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In case you don’t know, IATEFL (the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) has started a series of monthly webinars on different topics relating to EFL, English, language and teaching. There are some really interesting names and sessions coming up, so take a look at the line up at

What’s so good about these webinars, you may ask…

  • They are free and anyone who wants to can log in to watch the seminar as it takes place
  • There’s no need to pay costly travel expenses. If you want to, you can watch the webinars from the comfort of your own living room, kitchen, garden… depending on your internet access, obviously
  • If you are an IATEFL member you will be able to access the webinar recordings after the events, meaning that if you miss or want to review something, you can always go back to it
  • Apart from the opportunity for professional development in terms of language and teaching, attending webinars may encourage you to get involved in online teaching yourself

In fact, you may have been present at the previous webinar, in which Professor David Crystal answered various questions about language – really interesting stuff. If you’re a member of IATEFL, you can access the recording of that webinar from the member section of the IATEFL website when you log in:


To give a taste of the upcoming webinars, just look at the names of those who will be presenting:

  • Penny Ur
  • Jeremy Harmer
  • Claudia Ferradas
  • Alan Maley
  • Vicki Hollett
  • Scott Thornbury
  • Mike McCarthy

In particular, Penny Ur’s webinar takes place on Saturday 22 June at 3pm BST (GMT + 1), and the title is ‘Using higher order thinking skills’. On the day, you will be able to log in via this link:

From the IATEFL website:

You do not need to register in advance to join this webinar, just click on the link above and then:

  • Ensure “Enter as Guest” is selected
  • Enter your name and country
  • Click “Enter room” 

*****OTHER NEWS*****

Some people who read this blog may know that I am involved in the IATEFL Electronic Communication Committee, and in that role I have been mainly working on establishing and moderating the IATEFL Facebook Group. This work has had its ups and downs, but I’m enjoying the experience a lot. Just recently the Group passed 2,000 Members. A big thank you to everyone who has engaged with the Group and is using it as a space to discuss issues around language teaching, to ask questions, give and get advice – you are what makes it worthwhile.

As with the webinars, you don’t actually need to be a member of IATEFL to join the Facebook Group. Just make sure it’s clear that you are involved in ELT when you do request to join.

A number of interesting threads have come up, including very recently: