Meet IATEFL's 16 Special Interest Groups

BESIG represents the interests and needs of the international business English teaching community. We offer - both online and offline - a stimulating annual conference as well as other face-to-face events, regular newsletters, webinars and weekend online workshops. We also offer an expanding list of high quality members-only resources including awards and scholarships.

Coordinated by Rob Howard and Maria Szugfil

The focus of this group is on English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), also known as English as a Second Language (ESL). Our main interest is language learners, including refugees, asylum seekers or migrant workers, who have come to settle in a country where English is the major or predominant language. Our aim is to promote effective language learning opportunities and to exchange ideas for best practice across different countries and educational systems.

Coordinated by Lesley Painter-Farrell

The ESPSIG focuses on English for Specific Purposes, English for Academic Purposes and English for Occupational/Professional Purposes/English for Work. Its main objective is to disseminate good practice and promote models of excellence in ESP to ELT professionals in the UK and abroad. Our coverage of ESP includes not only the teaching of this area of ELT, but also teacher training and materials design.

Coordinated by Caroline Hyde-Simon

GISIG provides a forum among ELT practitioners to stimulate awareness and understanding of global issues to exchange ideas on integrating peace education, human rights education, development education, and environmental education into English language teaching. It is for teachers who see themselves as educators in addition to teaching the language and who are keen to bring real-world issues into the classroom, instil a sense of social responsibility and develop critical thinking skills.

Coordinated by Rose Aylett

IP&SENSIG promotes genuinely inclusive practices, that lead to a sense of belonging and full participation for all within the ELT community. We share good practice and experience, and disseminate information about inclusive teaching methods, materials and resources which help to identify and dismantle all barriers to inclusion and raise awareness of the challenges facing learners whose specific needs and identities may be unidentified or not acknowledged.

Coordinated by Rachael Harris & Giovanni Licata

The ELT Leadership & Management SIG aims to raise awareness among the ELT profession of management issues; contribute to the development of good management practices within ELT; provide a forum for the discussion of management issues that affect our profession; provide opportunities for, and information about, relevant management training, and, help improve quality standards in ELT.

Coordinated by Gerhard Erasmus

LASIG aims to raise awareness among language advisers, teachers and researchers of the issues related to developing and implementing autonomy in language learning. Provides forums for discussion of ideas through its webinars, events and publications and also creates opportunities for networking at local, national and international levels.

Coordinated by Lawrie Moore-Walter & Giovanna Tassinari 

LTSIG has been focusing on the use of technology in language teaching for over 30 years. It focuses on all aspects of technology used by teachers and students from online tools, computer-mediated communication, corpora and mobile technologies. It aims to: raise awareness among ELT professionals of the power of learning technologies to assist with language learning; contribute to the knowledge base as to how learning technologies can be used for English language learning; develop members' expertise in the myriad of uses of technologies with their language learners, and encourage networking and online collaboration among SIG members.

Coordinated by Vicky Saumell

Connecting ELT, literature, Extensive Reading & the arts. The objective of the Literature SIG is to promote the teaching and research in the area of English language, literature, extensive reading, the creative arts and various related cultural manifestations in English language education. Our events, teacher training courses, and publications are aimed at teachers, teacher trainers, researchers and trainee teachers who are interested in working with prose fiction, poetry, extensive reading, film, drama, interactive media, music, the visual arts and creative writing to promote language learning.

Coordinated by Rob Hill

MaWSIG is for teachers who create their own classroom materials; aspiring writers who would like to get their work published; published authors and ELT editors, publishers & designers. It aims to share & promote best practice in ELT materials writing; offer professional development to writers & editors and connect our members with other writers & publishers.

Coordinated by Aleksandra Popovski Golubovikj

PronSIG has been at the forefront of the practice & theory of pronunciation teaching for more than 20 years. We give teachers the opportunity to: exchange ideas about methodology and materials; discuss theoretical matters and, work on the interdependence of pronunciation and other areas of language learning.

Coordinated by Gemma Archer and Adam Scott

ReSIG brings together teachers, teacher-researchers, early-career and established researchers from around the world. We share our experiences of and findings from research in print through our annual publication, ELT Research and also network face-to-face at regular events' and online, via social media.

Coordinated by Ernesto Vargas Gil

The TDSIG provides a forum for anyone interested in development paths to share their own and learn from the experiences of others. We aim to enable and encourage all categories of teacher to take more responsibility for professional and personal evolution throughout their careers, promote individual and institutional awareness of the importance of teacher development, and encourage the provision of facilities for teacher development which do not already exist.

Coordinated by Tyson Seburn

The TTEdSIG aims to support English language teachers, teacher trainers and teacher educators on the aspects of pre and in-service teacher education, as well as professional development through talks and workshops at the annual IATEFL conference in the UK and around the world.

Coordinated by Bahar Gun

TEASIG is for everyone interested and involved in testing, evaluation and assessment in ELT. Core areas of interest include classroom assessment and tests, external standardised examinations, progress, achievement and proficiency testing and assessment, teacher evaluation, self-assessment and evaluation of institutions and learning programmes.

Coordinated by Vacancy

YLTSIG leads, drives change and sets standards in teaching English to young learners and teenagers (3 - 17 years old) for training and development, classroom practice and assessment. We provide advice regarding models of YL ELT (e.g. EFL, EMI, CLIL), age-appropriate pedagogy, child-safe recruitment as well as ELT qualifications for young learner teachers. Our members include classroom practitioners, teacher trainers, researchers, academic managers and materials / content developers worldwide.

Coordinated by David Valente