International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

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May 2018

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Welcome to the first issue of our eBulletin after Brighton. It is also the very first eBulletin I am introducing as your Vice President; what a privilege to be able to serve you in this role! As we look forward to our next conference in Liverpool, we are glad to announce a great line up of professional development activities and events which you can follow and/or take part in both online and face-to-face. For a start, if you were unable to attend the Brighton conference, or if you attended and would like to remind yourself of some of the innovative ideas and practices shared at the conference, our Head Office has kindly provided links to these below.

Our Special Interest Groups have also been working tirelessly to put together a range of events to meet the diverse needs of our membership. Read on to see what is lined up for you over the next few months by IATEFL’s LAMSIG, TEASIG, LTSIG, TDSIG, GISIG, BESIG and YLTSIG. As we celebrate the amazing work our special interest groups are doing around the world and explore ways of expanding our circles, I would like to share with you a very big ‘Thank You’ from Africa TESOL to IATEFL’s YLTSIG and GISIG for jointly organising the inaugural pre-conference event of the Pan-African ELT organisation in Dakar on 4 May this year. The feedback has been very positive and indicates that IATEFL is capable of reaching out to practitioners in yet uncharted parts of the world.

We hope you will enjoy reading this issue of Your eBulletin and we look forward to sharing more news and updates with you in the months ahead.

With very best wishes from the Publications Committee,

Harry Kuchah Kuchah, Vice President and Chair Publications Committee

From Head Office

2018 Annual IATEFL Conference review

Back to work after the IATEFL Brighton conference?  Already applying new ideas you learned?

Don’t forget, thanks to our strategic partner, the British Council, you can still enjoy coverage of a variety of the sessions and the plenary talks online via the Teaching English website.

In addition, you can watch interviews with plenary speakers, conference presenters, delegates and IATEFL representatives here.

With overwhelmingly positive delegate feedback, IATEFL would like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to all the delegates, sponsors and exhibitors for making the Brighton conference such a positive experience for all. Your continued support and feedback allows IATEFL to enhance and improve the event each year. We hope to see you in Liverpool in 2019.

2019 Annual IATEFL Conference

The next international IATEFL Conference & Exhibition will be held in Liverpool, UK, from 2 to 5 April 2019. Pre-conference events will be held on Monday 1 April. Further details and the online booking system for delegates and speaker proposal submissions will be on our conference website in mid-June.

Applications for the Liverpool 2019 Conference Scholarships will be open soon. You can view the list of available scholarships online now on our scholarship webpage. Please make sure you read the guidelines carefully for each scholarship and start planning your application text.

The deadline for scholarship applications will be Thursday 12 July 2018 at 15.00 GMT (16.00 BST).

Sponsorship opportunities

Boosting brand visibility & targeted marketing!

The IATEFL Conference and Exhibition is one of the biggest ELT events on the global calendar; providing the perfect platform to engage with a very active market. By sponsoring our conference you could significantly raise your company profile, driving your brand to a wide variety of ELT practitioners.

We are currently working hard to create innovative yet flexible sponsorship packages for IATEFL Liverpool 2019, which is ready to launch in June. Please contact our Sponsorship Officer, Leanne Smith, if you would like more information on these sponsorship opportunities or if you would like to discuss your own collaborative ideas. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled on our conference website and on social media for all of the latest updates.


This year’s conference saw our highest number of attendees to date, with over 3,000 attending our event. Of these, at least 72% of them were looking for new products and services to use within their work. Exhibiting at the Annual IATEFL Conference enables you to connect with these ELT professionals from around the world and build long-term partnerships.

If you are interested in exhibiting in Liverpool 2019, please contact Leanne Smith for further details. Available stand spaces and the full exhibitor manual will be released in October 2018.

News for IATEFL members in the UK – direct debit payment option ending

Due to significantly increasing costs charged to us for offering a direct debit option for IATEFL members in the UK, we have made the decision to discontinue this payment option from June 2018. Members will still be able to pay by bank transfer, cheque, debit and credit card (online or by phoning), or at the Registration Desk at our annual conference.

Claiming tax back on your IATEFL membership

IATEFL has now been recognised by UK tax authorities as an ‘approved professional organisation’ which means that if you pay UK taxes you can reclaim tax on your IATEFL annual membership fee. To find out more and to see if you qualify for this please click here. Please note: IATEFL is listed in the alphabetical list under ‘T’, rather than ‘I’ in the list of approved bodies.


From the Membership Committee

IATEFL Webinar Presentations – 15 June proposal deadline

IATEFL is still accepting proposals from IATEFL members for webinar presentations to be included in our monthly webinar programme. The deadline is 15 June 2018.

We are inviting IATEFL members to submit a proposal to conduct a webinar presentation. Webinar presentations are given voluntarily for educational purposes and speakers are not compensated.

Interested parties should complete the webinar proposal form. Submissions will be considered by IATEFLs webinar team.

Mojca Belak, Chair Membership Committee


2 June 2018: IATEFL webinar

IATEFL President, Margit Szesztay will be presenting on 2 June at 14.00 GMT the next IATEFL webinar, entitled ‘Tapping into the creative potential of groups’. This webinar will focus on a number of activities which build on curiosity and imagination and can encourage learners of English to engage in free-flowing, spontaneous interaction. It will also focus on the role of the teacher to help create the kind of classroom culture that can nurture such creative interaction among group members. Most of the activities are suitable for large classes in state education, as well as smaller groups in language schools.

For more details and to log in on the day go to the IATEFL webinar page.


From the SIGs

From the Leadership and Management SIG

23 May 2018: LAMSIG Webinar

This webinar, titled ‘Using performance indicators to assess institutional effectiveness in ELT’, will be held on 23 May at 16.00 UK time. It will be given by Vinicius Nobre and will look at the relevance of performance indicators in the decision-making process of ELT managers. We will start by discussing what makes a good performance indicator and the contexts in which they can be used. We will move on to look at the resistance that a manager can anticipate in the implementation process, and how to benefit from the information gathered to enhance academic and overall performance. Further details can be found here.

8-9 June 2018: ELT Forum, Bratislava, Slovakia

The 8th international ELT Forum in partnership with LAMSIG will be held on 8-9 June 2018 in Bratislava, Slovakia. The theme for the event is ‘Motivation in teaching and learning’ and we are delighted to inform you that the event has drawn some excellent international speakers on methodologies, such as Andy Hockley, Carol Read, Mike Carrier and Enyedi Ági. Further details can be found here

Andy Hockley, LAMSIG Coordinator


From the Testing, Evaluation and Assessment SIG

5 June 2018: TEASIG Webinar

The next TEASIG webinar will be on Tuesday 5 June 2018 with Christine Coombe at 17.00 UK timeThis webinar will focus on the principles of test design and item construction that underpin good testing practice, but it presupposes no prior knowledge of testing. Participants will be provided with the essential theoretical and practical background that they need to construct their own tests, or to evaluate other tests. The webinar can be accessed here on the day.

TEASIG Committee: Call for Candidates

Following former TEASIG Joint Coordinator Judith Mader becoming the new IATEFL SIG Representative, Ceyda Mutlu has been elected to the role of Joint Coordinator, and TEASIG now has a vacancy on the committee for the post of Social Media Manager. The ideal candidate should have experience of, and have accounts with, the 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 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.

Ceyda Mutlu and Neil Bullock, TEASIG Joint Coordinators


From the Learning Technologies SIG 

Virtual Round Table Web Conference recordings

On Sunday 29 April, the SIG took part in the 10th Virtual Reality symposium. Three of our pre-conference event speakers, Sarah Rogerson, Heike Philp and Raquel Ribeiro, shared their thoughts on the potential of VR/AR in the language classroom, and how to integrate it. In addition, there was a presentation by The Alchemist team of Öznur Özdal and Ege Kumlalı, who presented their educational game which takes advantage of the immersive structure of VR and creates an exciting and unique experience for language learners.

For those who missed it, the recordings are available here:

Sarah Rogerson: The potential for VR and AR in the language classroom (55min)

Raquel Ribeiro: Integrating Virtual Reality to EFL teaching (35min)

Heike Philp: Back to the future: From virtual worlds to virtual reality (24min)

Öznur and Ege: The Alchemist (32min)

Digital Innovations in Language Learning

The IATEFL LTSIG is happy to announce its upcoming publication Digital Innovations in Language Learning. It will be a refereed publication with an ISBN number and will comprise chapters by experts in the field of Digital Technologies. It will be published in 2019 and be broadly promoted internationally. We would like to offer LTSIG members involved with Action Research the opportunity to contribute to the publication by offering two places to the most talented writers. Click here for further information.

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

26 May 2018: TDSIG/ELT Ireland Joint Event

At this joint event in Dublin, we’re tackling the four big challenges of teacher development: engagement, visibility, usefulness, and sustainability through opening and closing plenaries, three workshops, and five short ELTed talks. For more info, please see here.

May-June 2018: Developod and TDLive

Available to everyone, we’ll be releasing the fourth episode of our podcast in May, which includes an interview with our sponsorship winner, Gerhard Erasmus, about his experiences at the IATEFL conference in Brighton. Beyond this we’re hosting our fourth TDLive on Facebook Live in June, where you can interact with us about the impact of learner feedback on our development as teachers. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page  for info.

Call for contributions – eBulletin June issue

We’re looking for short articles, video posts, and answers to some of our guiding questions for our June issue on “TD and learner feedback”. You do not need to be a TDSIG member to contribute. For more information, please see the eBulletin section on our website.

Tyson Seburn, TDSIG Coordinator


From the Global Issues SIG

24 June 2018: Four Corners Summit

Our online event has been rescheduled for Sunday 24 June – more details to follow about speakers and presentations.

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 PCE in Liverpool. To find out more about how to enter, click on the following link.

The deadline is 30 November 2018 so get those entries in over the summer.

Linda Ruas and Julietta Schoenmann, Joint GISIG Coordinators


From the Business English SIG

New Website

We wish to remind you that BESIG's new website is live now. We are migrating the content from the old website. If you need any information related to past conferences, newsletters or old archives you can still go to the old website which will be available until the migration process is over. The new site's design is easily accessible from desktops and any mobile device. We encourage you to visit it and send us your feedback to us at BESIG.

Malta Conference Selections – now available

The IATEFL BESIG Editorial Team is delighted to announce that our latest digital publication, Malta Conference Selections 2017 is now freely available. It is a fully linked and clickable pdf edition. To access and download the Malta conference proceedings, go to the Malta conference webpage and scroll down the page to click.

3 June 2018: BESIG webinar

Join us online on Sunday 3 June at 14.00 GMT for a webinar titled ‘Teaching customer service… with a smile’. Joint coordinator of IATEFL BESIG Online Team Rob Howard will look at ways of teaching exemplary customer service through stories, facts and examples worldwide. You can find more details about the event here.

May webinar recording

The recording of our successful May webinar on ‘The Future of Soft Skills’ by Emma Sue Prince is now available on the BESIG YouTube channel.

BESIG CS – call for volunteers

We’re working on a special edition of the BESIG conference series which will be released as a digital publication later in 2018. The special edition will comprise a selection from the six CS volumes (2012-2017). We have put together a reading committee for the selection, which will be done in June. If you’re interested in helping us compile this special edition, please contact Roy Bicknell by 31 May.

BESIG annual conference – 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. Travel grants will be awarded to the winning entries to enable participation at the event. Details of how to apply are on the BESIG website.

Submission deadline is: 15 July 2018.

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: 31st BESIG Annual Conference

This year's annual conference will take place at the Hotel International in Iasi, Romania. The draft schedule will be published shortly and online registrations will open on 1 July. If you would like to sponsor or exhibit at this event, please get in touch. Further details are on the BESIG website.

Dana Poklepovic and Evan Frendo, Joint BESIG Coordinators


From the Young Learners and Teenagers SIG

Call for Contributors

We are looking for contributors to the upcoming edition of TEYLT Worldwide. This is an international publication with readers in many different countries and educational contexts.

We are looking for articles focused on lesson ideas, classroom practice, teacher development and YL ELT management issues. Each article needs to be framed within one particular YL age range, as follows:

  • Early Years (2 to 5 year olds)
  • Primary (6 to 10 year olds)
  • Lower Secondary (11 to 14 year olds)
  • Upper Secondary (15 to 17 year olds)

If you have an idea for an article, please contact the YLT editor with a proposed title and outline by end May.

May Guest Blogger

Please visit our May blog post by YLTSIG Publications Editor, Amanda Davies. She captures the learning from our Brighton pre-conference event. Featuring summaries of plenaries by Annamaria Pinter and KuchahNnam Kuchah as well as Ted Talks by Gail EllisJen DobsonNayr IbrahimKatherine BilsboroughLaura Jane McWilliamsCarol ReadRachael Pooley and Judy Boyle. Please leave your comments directly on our blog.

26 May 2018: YLTSIG Webinar

We would like to announce our May webinar speaker, Nicky Hockly who will focus on incorporating technology when teaching secondary learners. Join Nicky on 26 May at 14.00 GMT. The webinar will be hosted by YLTSIG Online Events coordinator, Joan Kang Shin. Free to attend via the YLTSIG Adobe Connect room with no prior registration necessary.

30 May 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 30 May at 10.00 GMT. The theme of the Twitter chat will be decided via a Facebook Group poll, so please check our social media and cast your vote.

New Facebook Page

In response to member feedback, we recently launched our new Facebook Page.
Our existing Facebook Public Group will now be dedicated to sharing pedagogical ideas and crowdsourcing among our community. Our new Page will focus on SIG and partner events as well as official IATEFL and Coordinator announcements. Like and follow us here.

Public Access Webinars

The committee members have decided to make the recordings of SIG webinars from September 2017 to present available for public access. These include a range of topics covering early years, primary and secondary ELT. You can find links to these webinars in our Facebook Group, feel free to watch and share with your colleagues.

David Valente, YLTSIG Coordinator