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Our monthly webinars are free of charge and are open to both members and non-members of IATEFL so please feel free to tell all your colleagues and friends about them. To register, just click on the link below. You will be emailed a unique link which you should use to attend the webinar on the day. More instructions can be found below.

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Tips for First-Time Presenters at International Conferences.

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Date and Time:

20 January 2018, 3pm GMT

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Are you about to present at the IATEFL Annual Conference, or another international conference, for the first time? Why not join us to hear some top tips from presenters talking about their experiences, what they do to prepare, how they dealt with the anxiety of the first time, how they handle the audience, and how their experiences have helped them to develop, both personally and professionally.


Marjorie Rosenberg has been teaching adults and at tertiary level for over thirty years in Graz, Austria.  She currently works with corporate clients at a local bank, holds workshops for teachers, speaks at conferences and writes materials. Marjorie has written extensively in the field of business English (Cambridge University Press, Pearson, Cengage, Macmillan) and is the author of ‘Spotlight on learning styles’ (Delta Publishing) and ‘Creating Activities for Different Learner Types (Wayzgoose Press). She has recently revised and updated ‘Communicative Business  English Activities’ which will be available from Express Publishing in 2018. Marjorie is currently the IATEFL Vice President, having served as President from April 2015 – April 2017 and was the IATEFL BESIG Coordinator from 2009-2015. 

Božica Šarić-Cvjetković has a BA in English language and literature and more than ten years of experience in the classroom. Based in Serbia, she teaches young learners and teenagers in a state primary school and works with students with special learning difficulties. She’s also a teacher trainer and has delivered workshops and talks both locally and internationally.

Passionate about developing as a teacher, she is a member of IATEFL and is ELTA Serbia Vice President. In her free time she enjoys reading, gardening and playing with her cats.

David Dodgson, originally from the UK, works for the British Council in Bahrain as an ICT coordinator. He has also worked in Turkey and Gabon, gaining experience with young learners, adults, ESP and EAL classes. He runs two blogs,, which is about his teaching and learning experiences, and eltsandbox, which focuses on using digital games as authentic materials for language learning. He won the LTSIG Diana Eastment scholarship in 2017, speaking at the IATEFL Conference about his research into teacher development through online networks.

Helen Legge has been an ELT teacher and manager in Italy since 1999, working with young learners and adults, as well as training teachers in effective classroom practice. Over her career she has investigated useful edtech integration, encouraged creative thinking in ELT classrooms and championed task-based learning. She has just recently moved from an ELT management position into secondary EAL and is excited about this new chapter in her career. 

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To attend the webinar you must register in advance by clicking on the link below. On registration you will receive a confirmation email with instructions about how to join on the day. 

Join the session on the day by clicking on the link sent to you via email when you registered and then:

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Please note that the room opens 30 minutes before the start of the event. You may be refused access if you go in too early.




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. 

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YLTSIG LOGO high res 300  Amanda Davies - 'An Intercultural Winter Wonderland'

14 December 2017, 4pm GMT 

The holiday season is here which can only mean one thing - teachers and students are desperate for a break and looking for some easy lesson time. It's tempting to roll out the same old winter lesson activities, but by doing this we miss an excellent opportunity for bringing a whole host of fascinating holiday traditions into the classroom. We all know how important culture is, and winter is a great way to develop intercultural understanding and the essential life skills deemed necessary for children today. In this festive webinar, I'll be sharing my favourite December lesson ideas which are not only fun, but also ask young learners to think critically about issues such as tolerance, diversity and equality. I'll also be asking you to share what celebrations you teach during this season. Teachers of Early Years through to Secondary welcome.

Amanda Davies is a teacher, teacher trainer and writer who has worked in Russia, Spain, Lebanon and Poland. She has worked with every level and age group but her passion lies in teaching young learners. She regularly presents as conferences, has written numerous articles and is an author of ELT materials. Amanda is IATEFL YLTSIG Publications Editor.

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Scott Thornbury - 'Writing methodology texts: a bridge too far?'

16 December 3pm GMT (4pm CET) 

Teachers teach and researchers research and there is (arguably) not enough communication between them. In order to bridge the divide, there are books that interpret research findings and extrapolate principles and practices in such a way that they are both relevant and accessible to practising teachers. How do they do this? How, for example, do they determine what is relevant, and how do they re-present research in way that is balanced, accurate and intelligible? I surveyed some leading methodology writers in order to answer these questions. In this webinar I’ll share their responses, and I will invite you to respond, in turn, and to discuss the implications from the researcher perspective.

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 TEA Russell Whitehead and Felicity O’Dell - 'Getting it right, getting it wrong: a tour of the LT123 testing principles'

 19 December 2017, 5pm GMT

This webinar will discuss LT123’s list of ten principles for “good” testing, sharing plenty of examples of successful and unsuccessful items and tasks. This promises to be a useful round-up for newcomers and experienced testers alike. 

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Tips for First-Time Presenters at International Conferences.

20 January 2018, 3pm GMT

Are you about to present at the IATEFL Annual Conference, or another international conference, for the first time? Why not join us to hear some top tips from presenters talking about their experiences, what they do to prepare, how they dealt with the anxiety of the first time, how they handle the audience, and how their experiences have helped them to develop, both personally and professionally.

Please see above for more details about the speakers and how to register


 lasig Hayo Reinders - 'Augmented Reality for encouraging out-of-class learning' 

26 January 2018 8am GMT

Augmented Reality (AR) is an increasingly common technology that is starting to be explored for its educational potential. It involves overlaying digital information onto the physical world (for example by using the camera of a mobile phone) and as such provides opportunities for learning outside of the classroom. Because both teachers and students can add information, it has the potential to provide learners with an active role in the learning process. Despite increasing use in science education, the training of medical practitioners and the use of simulations for a range of skills, the application of AR in language education has been limited. In this practical talk, I will briefly review recent developments in this area and look at some of the potential benefits of AR for preparing learners for, and supporting them in their learning beyond the classroom. I will give a few examples of activities that can easily be adopted by teachers without specialised technical skills or experience in this area. l will also consider some issues relating to privacy, security and implementation.

Dr Hayo Reinders ( is Professor of Education at Unitec in New Zealand and TESOL Professor and Director of the doctoral programme at Anaheim University in the USA. Hayo has published over 20 books and 100 articles in the areas of autonomy, technology, teacher education and out-of-class learning. He edits a book series for Palgrave Macmillan and is editor of the journal Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching.  He maintains the autonomy bibliography ( with over 2,000 references.

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 IATEFL Webinars Elizabeth Bekes and Marcela Carrasco - 'International English and its Implications for Teaching and Learning' 

3 February 2018, 3pm GMT

English is the world’s second language: for many teachers it is their native tongue, for a lot more it is an additional language. The global nature of English requires new approaches. Instead of the elusive “native speaker”, the norm is increasingly the “fully proficient speaker” using an intelligible version of English spoken by interlocutors for whom English is the chosen means of communication. In the webinar, we will look at what the spread of International English implies for teachers in several key areas, e.g. pronunciation, language proficiency and classroom methodology. The challenges may be different for native and non-native English teachers, but there is a paradigm shift that is worth reflecting on in order to align our teaching and learning with the new priorities.

Elizabeth Bekes is a Hungarian English teacher and teacher trainer currently based in Ecuador. She worked for the BBC’s Hungarian Section, spent three years in Ethiopia setting up English Language Improvement Centres, taught English in the Amazonian jungle and worked with refugee children in Greece. She writes regularly for EFL Magazine.

Marcela Carrasco is an Ecuadorian English teacher, who grew up in diverse places and cultures like Ecuador, Iran and the United States. She ran a highly successful language school, and is currently setting up a language unit at the Catholic University of Cuenca. Among her professional interests are identity, International English and multiculturalism.  

Registration for this webinar will open early 2018 


 tdsig-logo-transparentbg  TDSIG 2018 Web Carnival

 24 February 2018, 1pm GMT - 5pm GMT

Theme: TD Success Stories from Around the World

What does effective and successful teacher development look like? Sound like? Feel like? Maybe we know it when we see it.

Instead of insisting on a single definition of what teacher development is or ought to be, perhaps we are wise to open our eyes, ears, and hearts to the voices of fellow teachers and share our own positive experiences of professional learning and growth. In this way, we can be fueled forward; past what’s static and problematic, towards what’s potent and possible.

Our 3rd Annual TDSIG Web Carnival aims to stitch together an informative and inspiring “tapestry of TD”: stories of success from teachers around the world which will weave a picture of how teacher development is often personalized, always empowering, and never exactly the same in different times and places.

For more information and to stay up to date with the latest developments and programme, head to their website

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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 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.

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.


  • Business English logo

    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.

  • ES(O)L logo

    ES(O)L Coordinated by Caroline Okerika

    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.

  • English for Specific Purposes logo

    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.

  • Global Issues logo

    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.

  • Inclusive Practices and SEN logo

    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.

  • Leadership and Management logo

    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.

  • Learner Autonomy logo

    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.

  • Learning Technologies logo

    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.

  • Literature logo

    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.

  • Materials Writing logo

    Materials Writing Coordinated by Rachael Roberts

    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.

  • Pronunciation logo

    Pronunciation Coordinated by Wayne Rimmer

    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.

  • Research logo

    Research Coordinated by Sarah Mercer & Daniel Xerri

    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.

  • Teacher Development logo

    Teacher Development Coordinated by Sinead Laffan & 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.

  • Teacher Training and Education logo

    Teacher Training and Education Coordinated by Birsen Tutunis

    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.

  • Testing, Evaluation and Assessment logo

    Testing, Evaluation and Assessment Coordinated by Neil Bullock & Judith Mader

    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.