ELT event from last November. It has all the recent issues of LT and a full archive of newsletters dating back to CALL Review and the days of MUESLI. This area will be expanding in the future with more event recordings and exclusive content. The password to access this area was revealed to members only via our newsletter LT – sent out at the beginning of May. Please contact with your membership number in case you missed it.

Research Publication

Our upcoming research volume ‘Digital Innovations & Research in Language Learning’ is scheduled 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 for a small fee.

Chasing Motivation

Our latest guest blog post features a scholarly piece of action research in a university language centre in Australia by Henno Kotzé and Ceara McManus. They decided to combine their research interests and efforts to conduct action research into student motivation, and treatments teachers could apply to encourage their students to do more in English in their respective communities.

Write for us

Remember we are always looking for good content, so please do find some time to write for us. You can 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.

In particular, we have two new sections in our Newsletter: ‘My journey in learning technologies’ and ‘Tech it Easy’, for practical lessons showing classroom application of technology. If you’d like to contribute to these, please email Vicky Saumell with your ideas.

Join our Social Media Groups and Pages

Let's make use of our learning technology social media channels to go beyond just 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 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 one another.

Sophia Mavridi, LTSIG Coordinator


From the Testing Evaluation and Assessment SIG


Our May webinar of 2019 followed the theme of our February webinar: the new CEFR Companion Volume. In this month’s webinar, our presenter, Dr. Neus Figueras, talked about the impact of the new Companion Volume on the field of language testing and assessment.

Our next webinar will be in June. Announcements will be made beforehand on our website and our social media accounts.

Testing, Evaluation and Assessment Today

The first issue of our newsletter in its new format and new name will come out towards the end of September. It is already filled with articles from our past events and conferences. However, for the second issue, we would like to ask for your contributions. If you are interested in submitting an article, please take a look at our website for a sample article and the guidelines here. The deadline for submissions is 30 September 2019.

Social Media

Our new Social Media Coordinator, Ide, has done a 30-minute live interview on our Instagram account with our past Joint Coordinator, Neil Bullock. She will continue her InstaLive sessions with other members of our committee, so if you’d like to hear more about us, ask us questions or simply come and hang out with us. Please follow us on our social media accounts, where we announce our upcoming events. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn

2019 Pre-Conference Event

Our pre-conference event plenary speakers in Liverpool have provided us with the slides of their presentations, and these have been uploaded to our website. You can find the slides here.

Upcoming TEASIG Events

We love planning and organising events. We think that having a separate TEASIG event is very important for us to meet with our existing members as well as to identify potential new ones, so if you would like us to plan an event in your area, please let us know by sending us an email. Please note that we cannot organise events without your help, so if you could let us know how you can help us plan and deliver an event in your context, and what you can provide, it would be greatly appreciated. Currently, we are planning our next TEASIG event in the near future, so stay tuned. We will have announcements soon.

Ceyda Mutlu and Mehvar Ergun Turkkan, TEASIG Joint Coordinators


From the Leadership and Management SIG

1 June 2019, 11:00 GMT: Webinar: Understanding teacher development needs – a critical look at teaching qualifications – Gerhard Erasmus

This webinar will look at how to better support novice and experienced teachers by looking at what can realistically be expected of a teacher after having completed an initial qualification like a CELTA or a Trinity Cert TESOL. We will also look at how to support and develop teachers who have undertaken further qualifications such as an MA, DELTA or a Trinity Dip TESOL by looking at what is realistically covered by a course, and how areas of weakness could potentially prove stressful for teachers.

The effect of being responsible for developing teachers while no longer actually teaching will also be explored. Ways of staying on top of new SLA research as well as teaching methodologies will be central to this part of the webinar. Further details can be found here.

7 - 8 June 2019: LAMSIG, Bratislava, Slovakia

In collaboration with the ELT Forum, there will be a dedicated management conference in Bratislava from 7 - 8 June. Speakers at this event include Maureen McGarvey, Silvana Richardson, Loraine Kennedy, Dave Allen, Chris Farrell, Vic Richardson, Michael Carrier, and Olivia Hurbanovav (awarded Lecturer of the Year in Slovakia for 2018). The event is held in tandem with the ELT Forum event which features such speakers as Mario Rinvolucri, Andrew Wright and Alan Maley. Further details can be found here.

Andy Hockley, LAMSIG Coordinator

From the Teacher Training and Education SIG

#IATEFL2019: Thank you!

It was great to meet so many TTEd SIG members at the IATEFL conference in Liverpool last month, and we hope we managed to create a few new converts too! Thank you to all those who helped to make our pre-conference event and SIG Showcase such a success. Look out for highlights from the conference and summaries of the standout sessions on our website soon.

25 May 2019, 14:00 GMT: Webinar with Gabriel Diaz Maggioli

Join us at 14:00 GMT on 25 May when renowned teacher educator Gabriel Diaz Maggioli will be presenting a webinar entitled ‘Planning, managing and implementing INSETT programmes with experienced teachers in mind’. “In this webinar we will use a ‘backward design’ mind frame to explore how to plan, manage and implement professional development of experienced teachers. These are a curious crew as they may sometimes feel that, given their expertise, they have not much more to learn. We will address current challenges and explore potential solutions while opening up options for these teachers to really thrive and embrace their passion.”

You can join the webinar here.

21 - 22 June 2019: Foreign Language Teaching (FLT) Event in Ankara

TTEd SIG is one of the collaborators of this conference which is organized annually under the theme of ‘Unity in Diversity’. The organisers welcome a wide range of topics that are of personal and professional interest to foreign language teachers. To register for the event, please click here. We look forward to seeing some TTEd SIG members at this event when we will be advertising our SIG and our activities to attract more members to the team.

Are you following us yet?

We now have new-look 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, TTEd SIG Coordinator

From the Teacher Development SIG

Developod, Episode 11: Social justice + teacher development

This episode features Eduardo Amos, writer of an award-winning series of course books called Students for Peace (Richmond Publishing). He talks about the philosophy behind the course book, how teachers can be involved, and why peace education is vital in the context of Brazil and worldwide. Listen here and subscribe wherever you get your podcast. PS - Episode 12 will be released shortly, too!

21 June 2019: eBulletin PCE edition, Call for articles

Inspired by our recent pre-conference event in Liverpool with GISIG, we are currently looking for short articles on the topic of ‘Social Justice and Teacher Development’ for our next member eBulletin. For more information, check here.

Tyson Seburn, TDSIG Coordinator

From the Research SIG

Invitation to write an article for ELT Research, the IATEFL Research SIG 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 this link for more information.

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 see here.

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

2 November 2019: Exploring Spontaneity event in Oxford

The IATEFL Research SIG & 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. We aim to develop a discourse of spontaneity in ELT as well as a methodology for researching it.

Fee: £100 (£80 for ReSIG and C group members) including lunch and tea/coffee. For online registration please go to this IATEFL webpage.

Latest ReSIG publication

ReSIG supported the publication of ‘Stories by Teacher Researchers’ in an Online Research Community edited by Aslı Lidice Goktürk Sağlam and Kenan Dikilitaş.

You can find this publication here.

Ana Ines Salvi and Kenan Dikilitas, Joint ReSIG Coordinators

From the Young Learners and Teenagers SIG

Committee Changes

The IATEFL Liverpool Conference marked the third year of the standard three-year IATEFL SIG Committee tenure for the following members:

David Valente, SIG Coordinator
Joan Kang Shin, Online Events Coordinator
David Dodgson, Web Coordinator
Lia Testa Teismann, Joint Events Coordinator

The SIG Committee unanimously voted in support of David Valente’s intention to extend his tenure for a further three years as the SIG Coordinator. The Committee also unanimously voted in support of Joan Kang Shin’s intention to extend her tenure for a further three years in her new role of Joint Publications Editor, with particular responsibility for editing the SIG’s monthly blog posts, publications’ reviews and events’ reports. Joan’s new role involves working closely with Amanda Davies whose title is now Joint Publications Editor, with particular responsibility for the SIG newsletters and special publications.

David Dodgson has decided to step down having successfully led various projects to overhaul the YLTSIG website with excellent results. Lia Testa Teismann has also decided to step down having successfully co-led SIG events in a variety of global locations. Dirk Lagerwaard has also stepped down following a year of service as Social Media Coordinator. This period has seen a significant increase in followers across all SIG social media channels. The Committee unanimously agreed to amalgamate the Web Coordinator role with Sinem Daridere’s Online Events Coordinator role, under the new title of Digital Coordinator.

May Blog Post

Please visit our May blog post by outgoing Web Coordinator, Dave Dodgson, who focuses on reasons for joining YLTSIG. Please leave your comments directly on the blog.

New YouTube Recordings

Please view the latest recordings on the YLTSIG YouTube channel which include sessions from our recent joint conference with the Turkish Teachers Association (TED) in Istanbul:

Plenary: ‘Fresh looks and new angles for teaching teens’ by Chris Roland
Workshop: ‘Structure in the teenage classroom’ by Chris Roland

David Valente, YLTSIG Coordinator

From the English for Speakers of Other Languages SIG

29 May 2019: Webinar

We are happy to announce that on 29 May 2019 at 19:00 GMT, Carol Lethaby will deliver a webinar for the ES(O)L SIG entitled ‘The brains behind the operation: evidence based teaching strategies’. This webinar will address the ways that teachers can enhance learning in the classroom by looking at a variety of research based teaching strategies.

Jeremy Harmer will also present or host a webinar for the SIG in June. Date to be confirmed.

Website update

Pauline Blake-Johnston, our fearless web site designer and moderator, has now added a special page to celebrate ‘champions’ of ES(O)L. This page will recognize the tremendous contributions that ES(O)L teachers have made to the field and who deserve celebrating. We invite you to email us with information about teachers who you would like to nominate.


Please consider submitting articles for our Newsletter, send to

We want to hear from you. Dr. Mike Chick has now joined the editorial team of the ES(O)L Newsletter and will help to design an updated newsletter format.

Finally, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Lesley Painter-Farrell, ES(O)L SIG Cooordinator

From the Literature SIG

Tuesday 21 May 2019, 16:00 GMT: Webinar

LitSIG’s first webinar of 2019 features Chris Walklett, with the intriguing title ‘Zen…and the art of using songs & song lyrics in the classroom’. Chris gave the last talk of the day in our showcase at the IATEFL conference in Liverpool. It was about using songs by The Beatles, and proved to be a hugely enjoyable as well as useful end to the day. On 21 May, Chris will show us more imaginative ways of using songs. See a description of his session here (it’s the second session).

Intrigued? It’s easy to join! Our webinars are free, and no advanced registration is needed: just click on ‘Join the live event’ at the end of the description of the session before 16:00 GMT on Tuesday 21 May 2019.

Call for a committee member

We are seeking a new member for a brand new role, a coordinator for Extensive Reading. The Literature SIG has always promoted Extensive Reading but until now we have not had a committee member dedicated to promoting Extensive Reading. We feel that such a role would be a boon to the work of LitSIG. Further details about how to apply have been emailed to LitSIG members.

Robert Hill, LitSIG Coordinator

From the Materials Writing SIG

Liverpool Pre-Conference Event

MaWSIG’s pre-conference event in Liverpool last month, ‘Creative Arts and Materials Writing’, was organised jointly with IATEFL LitSIG, and the large audience of 95 delegates left very positive feedback. Those of you who couldn’t make it can read write-ups of every pre-conference event talk on our website here. The opening talk was given by Professor David Crystal, followed by a varied roster of MaWSIG and LitSIG speakers: Christina Klein Wolf and Eduardo Wolf, Cheryl Palin, Alan Pulverness, Hania Bociek, Alice Savage and Walton Burns, and Helen Holwill and Nicola Prentis. From mid-May 2019, there will be write-ups on our website of all of the MaWSIG Showcase day presentations.

8 June 2019: Educational Writers’ Group Seminar Day

MaWSIG is collaborating with the Society of Authors for their Educational Writers’ Group Seminar Day - a one-day event in London. There are three really interesting talks including one by Cheryl Palin, representing MaWSIG, with a re-run of her brilliant pre-conference event session ‘Taking a leaf out of the books of great writers’. It’s well worth attending, even if you were at the pre-conference event. See here for more info about the other sessions, and also how to book.

3 July 2019: Joint webinar with TESOL MWIS

A joint webinar with TESOL MWIS – MaWSIG’s equivalent body in the US. The ELT industry has traditionally made clear distinctions between different types of ELT materials, for example, ESL vs EFL; global vs market-specific, or American vs British English. This webinar will take a closer look at the key differences between these distinctions and consider how they influence the content and development process of publishers’ materials, and also whether the distinctions are still relevant today. The speakers are Karen Spiller (freelance) and Sherrise Roehr (Cengage/NGL USA). Registration details to follow.

18 – 19 October 2019: MaWSIG strand at the 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.

Committee vacancy

In July 2019, our publications co-ordinator, James Styring, will be leaving the committee after four years. Would you be interested in taking over this role on the dynamic MaWSIG committee? The role includes curating blog posts, producing an annual ebook for members, writing copy for ebulletins (like this) and Voices magazine, as well as attending regular Skype committee meetings. It’s easier than it sounds, and you get to work with a lively, motivated and interesting committee. The publications team includes Penny Hands (publications assistant co-ordinator – AKA editor) and Nick Tims (website coordinator). You will receive a full job spec and a nomination form in due course. If you want to discuss what the role involves, feel free to contact James directly or via

Aleksandra Popovski Golubovikj, MaWSIG Coordinator

From the Business English SIG

31 May 2019: Submission deadline for BESIG First Time Speaker Scholarship

Every year BESIG offers a scholarship for first time presenters to provide our members the opportunity to give a talk at our annual conference. Don’t miss the chance to apply. Go to this link.

22 June 2019: 3rd IATEFL BESIG Online Symposium

We will be hosting the 3rd IATEFL BESIG Online Symposium on 22 June 2019. For more information about the event and the speakers, see the BESIG Online events page.

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

We are very excited to announce that the 32nd IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference will take place at Wista conventions Adlershof, Berlin. Go to the official information channel to get all the latest information about registration and call for proposals.

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.

Dana Poklepovic and Evan Frendo, Joint BESIG Coordinators