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IATEFL Annual Web Conference:

Finding yourself as a teacher

Date and Time:

22, 23 and 24 November 2018. See the website for more information, daily programmes and to register, or sign up below.

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Please register for each day you want to attend


Day 1 - Thursday 22 November 2018 


Day 2 - Friday 23 November 2018


Day 3 - Saturday 24 November 2018




Future events and SIG webinars


 ESOL high res 300 ESOL SIG, in collaboration with NATECLA  (National Association for Teaching of English and Community Languages to Adults)
 Judy Kirsh Judy Kirsh - 'Teaching ESOL learners with ‘basic literacy’ needs - where do I start?'

This is a member only webinar and all ESOL members will receive an email with details about how to register for this event.

15 November 2018, 7pm GMT

Join us on 15th November when Judy Kirsh, an ESOL teacher-educator and consultant with a special interest in ESOL learners and basic literacy, will discuss some of the challenges of teaching learners who arrive in class with no or very little literacy in any language. These learners may never have finished primary education or may have missed out on education through poverty, war or environmental factors. They may be approaching the formal learning of reading and writing for the first time when they attend an ESOL class. In this webinar we will consider the questions: How do I teach reading to adults? What about handwriting? What is the language experience approach? We will learn about this approach and consider how you could adapt this to your own teaching context. 

With more than 30 years’ experience in the field of English Language Teaching, Judy has worked as a teacher, teacher-trainer, external examiner, consultant and materials-writer, with a special interest in ESOL basic literacy. She has worked on many projects in the UK, including the development of ESOL CPD modules for the British Council ESOL Nexus project, ESOL prison resources for the Learning & Work Institute, and several EIF projects which supported the integration of third-country national women in the UK. Judy also contributed significantly to the development of Citizenship materials for ESOL learners, ESOL subject specialist modules, combined and blended learning ESOL/Literacy teaching qualifications and the Teaching Basic Literacy to ESOL learners course (now run by Learning Unlimited, London), to name but a few. Judy is a trustee and former co-chair of NATECLA, the professional association for ESOL practitioners in the UK, and a member of the ESOL Strategy Steering Group.


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   16 November 2018, 4pm GMT
Michale Carrier   Michael Carrier presents 'Futureproofing - disruptive and digital innovation'

The world of business moves fast and we have to change with it. What is your strategy to meet the needs and demands of future customers? Are you in danger of being disrupted by low cost competitors, or can you impose disruptive innovation on the market? What is your technology strategy? Can you make your teaching services more exciting, and with more effective outcomes, with a digital transformation approach? This talk outlines the pedagogical, technological, and strategic innovations you can bring to your organisation and how you should build your competitive advantage in the market through digital innovation, illustrated with digital audit and innovation culture tools you can take away for immediate use.

Michael Carrier is Managing Director of Highdale Consulting in London. He consults and lectures worldwide on educational technology, teacher development and intercultural awareness. He was formerly CEO of IH World, Director of English Language Innovation at British Council (where he designed the English part of Plan Ceibal in Uruguay and TV programmes with the BBC), and has served on a number of boards. He has been involved in edtech since the 1980s and is the co-author of Digital Language Learning (Routledge 2017), Chair of the UK Department of International Trade’s Advisory Group on ELT, and has just published a new article on using Speech Recognition in ELT.

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  17 November 2018, 3pm GMT  

Debate Iasi Bob Dignen and Helen Strong
Interactive debate: 'Business English teachers are not qualified to teach business English'

Arguing for the motion: Bob Dignen

Arguing against: Helen Strong

Chaired by: Evan Frendo

In our very first BESIG Annual Conference Debate two experienced business English professionals go head to head on a topic relevant to our work. The chaired debate, which encourages full audience participation, will follow this structure:

  • Introduction and audience vote on the motion
  • Arguments for and against from the debaters
  • A robust exchange of ideas from the floor
  • A summary from each debater
  • A final vote on the motion from the audience

As well as learning from the topic being debated, you will also experience first hand a debating technique which can be used in your own business English classes to develop your learners’ influencing skills, an important life skill in today’s business world.

Bob Dignen is a director of York Associates based in the UK. He has been involved with business English training for almost 30 years, and with leadership training for over 20.

Helen Strong has 20 years’ experience teaching business English in Germany. She is also a teacher trainer and regularly runs teacher training courses leading to recognised qualifications.

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  18 November 2018, 10.30am GMT
Carolyn Westbrook  Carolyn Westbrook presents 'Business English in the global world – can the CEFR help us?'

 On behalf of British Council, Romania

Most global communication in English occurs between non-native speakers. This raises questions about what to teach and how to assess business English (BE). This talk will look at some of the challenges of teaching and assessing BE in the global business world. We will examine how the recently-published CEFR descriptors for Mediation and Phonology can address some of these issues, and discuss some aspects that need to be considered when assessing BE for international communication.

Carolyn Westbrook has over 20 years’ experience of teaching tailored business English and ESP courses for clients from a range of industries and in higher education. She is also an experienced teacher trainer, author and testing researcher.

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 TEA Hale Kizilcik & Deniz Salli Copur - ‘Designing Integrated Oral Assessment Group Tasks for Classroom’

20 November 2018, 5pm GMT 

Further details coming soon

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Karoline und Henning Prof. Henning Rossa & Dr. Karoline Wirbatz - 'What about writing CLIL materials?'

25 November 2018, 2pm GMT

Creating and designing material for Content and Language Integrated Learning

In this webinar, participants will be briefly introduced to the concrete educational context in Germany as an example to illustrate how CLIL is currently implemented and provided as a form of additive, late partial immersion in schools. We will discuss existing learning and teaching materials for English as the "CLIL Language". Following that, the focus will be on further adapting these materials, as well as creating new materials. The webinar will also touch upon the design of suitable worksheets and reading materials.

Prof. Dr. Henning Rossa is currently professor of foreign language education (TEFL) at the University of Trier and has previously taught at the University of Paderborn and TU Dortmund University, where he coordinated a study-programme which prepared teachers of content subjects for CLIL instruction. His research interests include language assessment, L2 classroom research and teacher cognition research.

Dr. Karoline Wirbatz joined the English department of the University of Trier in April 2017 and has previously taught at the universities of Dortmund, Paderborn and Western Sydney. She has studied at the University of Western Sydney, where she obtained her PhD in 2014. Her PhD thesis investigated the developmental path of German first language children focusing on the order of elements in speech and what is signaled by the ordering of constituents. Her main research interests are first, second & third language acquisition, bilingual education, and classroom SLA.

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David Heathfield 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. 


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 Shanthi  Marjorie webinar Shanthi Cumaraswamy Streat and Marjorie Rosenberg - 'English for Specific Purposes: English for Finance and Banking'

2 December 2018, 3pm GMT

Our webinar will see one more turn to ESP, taking on the issue of teaching English to the banking and finance industry.  We are pleased that two experts in this field, Marjorie Rosenberg and Shanthi Cumaraswamy Streat, have agreed to hold a panel discussion on this topic and share some tips and ideas on different ways to teach the vocabulary needed by those in the field.

Marjorie Rosenberg, as a trainer who has worked at universities, with teachers and with corporate clients, finds it important to help all her students discover their strengths and work on the areas they want to improve. Her work in finance began over 30 years ago at her local bank and since then she has trained employees as well as members of the management board.

Teaching in this field is both exciting and challenging as Marjorie feels it is our job to find ways to help clients with their fluency, confidence, and cultural awareness at meetings, teleconferences and presentations throughout Europe.

Shanthi Cumaraswamy Streat is an independent online business communications trainer “passionate about releasing international speakers of English from the shackles of speaking fluently (and all the stress and ‘paralysis’ it brings) and to help them gain the courage and skills to become daring and empowered business communicators in English.” After 20 years in the world of finance, she transitioned to the world of ELT in 2010 and has never looked back.

Shanthi’s mission: “To crush the grammar worrier and release the communication gladiator in international speakers of English”.

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 mawsig logo Dr Catherine Walter - 'What about writing grammar activities?' 

9 December 2018, 2pm GMT

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Fabio Filosofi Fabio Filosofi - 'The representation of individuals with special needs in materials: where are our students?'

13 December 2018, 5pm GMT 

The focus of this talk is in the area of teacher cognition. The session was inspired by two main questions: - What do teachers think about the representation of disability within textbooks? - Are we providing sufficient training to deal with textbook, which include images and texts of children and adults with special needs? In the first part of the session, findings from the first phase of the current research study will be introduced to analyze the challenges and fears expressed by informants on the introduction of inclusive materials.The second part of the session will examine a possible approach to improve the inclusiveness of classroom materials: the theory of the inclusive backdrop. Given the paucity of textbooks that represent disability, teachers may find themselves having to design materials in order to maximize inclusion.

Fabio Filosofi is from Rome and he worked for ten years as special needs teacher in primary school. He is currently involved in a PHD project concerning the inclusion in school context as well as in the area of textbook analysis. He is particularly interested in research studying how inclusion is promoted (or not) through the materials that are utilized in primary-age education.

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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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Lindsay Clandfield photo Lindsay Clandfield - 'Online Task Design for Teacher Trainers'

19 January 2019, 2pm GMT

Online education is increasingly popular in the world of ELT, and one of the first areas it really arrived was in teacher education. From initial teacher training courses to in-service development and workshops, it is more and more common for this to occur in the online space. Teacher trainers are also increasingly being asked to create forum tasks, modules, webinars and other online activities as a key part of their work. This workshop looks at principles and practical ideas in task design for online teacher education. 

Lindsay Clandfield is an award-winning writer, teacher, teacher trainer and international speaker in the field of English language teaching. He has written more than ten coursebooks for language learners and is the co-author of various methodology books for teachers, including the recent book Interaction Online with Cambridge University Press. You can find out more about him at his website

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28 January 2019, 10am GMT

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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. 


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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.


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 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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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: