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Kerstin Okubo





Kerstin Okubo - 'The Forgotten Skill: Building Vocabulary for Spoken Production'

Date and Time:

6 October 2018, 3pm BST

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EAP students have often remarked that their speaking vocabularies remain undeveloped regardless of other progress they made. Time constraints and tight curricula often prohibit the instructors from paying much attention to vocabulary development beyond preparatory vocabulary for listening or reading, or strategy building such as guessing vocabulary from context. Much of this preparatory vocabulary exists just beyond students’ level of comprehension; however, it usually remains inaccessible to the students for their own spoken production.

In order to assist students with building their spoken productive vocabularies without relying on extra source materials, textbook or AWL lists, existing source texts can be exploited by examining a different set of vocabulary than that for reading or listening: a set that exists just within students’ level of comprehension, but not yet utilizable in their speaking.

This webinar will explore ways to move beyond studying only the unknown vocabulary in source material, and exploit authentic sources for vocabulary our students can more readily use. In particular, we will move through the following objectives: an analysis of the problem, engagement with a sample text, introduction of 4 levels of vocabulary, exploiting salient vocabulary for production, activities for building productive vocabulary, and finally, learner outcomes.


Kerstin Okubo has been an ESL professional for more than 20 years. She began her focus on EAP in 2008, and has been teaching at the University of Toronto for the last eight years. Kerstin is currently the Lead Instructor for Academic Listening and Speaking with the University of Toronto’s IFP program.




Future events:

We are always adding extra webinars to our programme so please check back on a regular basis.

Why not also take a look at our "How to" page which has some fantastic resources if you are thinking about attending our conference. If you are an IATEFL member, why not log in to your member area where you can access past webinars (listed below) and our past Web Conference recordings. 

IATEFL SIG Webinars  Our sixteen Special Interest Groups (SIGs) also run their own webinars and online events which aim to give teachers professional development opportunities including the chance to share knowledge and best practices in specific areas of English Language Teaching. Below, you can find a full list of upcoming SIG related webinars. These webinars are free of charge, open to both members and non-members of IATEFL and no pre-registration is required. 

You do not need to register in advance to join the SIG webinars, just click on the link 'Join the live event here' and then:

  • Ensure "Enter as Guest" is selected
  • Enter your name and country
  • Click "Enter room"

We look forward to seeing you online. 

To check the time in your location either click on the date shown underneath each of the webinars or go to   


 lasig Varinder Unlu - 'Self-Organised Learning Environments – do they work?'

21 September 2018, 2.40pm BST

Self-Organised Learning Environments (SOLEs) are created when educators encourage students to work as a community to answer big questions using the Internet. Students are free to organise their own groups and are then asked to present their findings to the rest of the class towards the end of the lesson. The teacher facilitates the presentation, review and feedback session providing encouragement and posing further questions. In this session I will be presenting research findings on the impact of SOLEs and how they can help create a more autonomous and collaborative classroom.

Varinder Unlu has worked in ELT for 26 years in all contexts from private language schools to FE and HE, teaching students of all ages. She has been a DOS/Academic Manager since 2002.  She is currently Academic Manager at Glion Institute of Higher Education. She is also a teacher trainer for both Cambridge CELTA and Trinity TESOL, a materials writer and a conference speaker. She is the coordinator of the Inclusive Practices and SENs IATEFL SIG. 

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 NEW YLT-SIG-TTT-OK-02 Letizia Cinganotto - 'CLIL and learning technologies for a creative learning environment' 

29 September 2018, 2pm BST (1pm GMT)

Content and language integrated learning is an umbrella term for a student-centred creative teaching methodology. When combined with learning technologies, CLIL can be even more interactive and creative. Practical ideas for implementing creative and digital CLIL activities will be provided during the webinar.

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 LAMSIG logo Maria-Araxi Sachpazian - 'Lesson Observations: A flawed tool or an invaluable aid?' 

7 October 2018, 2pm BST

In recent years, lesson observations have developed a rather negative reputation as a rather invasive way which may even impact negatively the students’ learning and undermine the confidence of the teacher. Having said that, lesson observations are perhaps the only way trainers and managers have to see teachers in action and advise them accordingly. This webinar aims to review the practice of lesson observations and examine ways in which it can become a tool that aids the teachers’ development without hindering the students’ learning or making the teachers feel vulnerable and exposed.

Maria Sachpazian BA education / RSA dip/tefl (hons)  is the Academic and Managing Director of Input on Education a company which provides academic, business support and consultancy to Foreign Language Schools. Maria is also a part-time lecturer at City College, the International Faculty of the University of Sheffield and an EFL teacher at the Straight Up Markoyannopoulou schools. Since March 2016 she is also the Chairperson of TESOL Macedonia-Thrace, Northern Greece.   

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 mawsig logo Vicky Saumell - 'What about writing digital materials?'

13 October 2018, 2pm BST

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 besig logo col no strapline Pete Rutherford - 'English for Specific Purposes – Teaching English for Human Resources' 

14 October 2018, 3pm BST

Join us online on Sunday, 14 October, at 2pm UTC (3pm BST) for a webinar titled, “English for Specific Purposes – Teaching English for Human Resources”. 

In our increasingly interconnected and globalising world, human resources professionals often need more English for their jobs. In this online workshop, Pete Rutherford will share teaching ideas and a few personal, hopefully pertinent, anecdotes from his time as an English for HR trainer.

In the second half of the webinar, Pete and the BESIG Online Team will moderate a swap shop where participants can share and discuss the changing HR landscape, teaching tips, best practice, classroom experiences, and materials.

If you would like to contact Pete before the webinar (particularly if you’re interested in contributing to the swap shop component), please email him at

Pete Rutherford has been teaching business English in Europe, primarily Germany, for the last 10 years. Before this he worked in human resources in South Africa. Pete was one of two advisors to Cornelsen for their most recent update to the short course book, “English for Human Resources”

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NEW YLT-SIG-TTT-OK-02  Mike Bilbrough - 'Gesture in the classroom' 

20 October 2018 - time to be confirmed

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 NEW YLT-SIG-TTT-OK-02 Maria Theologidou - 'Creativity and critical thinking in the YL exam class'

27 October 2018 - time to be confirmed

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 TTed Anthony Gaughan

3 November 2018, 2pm GMT

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 NEW YLT-SIG-TTT-OK-02 24 hour web conference 

 4 November 2018 - further details coming soon!


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IATEFL LT SIG and TESOL CALL-IS - 'The Role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in English Language Teaching, Learning and Assessment: Either Friend or Foe?'

9 November 2018, 1pm - 5pm GMT

Artificial intelligence is already a part of our daily lives and there are some serious questions to be considered as to how AI or machine learning can help in class. 

Please join us for a half day online on the topic of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for an interactive event on the pros and cons of AI in class. A heuristic approach to dealing with algorithms and challenges of today and tomorrow.

For more information and to submit a proposal to present at this event, please visit the LTSIG website

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besig logo col no strapline  BESIG Simulcast from Iasi Romania

 16 - 18 November 2018 Further details coming soon!


 IATEFL Webinars SAVE THE DATE! - IATEFL Annual Web Conference 

22, 23 and 24 November 2018. Times and details to be confirmed


 mawsig logo Prof. Henning Rossa & Dr. Karoline Wirbatz - 'What about writing CLIL materials?'

25 November 2018, 2pm GMT

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 IATEFL Webinars David Heathfield - 'Bringing the worlds winter folk tales alive in your students imagination'

1 December 2018, 3pm GMT

This webinar will demonstrate how oral storytelling can bring students' imaginations alive and get them deeply engaged in language learning. The main focus is on listening and speaking and learning about winter folk tales from different cultures. Participants will take away stories and activities to make your classes fun and meaningful as the nights draw in across the Northern Hemisphere and the winter festivals get near. Active prediction, extensive person to person listening, physical and spoken drama activities, creative response and student retelling will all be explored. And you will all get to taste miraculous Christmas cherries. 

David Heathfield is a storyteller/dramaworker and teacher of English from Exeter, UK. He is the author of the Teacher Development book Storytelling With Our Students: Techniques for telling tales from around the world (DELTA Publishing 2014), Spontaneous Speaking: Drama Activities for Confidence and Fluency (DELTA Publishing 2005) and a host of articles and chapters on storytelling and drama in language learning. 


 mawsig logo Dr Catherine Walter - 'What about writing grammar activities?' 

9 December 2018, 2pm GMT

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 IATEFL Webinars Marieke van der Meer - 'Hands on activities to internalise phonetic symbols' 

 5 January 2019, 3pm GMT

Further details coming soon


 mawsig logo Dr Elaine Hodgson - 'What about writing Teacher Guides?'

12 January 2019, 2pm GMT 

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 TTed Lindsay Clandfield 

19 January 2018 - further details coming soon!


 mawsig logo Leo Selivan (Lexical Leo) - 'What about writing vocabulary activities?'

10 February 2019, 2pm GMT

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IATEFL Webinars  Carol Lopes - 'Diversity and inclusion in materials and / or the classroom'

2 March 2019, 3pm GMT

Most textbooks present an anglo-centric, male dominated, middle class utopia” (Luke Prodromou, 1988) – This is the starting point of our discussion, as a way to provoke thought: how far have we come in the last 30 years? More and more we discuss the status of English as a lingua franca, but has this impacted the way we include diversity in our textbooks and classrooms? During the first part of the presentation, I will give some definitions of diversity and briefly discuss the concept of critical intercultural education. I will also invite participants to reflect upon who the people responsible for incorporating diversity in ELT are and its importance for our practice. Finally, I will dedicate the second part of the presentation to showing some steps that have been taken in order to help incorporating diversity in books developed for the Brazilian K-12 market and we will also discuss strategies for the classroom. All the ideas that will be presented can be replicated in different contexts.

Carol Lopes has been working in ELT since 2002. She holds a BA in Languages and started her career as a teacher in private language schools before she moved into publishing. She is currently the Editorial Coordinator of StandFor.


Participants Guide:

All IATEFL webinars are presented using the Adobe Connect platform.

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 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.

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.


In this webinar you will be able to ask Tim Parks questions, and Tim will try to answer as many of them as possible!

To start the ball rolling, the LitSIG committee has already asked Tim three questions (see below). He’ll begin by answering these… and then it’s up to you.


-      “Tim, you’ve taught English literature in Italy for twenty years and more. What special considerations does a teacher have to bear in mind when teaching the literature of a foreign country?”


-      “What about the question of whether we should start with contemporary (or near contemporary) literature, or whether we should insist on beginning with the classics?”


-      “Do you have any tips to suggest for getting young people to read in a foreign language?”


But if you already have questions (perhaps you know Tim’s work or perhaps you are intrigued by his website and FB page), you can send them before the webinar begins through our Facebook page; there’s a special message about Tim Parks’s webinar where you can write your questions. The link to our FB page is: