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Coming next on IATEFL monthly webinars

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IATEFL Annual Web Conference:

Finding yourself as a teacher

Date and Time:

22, 23 and 24 November 2018. Final programme to be confirmed very soon. 

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Future events and SIG webinars


 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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Gianni Licata cropped Giovanni Licata - 'What's sexuality got to do with it?'

10 November 2018, 5pm GMT

The first month into my first TEFL job in Italy I was asked to change my name from Giovanni to John "to make it sound more American" and I was asked not to be too ostentatious about my sexuality, i.e. allude to the fact that sexual identities can be a lot more fluid than some might like to believe. Yet, what's sexuality got to do with it? Does it really have a place in the classroom, at all? It might seem that it really does not, at first sight. However, once we start reflecting on our cultural references and on the relations of power that these entail, we might have to revisit our first impression.

Giovanni Licata is a teacher and teacher trainer at IH-Accademia Britannica in Rome. Having worked in schools across Europe, Asia and the US, he has developed an interest in sociolinguistics as well as teacher and learner identities in the ELT classroom. His dream is to open a wine bar in L.A. and serve Italian wines and freshly-made bruschettas.

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Anthony Gaughan Anthony Gaughan - 'Finding Your Feet as a Celta Tutor: Tips, Tricks and Words of Warning for Newbie Trainers'

11 November 2018, 2pm GMT

Celta courses are often described in colourful terms by the people who pay good money to take part in them, but what is it like for the trainers? More particularly, how can you become a Celta tutor, how can you get through the approval process, and how can you not only survive, but actually enjoy, your first Celta training year?

Join Anthony Gaughan as he provides answers to these questions, tips and tricks to make your training life less stressful, and some cautionary tales to help you avoid trouble.

Anthony Gaughan has been an ELT professional since 1995. He has been a Celta Main Course Tutor for 14 years (working on approx. 100 Celta courses with around 1200 trainees), a Cambridge English-approved Celta Assessor for 11 years, and  a Delta M2 tutor, as well as working as an online tutor for the Trinity DipTESOL. He is a trained UK state-school teacher and is a former Head of Celta training at the Hamburg School of English (DE634). Anthony is also known for taking a Dogme-ELT approach to Celta training. He is a former Teacher Development Special Interest Group (TDSIG) Co-ordinator and currently serves on the IATEFL Membership and Marketing Committee.

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besig logo col no strapline  BESIG Simulcast from Iasi Romania

 16 - 18 November 2018 Further details coming soon!


 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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 ipsensig logodrafts corbel grey Fabio Filosofi 

 13 December 2018, 5pm GMT 

Further details coming soon

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Marieke Vand der Meer photo small Marieke van der Meer - 'Hands on activities to internalise phonetic symbols'

 5 January 2019, 3pm GMT

If the first step in coaching our learners in their English pronunciation skills is to introduce them to the sound system of English, how can we help them produce and remember phonetic symbols as represented on sound charts like Adrian Underhill’s or the Pronunciation Science chart (v.3.0, 2017)?

Firstly, the sound chart is your learners’ road map to the English sound system. A colour-coded chart will visually support this system.

Secondly, the sound system is to be explored – not by you modelling but by your learners exploring all the sounds and raising their awareness of individual sound postures in their mouths. Creating presence, pointing at phonetic symbols, miming corresponding sounds, using supportive hand gestures and pointing at body parts to find words containing specific sounds are key in this respect. Your role as a teacher is to give feedback on your learners’ exploratory activities.

Finally, sound chart symbol cut outs will help your learners experiment with sounds and symbols in various ways, ultimately transcribing words by arranging the cut outs on their desks. The fascinating thing is that the cut outs will also allow for word stress and intonation representation!

Marieke van der Meer has been an English teacher for almost 30 years, specialising in English Pronunciation since 2016.  During exam periods she works as a speaking examiner for Cambridge Assessment English, but most of the time she trains university/PhD students in the Netherlands, often from China, to pronounce English more effectively and to be more fluent when they communicate about their academic (research) projects, even if they are afraid to speak and do not feel very confident.

Her pronunciation lessons are very much hands-on and learner centred, tuning in to group dynamics as much as she can. She follows the articulatory approach, which she was introduced to in 2017 by Adrian Underhill, Piers Messum, Roslyn Young and Carrie Terry. Marieke believes in coaching rather than teaching her students to help them train their speech muscles and raise their articulatory awareness so that they can remember and produce sounds more easily.

Recent student feedback stated: "Marieke is helpful, professional & flexible. I learned a lot and, moreover, I had a lot of fun.”


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

12 January 2019, 2pm GMT 

Further details coming soon

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 TTed Lindsay Clandfield 

19 January 2018 - further details coming soon!


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Eugenia Carrión Cantón - 'Puppetry and Diversity: Unlocking Doors to the Mind and the Heart in the EFL Class'

2 February 2019, 3pm GMT 

Puppetry as a technique provides exciting opportunities for foreign language learners of all ages to express themselves in communicative situations. Moreover, puppet use has shown evidences of the powerful educational advantages fitting with Play theory, Developmentally Appropriate Practice theory, and Multiple Intelligence theory. This workshop will share some ideas regarding the importance of using of puppets in diversity of learning contexts, will provide practical situations to incorporate puppets to benefit all children´s enjoyment and learning and will foster puppetry making.

Eugenia Carrión Cantón is a graduated EFL teacher and holds a BA in English Literature from Facultad de Lenguas University of Córdoba and she is currently doing an MA in Education at UNQ University of Quilmes. She has been teaching in the field of EFL, Literature and Cultural Studies at different levels extensively. She has also presented at local and international conferences and published in international journals. She is a former curriculum developer for secondary and teacher education in the Province of Tierra del Fuego. She is also Fuegian Association of Teachers of English AFPI President  and  member and  of  Federation of Argentinian Associations of Teachers of English FAAPI executive committee .Presently she is a Teacher Educator  and the vice chancellor of Teaching Training College IPES “Paulo Freire”, a lecturer at University of Tierra del Fuego  in Río Grande City and a part time  EFL speaker. 


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

10 February 2019, 2pm GMT

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Carol Lopes 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:

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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.

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.


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:

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    Business English Coordinated by Evan Frendo and Dana Poklepovic

    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.

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    ES(O)L Coordinated by Oya Karabetca and Lesley Painter-Farrell

    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.

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    English for Specific Purposes Coordinated by Aysen Guven

    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.

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    Global Issues Coordinated by Linda Ruas and Julietta Schoenmann

    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.

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    Inclusive Practices and SEN Coordinated by Varinder Unlu

    IPSENSIG promotes the positive contributions that all teachers and learners can make in promoting a more inclusive and therefore, successful learning environment. We raise awareness of the challenges facing learners with cognitive differences, sensory impairments and physical disabilities in the language classroom. We share best practice and experience in accurately identifying language learners' additional needs, and disseminate information about inclusive teaching methods, materials and resources for working with learners who experience barriers in accessing education.

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    Leadership and Management Coordinated by Andy Hockley

    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.

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    Learner Autonomy Coordinated by Christian Ludwig

    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.

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    Learning Technologies Coordinated by Sophia Mavridi

    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 including a weekly Facebook discussion.

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    Literature Coordinated by Rob Hill

    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.

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    Materials Writing Coordinated by Aleksandra Popovski

    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.

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    Pronunciation Coordinated by Catarina Pontes

    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.

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    Research Coordinated by Ana Ines Salvi and Kenan Dikilitaş

    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.

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    Teacher Development Coordinated by Tyson Seburn

    The TDSIG provides a forum in which anyone interested in development paths can share their own and learn from the experiences of others. Through an active network the group encourages individuals and groups of teachers to undertake activities that focus on personal and professional development.

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    Teacher Training and Education Coordinated by Burcu Tezcan Unal

    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.

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    Testing, Evaluation and Assessment Coordinated by Neil Bullock & Ceyda Mutlu

    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.

  • Young Learners and Teenagers logo

    Young Learners and Teenagers Coordinated by David Valente

    YLTSIG leads, drives change and sets standards in Teaching English to Young Learners and Teenagers (2 - 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.