Tag: IATEFL

How to access ELT-relevant research

How to access ELT-relevant research

A while back, I summarised an article for ELT Research Bites exploring the reasons why language teaching professionals rarely access primary research reports. The main findings were that practitioners may have negative perceptions of research as irrelevant, they may face practical constraints such as expensive pay walls and a lack of time to find and … Continue reading How to access ELT-relevant research

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Why and How to get more involved with an IATEFL SIG

Why and How to get more involved with an IATEFL SIG

When you join IATEFL, you get a choice of 16 Special Interest Groups (SIGs) you can choose from within your standard membership. These SIGs provide members with opportunities for professional development in specialised areas. For a long time, I was 'just' a member of a SIG. I even swapped SIGs a few times when I … Continue reading Why and How to get more involved with an IATEFL SIG

Phonology in ELT – A Manifesto

Phonology in ELT – A Manifesto

"Achieving Phonology's Potential in the ELT Classroom"    - A very inspiring talk by Adam Scott on 5th April at IATEFL 2017 in Glasgow.  In his talk, Adam presented his manifesto, a call to arms, to bring about a shift towards higher awareness of the importance of phonology in ELT. He's convinced that we will experience … Continue reading Phonology in ELT – A Manifesto

An iatefl quickie – Writing Methodology Notes

A very quick summary of some key points from Scott Thornbury's talk "Writing Methodology Texts" on 4th April at iatefl 2017. He surveyed methodology book writers to gain some insight into what makes such texts most useful for teachers, much of which applies to writing any kinds of teaching notes or rubrics! The key points … Continue reading An iatefl quickie – Writing Methodology Notes

An iatefl quickie – Choosing & Using Authentic Texts

An iatefl quickie – Choosing & Using Authentic Texts

A very quick summary of some key points from Sue Kay's talk, "The genuine article (you couldn't make it up)", presented at iatefl 2017 on 4th April. Questions to ask when choosing a text:  Will it interest and engage learners? Can learners relate it to their own lives? Is it age-appropriate? Can learners learn (well … Continue reading An iatefl quickie – Choosing & Using Authentic Texts

Sarah Mercer at #iatefl2017

Sarah Mercer at #iatefl2017

Sarah Mercer's plenary on 5th April was a hit! Her topic "Connecting minds: language learner and teacher psychologies" struck a chord with many in the audience. If you couldn't watch it live, you can catch up here, thanks to the British Council and Iatefl Online! Plenary session by Sarah Mercer | IATEFL Online//cdn.embedly.com/widgets/platform.js">Plenary session by … Continue reading Sarah Mercer at #iatefl2017