Schools For All Guide

Inclusive #Education – What it is and what it is not

We, as parents, are the experts on our children and the constant in their lives.  But navigating the schools years and ensuring that our children gain access to the general education classroom, rec…

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Here I am at Sao Paulo international airport waiting for my plane to get to Madrid and then, another plane to Munich.

I left my house in Montevideo 8 hours ago.

Why spending a whole day travelling?

Nine years ago I sent an email to the BESIG coordinator at that time. I wanted to submit a proposal for the annual conference, but I wanted to deliver my talk from Montevideo, Uruguay. He talked to the conference organizers and I ended up deliveringy a talk using an Adobe Connect platform. I have been presenting at BESIG conferences since then; always from Montevideo, my hometown.

This year I am presenting as well, but this year is different.I am attending my first ever IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference.I am so excited!!

During these years, I have been part of the BESIG online team. We organized simulcasts of the conferences, online conferences, online workshops, online debates, the BESIG World Blog and many other activities.

Together with other BESIG members and committee members we organized lesson plan competitions, we designed online courses for TESOL EVO, selected applicants for different scholarships and endeveoured many other interesting initiatives.

I feel part of a truly innovative and global community of business English  teachers.

What else can I say ? I am proud to be part of this community and I am really looking forward to attending my first IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference face to face.

I saw a beautiful sunrise in Madrid

Now, I am in Munich. I arrived at the hotel 30 yours after leaving  my home in Uruguay.

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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native, non-native, bilingual

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




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