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IATEFL Webinars


IATEFL Webinars

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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Coming next on IATEFL monthly webinars 


 Photo Laura Patsko Laura Patsko - 'Teaching pronunciation for English as a Lingua Franca (ELF)'

Date and Time:

9 September 2017. 3pm BST (click on link to find the time for your location or go to


What do learners of English need to sound like? Who do they speak to? Who needs to understand them? Who do they need to understand? In 2017, the answer to all these questions is probably not “native English speakers”. Linguists estimate that non-native speakers of English now outnumber its native speakers by at least 3 to 1 (Crystal, 2008), and approximately 80% of interaction in English worldwide takes place with no native speakers present (Beneke, 1991). What does this mean for our classrooms? This webinar will consider new pronunciation priorities and challenges for learners and teachers of English, including practical tips and activities.


Formerly an English teacher and teacher trainer, Laura Patsko now works as Senior ELT Research Manager for Cambridge University Press. She holds a BA in Linguistics and an MA in ELT & Applied Linguistics, and is particularly interested in the use of English as an international lingua franca, teaching pronunciation and investigating the practical applications of linguistic research. She blogs at and, and tweets as @lauraahaha.

To join the webinar:

To have a certificate of attendance emailed to you after the webinar, you must register in advance. On registration you will receive a confirmation email with instructions about how to attend the webinar. Please follow these instructions to ensure you receive your certificate. If you do not follow the instructions, the system cannot recognise that you attended the webinar and will not issue a certificate.

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

  • Enter the email address you used to register
  • Click "Enter room"



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


ipsensig logodrafts corbel grey IPSEN Webinar - 'Bringing out the best of ALL our students in the mixed ability classroom'

23 September 2017, 1pm BST / 2pm CEST

In this workshop we will be looking at some of the challenges our students face in the mixed ability classroom through reflecting on our own experiences. We ill consider the way teacher attitude affects the performance of our students and then we will examine strategies that help them become the best they can be. We are also going to explore some practical examples we can employ in our everyday teaching on this beautiful road of self-accomplishment.

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mawsig logo  YLTSIG LOGO high res 300 Katherine Bilsborough - 'Writing good quality primary materials: tips, tools and common sense'

24 September 2017, 6pm BST / 5pm GMT

When publishers bring out a course book, they’ve taken steps to ensure quality standards but when we create our own classroom materials the process is usually less rigorous. In this webinar, we’ll look at tips and tools that can help us make our materials better so that our primary learners get the quality they deserve.

Katherine Bilsborough is a freelance ELT author, content developer and teacher trainer. She has written course books for many of the major YL ELT publishers as well as online courses and mobile learning materials for the BBC and the British Council. She writes monthly lesson plans for and is the author of ‘How to write primary materials’, published by ELT Teacher 2 Writer. Her current areas of interest include principles for ELT writers and quality in materials writing.

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lasig  Scott Thornbury - 'Hyper polyglots: what can they teach us?'

19 October 2017, 4pm BST

Self-styled hyper-polyglots proliferate on the Internet, each offering a plethora of advice and merchandise. Are they to be taken seriously? This webinar evaluates some of their claims, and suggests some takeaways, with special reference to autonomous learning.

Scott Thornbury teaches on the MA TESOL program at The New School in New York. His previous experience includes teaching and teacher training in Egypt, UK, Spain, and in his native New Zealand. His writing credits include several award-winning books for teachers on language and methodology. His most recent  book is Scott Thornbury’s 30 Language Teaching Methods, to be published next year by Cambridge. He is series editor for the Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers. His website is

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 IATEFL Webinars IATEFL monthly webinar with Michael Harrison - 'Visualising your thinking: ideas for using graphic organisers with learners and teachers'

21 October 2017, 3pm BST

Making decisions is difficult – whether that's the case for you as a teacher trying to work out what you'll teach in your next lesson (and how!) or your learners trying to plan what they're going to write for an upcoming assignment. How can we simplify these everyday dilemmas? This webinar aims to show you how this is possible, by demonstrating a number of decision-making models and graphic organisers that can be used by teachers and learners to clarify their thoughts. Not just for making decisions, these models may also be useful as prompts for productive or reflective work in the classroom. Disclaimer – this is not a magic bullet that will resolve all your ELT-related worries – but if you come with an open mind, some pen and paper ready to work on some decisions, you are sure to pick up some ideas for your next class.

Mike Harrison is a UK-based teacher and materials writer. He has worked in Spain and London, in private language schools, further education colleges and recently a university. A teacher interested in making the most of minimal resources, he is also a volunteer for the IATEFL Teacher Development SIG.

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 Research high res 300 YLTSIG LOGO high res 300  Annamaria Pinter - 'Children working as co-researchers and researchers – possibilities and challenges'

28 October 2017, 3pm BST 

In this webinar first of all I will be sharing my experiences of working with primary English teachers in India who tried to engage their learners as co-researchers in their classrooms. I will share some practical examples of tasks and activities that have worked well in these classrooms as well as the teachers' and the children’s reflections about their experiences. Then I will also reflect on my experiences of working with children as researchers. In this study children worked on a questionnaire survey exploring topics of their own interest. I will discuss both benefits and challenges of engaging children as co-researchers and researchers in English language classrooms.

Dr Annamaria Pinter is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, UK. She lectures at Masters and Doctoral levels and supervises post-graduate students in the area of teaching languages to children. She has published widely in the area of teaching English to young learners. She is the author of Teaching Young Language Learners Oxford Handbooks for Language Teachers, Oxford University Press (2nd edition, 2017) and Children Learning Second Languages, Palgrave Macmillan (2011). She is also an editor of an e-book series entitled Teaching English to Young Learners ( She has published extensively in ELT/Applied Linguistics journals and has given numerous plenary talks worldwide.  

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Sue Leather on Extensive Reading - 'The story's the thing'


18 November 2017, 5pm GMT

Characterisation, narrative style, description and plot …….

With 'story-led' readers, where these features are the important driving force, students at all levels can study ‘literature’. How can original readers help you and your students to explore these features of narrative? During this session, you will be involved in some multi-skill activities which you can take away and try out with your students at all levels.

Sue Leather has been in the ELT field for thirty years. Originally from the north west of England, she worked as a teacher, teacher trainer and educational manager in Spain, UK and the Netherlands. She has an MA in Education from the Institute of Education, University of London. She has written a number of articles for ELT journals and magazines, and is a frequent presenter at international conferences.

Sue has been writing original learner fiction since 1990 and has written almost 30 readers. She won the Extensive Reading Foundation Award with her CUP reader Dead Cold.  She has worked on series with OUP, CUP, Mary Glasgow and Heinemann. She is Joint Series Editor of the National Geographic/Cengage series Page Turners. Sue runs a consultancy group, Sue Leather Associates, which delivers training and consultancy internationally

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 Research high res 300 YLTSIG LOGO high res 300 Sandie Mourão - 'Research in the primary English classroom: Collecting informed consent from children'

 26 November 2017, 3pm GMT (4pm CET)

Classroom based research in primary English education is specific in its context for a number of reasons, one of which relates to obtaining informed consent. There is a requirement that consent be sought from the child following the social ethics of research together with a respect for the rights of the child.  This webinar presents a small study which reflects on the experiences of a group of MA students in Portugal involved in action research projects in primary English education. I outline the challenges they faced obtaining informed consent from children in their studies and show how they overcame these. I will suggest that in the world of ELT this is an area of research which needs rather more attention than we are giving it.

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 IATEFL Webinars  IATEFL monthly webinar with Richard Smith - 'Research is for teachers? You must be joking!'

 2 December 2017, 3pm GMT

Further details to be confirmed


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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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 IATEFL Webinars IATEFL monthly webinar with Elizabeth Bekes 

3 February 2018, 3pm GMT

Further details to be confirmed



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.

Laura Patsko - 'Teaching pronunciation for English as a Lingua Franca (ELF)' (September 2017) Laura has kindly allowed her slides from this presentation to be available to all for one week only. After this time, only IATEFL members will be able to download them. 

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.