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 Jane Seely IATEFL webinar


  Jane Seely - 'Approaches to corrective feedback for Early Career Teachers'

Date and Time:

7 September 2019, 3pm BST

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This webinar will examine Corrective Feedback in the ELT classroom, using recent research into how Early Career/Newly Qualified Teachers approach corrective feedback. As well as exploring how NQTs use corrective feedback, we will also examine which approaches are most effective for learners, and how teachers can choose which approach to take.  This webinar will provide practical instruction for teachers on the topic of Corrective Feedback; an area of ELT classroom talk which many teachers struggle with, throughout their career but especially during the early stages. This webinar will use classroom data from practising NQTs, with research gathered using a Corpus Linguistics/Discourse Analysis methodology.


Jane Seely is currently working as a Teaching Assistant of Linguistics and TESOL  in the University of Limerick, and has been working in ELT since 2010 as a teacher, manager, researcher and consultant. Jane has an M.A in Applied Linguistics and will receive her PhD in Applied Linguistics in 2019 on the topic of "Variations in EFL Teacher Classroom Talk". Her primary research interests are Teacher Classroom Discourse, using Corpora to Enhance Language Learning, and Teacher Cognition.




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Kristen Waechter - 'How the new CEFR can help Business English teachers'





8 September 2019, 3pm UK time

In this webinar, Kirsten Waechter will take a closer look at some new features of the revised CEFR framework for language learning and will explore to what extent it can help BE teachers in their job. The new CEFR now reflects skills and competence in a lot more detail, allowing for better descriptions of competence and skills. Its new categories include intercultural skills, mediation and a closer look at functions of interaction and production, for example in correspondence or teamwork. The extended skills descriptions can be extremely useful when designing a course or setting goals for our learners to achieve and revising whether the goals have been achieved. This webinar will focus on the categories of mediation and intercultural communication to demonstrate how the new descriptors can help us in our work.

Kirsten Waechter has been a business English trainer since 1998 teaching in-company courses. Today she focuses on teaching business communication, ESP and intercultural courses. She is also a materials writer and translator.

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 TEA Further details to be confirmed shortly

24 September 2019, 5pm BST

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ESOL high res 300  Phillida Schellekens - 'Creating effective learning activities in the multi-level classroom' 

26 September 2019, 8pm BST

This is a joint event with NATECLA and will not be presented on the IATEFL Adobe Connect platform. To register for this event, please click here 

In this webinar we will look at the characteristics and contexts that give rise to multi-level language groups and the opportunities and challenges that teachers face. We will look at activities that work well and review the advantages and disadvantages of strategies to meet students' individual needs, aka differentiation. This approach has become very popular and yet is not without its critics. We will explore what research has to say about differentiation and apply John Hattie's meta-analysis on the most effective strategies to multi-level teaching.

Philida Schellekens is an independent consultant, researcher and teacher trainer in the field of language learning and teaching, particularly English language provision for migrants and refugees. More widely, she also provides consulting in EFL, foreign languages, interpreting and translation, and the communication skills of first language English speakers. Philida is an associate inspector in adult and further education, and teaches English part-time at Greenwich Community College, both of which enable her to maintain her perspective on - and direct contact with - language learning at all levels.

Philida is author of the Oxford ESOL Handbook. Other recent publications include: English Language as a Barrier to Employment, Education and Training (2001) DfES; Language in Construction (2004) CITB; and Full on English: The English language needs of ethnic minority people born in the UK (2005) Birmingham & Solihull LSC.


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5 October 2019 

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 TEA Further details to be confirmed shortly 

22 October 2019, 5pm BST

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 NEW YLT-SIG-TTT-OK-02 YLTSIG Annual Web Conference - Opening the ‘YL’ Umbrella: Fostering Age-Appropriate Pedagogies in ELT

25 October, 26 and 27 October 2019

YLTSIG are looking for speakers to participate in their annual web conference. The 2019 conference aims to move away from ‘YL’ as an umbrella term and showcase fresh pedagogies for different age ranges. If you are interested in presenting, please download the call for papers to find out how to get involved.


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Carol Griffiths small Carol Griffiths - 'Good Language Teachers'

2 November 2019, 3pm GMT 

As we all know, teaching is a very demanding profession, for which the hours spent in the classroom are only the tip of the iceberg. It requires the teacher to be autonomous, reflective, interculturally aware, knowledgeable, sensitive to individual differences, and ‘on board’ with all the latest acronyms such as ELF and EMI. In addition, they must be conversant with all the cutting-edge methodologies (including the latest technology), assessment theories and procedures, classroom management practices, and feedback techniques. They must be able to manage relationships and give instruction in strategies, vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, pragmatics or skills. And they must be able to handle all this dynamic complexity without getting burnt out. This webinar will present previously unpublished research and briefly discuss each of these essential aspects of good language teachers, taking a ‘human’ perspective, recognizing that teachers are not just machines, but real human beings, with feelings, needs, identities and lives of their own. The webinar will conclude with recommendations for teachers and teacher educators suggesting some ideas about how to develop the good language teacher.

Dr Carol Griffiths has been a teacher, manager and teacher trainer of ELT for many years. She has taught in many places around the world, including New Zealand, Indonesia, Japan, China, North Korea, Turkey and UK. She has also presented at numerous conferences and published widely, including her books Lessons from Good Language Learners and The Strategy Factor in Successful Language Learning. Individual differences, teacher education and support, English as a medium of instruction, English as a lingua franca, action research, and using literature to teach language are her major areas of research interest. Email: [email protected]. Webpage:



 TEA Further details to be confirmed shortly

26 November 2019, 5pm GMT

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 Maha Hassan Maha Hassan - 'Are you a fair tester?' 

7 December 2019, 3pm GMT

Supervisors and teachers worry a lot when setting exams. Are we going to be fair towards the students? Should tests be difficult or easy? What is the best way to set them?

Testing not only worries supervisors and teachers but students as well. Will I be able to pass it? I can't concentrate on my studies, what should I do?

Is there a relationship between Assessment and Testing? Can this help both teachers and students in dealing with test stress?

In this presentation, Maha will speak about the common elements between Assessment and Testing. She will look at how teachers can put a suitable Formative Assessment system in place for their students throughout the year to help them go through Summative Assessment at the end of the year as smoothly as possible. She will also speak about online and offline tools that can help supervisors and teachers set well balanced exams and help them apply them practically during the session.

Maha Hassan is an Educational Consultant, Teacher Trainer and Founder / CEO of Teaching ESL Hub (formerly Maha ESL Community). She was nominated for the Lead 5050 Women in International Education Award – WIE 2018, for her work as an Academic Director. She has presented at a number of International Conferences including IATEFL, TESOL International Convention-CALL IS EVO 2018, 2019, K12 Online Conference, TD SIG IATEFL, Nile Tesol, LIF (Language in Focus), Tesol Arabia, Global Education Online Conference as well as at Reinventing the Classroom, Learning Revolution Online Conferences, MMCV7 & 8, CO18, CO19 and MMVC18 with Dr. Nellie Deutsche.  She has also had a number of papers published in IATEFL Voices, Pilgrims, A New Contribution to Bloom’s Taxonomy, HEIS International TESOL Newsletter, Nile Tesol Newsletter and She also blogs on: 


 IATEFL Webinars Adrian Underhill - 'SpoSpontaneity: The elephant in the classroom' 

 4 January 2020, 3pm GMT

Planning lessons is a well-known preoccupation in ELT. Yet teachers also realize that much of what is best in the class happens spontaneously in response to the moment. Planning and Preparation are well documented in our methodology. Yet spontaneity has no discourse, is not researched, and remains an undiscussed skill in teacher development.

This webinar will:
1. Examine the concept that a vital part of enacting any plan with professional artistry lies in developing the human creative capacity for spontaneity
2. Illustrate activities that enable participants to identify their own experiences of spontaneity in teaching
3. Provide a forum for live discussion and online responses
4. Investigate ways that participants can explore this further through their own practice

Adrian Underhill is a trainer, consultant, author and speaker. He is a past President of IATEFL, a current IATEFL Ambassador, and the series editor of the Macmillan Books for Teachers. At the moment he is exploring the role of improvisation, spontaneity, playfulness, intuition and personal significance in learning and teaching.


Participants Guide:

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To help you get the most out of attending an IATEFL webinar and to ensure your computer is configured properly, we have put together a Participants guide which should cover most of the frequently asked questions. We hope you find it useful.




Past Events and Recordings:

The recordings of the webinars below and the slides used during their presentations can be found in the members' area of the IATEFL website. Please log in using your membership ID and password and then click on "webinars" to access them.

Ian McMaster - 'From Theory to Practice: Using Business English Tips at Work' (August 2019) 

Follow up to 2019 IATEFL Conference plenary panel discussion with Amol Padwad, Evan Frendo, Katherine Bilsborough and Mercedes Viola - 'Future directions in ELT: where are we headed?' (July 2019)

Hom Raj Khadka - 'Teaching and learning through social networks' (June 2019)

Sarah Mercer - 'Designing language classes and tasks with learner engagement in mind' (May 2019)

Carol Lopes - 'Diversity and inclusion in materials and / or the classroom' (March 2019)

Eugenia Carrión Cantón - 'Puppetry and diversity: Unlocking doors to the mind and the heart in the EFL class' (February 2019)

Heike Philp - 'Webinerds' (January 2019)

David Heathfield - 'Bringing the worlds winter folk tales alive in your students imagination' (December 2018)

Kerstin Okubo - 'The forgotten skill: Building vocabulary for spoken production' (October 2018)

Gerhard Erasmus - 'Developing effective classroom language for teachers with lower English proficiency' (August 2018)

Phil Longwell - 'Mental Health Awareness for Employers within ELT' (July 2018)

Margit Szesztay - 'Tapping into the creative potential of groups' (June 2018)

'From crisis to confidence: how language education is helping women in refugee communities' (May 2018) with presentations and discussion from Chris Sowton, Aleks Palanac, Mike Chick, Chrissie Brunton and Shan Sherwan Hussein

Mercedes Viola - 'Inclusive and equitable quality education in ELT' (March 2018)

Elizabeth Bekes and Marcela Carrasco - 'International English and its Implications for Teaching and Learning' (February 2018) The slides from Elizabeth and Marcela's session are available below or via the member area of the IATEFL website.

Richard Smith - 'Research is for teachers? You muct be joking!' (December 2017)

Mike Harrison - 'Visualising your thinking: ideas for using graphic organisers with learners and teachers' (October 2017)

Laura Patsko - 'Teaching pronunciation for English as a Lingua Franca (ELF)' (September 2017)

Nicola Meldrum - 'How can technology support and facilitate teacher development?' (August 2017)

Fabiana Casella - 'Once you go global, there is no coming back' (July 2017)

Anthony Gaughan - '40 things to do with a text' (6 May 2017)

Chaz Pugliese - 'Creating Motivation, Creating Learning' (18 March 2017)

Agnes Orosz - 'Practical ideas for teaching mixed level groups' (4 February 2017) 

Daniel Xerri - 'A Myriad Views on Creativity' (3 December 2016)

British Council and focus on Language for Resilience (5 November 2016) - read the associated report on Language for Resilience

Anne Margaret Smith - 'Including dyslexic language learners' (10 September 2016) 

David Little - 'Learner autonomy and its implications for the discourse of language teaching and learning' (20 August 2016) 

Nick Bilbrough -'The (second language) play's the thing' (2 July 2016) 

Valéria França - 'How challenging is it to promote change in the classroom?' (11 June 2016) 

Divya Madhavan Brochier - 'Ten truths (and a lie) about EMI' (14 May 2016) 

Mariel Amez - 'An online journey of self awareness (2 April 2016) 

Sinéad Laffan - 'The Cult of Schwa' (20 February 2016) 

Vicki Hollett and Christina Rebuffet-Broadus - 'How to get started making YouTube videos for your students' (23 January 2016) 

Hugh Dellar - 'Following the patterns: colligation and the necessity of a bottom-up approach to grammar' (26 September 2015) 

Nellie Muller Deutsch - 'Action research to improve instruction and learning' (29 August 2015) 

Andrew Cohen - 'Learner strategies for performing intercultural pragmatics' (18 July 2015)

Dorothy Zemach - 'Self-publishing ELT materials' (27 June 2015)

Charles Hadfield - 'Creative Grammar' (30 May 2015)

Rebecca Oxford - 'Positive Psychology in Language Learning: The Role of Hope, Optimism, and Resilience in Learners' Stories' (18 April 2015)

Jamie Keddie - 'Storytelling in the classroom' (14 March 2015)

Shelly Sanchez Terrell - 'Get Them Speaking & Learning with Digital Icebreakers' (28 February 2015)

Leo Selivan - 'Quizlet: more than just flashcards' (24 January 2015)

Nik Peachey - 'Getting the most out of online video resources' (31 August 2014) 

Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto - 'The Lives of English Language Teachers', (19 July 2014)

Jill Hadfield - 'Motivation, Imagination and L2 Identity' (31 May 2014)

Sugata Mitra - ' Questions and answers with Sugata Mitra' (19 April 2014)

Penny Ur -  ‘Using higher order thinking skills’ (22 June 2013)



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 YouTube-logo-full color You can also find the following recordings on the IATEFL YouTube channel, IATEFLtalks

Fiona Dunlop - 'Accessing CPD' (30 November 2014)

Susan Hillyard - 'Challenging ELT: Challenging Methodology to Reach Challenging English Language Learners' (27 September 2014)

Lindsay Clandfield - 'What's hot, and what's not in coursebooks?' (21 June 2014)

Professor Ron Carter - 'Internet English: the changing English language and its implications for teaching' (26 April 2014) 

Felicity O'Dell - 'Onesies and selfies: keeping up-to-date with new English words and expressions' (22 March 2014)

Mike McCarthy - 'Spoken Fluency Revisited' (22 February 2014) The link to Mike McCarthy's article published in the English Profile Journal can be found here

Tessa Woodward - ‘Enjoying personal and professional creativity’ (31 January 2014)

Scott Thornbury - ''Fossilization: Is it terminal?' (30 November 2013)

Vicki Hollett - 'Learning to speak 'merican (19 October 2013) 

Vicki was kind enough to answer on her blog some of the questions that came in during her session. The link to these can be found here:

Adrian Underhill - 'The Jazz of Teaching and Learning' (14 September 2013)

Claudia Ferradas PhD - 'Reading across cultures: literature for intercultural awareness' (31 August 2013)

Jeremy Harmer - 'Yes, but why do we need teachers at all' (27 July 2013)

Professor David Crystal - ‘Questions about language with David Crystal’ (25 May 2013)

Professor Crystal also kindly answered questions on his blog which came in during the session. 

You can find those here:


ELT Event Calendar

If you are interested in finding out about other ELT related face to face and online events, why not visit the ELT Event Calendar? This is a website run by Tyson Seburn, joint coordinator of the TDSIG, which crowd sources professional devleopment opportunities from around the world. If you are holding an event which is not yet on the calendar, let him know via the ELT Calendar page.