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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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IATEFL 2017 Web Conference

Date and Time:

24 November 2017 3pm GMT - 9.15pm GMT

25 November 2017 10am GMT - 6.15pm GMT 

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This year's web conference is brought to you by a range of IATEFL's Special Interest Groups, and consequently the programme offers participants a wide range of topics covering the spectrum of English language teaching.

The web conference runs over two days, Friday 24th and Saturday 25th of November, is open to members and non-members and is free of charge. Certificates of attendance will be sent out on the next working day following the Web Conference and recordings from the conference will be available to IATEFL members after each session. Join in the debate and discussion during and after sessions on social media using #webcon17

To see the full schedule, find out more about the sessions and speakers and download the programme, please visit the Web Conference website

To join the webinar:

To attend the Web Conference you must register in advance and will need to register for each day you want to attend. 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:

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

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.


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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


 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

A – Research is irrelevant for teachers, isn't it? Practice and experience are what count. 


B – There are different kinds of research, though. Some is helpful, some isn't. And research might not be directly, obviously relevant but only seem relevant slowly.


A – But researchers just talk to one another anyway. They're not interested in teachers.


B – Well, some researchers identify themselves with teachers. Maybe researchers could involve teachers more, though – I think you're right.


A – But what's the point, for teachers I mean. It's not essential from their perspective, is it?


B– You might be right – but you might be wrong. Research can be the only way of overcoming a difficulty in some cases. When teachers do research, that can happen.


A – Teachers do research themselves? You must be joking – they haven't got the time; they can't do it well, anyway.


B – Well, let's see what Richard Smith says – he's giving an IATEFL webinar about these issues, with examples, on 2nd February at 15:00 GMT. Do you fancy tuning in?


A – OK, I will – if I've got time!


Richard Smith ( was coordinator of the IATEFL Research SIG between 2011 and 2015. His own research has been in the fields of ELT history, teaching in difficult circumstances, exploratory action research and 'teacher-learner autonomy', and he has successfully supervised dissertations by many MA and PhD students in the Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, over the last 17 years. He has also coordinated ELT research capacity-building projects in the UK and India, and is academic adviser to several teacher-research mentoring schemes in Latin America and South Asia. His recent relevant publications include A History of IATEFL, Developing Insights into Teacher-research, and Champion Teachers: Stories of Exploratory Action Research.

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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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 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:

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.

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.