International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

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February 2018

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We hope to see you in Brighton at our annual Conference, 9-13 April. Read on to find out what our Special Interest Groups have got planned for this special event. If you are coming to the Conference and enjoy singing, why not share your passion at our music and songs evening – read on to find out how you can contribute. If you are not able make it to Brighton, be sure to join us online - we’ll be sending the link for the online coverage soon. But before we get there, we have a number of other exciting online events lined up for February – read on to find out what they are.

With best wishes,

Margit Szesztay, President and Chair Publications Committee

From Head Office

IATEFL Annual Conference 2018

Sponsorship and Exhibition

IATEFL Brighton Strategic Partner & Sponsors

IATEFL would like to say a big thank you to our Strategic Partner and Sponsors who are working with us towards Brighton 2018! It is thanks to their continued support that we are able to bring you such an exciting and jam-packed conference again this year! Why not take a look at who our supporters are on the conference website.

If you would like to find out how your organisation can support IATEFL Brighton 2018, please contact our Exhibition and Sponsorship Officer, Leanne Smith.

Exhibition Extended Opening

We don’t want you to miss out on anything while you are at the conference, and so for 2018 we are keeping the exhibition doors open that little bit longer on Tuesday 10 April. After sessions, head to the Exhibition Hall to see all of the latest ‘must haves’ in the world of ELT and speak to industry leading professionals who could support your personal development. The Exhibition will be open until 19:00.

There may even be a few goodies up for grabs!

To see who is exhibiting with us, please visit the conference website.

Annual Conference

Online booking for the conference closes on Thursday 22 March. After this date you will be able to pay online for an existing booking but you will not be able to make any changes or create a new booking. For those unable to book online by the deadline, it will be possible for you to do so on arrival at the conference venue.

The full conference programme will be available to download from the conference website in March and the brand new conference app will be launched at a similar time. Keep checking and our social media for all the latest information.

Conference Committee Announcement

Following a call for volunteers to join our Conference Committee we were delighted by the high number of applications. Thank you to each of them. After a careful review of each application we are delighted to announce that Daniel Xerri was selected.

Health and Safety Notice

We take the safety and security of all delegates, staff and exhibitors very seriously. As part of the Brighton Centres commitment to safety, you will be required to go through a bag check on arrival at the venue, so give yourself a bit of extra time to get through security. Please ensure that you do not have any of the following on you: illegal substances, offensive weapons, fireworks, flares, lasers, dangerous or hazardous items. Please treat our security and stewarding staff with respect and patience; it’s a hard job and they are there for your safety so please cooperate fully with all security checks.

The IATEFL Jobs Fair

Preparations for the 8th annual IATEFL Jobs Fair in Brighton are well underway, and we are looking forward to welcoming employers and jobseekers from all around the world.

The Jobs Fair will be held during the annual conference in Brighton from 10-12 April 2018. It provides employers with an ideal space to recruit highly qualified teachers and English language teaching professionals. Whether you are looking to join us on site and interview candidates at the conference, or simply advertise your roles, the Jobs Fair is a great way to connect with jobseekers in ELT.

Each year we welcome recruiters from the UK, as well as those from across Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. They are seeking a range of qualifications and levels of experience, and the Jobs Fair gives them a chance to meet face to face with candidates.

Recruiter bookings for the IATEFL Jobs Market in Brighton are now open. If you or your colleagues are recruiting in 2018 and would like more information visit this webpage or email us.

If you are job seeking in 2018 be sure to sign up for our Job Alerts and stop by the Jobs Fair at conference. Details for jobseekers can be found here.

‘Songs of love and protest’

For Brighton 2018, IATEFL is organizing an evening of international song on the theme of love and protest, performed by members of the IATEFL community. The evening will be hosted by singer-songwriter (and IATEFL member) Jeremy Harmer

We are looking for members to come and sing songs in English or any other language of the international community we represent.

If you would like to sing we would love to have you – provided that you come with rehearsed, performance-ready material.

The songs can combine the themes or be about one or other of them.

There will be guitars and an electric keyboard available. Performers may, of course, bring their own instruments. Depending on the number of performers singers should get two songs each.

If you would like to perform (and/or if you have any questions you would like us to answer) please send details to Sarah Mount, or Angelos Bollas, by 20 March 2018. If you have video or audio we could listen to/see that would be great, but it is not essential!


From the SIGs

From the Global Issues SIG

 9 April 2018: GISIG PCE, Brighton

We’re excited about our pre-conference event in April about 'Social Justice and ELT through the Visual Arts'. We are looking forward to welcoming presenters and participants on the day.

Visual images can be arresting and powerful. They can provoke strong emotions, engage us critically and sometimes inspire radical action. How might we capitalise on this in our professional lives and exploit visuals effectively in our teaching and training? Come to the GISIG pre-conference event at Brighton, run jointly with the Visual Arts Circle this year, to discover new and innovative ways of exploring themes of social justice through the visual medium.

Click on this link to see our video teaser for our event. You can also find out more details on our website and download a detailed schedule for the day.

WhatsApp mentoring scheme with teachers in Senegal

A small group of GISIG members are partnering with teachers in Dakar, Senegal to share classroom ideas and techniques via WhatsApp. This platform provides an opportunity to discuss aspects of classroom teaching, post pictures/videos of lessons and send links to useful resources. Themes that emerge through this partnering scheme will be taken up by GISIG when it co-hosts a pre-conference event at the Africa TESOL 3rd International Conference from 4-6 May 2018.

Four Corners Summit

Sadly, we have had to postpone our Four Corners summit until the autumn. Details of the event will be sent out nearer the time.

Linda Ruas and Julietta Schoenmann, Joint GISIG Coordinators


From the Business English SIG

4 March 2018: Online Weekend Workshops

On 4 March 2018, at 15.00 GMT, we will hold a swap shop on how to integrate aspects of ESP in our trainings to kick off this stream in our discussion.

9 April 2018: BESIG-ESPSIG Joint PCE, Brighton

The flyer and schedule for our World Café in Brighton are now available to view on the BESIG website. We will be discussing the three key issues of resources and materials, needs analysis and evaluation, and teaching techniques. Our guest facilitators, Laura Hudson, Alan Simpson and Tanja Murphy-Ilibasic, will guide us in our discussions of these issues related to teaching business English and ESP. Registration for the event is via the IATEFL Conference website.

12 April 2018: BESIG Showcase, Brighton

Join us at the IATEFL Conference in Brighton on Thursday, 12 April for a day full of talks with a business English focus. Our speakers come from all over the world – from the UK, Denmark and Germany to the Ukraine, Argentina and Japan. 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. Details of the Showcase are available on the BESIG website.

Summer Events

BESIG will be helping to host two events aimed at BE teachers. The first will take place in Warsaw on 19 May, and will be organized in cooperation with IATEFL Poland BESIG. You can find more details and the call for proposals here. The second is in Tokyo from 8-9 September, and will be co-hosted by the JALT BizCom SIG.

Dana Poklepovic and Evan Frendo, Joint BESIG Coordinators


From the English for Specific Purposes SIG

9 April 2018: BESIG-ESPSIG Joint PCE, Brighton

This year we have teamed up with the BESIG for a World Café pre-conference event, taking place on Monday 9 April 2018 from 10.00 – 17.00. The following people will be facilitating:

  • Laura Hudson (Macmillan Education)
  • Alan Simpson (BESIG Scholarship winner)
  • Tanja Murphy-Ilibasic (BE & ESP trainer & coach)

Reserve your seat now

10 April 2018: ESPSIG Showcase, Brighton

Many congratulations to all those who have been chosen to give papers at this year’s ESP SIG Showcase, taking place on Tuesday 10 April 2018. We are looking forward to a productive, informative day.

10 April 2018: Open Forum celebration for the 50th Edition of the journal

During the Open Forum, we will be celebrating the 50th issue of our ESP SIG journal. Thanks to all those who contributed.

The ESP SIG is also looking for short conference reports (circa 600-800 words) with two to four labelled photographs – if you would like to submit one, please send us an email.

29-30 June 2018: ESP SIG - Zurich University of Applied Sciences joint event ‘Global ESP and technology – crossing the digital divide’

Join us in June for what promises to be an exciting conference. The call for papers is out now – click on our Facebook page or on our homepage for details. We are looking forward to receiving your contributions via email by 16 March 2018. Registration is open now here.

Aysen Guven, ESP Coordinator


From the Young Learners and Teenagers SIG

New Logo and Strapline

We hope members have noticed our new logo on YLTSIG social media. We have made this change to refresh our commemorative 30th anniversary logo and to bring the colours in harmony with the main IATEFL logo. The arrow on the letter G of ‘SIG’ reflects the forward-thinking outlook of YLTSIG. Congratulations to David Dodgson for winning our recent logo competition with his entry, Teaching for Tomorrow Today.

February Guest Blogger

Please visit our February blog post by guest blogger, Zahra Zuhair. She focuses on a topic of relevance to colleagues aiming to develop secondary learners’ initial literacy in English. Feel free to leave comments directly on the post and join the discussion.

22 February 2018: Webinar

We would like to announce our February webinar speaker, Luciana Fernandez, who will focus on best practices in teaching Early Years children. Please join us on 22 February at 15.00 GMT via the YLTSIG Adobe Connect room. The webinar is free and no prior registration is necessary. For more details, see the IATEFL webinar page.

25 February 2018: Twitter Chat

We recently launched our monthly Twitter chat #TEYLTchat on @iatefl_yltsig. Our next chat will be hosted by Social Media Coordinator, Shay Coyne, on Sunday 25 February at midday GMT. The theme of the February Twitter chat will be the United Nations Rights of the Child and how these relate to YL ELT.

9 April 2018: YLTSIG PCE, Brighton

The theme for our 2018 pre-conference event is ‘Children’s rights, children’s future: practical applications in TEYLs’ and focuses on applying the United Nations Rights of the Child and Sustainable Development goals to YL ELT.

Annamaria Pinter and Harry Kuchah Kuchah are our plenary speakers and will unpack the what, why and how of children’s rights and the SDGs. We will build on their plenaries using TED talks by speakers representing early years, primary and secondary ELT. The day will culminate with a debate led by a specialist YL panel including Annamaria Pinter, Harry Kuchah Kuchah, Carol Read, Gail Ellis, Nayr Ibrahim and Katherine Bilsborough.

11 April 2018: YLTSIG Showcase, Brighton

Our Showcase on Wednesday 11 April includes a varied line up representing early years, primary and secondary ELT as well as key issues which concern practitioners today. The morning focuses on early years and will open with Carol Read’s talk, followed with a talk by Tom Beakes and Katy Kelley. Then, our focus will shift to secondary learners, where Sofia Leone’s workshop will explore coaching techniques for teenagers.

The afternoon will explore key issues in TEYLs including interactive platforms for language learning, growth mind set, gender equality, use of L1 and multiculturalism. This comprises talks by Maria Heron and Claudia Mewald, Sophie Handy, Fiona Copland and Ellen Setterfield.

Join us for our Open Forum at the end of the Showcase where following member updates from the SIG Committee, we will host an interactive debate on ‘edutainment in YL ELT’. High levels of delegate participation are guaranteed and we will also be serving bubbles and nibbles. For full details, see the YLTSIG website.

David Valente, YLTSIG Coordinator


From the Materials Writing SIG

10 March 2018: MaWSIG at TESOL-SPAIN

MaWSIG has a special strand running all day on 10 March at TESOL-SPAIN Spain in Madrid. More information about the convention and registration details can be found on the TESOL-SPAIN website. You can register any time up to the start of the conference.

TESOL-SPAIN’s 2018 convention in Madrid is themed ‘The heart in the art of teaching: Weaving language, culture and communities’ and explores the relationship between language learning and culture: read more here.

MaWSIG is delighted to be collaborating with TESOL-SPAIN on this event. The MaWSIG strand will be focussing on creating materials that are socially and culturally inclusive. Our keynote speaker, Clare Maas asks ‘How can research inform our ELT materials writing?’ Clare’s talk translates her insights into accessible advice for anyone writing ELT resources. There are four more MaWSIG sessions that day. Speakers include Jo Tomlinson and Fiona Aish; Kath Bilsborough; Amanda McLoughlin; Jen Dobson and Michelle Worgan. For full details, see the MaWSIG website.

9 April 2018: MaWSIG PCE, Brighton

Our pre-conference event in Brighton (UK) is all about a shift that’s happening in ELT. We’re developing a broader understanding of who our students are, where they are and what they need. English is a global language, and the focus of ELT is no longer on a limited range of learners and settings. This pre-conference event will examine the implications of this shift for materials writers. To what extent do today’s ELT materials reflect the global use of the language?

This pre-conference event brings together five speakers with expertise in different aspects of writing for the world. They will consider the wide range of settings where English is taught and will explore how context affects materials design. Speakers are: Marek Kiczkowiak; Laura Patsko; Romulo Neves; Psyche Kennett; and Julie Day. For more details on speakers and the event, see the MaWSIG website. Register now on the IATEFL website.

11 April 2018: MaWSIG Showcase, Brighton

If you’re at this year’s conference in Brighton, look out for the MaWSIG Showcase, a whole day featuring a range of engaging talks, all with a materials-writing theme. The line-up features Damian Williams, Graham Burton, Heather Buchanan and Julie Norton, David Read, Chris Mares, Julie Moore, Andrew Dilger and Tim Herdon. For more info, click here.

22–23 June 2018: Joint Conference, Oxford, UK

This summer we are co-hosting a face-to-face conference in Oxford (UK) called ‘Materials writing: opportunities and challenges’. It will be at the Harcourt Hill Campus of Oxford Brookes University. Of interest to anyone involved in ELT materials writing, for individual classes or for publication, this conference will give participants the opportunity to network and share ideas on creating the most effective materials for learners of English. Full details on the MaWSIG website soon.

Scholarships:We are happy to be able to offer scholarships to cover full registration for two Master’s-level students and two English language teachers.To apply for one of these scholarships, please send a text of 250 words to Jane Spiro by 18 March 2018 explaining how participating in this conference will be of benefit to you and your career in ELT. You do not need to be a member of MaWSIG to apply for a scholarship, though we would love to welcome you as a new member.

Rachael Roberts and Tania Pattison, MaWSIG Coordinator


From the Learner Autonomy SIG

9 April 2018: LASIG- Research SIG Joint PCE, Brighton

The pre-conference event at Brighton 2018 is entitled ‘Learner autonomy and practitioner research’. In addition to our two plenary speakers, Judith Hanks (UK) and Phil Benson (Australia), we are happy to announce 16 poster presentations, shedding light on aspects related to the issue at hand. The format of this event offers plenty of opportunities for discussions and exchange. Information on the general programme, the keynote speakers, and poster presentations can be found on our website.

Please contact Leni Dam for any questions about the pre-conference event. If you wish to participate, register now on the IATEFL website.

Christian Ludwig, LASIG Coordinator


From the Learning Technologies SIG 

9 April 2018: LTSIG PCE, Brighton

Our next pre-conference event in Brighton promises to give you new insights into Virtual & Augmented Reality projects. Our topic: 'Altered Reality Meets Language Learning’. Our LTSIG has a tradition of holding its pre-conference events on venues outside the main conference buildings, so do book early as there are limited seats.

Our speakers will be Paul Driver, Heike Philp, Tushar Sharma, Sarah Rogerson, Jonathan Dykes and Raquel Ribeiro.

You can register for our LTSIG pre-conference event here.

10 April 2018: LTSIG Showcase, Brighton

Our LTSIG Showcase will be on day one of the annual conference on Tuesday 10 April from 10.40 to 18.10. Here are the session details:

  • Jennifer Dobson: Taking responsibility for safeguarding Primary learners online
  • Sharon Hartle: Just the Word or Word and phrase?
  • Mohammad Etedali: 21st Century Online Tools and L2 Writing: Redefining Literacies
  • Shaun Wilden: Your exits are here, here and here
  • Deborah Healey: Gamifying your classroom: the basics
  • Christina Giannikas: The Facebook effect: usage of social media in elearning programs
  • Gary Motteram: Developing mobile teaching materials for challenging circumstances

The day will end with our Open Forum, where you can find out more about the work of LTSIG and all our member benefits.

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 Teacher Development SIG

24 February 2018: TDSIG Web Carnival

The 3rd Annual TDSIG Web Carnival is coming up on 24 February 2018. It aims to stitch together an informative and inspiring tapestry of TD: stories of success from teachers around the world which will weave a picture of how teacher development is often personalized, always empowering, and never exactly the same in different times and places.

Sinead Laffan and Tyson Seburn, Joint TDSIG Coordinators


From the Research SIG


In January we announced our new joint coordinators, Kenan Dikilitaş, and Ana Inés Salvi as doing a PhD in Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick. We are now pleased to announce that Ana has successfully completed her PhD. Congratulations Dr Salvi!

12-26 February 2018: Online discussion

Dr Judith Hanks will lead our next online discussion ‘Exploratory Practice: integrating research and pedagogy in English for Academic Purposes’ co-moderated by Bee Bond and Kenan Dikilitaş. The relevant articles can be viewed beforehand. Read more.

28 February 2018: Webinar on Exploratory Practice by Judith Hanks

Dr Judith Hanks will lead a webinar entitled ‘Exploratory Practice: integrating research and pedagogy in English for Academic Purposes’. Further details are on the ReSIG website.

Webinar ‘Getting started with action research’ by Emily Edwards

Sincere apologies for advertising the wrong date in January’s e-bulletin, but if you missed it, a recording is now available here.

9 April 2018: Joint ReSIG and LASIG PCE, Brighton

ReSIG and LASIG are holding a joint pre-conference event at the IATEFL Conference in Brighton, titled ‘Learner autonomy and practitioner research’. The event features two plenaries by Phil Benson and Judith Hanks, and 16 poster presentations. Programme and abstracts can be viewed here.

9 April: Scholarship opportunity for ReSIG PCE, Brighton

The Research SIG is offering a £200 scholarship to a ReSIG member in order for them to attend our pre-conference event. Deadline for applications is 5 March 2018.

11 April: ReSIG Showcase, Brighton

Our SIG Showcase this year features no fewer than five talks and two interactive workshops on a range of research themes by speakers from diverse contexts. Read more about the speakers and topics.

Ana Inés Salvi and Kenan Dikilitaş, ReSIG Joint Coordinators