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 delivering 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.


1st IATEFL BESIG Online Conference – Satellite Event in Montevideo, Uruguay


IATEFL BESIG is holding its first Online Conference – more information here

We are holding a Satellite Event in Montevideo Uruguay. English teachers will meet at 4D Content English to watch the event together. This is the programme for the Satellite Event:


The power of stories

Jamie Keddie is the founder of Lessonstream, the site that was formerly known as TEFLclips, winner of a British Council ELTons award. His publications include Images in the Resource Books for Teachers series published by Oxford University Press.

Andi White and Kirsteen Donaghy interviewed him at the 47TH Annual International IATEFL Conference. He describes ‘Videotelling’, a technique which makes use of video narratives for teacher-led storytelling in the classroom. The video clip that he describes can be seen at his website:

Onestopenglish says about him:  “Jamie is an exuberant Scot with a seemingly endless supply of original and imaginative teaching ideas.”

Storytelling or videotelling can also be used with adult learners and with business English students as well.

These are the slides of a presentation I delivered at TESOL France in 2011: Storytelling and business English clients.

Rounding up this topic about vide0telling and storytelling, I’d like to share with you this talk by David Griffin, the photo director for National Geographic. He talks about how we all use photos to tell our stories.

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