Infinito abismo by @francosco98

img_5223Abismo oscuro y profundo, tanto que no veo un final. No me asusto, comprendo que la infinidad de la caida significa que acabare en el otro lado,¿de qué? No se, pero de tanto caer ya estoy subiendo.…

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Tomorrow, IATEFL BESIG is holding its first Online Symposium with an an exciting and varied programme of pecha kucha, webinars, and a Question Time panel discussion on the topic of business English in the era of global English.

BESIG is very proud to have presenters speaking from Japan, Russia, Hungary, South Africa, Germany, Netherlands, UK, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and USA.

The event is open and free to everyone.

You can register here and you will find the programme here.


In Montevideo, we are holding a Satellite Event to watch the Pecha Kucha sessions and then we will have a in-house training with Vicky Bertorelli

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15 Paths to Professional Development for Educators

                      1. Read deeply Take any subject related to English Language Teaching – linguistics, pragmatics, theories of Second…

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Plenary - Silvana Richardson - for IATEFL Online

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If you followed some of the online comments of the #IATEFL Conference, you should have heard about Silvana Richardson‘s plenary session

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Nik Peachey interviewed her before her plenary; she talked about the three As:

  • Awareness – become aware of what the situation is
  • Advocacy – be more active, more supportive, become more vocal
  • Activism – at teacher associations


If you were not at IATEFL or could not watch the plenary online, you can watch the recording now.


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Nik Peachey also interviewed Burcu Akyol and Marek Kiczkowiak, who talked about some the issues surrounding non-native teachers in ELT and the development of the website.

David Crystal – IATEFL 2015

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Talking about INCLUSION at #IATEFL

IATEFL held its second Web Conference in 2015. Susan Hillyard and I delivered a talked on Inclusive Education.
You can watch the recording here
After the talk we had an interactive panel discussion moderated by Phil Dexter, Priscila Maiteni, Susan Hillyard and me –  here

This year there is a New Proposed IATEFL SIG – Inclusive Practices and SEN (Special Educational Needs)

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  • Marie Delaney @mariedelaney1, author of many really good books on teaching, delivered this workshop

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  •  Forum on special educational needs – creating positive inclusive learning opportunities with Phil Dexter @Oscartomislav, Sharon Noseley @shaznosel  and Sophie Farag




See more here



After hours – ‘Live at the 50th in Birmingham’


IATEFL CONFERENCE – participate online!

Want to know more about what’s going on at the conference?

Want to share your experiences as face to face or online participant?

On Thursday 14th April, 2016 at 18:00 BST delegates from Birmingham and online participants from all over the world are meeting in a special webcast live from the venue to discuss and exchange views of different talks, workshops, plenaries and interviews. Some special guests will also be joining us to interact with the online audience.


To join us click here

Select the “Enter as Guest” option, write your name and country, then click “Enter room”

You can check your local time here

We are looking forward to seeing you online!


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First Day of Interviews at IATEFL Online 2016 and David Crystal’s plenary tomorrow

In Birmingham IATEFL SIGS held their PCEs today and IATEFL Online started broadcasting

You can watch a summary of the today’s interviews.

Tomorrow the openning plenary by David Crystal can be watched online
You can check your local time here 

Who would of thought it? The English language 1966-2066

Complaints about a supposed decline in standards of English continue to be made, with increasing frequency, in the British press. Although these are nothing new – as the long history of use of would of for would have illustrates – they do draw attention to the way we seem to be going through a period of unusually rapid language change. This paper illustrates the main changes in pronunciation, orthography, grammar, and vocabulary, discusses the chief factors involved – social mobility, globalization, and the Internet – and compares the changes that have taken place in the past fty years with those that are likely to take place in the next fty.

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You can watch an exceprt from the signature event “A Question of Language” at IATEFL 2015

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