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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 Nicola Meldrum Nicola Meldrum - 'How can technology support and facilitate teacher development?'

Date and Time:

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


In this webinar we will focus on collaborative development supported by technology. We will look at different tech tools that teachers can use to collaborate and develop. For example, using instant messaging tools to  create communities of development, share videos of our teaching, images of our boards, pose questions, ask for support and more.

We will also look at the importance of collaboration for teacher development and how it can increase our motivation and commitment to development. 


Nicola Meldrum has been involved in ELT since 1999 and is based in Barcelona in Spain. She is a teacher trainer, teacher and writer and is currently course director on a Trinity Dip TESOL course at OxfordTEFL and involved in writing student and teacher materials. As well as regularly speaking at conferences, she also writes a blog about teaching pronunciation and articles on teacher development and teacher training. 

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


 besig logo col no strapline Ben Dobbs - 'Paper-free and Materials-light Business Communication Training'

6 August 2017, 3pm BST

Intensive business communication training courses, whether on an individual or group basis, can be materials dependent and paper heavy which, while it may give the impression of progress, value of training or of work completed, there is not necessarily a correlation between resources used and progress. Often, the most beneficial and motivational training can be that with the least paper resources used.

Materials-light does not have to mean unplanned or unstructured. Through application of a range of different tools and approaches, engaging, relevant and useful training can be conducted which uses the course trainees as a resource and yields real workplace benefits without being inundated with paper resources. All a trainer needs to do is carry these concepts with them in their mind and utilise them as and when required.

In this webinar, we will look at how trainers can utilise analytical and strategic tools, creative frameworks, coaching approaches, simulations, feedback and reflection, presentations and other key concepts in their training to produce courses that work regardless of the participants’ department or sector.

Ben is a business communication and leadership trainer, and executive coach based in Dublin, Ireland, but working internationally. He specialises in intensive in-company training courses and has recently been delivering courses in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Russia and Oman. Ben is also a frequent conference speaker and article writer on matters of training, communication, Business English and ESP, and leadership. Ben is also an accredited provider of the Cert IBET.

For more information, visit the BESIG website or join the live event


 IATEFL Webinars  IATEFL monthly webinar with Nicola Meldrum - 'How can technology support and facilitate teacher development?'

19 August 2017. 3pm BST

In this webinar we will focus on collaborative development supported by technology. We will look at different tech tools that teachers can use to collaborate and develop. For example, using instant messaging tools to  create communities of development, share videos of our teaching, images of our boards, pose questions, ask for support and more.

We will also look at the importance of collaboration for teacher development and how it can increase our motivation and commitment to development. 

Register now


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IATEFL monthly webinar with Laura Patsko - 'Teaching pronunciation for English as a Lingua Franca (ELF)'

9 September 2017, 3pm BST 

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.

Registration for this event will open in August


 IATEFL Webinars IATEFL monthly webinar with Michael Harrison 

21 October 2017, 3pm BST

Further details to be confirmed


 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.

 Join the live event


 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.

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 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.