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IATEFL News

December 2018

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Welcome to our very last eBulletin for 2018. We are delighted to bring you news of upcoming professional development events and opportunities around the globe from 13 of our 16 Special Interest Groups, and we hope that you will find something relevant to your current needs and expectations in this edition of the eBulletin.

At IATEFL we are looking forward to 2019 and working hard to make our work relevant and enriching to all our members. Already, we are happy to announce that we have secured some exciting discounts for you this end of year, so why not make the best of these by logging into the Member Area of our website. We are sure the Liverpool conference is at the top of your list for 2019, so we would like to encourage you to make the best of our early-bird rates – the deadline for registering is 10 January 2019. And if you are thinking of finding a new job and/or just developing your career further, our Jobs Market and Careers Fair are the perfect places to go. Find out more about these in the IATEFL Head Office News section below.

Have you already made up your mind about which SIG pre-conference event you want to be part of next year? Why not read the SIG sections in this eBulletin for updates on their respective PCEs as well as news of other upcoming professional development opportunities.

In the months of January and February, four of our SIGs – ReSIG, MaWSIG, ESOL SIG and TTEd SIG – will be running a number of webinars on a variety of ELT-related topics. There are also a number of collaborative face-to-face events coming up early next year involving some of our SIGs: for example, LAMSIG, BESIG and LTSIG will be running special strands at the IH Barcelona conference in February next year, while GISIG will be participating at the 2nd Annual Conference of The Hands Up Project. Outside Europe, the YLT SIG will be collaborating with the British Council at the Young Learner conference in Santiago, Chile.

Finally, we hope you will find the latest publications from BESIG and MaWSIG useful and even more, that you will seize every opportunity to contribute to IATEFL by joining one of our SIG committees in the months ahead.

With very best wishes from the Publications Committee,

Harry Kuchah Kuchah, IATEFL Vice President, Chair Publications Committee

 
From Head Office

Membership

Have you taken advantage of these exclusive offers yet?

Onestopenglish are offering a 10% discount for all IATEFL members but only until 31 Dec 2018, so don’t miss out! There is also a 25% discount on all academic Linguistic and Education books at Bloomsbury.

Why not add a Special Interest Group (SIG) or discounted periodical subscription from the selection of leading ELT publications to your membership today.

Head into 2019 fully prepared: log into the Member Area today for the promotional codes and to shape your membership to suit you!

IATEFL Jobs Market & Careers Fair

We're excited to announce the relaunch of the online IATEFL Jobs Market where you can find job opportunities in the world of English language teaching from across the globe. It's a cost-effective way to get great exposure for vacancies, and job seekers can sign up for job alerts as new posts are added.

The annual conference in Liverpool 2019 will also see a change in format from the previous 'Jobs Fair' to a new 'Careers Fair'. All the existing elements such as recruitment stands, jobs boards, and the ever-popular CV clinic will be added to with career-focussed 'how to' sessions, as well as an advice zone with opportunities to chat to experienced professionals in a range of ELT career areas.

Conference

Don’t forget that the early bird rate for the 2019 Conference ends at 16.00 GMT on Thursday 10 January. Make sure you have booked and paid in full before this time to benefit from the special offer.

The Preview Brochure for the 2019 Conference will be available to download from the conference website from early January 2019. It will contains lots of useful information to help you plan your conference, including a list of the presentations that will be taking place during the week. Keep an eye out for its arrival in the new year.

Exhibition

If you are going to be attending IATEFL Liverpool 2019, make sure you head to the exhibition where you will be able to talk to a wide variety of exhibitors from the world of ELT including course providers, publishers and online service suppliers!

We will also have some fantastic feature areas including our free charging booths, internet station and Pop-Up Stage, which will host interesting short sessions during break times. Don’t forget to also visit our brand new Careers Fair to find out more about your personal development opportunities!

The exhibition is free to enter and will be open in the evening for Monday 1 April’s Exhibition Preview opening and all day from Tuesday 2 April - Thursday 4 April.

We look forward to welcoming you all!

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There are a limited number of sponsorship opportunities still available. If you would like to support the annual conference, please speak to our Sponsorship and Exhibition Officer for further information. 

 

 From the SIGs 

From the Research SIG

28 January 2019: Webinar

We are pleased to announce an upcoming webinar by Christina Gkonou, scheduled for Monday 28 January 2019 at 10.00 GMT on the topic of 'Understanding foreign language learner anxiety’. Full details on the webinar will be available shortly on the IATEFL webinar page.

30 March 2019: ReSIG & Creativity Group joint event

This joint event will be held on Saturday 30 March 2019 from 9.30 – 16.30 at Wolfson College in Oxford, UK. The activities of the day will start from participant experience of spontaneity, through recall, reflection on prior critical incidents, and through activities evoking relevant spontaneity and its observation during the day. At the same time we will explore different inquiry tools for capturing such experience. We aim to develop a discourse of spontaneity in ELT, and a methodology for researching it.

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

Ana Ines Salvi and Kenan Dikilitas, Joint ReSIG Coordinators

 

From the Global Issues SIG

1 April 2019: IATEFL Liverpool 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 two plenary speakers are Steve Brown from the University of the West of Scotland, who will be wondering ‘What’s so funny ‘bout peace, love and understanding?’, and Lizzi Milligan from the University of Bath, who will be discussing ‘The global injustice of English as a Medium of Instruction in low income contexts.’ The international focus of the event is clearly shown by the other speakers, who come from Palestine, Uzbekistan, Qatar, Mexico as well as the UK. 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.

6 April 2019: Hands Up Project Conference

On Saturday 6 April 2019, immediately after the IATEFL conference, The Hands Up Project will be running its 2nd Annual conference. 

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 will be available shortly. 

 Julietta Schoenmann and Chris Sowton, Joint GISIG Coordinators

From the Testing Evaluation and Assessment SIG

Committee news – Social Media Manager

We are happy to announce that we have a new Social Media Manager on our committee: our warm welcome goes to Saeede (Ide) Haghi. We are looking forward to working together with Ide to increase TEASIG’s social media presence. We would also like to thank our previous Social Media Manager, Ceyda Mutlu, for her efforts in building TEASIG’s social media profiles. Ceyda will continue to be on the committee with her role as the Joint Coordinator.

Social Media

We would like to wish everyone a happy new year. We will have more events and webinars coming in the new year, so please follow us on our social media accounts: FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Ceyda Mutlu and Neil Bullock, Joint TEASIG Coordinators

From the Learner Autonomy SIG

1 April 2019: Liverpool IATEFL PCE

Our pre-conference event is titled: ‘Supporting educators in developing language learner autonomy’. The focus for this event is motivated by the fact that the implementation of basic principles of autonomous language learning by practising educators leaves much to be desired. So the crucial question is ‘How can educators best be encouraged and supported?’ Apart from two plenary talks by Ema Ushioda and Giovanna Tassinari, the day will include a workshop run by Jo Mynard and Scott J. Shelton Strong on ‘Affective, cognitive, metacognitive, and practical tools for teachers in promoting learner autonomy’ as well as interactive poster sessions.

A full programme for the day, including abstracts, will soon be available on our website. To register for this event, go to the IATEFL conference page. As in previous years, LASIG will organise a pre-PCE dinner on the evening before for registered participants only. More info about the dinner will follow soon.

Christian Ludwig, LASIG Coordinator

From the Literature SIG

1 April 2019: Liverpool IATEFL PCE

Another reminder that our pre-conference event at Liverpool next year will be a joint event with MaWSIG, the IATEFL Materials Writing Special Interest Group.

The event is a fantastic opportunity to share expertise and experience in incorporating literary and visual materials into the 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 the other sessions we’ll be holding throughout the day:

  • Chris 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 Business English SIG

Iaşi Conference Selections: Call for submissions

After our very successful annual conference in Iaşi, Romania, we are inviting the Iaşi presenters to submit a summary of their workshop or talk for Iaşi 2018 Conference Selections, which is scheduled for release as a digital edition in Spring 2019. 

Submission deadline is: 31 January 2019. For submission details, please go to this BESIG webpage to scroll down and click.

New release – 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.

8-9 February 2019: BESIG strand at IH Barcelona conference

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 2019 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.

11 May 2019: IATEFL Poland

BESIG is pleased to be supporting IATEFL Poland again in holding their second one-day business English event, which will take place in Krakow on Saturday 11 May 2019. Further details and the call for proposals will be available on the BESIG website soon. 

Dana Poklepovic and Evan Frendo, Joint BESIG Coordinators

From the ESOL SIG

Webinars

In January and February, we will hold two webinars by Jeremy Harmer and Scott Thornbury. We will send more information once dates have been finalised soon. Also, please visit our website for more details about webinars.

1 April 2019: Liverpool IATEFL PCE

Please join us on 1 April 2019 for our pre-conference event entitled ‘Meeting Challenges and Exploring Solutions in the ES(O)L Classroom’.  Our SIG consists of tutors, teachers, and academics from around the world who are passionate about all aspects of ES(O)L practice – from teaching to research to policy. The pre-conference event is a chance to meet other ES(O)L practitioners, attend interactive talks and workshops and learn about the work of IATEFL and the ES(O)L group.

Please visit our website for details about the day, including the line-up of speakers and a wonderful opportunity to win a PCE scholarship (free admission to the pre-conference event).

2 April 2019: ESOL SIG Showcase

Registration for the full conference allows you to enjoy our showcase day on Tuesday 2 April 2019. During the day we will hold our Open Forum where you will be able to meet the SIG committee and meet other members. Refreshments will be provided.

Call for contributions: please consider submitting articles for our newsletter, send to ESOL SIG. We want to hear from you.

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

Lesley Painter-Farrell and Oya Karabetca, Joint ESOL SIG Coordinators

From the Learning Technologies SIG

8-9 February 2019: LTSIG strand at IH Barcelona conference

The IATEFL Learning Technologies SIG is excited to announce its strand at the International House Barcelona ELT Conference to be held on 8-9 February 2019. Our expert line up includes Nicky Hockly, Pete Sharma, Paul Sweeney, Christina Giannikas, and Sophia Mavridi, who will 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. LTSIG members will get a 15% discount to attend the conference and can apply for the Roving Reporter scholarship here.

1 April 2019: Liverpool IATEFL PCE

IATEFL LTSIG is thrilled to announce its 2019 pre-conference event full lineup including Angi Malderez, Russell Stannard, Helen Allen and Josh Underwood. Please note that the event is offsite at The Racquet Club Hotel, 5 Chapel Street, Liverpool. Our theme this year is ‘Feedback in a Digital Age’ and the day promises to be both informative and interactive. Beginning with a look at what we mean by feedback, why use it and the various types of feedback that can be delivered, the morning offers a consideration of teacher and technology merits, and how best to marry the two. In the afternoon, delegates will get practical with building e-portfolios of different assessment tools, trying speaking activities with Amazon Alexa/ Google Assistant, plus seeing and sampling tools such as Write & Improve/ Speak & Improve and Corpus Bot. The day will end with round table discussions providing opportunities to discuss experience and best practice with others. Please find more information about our pre-conference event 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 Inclusive Practises and SEN SIG

1 April 2019: Liverpool IATEFL PCE

There are three interactive sessions in our pre-conference event, which will take a creative art form as a starting point and explore its application in the ELT classroom, considering how it can enhance inclusivity. We’ll be looking at ways of using music, drama and storytelling in the language classroom, taking ‘home’ as the central topic of the day. This is a topic which all learners can relate to, but also have very different views of. We will explore how we can embrace this range of experience in the three workshops, and then they will be brought together in a performance including all the participants. The day will also include time for the participants to talk about their own practice and share their experiences.

For more information and booking, visit our website.

Varinder Unlu, IPSEN SIG Coordinator

From the Materials Writing SIG

MaWSIG What about ...? webinar series

MaWSIG has been running a series of monthly webinars since September called What about ...?. Each webinar has been led by an expert or experts in specific aspects of materials writing. Brian Tomlinson gave the first webinar entitled ‘What about principles for materials development?’ in September and in October Vicky Saumell asked, ‘What about writing digital materials?’ In November, Henning Rossa and Karoline Wirbatz asked ‘What about writing CLIL materials?’ We ended the year, on 9 December, with Catherine Walter asking ‘What about writing grammar activities?’ Recordings of the webinars, as well as blogs featuring responses to unanswered questions from the webinars, can be viewed on the MaWSIG website here.

Look out for news of the last two webinars in the series in 2019: on Saturday 12 January 2019 at 14.00 GMT we have Elaine Hodgson asking ‘What about writing Teacher Guides?’ And on Sunday 10 February 2019 at 14.00 GMT Leo Selivan is asking ‘What about writing vocabulary activities?’ Webinars are open to anyone, not just MaWSIG members.

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. MaWSIG members will be receiving a full job description and an invitation to apply for this role on the vibrant MaWSIG committee in January. Give it some thought over Christmas – it’s not onerous and it is fun.

Manuscript: the MaWSIG ebook 2017–18

We are excited to announce that members will receive their copy of the MaWSIG ebook 2017–18 in the new year, in PDF and epub formats. It has a new name – Manuscript – and it features the collated blog posts of 2017 from our website plus write-ups of all of the sessions at our joint conference with Oxford Brookes University in June 2018.

1 April 2019: Liverpool IATEFL PCE

Our pre-conference event at Liverpool next year will be a joint event with Lit SIG, the Literature Special Interest Group. The 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 the other sessions we’ll be holding throughout the day:

  • Chris 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.

 Aleksandra Popovski, MaWSIG Coordinator

From the Young Learners and Teenagers SIG

December Blog Post

Please visit our December blog post which focuses on YLTSIG’s collaboration with the ELT Council at their 7th Annual Conference in October this year. Please leave your comments directly on the blog

11-12 January 2019: YLTSIG at 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 as well as plenaries by Flor Toledo, Fiona Copland, Brian Tomlinson and Jamie Keddie. YLTSIG Joint 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 pre-conference 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, we will feature joint age-specific talks and an open space with Joan Kang Shin, Luciana Fernandez, Shelagh Rixon, Amanda Davies, Dirk Lagerwaard, Bruno Andrade, Leticia Moraes and Simon Pounder. The closing workshop will be facilitated by Virginia Parker. To find out more and register, please visit this webpage.

David Valente, YLTSIG Coordinator

 

From the Teaching Training and Education SIG

1 April 2019: Liverpool IATEFL PCE

TTEd SIG is organising a joint pre-conference event with BESIG entitled ‘Training (Business) English teachers to prepare learners for modern workplaces: Integration of soft skills’. Confirmed speakers of the event are Ben Knight, Gordon Lewis and Ros Wright. This day-long event will start off with the speakers’ short sessions, which will set the tone before the focus groups are constructed to work on tasks interactively. Abstracts can be found here.

19 January 2019: Webinar

The TTEd team are excited to announce our second webinar in this brand new webinar series. Join us and our presenter, Lindsay Clandfield, on Saturday 19 January 2019 at 14:00 GMT. Lindsay will be discussing principles of online task design for teacher trainers and teacher education, and he'll be sharing some practical ideas for online task design. We're all looking forward to seeing you there. More info here.

Upcoming discussion

The TTEd team are happy to announce our second discussion to be initiated this month. Join us on Edmodo (enter group code 427ijh) for the second round discussion as of 20 December 2018. The discussion is on “Teacher Motivation”. What is there beyond teaching? Do teachers want to think beyond the classroom? Do they want to develop? Why?/ Why not?

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 Leadership and Management SIG

8-9 February 2019 - LAMSIG strand at IH Barcelona conference

We’re pleased to announce that LAMSIG’s ongoing partnership with IH Barcelona at its annual conference will continue. The LAMSIG strand will feature Andy Hockley, Ania Kolbuszewska, and George Pickering, with the conference also featuring talks by Antonia Clare, Fiona Thomas, Gerard McLoughlin, Nik Peachey, Nicky Hockly, Pete Sharma, Richard Cauldwell, Scott Thornbury, Sophia Mavridi, Susan Barduhn, and many others.

Check out the conference website for more details as well as all the abstracts of the talks. 

1 April 2019: Liverpool IATEFL PCE

One of the key parts of the management cycle is evaluation.  We start with a vision, use it to help us strategise and set goals and targets, and then think about the standards we would like to achieve. Then we evaluate our success and make changes somewhere in the process. But how best to evaluate?

This pre-conference event entitled ‘Looking backwards, moving forward – Effective evaluation & improvement’ will look at this cycle, with a focus on evaluating what has been done, and using this evaluation in effective planning and implementation.  Would you like to take a step back, look at what you do in your job and how your team / department / school functions, and see if you could be doing it better? Then this day-long workshop is for you

Further details on our website.

Andy Hockley, LAMSIG Coordinator