International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

Linking, developing and supporting English Language Teaching professionals worldwide




March 2017

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Welcome to the first issue of our eBulletin after Glasgow. Look for the link to our Flickr feed under Head Office news and revisit some of the special moments of the 2017 IATEFL Conference. As always, you will also find useful information about scholarships, upcoming webinars, conferences, publications and other SIG news. And if your local teacher association is thinking about launching a new project, check out how to apply for funding: the deadline for IATEFL Projects is 31 May, so you need to hurry!

Finally, please help us to spread the word about IATEFL by telling your colleagues about the many exciting professional development opportunities we offer.

With best wishes, 

Margit Szesztay, Vice-President and Chair Publications Committee

From Head Office

Missing the buzz of the IATEFL Glasgow conference?

Check out the IATEFL Flickr feed for a snapshot of our fabulous 2017 4-day ELT professional development extravaganza.

With overwhelmingly positive feedback from our delegates, IATEFL head office would like to send out a big THANK YOU to all of the sponsors and exhibitors: your continued support throughout the years has allowed IATEFL to give delegates a better experience in the conference and exhibition. We’re already looking forward to Brighton in 2018!

2018 Annual IATEFL Conference

Our next international IATEFL Conference & Exhibition will be held in Brighton, UK, from 10 to 13 April. Pre-conference events will be held on Monday 9 April. Details can be found on our conference website with the online booking system for delegates and speaker proposal submissions coming online in late May.


The post-conference issue of Voices will be out in late June. Visit the IATEFL member’s area and check your membership record is up-to-date to continue to receive this publication as well as all the other benefits of being an IATEFL member.

Is your teaching association looking for funding?

There are currently two fantastic opportunities available from IATEFL, allowing us to continue to innovate and broaden IATEFL’s mission to link, develop and support English language teaching professionals worldwide. IATEFL Projects is offering a grant of up to £3,000 and St Giles Educational Trust/IATEFL Teacher Training Placement Award 2017 is offering up to 15 days of teacher training, free of charge. The deadline for these is fast approaching so don’t delay - you have until 31 May 2017.

Get inspired and see how we have helped teachers in Cameroon, India, Cote d’Ivoire and Uzbekistan in recent years.

For more information and details on how to submit an application, please click on the links above which will take you to the website or contact the office here.

From the Scholarship Working Party

Scholarships for the 2018 IATEFL conference 

We are pleased to announce that the information regarding scholarships for the IATEFL Conference 2018 in Brighton is now live on the conference website, here.  Applications will open on Thursday 18 May 2017, and the deadline for submissions is 15.00 GMT (16.00 BST) on Tuesday 18 July 2017. You will be contacted with the result of your application at the beginning of September, so please be sure you keep an eye on your email during that time. 

If you look at the list of scholarships, you can see general guidelines about which scholarship may be most appropriate for you. However, please read the text for each scholarship very carefully, as each one has its own requirements. Every year, our scholarship winners say, ‘I never thought I would win!’ But to win, you have to apply, so please have a good look at the scholarships on offer, and see which one you could apply for. Below are a couple of quotes from past winners: 

‘Apply. Go on – do it!’ With almost exactly these words, a colleague urged me to apply. The result has been joy, sharing, meeting dedicated others like me, and future pathways. So, go on – do it! 

Winning an IATEFL scholarship is an awesome experience and a great privilege for an English language teacher-researcher. I feel that anyone can aspire to win this great award. So, be confident. Go ahead! You may be in the list of scholarship winners next year. 

Please visit the scholarships page and start thinking about which scholarship you might like to apply for. Be sure you also read the FAQs and general guidelines for all scholarships, as well as the information on each individual scholarship you might be interested in. We look forward to receiving your applications!

Maureen McGarvey, Chair Scholarship Working Party


From the SIGs

From the Research SIG

ReSIG Open Access Publication

ReSIG’s latest open access publication consists of a book entitled Developing as an ELT Professional: Stories from the Field. Its editors are Siân Etherington and Mark Daubney.

EVO recordings now available

The recorded presentations from the final round-up session of a ReSIG-supported Electronic Village Online on classroom-based research are now available.

2-3 June 2017: ReSIG Conference

ReSIG’s third annual conference will take place in Istanbul on 2–3 June 2017. The primary goal of the conference is to support the growing international movement of teachers as researchers and knowledge creators for themselves, their students and their schools.

10-12 November 2017: BESIG Conference

The 2017 annual BESIG conference, in cooperation with ReSIG, will take place in Malta on 10-12 November 2017.

Festival of Teacher Research

ReSIG is supporting the International Festival of Teacher Research in ELT. It consists of a number of global events taking place in 2017

Sarah Mercer and Daniel Xerri, Joint ReSIG Coordinators

From the Pronunciation SIG

17 June 12017: PronSIG event

PronSIG is holding a one-day pronunciation event in Cambridge on Saturday 17 June. Plenary speakers are Francis Nolan, Professor of Phonetics, University of Cambridge, and Jonathan Marks, author and teacher-trainer. There will also be a series of eight parallel talks and workshops covering a range of topics from sounds to connected speech, nursery rhymes to digital tools. Full details including online registration can be accessed here.

Wayne Rimmer, PronSIG Coordinator

From the Leadership and Management SIG

22 May 2017: Webinar

On 22 May at 12.00 GMT, Ania Kolbuszewska will be presenting a webinar entitled ‘The Elusive Art of Giving Feedback’. Before you started carrying out classroom observations, chances are you were told to stick to the ‘sandwich’ approach to giving post-observation feedback and you’ll be fine. Chances are also that this didn’t really help.

As a form of communication, feedback is governed by rules which apply to contexts far wider than post-observation alone. In this webinar, we will examine features of successful feedback as well as some of the less obvious, yet essential do’s and don’ts of feedback giving. We will also explore how varying attitudes towards conflict may affect the feedback process and outcome. Finally, we will look at a possible way of gathering information on how successful we are in giving feedback to our staff. Further details can be found here.

Andy Hockley, LAMSIG Coordinator

From the Global Issues SIG

GISIG and refugees

As part of a GISIG project to help train volunteers in Greece, Linda Ruas is going to Thessaloniki for a week at the end of May. She will run training sessions and visit some of the refugee camps. We are liaising with GISIG member Eliza Winnert, who runs the We Are Here community in Nea Kavala. If you would like to donate to this cause, please click here .

We are building up more resources and materials to help with online training, and others from the GISIG team are planning to go to Greece later in the year.

GISIG is also planning an online summit in September and a forum at TESOL France in November.

Linda Ruas and Julietta Schoenmann, GISIG Joint Coordinators


From the Young Learners and Teenagers SIG


Our latest blog post from SIG member, Shay Coyne is all about our IATEFL Glasgow 2017 'Values education' pre-conference event. Please visit the blog and post your comments. Many thanks to Shay.

Summer Newsletter: Call for Contributors

The YLTSIG invites articles for the summer edition of our newsletter on a wide range of topics related to teaching English to children and teenagers. Please contact the editor with a proposed title and outline of the content of your article before submission to check its potential suitability. Please check here for more information and note the end of May deadline.

Have you recently graduated from a TEYLs-related MA or an ELT diploma specialising in YLs? If you have time for a brief interview, we would also be keen to hear from you for our newsletter.

Christina Giannikas and David Valente, YLTSIG Joint Coordinators 


From the Testing Evaluation and Assessment SIG

TEASIG Committee changes

TEASIG has a newly constituted committee, with two co-opted members and one change of role. Maggi Lussi Bell from Switzerland is joining the committee as Joint Newsletter Editor, along with Judith Mader, and Mehtap Ince is the new Events Coordinator. We are still looking for a second member to share the work of the Events Coordinator and will be advertising this position again in due course, but if you are interested, please get in touch for more details. Mehvar Ergun Turkkan has also taken up the role of TEASIG membership secretary.

6 June 2017: TEASIG webinar

The next TEASIG webinar will be on 6 June 2017 at 16.00 GMT. Anna Soltyska will be speaking on 'Malpractice in language assessment: who are you kidding?' This webinar will detail reasons for assessment-related malpractice and show various instances of cheating in high-stakes and low-stakes testing, together with some possible detection methods. Participants will be invited to share their experiences and discuss solutions on how to reduce the risk of malpractice. Find out more about the webinar here.

TEASIG Newsletter: Call for contributions

If you spoke on a testing related-issue at the 2017 IATEFL Annual Conference and would like to send your message to a wider audience, then you might like to submit an article to the TEASIG Newsletter.  The editors welcome contributions of any length from members and non-members of TEASIG alike.

You can find more details on how to contribute to the TEASIG Newsletter here. Please also contact the editors with any questions you may have. The deadline for the next issue is 30 June 2017 but contributions are welcome at any time.

Judith Mader and Neil Bullock, Joint TEASIG Coordinators


From the Learner Autonomy SIG

2-3 June 2017: LASIG Conference

Our next LASIG conference will be held in Graz, Austria on 2-3 June. The event which is entitled Learner Autonomy: Current Practice and Future Developments will be taking stock of what has been achieved so far in the field of language learner autonomy, with an eye also on future possibilities and directions. In this vein, David Little (Trinity College, Dublin), in his opening plenary, will address the question of why learner autonomy today still stands apart from the mainstream. Further plenary/invited speakers are Leni Dam (formerly University College of Copenhagen, former LASIG coordinator), Sarah Mercer (University of Graz, Austria), Annamaria Pinter (University of Warwick, UK) and Marjorie Rosenberg (Freelance, Austria, Vice-President of IATEFL). The conference will also feature two focused workshops and will offer ample opportunity for interaction, especially in the discussion groups on Friday afternoon, formed according to different educational contexts. For registration and more specific information, please go to the conference website.

3 June 2017: LASIG Webinar

The next LASIG webinar will be broadcast live from Graz on 3 June at 09.15 GMT. Annamaria Pinter will be presenting the webinar which is entitled ‘From passive objects of research to active co-researchers: children developing autonomous skills’.She will share her experiences on how to empower primary school learners of English in taking action as active researchers. Examples of tasks and activities linking classroom and real-life learning will be given.The webinar is free both for members and non-members of IATEFL. If you have any questions regarding the webinar, contact Giovanna Tassinari.

Christian Ludwig, LASIG Coordinator


From the English for Specific Purposes SIG

28 October 2017: ESP SIG event

We have a new date for our joint event with the University of Sheffield in order to allow as many of our SIG members as possible to submit papers and join us on the day. Click on this link to access the call for papers and booking information. You can also find all relevant details on our Facebook page. The deadline for abstracts is 20 June 2017. 

ESP SIG digital

Do you have any suggestions as to how our SIG can increase its digital presence? If so, please get in touch, either via our Facebook page or via email. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

Future events

We are currently planning a number of joint events with universities around the world (Greece, UK, Switzerland, Serbia and more). Calls for papers will be announced via the IATEFL SIG events page and on our Facebook page and the ESP SIG web page.  

Aysen Guven ESPSIG Coordinator


From the Learning Technologies SIG 

PCE & LTSIG Day feedback 

The feedback on the 10 minute talks followed by 10 minute rounds (almost like a speed-dating event) format proved extremely popular. Participants reported being delighted with this format which included not just succinctly presented content by the speakers but a great follow-up opportunity to probe further, ask questions and get to know the presenters more.   

Our roving reporter Will Leung – winner of a travel grant – did a wonderful job in recording this experience via video and blog. You can access this content through the following links: 


LTSIG Day Part 1  

LTSIG Day Part 2 

There are many more blog posts on our website including Fiona Price’s winning blog post on how to make infographics, which won her a free place at our pre-conference event. 

Collaborating with the TDSIG 

Learning Technologies and Teacher Development? A match made in heaven. Our collaboration with the Teacher Development SIG was a fantastic experience and to document it, we would like to share most of the moments which appeared on twitter – via Storify. Click here to read tweets, view recorded moments, and the many photographs of colleagues attending this event. 

12-14 October 2017: Malta conference 

We love collaborating with local teacher associations and this year, we are fortunate in having been invited to contribute to the success of the well-established ELT Course Conference in Malta, where we will have an LTSIG strand. 

We put out a call for proposals for two travel grants for the LTSIG strand and received dozens of great proposals. Our panel of judges had a really hard time deciding but here are the names of the two winning talks and the titles of their presentations: 

Graciela Alchini - Mexico - Intercampus course at a university fostering collaboration through technology 

John Arnold - Belgium - Promoting differentiation through technology 

We will be announcing names of other presenters soon, but for the time being, congratulations to our winners, who were awarded 300 GBP each towards their travel costs. 

Write for us 

There is still 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 

Shaun Wilden and Sophia Mavridi, Joint LTSIG Coordinators

From the Business English SIG

25 June 2017: BESIG Online Symposium

BESIG will be hosting its second online summer symposium on Sunday 25 June 2017. This event will be co-hosted with five business communication and business English SIGs from around the world. The symposium’s theme is ‘BESIG(s) around the world’, and aims to link and strengthen business English ties internationally, share best practices across borders, and explore global BE training contexts. Each partner SIG has its own slot on the event’s programme; starting in Japan with JALT BCSIG and moving across the times zones as the day progresses, finally finishing with the day’s finale from APIBA BESIG in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Selected speakers from IATEFL BESIG and its partner BESIGs will lead and present a variety of business English sessions formats which include Q&A discussions, online workshops, webinars and at least one Pecha Kucha. More information about the 2nd IATEFL BESIG Online Symposium is available on our website.

10-12 November 2017: BESIG Conference

We are delighted to announce that our plenary speakers at the BESIG Annual Conference, this year being held in cooperation with ReSIG, will be Helen Spencer-Oatey from the University of Warwick and Alessia Cogo from Goldsmiths, University of London. Helen will be talking about ‘Culture, language and business relations: recent research and practical implications’ and Alessia's talk is titled ‘Business English as a Lingua Franca: from research implications to practical applications’. Online registration for the conference opens on 1 July. Further details are on our website

The David Riley Award

Applications are now being accepted for the prestigious David Riley Award for Innovation in Business English and ESP. More details and the criteria for entering can be found on the dedicated website page.


The Maria Keller Scholarship Award, in memory of the BESIG Treasurer from 1999 to 2002 who passed away in 2007, was won last year by Sherri Williams. This award is for a first-time speaker at the BESIG Annual Conference. A second BESIG award, the BESIG Facilitator Scholarship, went to Rob Howard in 2017. Rob gave an account of how he has contributed to BESIG. Applications are now being accepted for this year's scholarships. Information about them can be found here.

Julia Waldner, BESIG Coordinator