International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

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June 2018

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In the coming weeks you might be caught up in World Cup fever, or football just might not be your thing. Whichever way you stand on this, you can be sure there are lots of fun and professionally enriching activities lined up for you here at IATEFL.

As you know, our next Annual Conference and Exhibition will run from Tuesday 2 - Friday 5 April 2019 in Liverpool and our Head Office staff and volunteers have already been working hard planning ahead. Please read on and visit our conference website to see more about how to submit a conference proposal or apply for one of our conference scholarships.

Our Special Interest Groups (SIGs) have prepared a range of professional development events and resources for you in the next few months. There is so much to explore and reflect on: BESIG developing their social media presence with a new Instagram account; TEASIG releasing their new open access publication; or SIGs seeking further collaboration across the IATEFL community. These are just some examples of what is in store for you. 

Read on to see full details of webinars, podcasts, blogs, mini courses, SIG conferences and conference publications. There are also a number of opportunities for you to support the work of our SIGs by either joining a committee or sharing your skills and expertise, for example by becoming a roving reporter, a blogger or writing for a SIG newsletter. You can find all of this and so much more in the different SIG sections of this eBulletin. 

Enjoy the June eBulletin and keep up the important work you’re all doing for this great community. 

With very best wishes from the Publications Committee,

Harry Kuchah Kuchah, Vice President and Chair Publications Committee

From Head Office

Changes to data protection laws

As we’re sure you’ve noticed, new privacy laws have been introduced, known as GDPR. IATEFL has updated its privacy policy, and updated many aspects of how we operate to ensure we continue to treat member information carefully and appropriately.

When you have a moment, please log in to the member area of the IATEFL website and click ‘Edit your personal information’ to review your preferences, which control the way you receive updates and information from us. We’ll always contact you about key issues such as the AGM, elections and your renewal, but you can decide which other communications you'd like to receive from us.

Member benefits

Did you know that there are plenty of publications to download in the IATEFL member’s area? Download back copies of Conference Selections, Voices, IATEFL SIG publications as well as IATEFL webinar recordings. In addition, don’t forget you can take advantage of substantial savings renewing your ELT periodicals by doing it through IATEFL!

IATEFL Conference 2019

Our 2019 IATEFL Conference will take place in Liverpool, UK, in April 2019.

  • Pre-conference events – Monday 1 April
  • Exhibition (free access) – Monday 1 April (Preview) & Tuesday 2 - Thursday 4 April
  • Conference – Tuesday 2 - Friday 5 April

See the list of available scholarships and apply here.

Deadline for scholarship applications: Thurs 12 July 2018, 15.00 GMT (16.00 BST).

Details and online booking system can be accessed here.

Deadline for speaker proposal submissions: Thurs 13 Sep 2018, 15.00 GMT (16:00 BST).

Month by month we will update our conference website as we plan for the event. In the meantime, why not check out conference-related webinars? This includes Madeleine du Vivier’s webinar on How to write an effective IATEFL conference proposal.


Identifying your key target audience is fundamental to any organisation; but it’s not until you are able to engage with this market that you can hope to be successful. The IATEFL International Conference and Exhibition offers a unique opportunity to connect with ELT professionals from around the world, all in one place.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive the latest information about exhibiting at Liverpool 2019, please contact Leanne Smith.


Watch this space… our sponsorship packages will be released very soon!

IATEFL have been busy creating a whole host of sponsorship opportunities to help you engage with conference delegates and raise your brand’s profile. We understand that no two organisations are alike and so welcome ideas to create bespoke opportunities that best suit your strategies, and help you reap the benefits of your investment.

If you would like to discuss sponsorship ideas you may have or find out more about what IATEFL could offer your organisation, please contact Leanne Smith.


From the SIGs

From the English for Specific Purposes SIG

29-30 June 2018: Joint international conference

Our joint event with Zurich University of Applied Sciences, titled Global ESP and technology – crossing the digital divide, will be held in Zurich, Switzerland at the end of June. Many congratulations to all those who have been selected to present at the conference. The provisional programme is available now on our website and Facebook Events page. Online registration has closed but you can register onsite at the event.

We have four plenary speakers, including Sam McCarter, Carolyn Westbrook, Neil Bullock and Joanna Webb. Keep an eye on our Facebook events page for exciting previews of their talks.

New committee member

We have just appointed Albena Stefanova as PR and Scholarships Manager with a view to creating scholarships for our members to attend our events in the future. Welcome, Albena. You can get in touch with her here.

Future webinars

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 the Events Coordinators.

Aysen Guven, ESP SIG Coordinator


From the Testing, Evaluation and Assessment SIG

Luton Conference Selections – now available

IATEFL TEASIG editorial team is delighted to present you Luton Conference Selections 2017. The theme of the TEASIG Conference in Luton was ‘Building practical assessment skills for teachers’.We would like to thank all contributors for their support in making this publication possible. You can access it here.

IATEFL Liverpool 2019

Each year IATEFL offers a great range of conference scholarships to enable teachers, trainers and other ELT professionals the opportunity to attend the IATEFL Annual conference in the UK.TEASIG offers a scholarship to encourage and support teachers who are involved in testing and assessment. You can find the application guidelines for the TEASIG scholarship here.

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.

TEASIG 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 the TEASIG Newsletter TEASIG newsletter and also contact the Editors with any questions you may have.

The deadline for the next issue is 30 June 2018, but contributions are welcome at any time.

Social Media

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Ceyda Mutlu and Neil Bullock, Joint TEASIG Coordinators


From the Global Issues SIG

Four Corners Summit

This innovative webinar takes place on 24 June at 13.00 GMT - 16.00 GMT. It involves four teachers from different parts of the world sharing their experience of how they tackle global issues in the classroom. The teachers are:

  • Erzsebet Bekes (Ecuador) – ‘Integrating global issues creatively in the English language classroom’
  • Jason Anderson (UK) – ‘Every teacher is an expert: empowering teachers working in low-resource classrooms’
  • Dragana Stegic (Slovenia) – ‘Building bridges across borders’
  • Raja Jendoubi (Tunisia) – ‘Think globally, act locally!’

You can find out more here. 

Voice from Africa competition

GISIG, together with YLTSIG, are running this competition as a follow-up to their joint pre-conference event in Dakar before the Africa TESOL conference in May 2018. We want to encourage teachers to get learners to work with the UN Sustainable Development Goals in class and produce work – writing, poetry, raps or even simple labelled pictures – to reflect their learning. If you teach English in an African country then check out the details of the competition here

The deadline is 30 June 2018 and we are offering a prize of £200 to buy books for your school.

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 pre-conference event in Liverpool. More information about how to enter is available here. The deadline is 30 November 2018 so get those entries in over the summer.

Linda Ruas and Julietta Schoenmann, Joint GISIG Coordinators


From the Teacher Development SIG

Developod Ep. 4

Available to everyone, the latest episode our podcast ‘Developod' has been released and includes an interview with TDSIG founding member Adrian Underhill, who talks about his learning at IATEFL 2018, about emancipatory teaching, and about the difference between communication and expression. You can now subscribe to Developod on iTunes, Stitcher, or where you get your podcasts. For more information, check out our website and Facebook page.

August eBulletin – Call for contributions

We’re looking for short articles, video posts, and answers to some of our guiding questions for our June issue on 'TD for short courses’ by 15 July. You do not need to be a TDSIG member to contribute. For more information, please see our website.

TDSIG Michael Berman Scholarship

As part of the IATEFL scholarship programmes, we are currently accepting applications for the scholarship we offer to attend IATEFL 2019 in Liverpool. It includes registration to the TDSIG pre-conference event, the conference itself, and up to 1000 GBP for related expenses. For more information, please visit the IATEFL website.

Tyson Seburn, TDSIG Coordinator


From the Young Learners and Teenagers SIG

Committee changes

Following a year of service to YLTSIG, our Social Media Coordinator Shay Coyne has decided to step down. She was instrumental in our monthly Twitter Chat and Instagram activities as well as curating our YouTube channel. We wish Shay the very best with her future career in YL ELT.

June Guest Blogger

Please visit our June blog post by Fiona Mauchline. She explores what we can learn from research around the teenage brain in secondary ELT. Please leave your comments directly on the blog here.

The C Group – YLTSIG Collaboration

Between July and December, we will be collaborating with members of The C Group to bring you six creative monthly webinars. These webinars will focus on working creatively with a range of YL ages. Please see YLTSIG’s social media channels for webinar updates. To learn more about The C Group’s work please visit their website.

BRAZ-TESOL Young Learners Mini course

We are supporting the BRAZ-TESOL 16th International Conference from 19 - 22 July in Caxias do Sul, Brazil. We are collaborating with the BRAZ-TESOL YLTSIG to provide a mini professional development course on teaching pre-primary and primary ELT specifically. IATEFL YLTSIG will be represented by Sandie Mourão (sponsored by NILE) and YLTSIG PR Coordinator, Bruno Andrade. If you would like to register, please see the website.

Website Refresh

In response to member feedback, we recently updated and refreshed our SIG website. This includes new CPD tools, upcoming event information, additional content on online safety in YL ELT, member benefits and more. Visit our upgraded website today and please share with your colleagues.

YouTube Channel

We recently made the recordings of SIG webinars from September 2017 onwards available for public access. These include a wide range of topics covering early years, primary and secondary ELT. Subscribe to our free YouTube channel and watch the webinars here.

David Valente, YLTSIG Coordinator


From the Literature SIG

1 April 2019: Liverpool 2019 PCE

We are delighted to announce that our pre-conference event at Liverpool next year will be a joint event with MaWSIG. We are still working on the finer details, but we can say that the pre-conference event will be about incorporating creative materials (including literature) into teaching materials. We will share more details in subsequent eBulletins.

Rob Hill, Lit SIG Coordinator


From the Learning Technologies SIG 

New Committee Members

Following our recent call for nominations, LTSIG is delighted to have welcomed Graham Stanley, Christina Giannikas and Raquel Ribeiro to the committee. Graham, Christina and Raquel, who have been deeply involved in the SIG, were nominated (and stood unopposed) for the positions of Newsletter Editor, Development Administrator and Social Media Manager respectively.

SIG Newsletter – new format

The SIG has launched its Newsletter in a new flipboard format and has received very positive feedback. The new Newsletter includes an interview with Barbara Anna Zielonka, one of the Global Teacher Awards finalists and the recordings of the Virtual Round Table that took place last month. Check your email account for the link to the newsletter.

Diana Eastment Roving Reporter Scholarship

The SIG is offering the Diana Eastment Roving Reporter Scholarship to a lucky LTSIG member. The scholarship will give the winner the opportunity to attend our pre-conference event at the annual IATEFL conference in Liverpool in 2019. The scholarship is supported by LTSIG funds and donations. The award will cover the winner’s registration for the pre-conference event and conference, travel, conference-related expenses, and a one-year IATEFL and LTSIG membership. The closing date for applications is 15.00 GMT (16.00 BST) on Thursday 12 July 2018. Any applications received after this time will not be accepted. You can read more about this scholarship in our website.

3rd Annual Online Conference – Call for papers

In this online event ‘Research into using technology for language learning’, which is jointly organised by LTSIG and OLLReN, 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. You are invited to review presentations from past conferences on the OLLReN website.

Proposals are for 20-minute presentation sessions (plus a 5-minutes Q&A), to be held online in a virtual presentation room. Presenters will also be asked to submit a summary paper of their presentation to be included in this year’s conference book. Priority will be given to proposals which are based on primary research and explicitly address how the findings can be applied to classroom practice.

Deadline for submitting proposals: Monday July 23, 2018 at 17:00 GMT. To submit your proposal, please visit OLLReN 2018 Proposals

A travel grant for the CyTEA Annual Conference

The SIG will be offering a £300 travel grant to a lucky LTSIG member to attend and present at the CyTEA annual conference, which will take place on 8-9 December 2018 in Nicosia, Cyprus. The call for the grant will be shared via the LTSIG newsletter and social media channels in July.

Write for us

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

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

Join our Social Media Groups and Pages

Our Facebook Page for announcements and news

Our Facebook Group for discussions and postings by members

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

Sophia Mavridi, LTSIG Coordinator


From the Business English SIG

BESIG Instagram account

BESIG has launched its official account on Instagram – iatefl_besig. For regular news and updates, you can also follow our official accounts on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

1 July 2018: BESIG webinar

BESIG will be hosting a webinar ‘What is the future of Business English training?’ with Louise Goodman on 1 July 2018 at 14.00 GMT. For more information about the event and the speaker, see the BESIG Online events page.

15 July 2018: Deadline for travel grants

Applications are invited for Roving Reporters and Conference Photographers at the BESIG Annual Conference in Iasi, Romania, from 16-18 November 2018, as well as a Roving Reporter for the JALT BizCom conference in Tokyo, Japan, from 8-9 September. 

Travel grants will be awarded to the winning entries to enable participation at the event. 

Details of how to apply are under the relevant events pages on the BESIG website.

8-9 September 2018: JALT BizCom Conference

BESIG will be supporting the Business Communication Special Interest Group of the Japan Association for Language Teaching in their conference taking place at Toyo University, Tokyo from 8-9 September 2018. Full details are on the JALT BizCom website

16-18 November 2018: BESIG Annual conference

We are pleased to announce that one of the three plenary speakers at our 31st Annual Conference in Iasi, Romania will be Nick Robinson of ELTJam, giving a technological slant on the future of business and of English in business. Many thanks to all those who submitted a proposal for this event. We received 75 proposals in total and we are currently putting together the draft schedule, which will be published shortly. 

Online registration opens on 1 July. If you would like to sponsor or exhibit at this event, please get in touch. Note that the Friday is a full conference day this year, so exhibitor set-up will be on the Thursday evening. Further details are on the BESIG website

Dana Poklepovic and Evan Frendo, Joint BESIG Coordinators


From the Materials Writing SIG

22–23 June 2018: MaWSIG conference

Online sales have just closed but you can still get tickets on the door for this exciting conference organised in conjunction with Oxford Brookes University. ‘Materials writing: opportunities and challenges’ is aimed at anyone and everyone involved in editing and writing ELT materials, both for your own classes as well as for publication. Our themes include materials writing, new directions ELT materials may take in the future, and innovative ways to tackle challenges in the materials creation process. Our keynote speakers are Fiona Mauchline and Michael Kedward. For full details, go to the MaWSIG website.

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. We are still working on the finer details, but we can say that this event will be about incorporating creative materials (including literature) into teaching materials. We will share more details in subsequent eBulletins.

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