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Coming next on IATEFL monthly webinars

 Combined panel


 Follow up to IATEFL plenary, 'Future directions in ELT : where are we headed?'


Date and Time:

15 June 2019, 3pm BST

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The final plenary at the 2019 IATEFL annual conference in April was a panel discussion focusing on future directions in English language teaching. This webinar will provide another opportunity for the speakers to address some of the questions raised during the session and online, and to keep the debate going. 

For those who were unable to attend in person or online, the recording can be viewed here.

Come along, share your own thoughts and predictions, as well as pose questions to the panel, and let's find out where we are all headed!


Katherine Bilsborough is an ELT author. She is interested in principles for ELT writers. She’ll be sharing her predictions about the future of ELT materials and how we can ensure writers create materials that meet the needs and interests of future generations.

Amol Padwad is the Director, Centre for English Language Education at Ambedkar University Delhi and Secretary of the Ainet Association of English Teachers. Amol will be looking at the changing role of the teacher.

Evan Frendo has worked in corporate language training for the last twenty-five years. He will be looking at how English might be used in the future workplace, and what this might mean for learners and teachers.

Mercedes Viola has an MA in TESOL, specialized in curriculum development, assessment, inclusive education and communication skills. She is an international and TED speaker and will be looking at the attitudes and learning habits of next generation learners.




Future events and SIG webinars      


Alex Warren Alex Warren - 'Developing 21st Century Professionals with TED'

 11 June 2019, 5pm BST

It’s a big bad world out there and it’s a place where if you don’t just want to survive but succeed, you have to have the necessary skills and knowledge. English might be the lingua franca of the world, but students don’t need to just be able to communicate in English. It needs to be so much more than that. They need to be able to do everything in English. In this practical session we’ll explore how we can use TED Talks to help develop the skills and knowledge students really need to get ahead and be successful 21st century professionals.

Alex Warren is a DELTA trained teacher trainer with over 15 years’ experience of working in ELT as a teacher, academic director and teacher trainer. Prior to his experiences in ELT, Alex worked as a journalist before a chance encounter in the Indonesian jungle began him on the path which has led him to working with National Geographic Learning. A firm believer in a communicative approach to language learning and student-centred learning, Alex enjoys working with innovative, thought-provoking materials and presenting on a wide range of ELT-related topics, all the while driven by his passion for developing teachers on a global scale and helping them to reach their true potential.

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 Combined panel Follow up to IATEFL plenary, 'Future directions in ELT: where are we headed?'

15 June 2019, 3pm BST 

The final plenary at the 2019 IATEFL annual conference in April was a panel discussion focusing on future directions in English language teaching. This webinar will provide another opportunity for the speakers to address some of the questions raised during the session and online, and to keep the debate going. 

For those who were unable to attend in person or online, the recording can be viewed here.

Come along, share your own thoughts and predictions, as well as pose questions to the panel, and let's find out where we are all headed!



TEA  TEASIG webinar 

18 June 2019 - further details coming soon! 



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22 June 2019 - Further details to be confirmed shortly



 IATEFL Webinars  
 Hom Raj Khadka Hom Raj Khadka - 'Teaching and learning through social networks'

6 July 2019, 3pm BST 

Recently the Internet has come to influence and control our lives. How is this affecting the language we teach? There is already a widespread opinion that the Internet is bad for the future of language. However, from the perspective of technological integration in teaching and learning of English Language, technology has encouraged a dramatic expansion in the variety and creativity of language. Flexibility and resourceful learning is extremely important when considering teaching and learning through using technology. Great motivational and learner oriented resources can be used for interactive discussion so that learners get ample opportunities to develop their capacity for comprehending ideas and information. Moreover, diverse cultural ideas and cross-cultural communication through global participation presents the best opportunities and practice for developing shared culture and is the best way for learning and teaching in this 21st century. Therefore, in this presentation, I will introduce practical classroom activities that will help teenage students to develop all their linguistic skills through social networking apps and websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Edmodo, Youtube, Blogs. Web guest participants will learn how to adapt and use memes, viral videos, live stories, etc. to teach English as a foreign language.

Hom Raj Khadka is an English Language instructor and International presenter. He has presented ample innovative papers in different international ELT associations. He has special competency in  ICT and its integration in English language teaching as model of 21st Century. He did a Master in English and Sociology. He is currently pursuing a post graduate in distance and e-learning .



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Dragana Gak Dragana Gak - What kind of English do engineers really need?

14 July 2019, 3pm BST 

If you ask engineers to describe their jobs, it is very likely that you will get an answer like this: “It is a creative job which involves working on a variety of projects, solving problems, understanding and explaining processes.” However, it also means to be involved in business-related activities such as presenting, taking part in meetings, negotiating, writing emails and reports, etc. In fact, for the majority of engineers, these two seemingly different career aspects intertwine and require engineers to be managers, businesspeople and entrepreneurs as well.

For us, language teachers, this poses a particular challenge. How to be prepared for both, the profession-related and business-related language? How to recognize and meet all the needs our learners/clients might have in such a complex working environment? How does all this reflect the design of courses, materials, and activities?

In this webinar, Dragana Gak explores different roles engineers nowadays have and looks at ideas for making engaging activities and ultimately successful ESP/Business English course for engineers. 

Dragana Gak has been teaching ESP and Business English courses at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, and in in-company courses for 15 years. Working with both pre-work students and experienced professionals gives her a wider picture of learners’ needs and a better understanding of diverse professional contexts. 

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 speaker images Joint MaWSIG / TESOL MWIS webinar - 'So Many ‘Englishes’! What Does This Mean for Writers and Publishers?'

17 July 2019, 3.30pm BST

We live in an age of many ‘Englishes’! British or American English? Standard or ‘new Englishes’? And what about EFL, ESL and ELF? This webinar will take a look at the key characteristics of these labels. It will consider how they influence the content and development process of ELT materials and offer examples and tips to help writers and publishers deal with the constraints and embrace the opportunities.

Sherrise Roehr, Publisher, Americas and Global, has more than 20 years of professional experience in the English language teaching field. Through her role as head of the National Geographic Learning editorial and writing teams based in Boston, Sherrise has overseen the development of many internationally successful, best-in-class ELT titles, including the renowned Stand Out, Grammar Explorer, Great Writing, World Link, World English, Pathways, and 21st Century Communication (in partnership with TED) programs for adult and academic English learners, the new Impact and Perspectives programs for secondary learners, as well as the award-winning Our World program for primary students. Sherrise is well-known for her game-changing approach to material design, creating content that leverages National Geographic resources effectively to make learning meaningful, engaging and impactful for both teachers and learners of all ages in the classroom.

Karen Spiller has worked in the ELT industry for more than 30 years. Her first few years as a rep (OUP and Heinemann) in Spain taught her what teachers were looking for from their ELT materials and she then put this knowledge to work as a publisher (Macmillan) where she published best-selling titles for global markets. In recent years, working as an independent publishing consultant, Karen has commissioned and developed many ground-breaking British English global titles for National Geographic Learning, including Life, Outcomes, Keynote and Look. Karen is also the co-founder of two innovative companies operating in the ELT publishing industry: firstly, ELT Teacher 2 Writer which publishes books and runs training courses that help teacher and writers perfect their writing skills; secondly ELT Publishing Professionals which is a dynamic online directory of freelance professionals with powerful search tools to help publishers find skilled freelancers with the right experience for their projects.

To register for this event, please visit the TESOL website


 IATEFL Webinars  
 Ian McMaster small Ian McMaster - ''From Theory to Practice: Using Business English Tips at Work'

3 August 2019, 3pm BST

One of the biggest problems in business English training is getting students to put the knowledge and skills they have acquired in the classroom into practice in the workplace. In this webinar, we will take a closer look at some of the key communication skills that are needed in the modern business world, and at how we can help students to cross the bridge from the classroom to the workplace — and help them to create an effective learning cycle. We will also look at the relative merits of authentic and textbook language and at their relation to English as a lingua franca.

Ian McMaster is editor-in-chief of the bi-monthly business communication magazine, Business Spotlight ( He is a former coordinator of IATEFL-BESIG.



besig logo col no strapline  BESIG webinar

11 August 2019, 3pm BST

Further details coming soon!



 TEA Further details to be confirmed shortly

24 September 2019, 5pm BST

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 TEA Further details to be confirmed shortly 

22 October 2019, 5pm BST

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 TEA Further details to be confirmed shortly

26 November 2019, 5pm GMT

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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 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.

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.