Information about selected past events

[This page is currently under construction, but some of the past events are available to view. Click on the titles below to access the information and links.]

For over 30 years, IATEFL BESIG has organized an Annual Conference, which usually takes place in November. We have also organized summer symposia (May/June), as well as events at the IATEFL Annual Conference (March/April). These events ensure that BESIG plays a prominent role in bringing together business English professionals from a wide range of teaching contexts and international locations.

This is a selection of some of our past events in reverse chronological order (click on the titles below to access the information and links):

Iasi
IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference in Iasi, Romania. 2018.

2018 Warsaw (IATEFL Poland One Day BESIG Event)

IATEFL BESIG were proud to be supporting IATEFL Poland in holding their first one-day BESIG Event, which took place at Warsaw University of Technology on Saturday, 19 May. It was a tremendous success. Click on the link below for the program and more information:

2018 Brighton (IATEFL conference)

We held two events at the IATEFL Annual Conference in Brighton – a World Café on 9 April 2018 and a day of business English talks on 12 April 2018. Click on the links below to find out more:

2017 Malta (annual conference)

The 30th Annual Conference, held in cooperation with IATEFL ReSIG, took place in Salina Bay, Malta from 10-12 November 2017.

It was another successful event and we received extremely positive feedback. We are grateful for all the support given by the sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, delegates, IATEFL Head Office and the Salini Resort in Malta. We are especially grateful to those members who gave their time, effort, dedication and enthusiasm to ensure that this event ran as smoothly as possible.

CONFERENCE SELECTIONS
Access a linked and clickable pdf version of the Malta conference proceedings here: IATEFL BESIG Malta CS

SPEAKER SLIDES
Click here to access and download the slides which have been provided by some of the speakers. Please contact the speakers directly if you have questions about the content of their slides.

PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT
Click here to view a selection of photos taken at the event. Please feel free to share and distribute the photos in your networks. You may also use them for your own personal purposes. Please credit Rudi Distl when you use them.

SIMULCAST TALKS
Access the videos of some of the talks which were simulcast and recorded at the conference using the links below:

A selection of simulcast recordings from the 30th IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference in Malta can be found online using the following links.

FINDINGS FROM THE WORLD CAFÉ
Click here to see the summaries of the discussions which took place during the World Café on the topics of Business Skills Training, The Future of our Profession, Intercultural Competency and Research.

INTERVIEWS WITH THE DELEGATES
Many thanks to our Roving Reporter Analía Duarte for tirelessly uploading photos to our social media channels and for conducting interviews with the participants throughout the conference. Here are some of the people Analía spoke to (video edited by Rob Howard):

CONFERENCE VIDEO  
Many thanks to BESIG Online Team member Rob Howard for putting together this short video as a memento of the event:

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME (view in external reader)

2017 Online summer symposium

IATEFL BESIG was delighted to host its second online symposium on Sunday, 25 June 2017.

This event was co-hosted with five business communication and business English SIGs from around the world: the Japan Association for Language Teaching Business Communication SIG (JALT BCSIG), BESIG Hungary, ELT@I BESIG in India, Braz-TESOL BESIG in Brazil, and the Asociacion de Profesores de Ingles de Buenos Aires Business English SIG (APIBA BESIG).

The symposium’s theme was BESIG(s) around the world, and focused on linking and strengthening business English ties internationally, sharing best practices across borders, and exploring global BE training contexts.

Each partner SIG had its own slot on the event’s programme; starting in Japan with JALT BCSIG and moving across the times zones as the day progresses, before finishing with the day’s finale from APIBA BESIG in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

It was a very successful event and you can find the program flyer and speaker information below:

2017 Glasgow (IATEFL conference)

We held two events at the IATEFL Annual Conference in Glasgow. Click on the links below to find out more:

2016 Munich (annual conference)

The 29th Annual Conference, held in cooperation with MaWSIG, took place in Munich, Germany on November 4-6, 2016.

Here are the media links from this event:

  • Access the online conference programme here.
  • Access the Munich live-stream recordings below by clicking on the links:

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Session  Watch recording
Speaker(s) Talk / Workshop / Discussion
A2 here Chia Suan Chong
Helping learners communicate internationally
B2 here Sylvie Donna Facilitating the development of a credible business-like persona
C2 here Mike Hogan
The 10-step path to success with low-level business English learners
D2 here Evan Frendo
Where are we with BELF? And where are we going?
E2 here Oksana Hera Teaching English for a more fulfilling career
F2 here Ben Butler ESP: Becoming a non-expert expert

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, 6 November 2016

 Session Room Speaker(s) Talk / Workshop / Discussion
G2 here Justine Arena Business model teacher: apply a business approach to freelance teaching
 H2 here Bob Dignen
Leading international projects
 J2 here Helen Strong
A matrix for developing learners’ business, language and intercultural skills
 K2 speaker cancelled Christopher Williams
Outside of the classroom, who are our Business English students?

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • View, download and print the official photographs from the event here. (Credit: Rudi Distl)
  • Access the presentation slides and other media here.
  • Access the linked and clickable pdf version of the Munich conference proceedings: IATEFL BESIG Munich Conference Selections 2016

 

2016 Online summer symposium

On Saturday, June 18, 2016, IATEFL BESIG hosted its 1st Online Symposium. It was 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.

You can access the speaker information, topic details, and all the links and recordings below:

Symposium programme

Please click on the speaker’s names to access the pecha kucha, webinar, and panel discussion recordings.
Session  Time (BST = UK time) Speaker(s) Title
Welcome
BST 12:30 – 12:40
 Julia Waldner
Pecha Kutcha

1 – 3

BST 12:40 – 13:20
Alan Simpson Business English in Asia
Rachel Appleby
The Confidence to Stand Up and Talk!
Roy Bicknell
A Trip to Planet Business English
Pecha Kutcha

4 – 6

BST 13:20 – 14:00
Geoff Tranter
English for What Business Purposes?
Kirsten Waechter Fourscore Ducats – The Impact of Shakespeare for Business English
 Elena Matveeva How to present in the era of Global English
Networking & Pecha Kucha Overflow
 BST 14:00 – 14:30
Break BST 14:30 – 14:45  –
Webinar 1
BST 14:45 – 15:30
Ben Dobbs Analytical Tools, Creative Problem Solving and Business English
Webinar 2
BST 15:30 – 16:15
Rob Howard You have no business teaching Business English, or do you?
Break BST 16:15 – 16:30  –
Webinar 3
BST 16:30 – 17:15
Lalitha Murthy Do we really mean what we say? Communication Challenges while Working with Indians
Question Time
panel discussion
BST 17:15 – 18:15
Business English in the Era of Global English
Closing  BST 18:15 – 18:30  Dana Poklepovic

 

Speakers and talks

Business English in Asia

Saturday – Pecha Kucha: 12:40 – 13:20 BST (local time here)

Asian Business English is a large growth market. As economies develop so do Business English as a lingua franca needs. This presentation will highlight some different Asian Business English interaction styles, based on cultural factors, such as directness and turn taking practices. There is a strong need for tailored training approaches, so a few example activities will be revealed.

Alan Simpson 

Alan Simpson coordinates the English program at Asahi Kasei in Nobeoka, Japan. He goes to chemical, pharmaceutical, electronic, fiber, and medical factories, and teaches a range of students from recent graduates to senior managers, using various materials, to suit their needs and motivations. Recently, he finished his MSc in TESOL. His main focus was on the authentic business English as a lingua franca interaction between Chinese coworkers and his Japanese students.

The Confidence to Stand Up and Talk

Saturday – Pecha Kucha: 12:40 – 13:20 BST (local time here)

Presentations are common in business contexts, and yet, regardless of age and experience, even the most senior in the company can find this challenge nerve-wracking. Course materials provide long lists of “useful phrases”, how to use visuals effectively, and so on, but still many of our clients lack the confidence to do this well. What clients specifically need is how to get started, engage their audience, keep them involved, and, not least, how to end effectively. This pecha kucha will take the fast-lane approach to hooks and tools to help clients not just survive but succeed!

Rachel Appleby

Rachel Appleby has taught English for International House and the British Council in the UK, Spain, Portugal, Slovakia, and Hungary, where she now lives. Since 1993 she has focused mostly on teaching English to in-company students, and also, more recently, to University students. Rachel works part-time at ELTE University in Budapest, teaching methodology, language, cultural studies and communication skills on the BA, and on the MA distance and full-time programmes. She is also a teacher trainer, specifically for Business English, but also a CELTA trainer. She also teaches Business English.

A trip to Planet Business English

Saturday – Pecha Kucha: 12:40 – 13.20 BST (local time here)

This tongue-in-cheek Pecha Kucha explores what happens when Extraterrestrials encounter a back-packing Business English teacher and decide to visit Planet Business English. Adopting their unique ET perspective, they explore planet life and investigate key developments that seem to be affecting the inhabitants of Planet BE. If you want to have an other-wordly view of Global English and similar developments in the 21st classroom, please attend this session and find out what Extraterrestrials really think!

Roy Bicknell

Roy Bicknell is based in Amsterdam where he teaches Business English, ESP and Intercultural Communication. He leads the Besig Editorial Team and is member of the IATEFL Publications Committee. Like most educators, Roy is very approachable, so just go and talk to him!

English for What Business Purposes

Saturday – Pecha Kucha: 13:20 – 14.00 BST (local time here)

Nowadays teachers and learners are confronted with a number of acronyms: ESP, EAP, ETP, EBP, etc. We even find ESAP (English for Specific Academic Purposes). What I have not yet found is ESBP = English for Specific Business Purposes: not in course materials, not in language school course programmes, not in the testing systems offered by international examination boards. This short Pecha Kucha presentation will look at the background to this situation, the practical consequences for teaching and the need and potential for more ESBP in view of the trends towards globalisation.

Geoff Tranter
Geoff has been involved in a wide range of Business English and ESP teaching and testing in further, higher and adult education. He presently teaches at Dortmund Technical University.

Fourscore Ducats – The Impact of Shakespeare for Business English

Saturday – Pecha Kucha: 13:20 – 14.00 BST (local time here)

It may be 400 years since Shakespeare died, but his influence on English is still highly relevant. can the same be said for global business English? How relevant are his wordings, phrases, topics and life for the future business English classroom? This Pecha Kucha will present some examples of how Shakespeare’s English can be used for several reas of business English, from accounting to management, from leadership to real estate.

Kirsten Waechter

Kirsten Waechter did Shakespeare at school and university and has been a fan since. She is a freelance trainer of business communication skills and business English in Bochum, Germany.

How to Present in the Era of Global English

Saturday – Pecha Kucha: 13:20 – 14:00 BST (local time here)

In the business environment it has become extremely important to know how to express ideas in order to get the message across to the audience. In the era of Global English it is difficult to decide what to pay attention to in order to achieve the intended result. In this pecha kucha Elena would like to highlight the skills and knowedge which teachers have to provide their students with when teaching presentation skills in the globalized world.

Elena Matveeva
Elena Matveeva has been teaching English in Russia since 1998. Since then she has taught English courses at University, given private classes to students of different age groups, taught Business English and General English courses at private language schools. Now she is employed at one of the private language schools in her native city. Her main interest lies in teaching General and Business English to adults.

Analytical Tools, Creative Problem Solving and Business English

Saturday – Webinar: 14:45 – 15:30 BST (local time here)

This interactive session will look at how problems are communicated and solved using Business English as a means of international communication and how this affects the relationships and results achieved by participants. We will look at what analytical tools we can provide and use with our course participants and how these can be used for both carrier content (the problem itself) and real content (language skills and systems) by Business English trainers. This will go beyond the typical SWOT analysis and into other areas including coaching, decision-making, delegation and related tools such as “LoNG” PESTEL.

Ben Dobbs
Ben Dobbs is an independent business communications trainer and coach. He delivers training in the areas of language, business functions and intercultural and interpersonal skills, most recently in Saudi Arabia, Russia, the UAE and China.

You have no business teaching Business English, or do you?

Saturday – Webinar: 15:30 – 16:15 BST (local time here)

Today’s Business English clients are much more demanding than in the past. Many are making more and more demands on the profile of their teachers. Must they be native speakers? Must they have a business background? Should they have business experience? Is being a good English teacher enough? The presentation will present ideas based upon years of experience dealing with this dilemma and the answers just might surprise you. It will be covering some uncommon and often overlooked aspects of Business English teaching that are should be reevaluated before ever offering to teach a business client.

Rob Howard

Rob Howard is the owner of Online Language Center, teaching advanced communication solutions globally.  A Business Management and Computer Science major and Secondary Education minor with 40 years of business experience, he is now a teacher, writer, consultant and speaker regarding EFL. He is the founder of EFLtalks.com, building a free, online worldwide PLN+ for teachers, which has been nominated for the British Council’s 2016 ELTons Award for Innovation in teacher resources.

Do we Really Mean What we Say? Communication Challenges while Working with Indians

Saturday – Webinar: 16:30 – 17:15 BST (local time here)

In this era of globalization, working with other cultures poses a number of challenges. This includes challenges which arise due to cultural differences, styles of communication as well as differences in the use of language. Challenges increase further when the communication is not face to face but virtual. This workshop explores these differences from the perspective of working with Indians specially software engineers who interact with different nationalities. It aims to provide solutions by analyzing the language used and the cultural traits they may exhibit.

Lalitha Murthy
Lalitha Murthy, based in Bangalore, India, is a Business English trainer. She has worked with various companies which provide IT solutions in the off shore model. She has presented at two Besig Annual Conferences, and was the Indian host of the first simulcast conducted by BESIG in 2012.

Business English in the Era of Global English

Saturday – Question Time panel discussion: 17:15 – 18:15 BST (local time here)

The Question Time panel discussion is the culmination of the IATEFL BESIG 1st Online Symposium. A panel of four experts will be asked a mix of prepared and spontaneous audience questions on the day’s theme: Business English in the era of global English. The three specific areas that participants will be encouraged to submit questions about are: global English and the English we should teach, soft skills and intercultural training, and the role of technology. The discussion will be hosted by Pete Rutherford.

Virginia Lopez Grisolia

Professor Virginia López Grisolía is a teacher of English and simultaneous and consecutive interpreter. She was the APIBA President from 2013 – 2015 and is the president of the Association of Graduate English Teachers of Buenos Aires, which is a member of FAAPI. She was also an Executive Committee member at APIBA from 2005 to 2011. Virginia has taught English Grammar I, II & Linguistics at J.V.Gonzalez, Lenguas Vivas J.R.Fernandez and INSPT-UTN for over 27 years. Additionally, she has taught English and acted as coordinator, teacher trainer and consultant for schools and private institutions for more than 25 years. Virginia is the owner and Director of Studies at Interaction Language Studio, a company devoted to the teaching of Business English since 1988.

Juliette Hartmann

Juliette worked in ELT for over 20 years as a teacher and teacher trainer in private language schools, Helderberg College and the University of Stellenbosch before joining the University of Cape Town’s English Language Centre as Director of Studies. Her areas of interest are teacher training, teacher coaching, experiential learning, and time limit anxiety in language learning.

Mike Hogan

Mike has worked in professional English language and international communication training since 2001. Mike is also a trainer and coach in the field of international team and leadership, offering support for those working in or leading international (virtual) teams. He enjoys designing and delivering teacher training courses and is very experienced with elearning. He is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences and webinar presenter for both ELT and international leadership topics. Titles published by Mike include the award-winning ‘Basis for Business’ (Cornelson) and ‘Business English for Beginners’ (Cornelsen), as well as ‘Global Business eWorkbooks’ (Macmillan). Having spent 15 years in Germany, Mike now lives in York where he enjoys spending time with his family, cooking and being outdoors.

Jennie Wright

Jennie Wright is a teacher, presenter, blogger and ELT author based in Germany. With over 15 years of experience in language teaching, her blog http://teflhelperblog.wordpress.com/ features free professional development resources for teachers. She also co-authored Experimental Practice in ELT: Walk on the wild side with Christina Rebuffet-Broadus which is published by www.the-round.com. Her experience in business English goes back over 15 years, where she started teaching Japanese business men in Tokyo. She is now embedded with 100 German software engineers at an international company. When not teaching, she enjoys mentoring new ELT writers to contribute articles to the ELTAS News (Stuttgart ELTA).

2016 Birmingham (IATEFL conference)

We held two events at the IATEFL Annual Conference in Birmingham – a Pre-Conference Event on April 12th and a BESIG Day on April 13th with various speakers and Business English topics and activities. Click on the links below for the flyers:

IATEFL BESIG Pre-Conference Event (PCE) – April 12, 2016:

IATEFL BESIG Day – April 13, 2016 – Business English Presentations list:

Cultural concepts and language: progressing from EFL to ELF?
Rudi Camerer & Judith Mader

How to present and be heard in the modern world
Elena Matveeva

Ensuring quality in corporate language training: support through internal consulting
Darina Phelan & Laura Scott

Personal branding for freelance business success
Christina Rebuffet-Broadus

One-to-one language coaching in practice
Helen Strong

Making trouble-free corpus tasks in ten minutes
Jennie Wright

2015 Sitges (annual conference)

The 28th IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference took place in Meliá Sitges – southwest of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain on the 13 – 15 November 2015.

To find out more about the sessions and speakers at the conference, download the sessions overview and full schedule below:

2015 Budapest (summer symposium)

IATEFL BESIG Summer Symposium 2015. A Joint IATEFL BESIG and IATEFL Hungary Summer Symposium was held in Budapest, Hungary on June 20, 2015.

Business English for Specific Purposes: What do our learners really need?

To find out more about the session and speakers at the symposium, click on the links below:

2015 Manchester (IATEFL conference)

We held two events at the IATEFL Annual Conference in Manchester – the Pre-Conference Event (PCE) in cooperation with TEASIG on April 10th and BESIG Day on April 13, 2015. Click on the links below to access the flyer and programme:

2014 Bonn (annual conference)

The 27th IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference was held on 14 – 16 November 2014 in Bonn, the former capital of the Federal Republic of Germany at the Sankt Augustin Campus, Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg.

You can download the schedule, speaker and topic details, and the speaker slides below:

Full Schedule IATEFL BESIG Bonn 2014

Overview of Sessions IATEFL BESIG Bonn 2014

Erica Williams Those mad men and women handout 

Franca Poppi_Rethinking the ELT university curriculum_BEFL or BELF 

Gabrielle Jones The power of persuasion Influencing others

Helen Strong_Ten practical activities for business English classes 

Jennie Wright_HOT_high-order thinking_tasks for BE learners

John Allison_Sink or swim_Teaching tips to help pre-intermediates stay afloat 

Judith Ellis_Cambridge Business Exams_BEC_ Writing Assessment B2-C1J

udith Mader_Rudi Camerer_Business English and the real world_Gender_power_hierarchy 

Julia Streuber_I know I can 

Liz Jolliffe_The coaching approach_It could be totally different 

Marjorie Rosenberg_The relevance of NLP in business English training 

Mercedes Viola Whats the future of business English training in the corporate world

Mike Hogan_Working in virtual teams 

Patricia de Griese_Effective feedback 

Patrick Mustu_Legal English_Devising appropriate content for teaching German professionals

Patrick Mustu_Teaching tax professionals in a national setting_The German example

Paul Emmerson_An adventure in e-learning and e-teaching

Paula Mulanovic_Teach like TED

Pete Rutherford & Rob Szabó_Online meetings training pack

Pete Rutherford Learning to learn Bonn

Pete Sharma_The business English course book in the 21st Century_Blending print and digital

Philip Gienandt_Teaching business English with videos_How to use videos in the classroom and beyond

Roy Bicknell_Adopting the tourist stance

Rudi Camerer_Mike Hogan_Kirsten Wächter_Panel_discussion_How much intercultural competence do business English trainers need

Sabrina Gerland_Developing business English materials for Japanese undergraduate students

Scott Levey_Storytelling in business_Adding value to our clients

Adrian Pilbeam_Negotiating internationally_Language skills and culture

Andrzej_Stesik_Business English_A journey for vocabulary to lexis

Anne Hodgson_Lets talk Basis for Business_Building speaking and business skills at B2 and C1

Beth Negus_Climbing the linguistic ladder

Bob Dignen_Virtual teams and meetings_Investigating the conventional wisdom that face to face communication is better

Christine Sick_Creating your own online materials for e- and mobile learning doesn’t have to be complicated

Emma Sue Prince Qualifications for the business English teacher

Elena Matveeva – Teaching presentation skills in a digital age (Prezi)

2014 Graz (summer symposium)

The BESIG 2014 Summer Symposium was held on June 13-14, 2014 in Graz, Austria. Our focus was:

Putting the research to work: research, practical applications and materials in business English teaching

You can download slides and handouts from speakers at this event below:

Anne Hodgson_Graz

Frendo Graz Enron 14 Jun 2014

Graz_Paul Walsh

Helen Strong Feedback on Pres Training BESIG 2014 Graz

Marjorie Grazpresentation graz_Yulia

Rob Szabo_Graz

THOSE MAD MEN Erica J Williams Graz handout

Yelena Korol__Graz_Let’s Help Our Students Finish

 

Evan Frendo was our Plenary speaker at this event and here are further details about his topic:

Exploring Business English

Research in corpora linguistics, genre analysis and English as a Lingua Franca is providing fresh insights into how we approach the teaching of business English. In this talk I will start by analysing different examples of authentic spoken business discourse, such as excerpts from telephone calls, meetings, small talk and negotiations, in the light of this research. What does it tell us about business discourse and the way we look at key issues such as miscommunication, specificity, communities and so on. After drawing up a set of characteristics of business discourse, we will look at how the ELT industry influences what we do in the business English class. For example, we will examine course books and the pressure publishers are under to produce books that appeal to large groups of both pre-experienced and in-work learners in as many markets as possible, with the result that many books are simply not designed to help teachers deal with the needs of individual learners in specific contexts. We will also look at testing, and discuss how practical limitations due to issues of cost, validity and reliability, as well as the difficulty of separating content knowledge from language knowledge, mean that we are not necessarily testing what we need to test. I will finish off by discussing key concerns that we as a profession might like to consider, specifically the need to understand more about the language we are teaching, the very different priorities of teaching ELF communication and traditional ELT, and the benefits of moving outside the classroom into informal learning contexts.

Evan Frendo, BSc (Mech Eng), LCCI Dip TEB, MSc TESP

Evan Frendo is a freelance trainer, teacher trainer and author based in Berlin. He has been active in business English and ESP since 1993, mostly in the corporate sector. A frequent speaker at conferences, he also travels regularly in Europe and Asia to run courses or to work as a consultant, and has trained hundreds of business English teachers over the years. One of his current destinations is Chaozhou in China, where he a Visiting Professor at Hanshan Normal University. Evan has also published nearly twenty course books in the fields of business English and ESP, including methodology books for trainers such as “How to teach Business English” (Longman, 2005), as well as a number of books aimed at specific industries, ranging from “English for the Oil Industry I & II” and “English for Construction I & II” (Pearson 2011- 2012) to the recently revised “English for Accounting” (Cornelsen 2013). He also instructed on the ESP module of the New School´s MA TESOL programme in New York. Visit his blog “English for the Workplace” to find out more.

2014 Harrogate (IATEFL conference)

At the 2014 IATEFL Conference in Harrogate, UK BESIG held two events, the BESIG Programme Day and the Pre-Conference Event (PCE).

The BESIG Programme Day took place on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 and the Cambridge sponsored PCE took place on April 1, 2014 with the theme: How to teach business skills while teaching business english.

To download the BESIG PCE information please click on the links below:

Tuesday 1 April 2013 10.00 – 17.00

Many business English trainers find that they are actually expected to do more than just deliver language training. As business English learners need English to deal with tasks in the workplace such as negotiating, chairing meetings, giving presentations, making sales pitches, and so on, the business English trainer is increasingly expected to provide not only the language required to carry out these tasks, but also the business skills necessary to get the job done. The ‘disconnect’ occurs when trainers feel that they are not equipped to offer skills training to their learners as they consider themselves to be language experts rather than experts in business.

This pre-conference event will look at the different way trainers can teach business skills while teaching business English. In the interactive workshops, talks and panel discussion planned for the PCE, this issue will be addressed by speakers who have experience in both language and skills training. Participants will gain tips and ideas on ways they can incorporate business skills into their own teaching situations. The aim of the PCE is to help both experienced and inexperienced trainers to find ways to meet the specialized needs of their business English clients.

10.00 – 10.10

IATEFL 2014 Harrogate Marjorie Rosenberg

IATEFL Harrogate_Frendo – Teaching Business English – are we doing it right (1)

IATEFL slides_Andrew preshous

Steve Flinders_IATEFL_Harrogate

Gabrielle Jones slides (1)

Welcome

10.10 – 10.30

Overview

with Jonathan Deer

Sponsored by Cambridge English Language Assessment

In the overview, Jonathan will consider recent developments in testing business English and will make a link as to the possible impact on teaching. The discussion will also focus on the potential mismatch between demands for wider soft- and hard skills instruction within the business English contexts and the knowledge gaps that many Business English instructors/facilitators may have.

You can download the slides from Jonathan´s presentation here

Jonathan Deer is the Development Manager for Workplace and Online Testing for Cambridge English Language Assessment, which includes the suite of business tests (BEC and BULATS). Previously he worked for Pearson Education in Latin America, largely covering the vocational and workplace testing market, as well as being involved in the development of large-scale projects involving vocational language benchmarking for Colombian National Vocational Agency and the Ministry of Education. Previously Jonathan worked for the British Council for 10 years and was involved in teaching business English as well as being Exams manager for 4 years.

10:30- 13:00 (with a coffee break from 11:30- 12:00)

Teaching Business Content and Skills in a Business English Context

with Martin Lisboa

Sponsored by Cambridge University Press

Shirt sleeves will be rolled-up as we get to grips with a set of tasks to start to redefine the outer limits of BE. Where does Business English stop and Business Studies start? Can a Business English teacher facilitate learning content from a Business Studies course? Is teaching students how to communicate persuasively an application of a business communications theory, a business skill, or an example of business language in use? This two part workshop will explore the answers to these questions using material from Business Advantage and other sources. The thesis of this workshop is that the barriers are coming down and the traditional boundaries between disciplines are blurring. We as a profession, can and should, move purposely into new territory.

You can download the slides from Martin´s workshop here: Part 1, Part 2

Martin Lisboa teaches Business Communication Skills and EAP at Imperial College Business School, University of London. His interests span EAP, Business ELT, Busines Studies and Learner Material Writing. He has an MBA from the OU Business School and has worked in Mexico, the UK and Italy. He set up his own executive language training centre in London, was Senior Lecturer at London Metropolitan University and Assistant Director (Marketing) at the British Council, Milan. He is co-author of IELTS exam preparation course books IATEFL Express (pub. Cengage/ National Geographic Learning) and the New English Business English course from Intermediate to Advanced level, Business Advantage, (pub. Cambridge University Press). Currently back in the (virtual) classroom studying part-time for an MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL at Portsmouth University.

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch break

14.00 – 16.10 (with a coffee break 15.15- 15.45)
Developing interpersonal skills, sponsored by York Associates

Is it time to change the skills paradigm which the ELT industry has created – language, professional skills such as presenting, negotiating etc. and intercultural – and shift to the real challenge, namely helping our clients to develop effective interpersonal skills for communicating internationally in English. In this workshop, Fiona Mee outlines the case for a radical shift to an interpersonal syllabus for business English trainers which includes, for example, relationship building, influencing, managing conflict etc. and then illustrates practical ways in which Business English teachers can integrate the teaching of these skills into their classrooms.

You can download the slides from Fiona’s presentation here:

Fiona Mee worked as a business English and intercultural skills trainer, manager and entrepreneur in Brazil and Germany before joining York Associates in 2008. She is now a director with responsibilities for operations, change, people and business development. Her interests lie in researching and writing about how to better understand change and in how to improve international professional relationships through effective communication. She contributes to material development at York Associates and recently wrote Managing Change, part of the International Management English series published by Delta Publishing and York Associates. Fiona is currently working towards the Institute of Leadership and Management level 7 diploma in coaching and mentoring and is implementing a coaching approach in the management and training at York Associates. Business Communication Skills and EAP at Imperial College Business School, University of London. His interests span EAP, Business ELT, Busines Studies and Learner Material Writing.

16.30 – 17.00 Panel Discussion with speakers

The BESIG Programme Day speaker slide links, along with and the topic and speaker overview is below:

Session 2.1 (10.25 – 10.55) Workshop
Steve Flinders (United Kingdom)
The ingredients of effective international Human Resources communication
In this talk I shall propose a model for looking at international HR communication which covers language, professional communication, intercultural, interpersonal and leadership skills. I shall also present my work with one international HR team which involved both the diagnosis of the skills of each individual member and an analysis of the skills set of the whole team.

You can download the slides from this talk by clicking here

Steve Flinders is a director of York Associates. As a trainer, he is especially interested in international HR, political, trade union and public service communication. He is an accredited facilitator for The International Profiler, an intercultural profiling tool. His books include Leading People and Key Terms in People Management.

Coffee Break (10.55- 11.30)
Session 2.2 (11.30 – 12.00) Talk
Dana Poklepovic (Argentina)
Authentic business skills techniques
Today, learners expect a more comprehensive development of business skills in Business English courses. However, traditional activities are designed to teach the language of business rather than address the performance of these abilities. This interactive talk aims to provide insight into the use of business skills and to describe innovative activities based on well-known management techniques.

Dana Poklepovic has taught Business English for over 20 years in Argentina, Santiago de Chile and New York. She holds a PhD in Modern Languages (USAL), a translation degree (UCA) and the LCCI FTBE. At present she is working for the UCA Language Extension Program and is a member of the research team in Applied Linguistics. She also heads a language consulting firm that provides language and training services to international and national companies in Buenos Aires. Her current professional interest is to link Business English with related management and business disciplines through interdisciplinary material design and teachers’ professional development.

Session 2.3 (12.15- 12.45) Talk
Andrew Preshous (United Kingdom)
From academic corpus to business classroom: teaching appropriate vocabulary effectively
Identifying the vocabulary needs of business students and selecting suitable lexical items to teach continues to be an important issue in EAP. This paper will report on a project aimed at improving the appropriate productive use of vocabulary of 3rd year international students doing a top-up degree in International Business.

You can download the slides from this talk by clicking here

Andrew Preshous has taught English in Greece, Poland, Hong Kong, Malaysia and the UK. This experience includes developing and delivering specialist ESP courses such as English pronunciation for Malaysian newsreaders and English for the hotel industry. He is now Senior Lecturer in Academic English at Coventry University and specialises in ESP and business English. His current research interests are vocabulary and subject-specific materials design for EAP. He is a CELTA approved teacher trainer and is also interested in teacher development. He has published a number of articles and an IELTS coursebook (IELTS Foundation, 2004. Macmillan).

Lunch break (12.45- 14.05)
Session 2.4 (14.05 – 14.50) Workshop
Gabrielle Jones (Germany)
Language for Building Business Relationships
This talk will raise awareness of the language strategies learners of business English should use in order to build better relationships in their daily communication. We will look at a variety of techniques for building rapport through language use and will demonstrate how effective active listening greatly improves professional communication.

You can download the slides from this workshop by clicking here

Gabrielle Jones has been designing and delivering tailor-made business English courses since 2000. Now based in Germany, she holds a managerial position where she is responsible for assessing client needs, developing language and communication training concepts for regional and multinational organisations, as well as for the professional development of over 40 trainers. She specialises in professional communication training as well as ESP and technical English and is a DELTA tutor.

Session 2.5 (15.05 – 15.35) Talk
Rudi Camerer (Germany)
English as a Lingua Franca
Most experts agree that over 80 % of international encounters in which English is spoken take place in the absence of native speakers of English. What does this mean for the teaching of English? This workshop will address this issue in the light of current research and suggest practical ways preparing learners for using English as the global lingua franca.

Rudi Camerer comes from language testing. Today he directs elc – European Language Competence, a consultancy based in Frankfurt am Main working for international companies, ministries of education, chambers of commerce, publishers etc., which focuses on combining foreign language teaching with the training of intercultural competence. elc was awarded the European Language Label for developing concepts and teaching material in English and French for use in secondary schools. Together with Judith Mader he co-authored Intercultural Competence in Business English (Cornelsen 2012).

Session 2.6 (15.50 – 16.35) Workshop
Justine Arena (Brazil)
Tech-enhanced traditional storytelling in Business English
This session will present some practical examples of how a combination of traditional storytelling and digital/ web tools can be used to facilitate learning and teacher-student interaction and to enhance the learner´s business skills. The workshop will make use of the participants´ own stories and will reflect on the use of storytelling as a teaching tool in business English.

Justine Arena lived in Boston for 13 years, where she studied and worked. Now back in Brazil, Justine combines her international business experience with the teaching of English as a second language.

Coffee break (16.35- 17.10)
Session 2.7
Evan Frendo (Germany) (Talk -17.10- 17.40)
Teaching business English – Are we doing it right?
Research in corpus linguistics, genre analysis and English as a Lingua Franca is providing fresh insights into how we approach business English. I will first look at the characteristics of business discourse, and follow up with a brief discussion about the limitations of course books and testing. I will argue that we as a profession could do better.

You can download the slides from this talk by clicking here

Evan Frendo is a freelance trainer, teacher trainer and author based in Berlin. He has been active in business English and ESP since 1993, mostly in the corporate sector. A frequent speaker at conferences, he also travels regularly in Europe and Asia to run courses or to work as a consultant, and has trained hundreds of business English teachers over the years. One of his current destinations is Chaozhou in China, where he is a Visiting Professor at Hanshan Normal University. Evan has also published nearly twenty course books in the fields of business English and ESP, including methodology books for trainers such as “How to teach Business English” (Longman, 2005), as well as a number of books aimed at specific industries, ranging from “English for the Oil Industry I & I” and “English for Construction I & II”. (Pearson 2011-2012) to the recently revised “English for Accounting” (Cornelsen 2013). He has also instructed on the ESP module of the New School’s MATESOL programme in New York. Visit his blog “English for the workplace” to find out more.

IATEFL BESIG Open Forum (17.45 – 18.15)
sponsored by Cambridge University Press

The Open Forum is an excellent chance to have your voice heard and find out about SIG activities and other news. We will introduce the 2014 BESIG Facilitator Scholarship winner and announce the winners of the writing competition as well as inform you about upcoming events and awards. Take this opportunity to meet the committee and other SIG members while mingling over refreshments at the end of the day!

You can also download the slides from the workshop IATEFL BESIG Coordinator Marjorie Rosenberg did at the IATEFL Conference 2014 on “Writing Business English Activities” by clicking here

2013 Prague (annual conference)

The 26th IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference was held on November 8-10, 2013 in Prague, Czech Republic at the Prague Congress Centre.

Please download the slides from the conference presenters below:

Andy Johnson – Using technology in materials writing and course design

James Schofield & Michelle Hunter – English for coaching at work

2013.11.07 TR BESIG_LS Service Design Workshop

Almust Koester

Appleby PPT Presn BESIG 2013 FINAL (1)

BESIG 2013 CLIL – final_07 11 2013

BESIG presentation Nick Brieger (2)

BESIG_2013_Presentation_Mader_final

BESIG2013_speedpres.

Bicknell_Language Female Leadership Prague 2013 (1)

Charles Rei – Assessing Role-Plays and Simulations

Cleve Miller_BESIG Prague

Employability through TOEIC [Kompatibilitätsmodus] (1)

Fiona Mee_BESIG presentation Prague 2013

Gabrielle Jones slides

How can we teach Internationa English – rudi Camerer

How to prepare professional communicators for the workplace

Materials Development for Business English

Nick Hamilton BESIG Prague 2013 Slides

pdf_BESIG 2013 presentation_John Hughes

PDF_Impression Management Frendo BESIG Prague 2013

PDF_Jon Dyson_Jackie BlackP

DF_Mobile Learning Lesson Plans_Prague 2013

PDF_Spotlight on Learning Styles – BESIG Prague 2013

PDF_Training_On_Trial_BESIG

PDF_Yes and…Improv theater techniques for business English – Christina Rebuffet-Broadus – Sat D9

Questions we face when dealing with business English trainees

RMIT Magee Leiva Presentation

S.Turnbull BESIG 2013 Presentation (1)

Successful International Presentations_BESIG_2013 (1)

THINKING ON OUR FEET_Roy Bicknell_Prague 2013

Using creative stories for BE exam courses

Barry Tomalin – What international negotiators need to know

2013 Online (summer symposium)

IATEFL BESIG hosted a landmark event on June 15th, 2013, its 1st IATEFL BESIG Online Conference.

The 1st IATEFL BESIG Online Conference was a full day consisting of online workshops, plenary talks and practical ‘how to’ sessions. It was free and open to everyone with an interest in Business English.

The conference had two plenaries, twenty workshop sessions and eight shorter “how to” sessions. It ran from 7:00 GMT to 15:00 GMT on the Adobe Connect platform.

Our plenaries and workshop sessions focused on the creation, development, selection and exploitation of materials in business English and ESP contexts as well as the integration of digital materials and m-learning into the field of Business English.

You can download the conference programme here:

2012 Stuttgart (Annual Conference)

Videos from the conference can be viewed here:

Photos from the conference can be viewed here:

IATEFL BESIG 2012 Annual Conference

Speaker presentations
Please use the links below to download any of the presentation materials you may be interested in. If no link is available, please contact us and we will contact the speaker to request their materials.

Analysing corpora to teach financial English

Your politeness or my politeness_politeness matters in international communication

Workplace English 1 and 2_final

Working with authentic listening materials_a practical session

What´s new at Cambridge ESOL

What to be actually aware of in international encounters

What are good criteria for the assessment of business English performance_Judith Mader

The vocabulary challenge_bilingual or monolingual

The Communicative Event

The Awareness Track

Teamwork_Tasks and Taxonomies

Teaching Business English for Arab Learners

Teaching and Learning Busines English and Technical English with TechnoPlus English 2.0

StuttgartBESIG2012PPT

Strategies for dealing with sporadic attendance in business English courses_BESIG 2012 (1)

Small Talk Besig 2012

Seven blended learning course ideas for BE learners

Making the transition from business English trainer to intercultural trainer

Lindner_Rachel_BESIG_Nov KISS

Lexical affinities finding out who your friends are

Learn to write ELT materials and get published

Internationalisation and the role of English in tertiary education

Integrate or Disintegrate for BESIG website

In a rut 1

How to Talk to Difficult Students Revised BESIG

German Learner

Five ways to use Moodle to enhance your business English course

Finding your focus in a focus on form approach_Marise Lehto

English for tax professionals

Do we need to analyze the way we analyze needs

Developing skills through real meeting recordingsC

ommunicating across cultures _ Besig 2012

Charles Rei Handout

Business Skills and Business English

Business Learners’ Beliefs BESIG 2012 Gareth Humphrey (1)

Bringing management training into the business Engish classroom

Bringing BEC Vantage to Life BESIG 2012 6 slides

besig_KB_&_NW

Apptivities for business English

Preparation for the TOEFL and GRE tests

PEO BESIG 2012 LK 7 11 12

Paul Emmerson Stuttgart

Nik Peachey – Taking care of your own continuing professional development (CPD)

New trends in shortened written business communication

Managing_Projects_Besig_12_v1

2012 Paris (summer symposium)

The 2012 Summer Symposium on Teaching Professional English is in cooperation with TESOL France and was held in Paris on Saturday, June 16th.

 

Our Keynote speaker this year was David Crystal.

IATEFL Patron David Crystal spoke on the topic Language and the Internet.

What influence is the Internet having on language, and what is happening to language as it comes to be used on the Internet? There is a great deal of misleading popular mythology, which needs to be replaced by precise linguistic description. The talk presented the view that the Internet is in some respects a linguistic revolution, introducing new opportunities for communication, but that its influence on individual languages has so far been quite limited.

Professor David Crystal is one of the world’s foremost authorities on language. An internationally renowned writer, editor, lecturer, and broadcaster, he received an OBE in 1995 for his services to the English language. He has authored and edited over 100 books, including The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language, The Stories of English, and Language and the Internet. Internet Linguistics: A Student Guide and The Story of English in 100 Words were published in 2011.

You can visit David’s website here: DavidCrystal.com

You can download the information of the event here:

BESIG Summer Symposium Preliminary Programme 2012

Full schedule

Overview

Best Presentation Award Winners

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) was proud to sponsor the Best Presentation Award at the BESIG Summer Symposium 2012. The award was established to encourage the development of good practice in relation to teaching, materials development and research in the area of international business communication (IBC). The “UCLan IBC Best Presentation Award” recognises the best first time presenter at an IATEFL BESIG conference according to the following criteria:

  • The content of the presentation (e.g., originality and significance of the theme)
  • The quality of the presentation (e.g., design, structure and layout)
  • The delivery of the presentation (e.g., clarity, persuasiveness, Q&A session).

The award was made during the closing panel where a certificate and GBP 200 prize was presented to the winners.

The Award winners

Joint first prize winners are:

Eric Halvorsen, based in France
Task-based Language Teaching for One-to-one Business English Contexts

and

Luke Thompson & Andy Johnson, based in the UK
Creating Contextual Narrative-based Course Material for Young Business English Learners

Third prize winner:

Vicky Loras, based in Switzerland
Word of the Week and Other Ideas for Business English Classes

The Judges:

The judges were:

Vera Dickman, Director, Dept Languages et Cultures, Telecom Paris-Tech
Delia Jackson, UNCLAN
David Leeming, UNCLAN (chair)
Ákos Gerold, IATEFL BESIG Development Coordinator

 

Best Presentation Award Winners

 

 

Videos: Interviews and Sessions Recordings:

2012 Glasgow (IATEFL BESIG PCE) - no links

2011 Dubrovnik (annual conference online)

The 2011 BESIG annual conference online was held in Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 18-20th. We had set up online events and viewing which delegates coud access by using this link below for the videos, schedules, speaker topics, and speaker information:

BESIG Annual Conference Online

We broadcast some online information using our youtube channel. Here is an ad about this event with some of our organisers:

 

Plenary speaker: Jeremy Comfort
Jeremy Comfort’s Keynote Presentation was on ‘What’s Culture Got to Do with Business?’

The recordings can be viewed in HD quality on the BESIG YouTube Channel here:

This year BESIG also offered a programme of sessions that were simultaneously broadcast live so that the audience in Bielefeld could be joined by an online audience. A special thanks to BESIG Online Team (BOT) member Mercedes Viola, who not only presented the final session, but also provided online support throughout the four-hour programme. A very special thanksto Cornelia Kreis-Meyer for providing invaluable technical support drring the session, and of course a big thank you to the speakers – Candy van Olst, Cleve Miller, Jeremy Comfort and Mercedes Viola for very bravely taking part in this experiment.

Mercedes Viola

Click here to view the recording on the BESIG YouTube Channel: The knowledge we share, the role we fulfill

2011 Preston (summer symposium)

2011 Summer Symposium was held in Preston, UK on June 24-25 with the theme: Teaching Business English with Digital Technologies

Recordings of simulcast talks

Friday 24 June

  • Click here to view the recording of the Plenary session with Pete SharmaPlenary
  • Click here to view the recording of Valentina Dodge‘s talk:English360 Mix & Match 
  • Click here to view the recording of Marjorie Rosenberg‘s talk: Making Use of PEO

Saturday 25 June

2011 Brighton (IATEFL BESIG PCE & Programme Day)

The 2011 IATEFL PCE & Programme Day theme for the IATEFL BESIG Pre-Conference Event (PCE) was: Professional English Trainers: Where Are We Now? Where Should We Be Tomorrow?   We would like to thank Trinity College London for their generous sponsorship of the event.

Speakers & Workshops
Carol Bausor: Professional English Trainers, time to start selling instead of selling ourselves short
CEO of International Language & Training Consultants, Lyon, France

Working in schools, academic institutions, or else independently, we Professional English Trainers seldom have direct access to a management model which can fast forward our own career path. How then can we pilot our working life towards both financial and intellectual success? Carol will be leading a very practical session, during which the question “What’s stopping you from earning more money in EFL?” will be clearly addressed.

Carol Bausor is English, but she fell in love with France at the age of 13, and, arranged to move there (ostensibly for one year) . Over 30 years later, she’s still there, still enjoying life, France, and her job. Today working as a Company Manager, she still finds time to teach English to French corporate trainees, and conduct Coaching Sessions (she’s a qualified NLP trainer) in Success strategies. Carol has taught English in France, and in North and West Africa, to students aged from 3 to 75, is particularly interested in how “limiting beliefs” stop people from doing things, and how to instill more effective mind-sets, in situations such as EFL teachers’ professional advancement.

Deborah Capras: Professional English trainers: the materials, the pedagogy and the technology
Deputy Editor of Business Spotlight

How far have the demands on professional English trainers changed over the last ten years? What do learners expect from trainers regarding the use of material, pedagogy and technology? Deborah Capras will present research carried out by Business Spotlight, the leading magazine for learners of business English in Germany, and will look at dominating trends in the industry — and at what might lie ahead.

Deborah Capras is the deputy editor at Business Spotlight. An experienced business English teacher and teacher trainer, she takes a particular interest in material design, web-based training and new technologies.

Maurice Cassidy: Company Language Assessment – professionally
Director, Executive Centre IH London

Making the move from small scale BE teaching to working with large corporate clients not only demands a re-calibration of the trainer’s classroom skills, it also requires nurturing of a new realtionship – namely that with the company training manager. This short talk draws on experience with different players in this arena, and provides pointers to those wishing reap the rewards of the extra responsibility thrust on the corporate ELT professional. Particular reference will be made to assessment tools and their role in providing positive outcomes for all concerned.

This talk was sponsored by ESOL

MauriceCassidy has experienced a variety of roles in business English over the last 18 years. Although based in London managing a team of around 30 trainers, work has provided new challenges in places such as Italy, Russia and Kazakhstan during this time. His interests include using new technology to further the excellence of classroom teaching.

Huan Japes: Training Teachers to be Trainers
Chief Examiner DipTESOL, Trinity College London

We will begin by looking at the competences typical of a teacher with an initial certificate and one year’s post-certificate teaching in a general English context. Clearly, certain competencies that such a teacher possesses are transferable to a role as a trainer in a business English context, but what additional teacher training is required. We will look at both the skills and knowledge that a short course of training needs to focus and build on, making reference to the English UKL/Trinity College London CertIBET (Certificate in International Business English Training).

Huan Japes has worked in Italy, the UK, Russia and China for Saint George International, EF English first and Trinity College London. He is currently Chief examiner TESOL for Trinity College London. He has wide experience with teacher training programmes at certificate and diploma level and has particular interests in professional development and e-learning.

2010 Bielefeld (Annual Conference)

In 2010 the IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference returned to Bielefeld in the very building where it was first held in 1988.

This year we interviewed delegates and committee members which can be viewed on our youtube channel below:

 

 

Keynote Speaker: Mark Powell – Lean Language: Streamlining Business English and you can view his talk below:

2010 Harrogate (IATEFL BESIG PCE & Programme Day)

The 2010 IATEFL BESIG  PCE & Programme Day theme: Business or Business English? This year’s event was sponsored by Cambridge ESOL.

Speakers & Workshops
The speakers and their topics in order of appearance were as follows:

Ian Badger: Business English trainers – knowing our limits, developing our competences
Rita & Duncan Baker: Frameworks for task-based learning: how to avoid chucking out the baby with the bath water
Mark Waistell: The Anatomy of a Business English Teacher … “The Sequel!”
Rhonda Bowen: Professional Business English Training
Bob Dignen: Beyond Language – Towards Communication Coaching
Deshini Chetty: Assessing Business English
2010 Programme Day Information

Speakers & Sessions
Session 1.1 (10.40 – 11.40)

Robert Feather
Workshop
Bring work reality into the business English training session

Session 1.2 (12.15 – 13.00)

Adrian Pilbeam
Talk
Understanding the role of culture in international business

Session 1.3 (14.00 – 14.45)

Delia Jackson
Talk
Insights into the dynamics of multicultural teams

Session 1.4 (15.00 – 15.30)

Open Forum
Business English Special Interest Group Open Forum

Session 1.5 (16.05 – 17.05)

Marjorie Rosenberg
Workshop
Getting Business English learners to speak

Session 1.6 (17.20 – 17.50)

Petra Pointer
Talk
What students can get out of Twitter

Session 1.7 (18.05 – 18.50)

Robin Walker
Talk
The globalization of English: Implications for the business English classroom

2010 Rome (Summer Conference)

The 2010 Summer Conference was held at the University Roma Tre, Rome, Italy on June 25-26th.

Speakers & Presentations:

Here is a selection of talks from the event

The little extra that makes the difference
Speakers: Marjorie Rosenberg and Marie-Louise Cuyt

Summary:
Supplementary materials have a number of uses in the business English classroom. For teachers using a course book, they can be implemented as a way to reinforce and recycle vocabulary and grammar, to provide more opportunities for speaking or to simply liven up a class. For those who create their own materials, they can be used as valuable timesavers integrated into the curriculum. For trainers teaching one-to-one, they can be invaluable as they deal with a topic while providing practice materials. An added benefit is that use of extra materials enables the trainer to reach a wide range of learner types. This workshop will present a variety of supplementary materials which make use of the elements above.  They have all been used in a variety of classes in secondary, tertiary and adult education and can be easily adapted to different classroom situations.

Biographical information:
Marjorie Rosenberg has been teaching both general and business English for almost thirty years on the tertiary level and for corporate clients in Austria. She is an active teacher trainer and travels throughout Europe holding seminars and workshops on topics such as learning styles, cooperative learning, and NLP. Her publications include Communicative Business Activities, öbvhpt, Vienna 2001, In Business, CUP, 2005, and two series of textbooks for Austrian schools. She is also a contributing author to Cornelsen and Macmillan projects. At the moment she is creating several courses for english360. In addition, Marjorie is currently the joint-coordinator of the IATEFL BESIG committee.

Marie-Louise Cuyt has been teaching both general and business English for 25 years. She works with tertiary students and trains business people in a number of companies. In 2008 she successfully completed a course of study on Teaching English for Business presented by Mark Powell and was awarded the English UK/LCCIEB Certificate in Teaching English for Business. Marie-Louise is also a Cambridge ESOL Oral Examiner.

 

 

Using e-feedback in large classes in a business writing course
Speakers: Debbie Lahav and Ms Lisa Amdur

Summary:
“Business English” is a specialized compulsory writing course in the undergraduate program for Business Administration at Ruppin Academic Center in Israel. The course takes a process approach to writing instruction and is based on the assumption that writing development is contingent on extended writing practice together with responsive, customized, and on-going feedback which research has shown to be essential for writing development.
In designing the course, the following constraints were taken into consideration: (a) class size (n=38), (b) limited time (28 academic hours), (c) heterogeneity of the learners, and (d) work load of the instructor in providing feedback. Technology, in particular, the use of the MOODLE platform, has enabled us to address all these constraints,.
In this presentation, we will describe the units of study that make up the course. We will particularly focus on the provision of e-feedback and share our students’ attitude to it.” Biographical information:
Debbie Lahav has an MA from Haifa University in Linguistics, specializing in SLA. She has taught high school, adult EFL, business English and EAP. Currently she is teaching EAP and Business English at Ruppin College and working for Hebrew University, heading PD projects for in-service EFL teachers. Ms Lahav is actively promoting the integration of technology in English instruction.

Lisa Amdur is a doctoral student at Tel Aviv University, specializing in language testing. She has taught English at all levels of education, from elementary school through to college. She is currently teaching EAP and Business English at Ruppin Academic Center and is a teacher trainer at Beit Berl Teachers College. Ms. Amdur also coordinates the English curriculum committee at the Ministry of Education.

English360 – Collaboratively co-creating Business English courses and content
Speaker: Valentina Dodge

Summary:
Business English teachers are using web media to grow and reflect together. Educators around the world are sharing content, classroom activities and expertise with a network of colleagues – whether in the same staff room, city or on the other side of the world, authoring of courses and inspiration for lesson ideas has no boundaries. English360, a web-based platform is now available to further facilitate this co-development of material or courses. This workshop shows how the community of English360 users collaborate with each other to publish and share lesson activities and courses. The session has a practical focus related to on-going course design, progressing needs assessment and tagging. It outlines the benefits of blended and online BE courses. Participants will take part in discussions on how to address some of the challenges of this new mode of delivery: integrating authentic material, dealing with plagiarism, increasing awareness of copyright and Creative Commons.

Biographical information:
Valentina is Teacher Community Coordinator for English360 where she helps educators provide personalised business English learning programmes to meet their student and customer needs. She collaborates with and supports business English language teachers all over the world to help them publish and share lesson and courses for blended or online delivery. She organizes training sessions and support forums on instructional design and blended course organization to allow educators to combine their own materials and lesson plans with high quality course material from Cambridge University Press.

Collaboration in ESP course design and delivery: ideas, models and experiences
Speaker: Nick Robinson

Summary:
Collaboration in the context of ESP course design and delivery involves a set of working practices between a language specialist and a subject specialist. The aim of the collaboration will vary from case to case but is usually two-fold: to better meet students’ needs by providing the best possible mix of credible and authentic professional content and relevant language focus and development; and to help the language specialist better navigate the intricacies of a field that he or she may not be fully trained or conversant in. In this talk, we will examine how these aims can be met and discuss what is necessary from both sides in order for a successful collaboration to take place. We will draw on examples of collaboration from current ESP practitioners as well as from several ESP titles from Cambridge University Press, including Cambridge English for Marketing, written by myself in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).
This talk will be a commercial presentation on behalf of Cambridge University Press.

Biographical information:
Nick Robinson taught English in Spain, specialising in English for Specific Purposes (ESP) and Business English. He then worked for Cambridge University Press as a Marketing Executive and as an Editor on the ESP list. In 2007, he moved to York to become a freelance author, editor and trainer. He is the author of ‘Cambridge English for Marketing’, the ‘Infotech’ 4th Edition Online Workbook, and the ‘English Vocabulary in Use Elementary’ CD-ROM 2nd Edition. He is the co-author of the ‘face2face’ Advanced Teacher’s Book; the ‘English Unlimited’ Elementary, Pre-intermediate and Intermediate Self-study Packs; and ‘Let’s Talk Online’, an online speaking and listening course. Since November 2009 he has been a Brand Manager at Cambridge University Press.

Death By PowerPoint (And How To Avoid It.)

Speaker: Seth Dickens

Summary:
Business English teachers and Business English students have something in common when it comes to PowerPoint; they have usually been bored to death by it more times than they’d care to remember.

In this presentation I will show participants simple, practical ways to improve their own PowerPoint slides. We will also discuss two simple but effective lesson activities:

Creating simple but powerful visual contexts for conversation lessons using PowerPoint. These contexts draw students into the lesson and inspire classroom debate.

Creating stunning slides for business lessons. While presentation skills are vital for business students, even the most fluent student’s presentation will flop if the slides that accompany it are deathly dull. My simple suggestions will help teachers gain enough confidence with slide design for them to pass ideas onto students and use PowerPoint for class projects.”

Biographical information:
I am a language teacher, teacher-trainer and educational technology consultant based in North Italy. I am particularly interested in helping teachers incorporate technology and Web 2.0 tools into their teaching in simple and practical ways.

My “main” job is at a high-school near Trento. I teach subjects like economics, psychology, and Biology in English, using engaging Web 2.0 tools.

I also work with various schools and agencies including E.U. funded projects, the local education authority and private language schools. I wrote several modules of an online language-teacher-training course for EAQUALS, which I am now tutoring for the Technical University of Dresden.

Help! My learners need English to work in Asia.
Speaker: Evan Frendo

Summary:
This scenario is becoming very common in many companies, and trainers are having to adapt or create materials accordingly. Yet often those trainers lack any experience of Asia themselves, and it can be difficult to remain credible. In this session I will discuss some of the needs of learners who need English for Asia, and then look at ways we can meet these needs, focusing both on improving language competence as well as intercultural communication competence.”

Biographical information:
Evan Frendo is a freelance trainer, teacher trainer and author, and has been involved in Business English training and consulting since 1993. Currently based in Berlin, he lived in Singapore from 2003-2006,
working with German expats needing English to work in Asia. Nowadays his work for various corporations and clients takes him regularly to different parts of Europe and Asia. He has published various books and
articles over the years, including How to teach Business English, (Longman, 2005), and the Double Dealing series of coursebooks (Summertown, 2004-2006), with James Schofield. His most recent book is Working in Asia(Cornelsen, 2010) which he co-authored with Shuna Hsu.

English for human resources management (workshop)
Speaker: Pat Pledger

Summary:
“Human resources covers a multitude of people management issues over and above the recruitment process – what are they and how can you teach the vocabulary and technical jargon? Join me to look at what your personnel professionals, recruitment agencies or line managers will be needing in English and how you can help them to succeed. ”

Biographical information:
Pat Pledger spent 20 years in human resources management in London, before relocating to Germany and setting up as a business English trainer 20 years ago. Running a small business English consultancy in Hamburg, Germany, Pat works closely with many companies in northern Germany, but her main specialty is human resources training in English. www.pledger-bet.de Her book, ‘English for Human Resources’, has been published in Germany, the UK, China and other countries.

Pat Pledger – English for Human Resources Management Workshop

2009 Poznan (annual conference) no links

details will follow soon

2008 Bonn (annual conference)

The 2008 IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference was held at the Fachhochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg in St. Augustin, Bonn, Germany on November 21-23rd.

 

Plenary Speaker: Mike McCarthy
The plenary speaker was Mike McCarthy, speaking on Doing business with a spoken corpus.

Speaker presentations
Here is a link to the full programme giving details of the speakers and their sessions: 2008 IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference Programme.

If you would like a copy of the materials used by a speaker in one of the sessions please contact us here webadmin@besig.org and provided the speaker made this available we will be happy to send it to you.

2007 Berlin (annual conference)

The 2007 IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference took place in Berlin, Germany 16 – 18 November 2007.

Plenary Speaker

The plenary speaker was David Graddol, speaking on The future of ‘English for Business’ and ‘The Business of English’.

Speaker Presentations

Here is a link to the full programme giving details of the speakers and their sessions: 2007 IATEFL BESIG Conference Programme

If you would like a copy of the materials used by a speaker in one of the sessions please contact us here webadmin@besig.org and provided the speaker made this available we will be happy to send it to you.

2006 Milan (annual conference)

The 2006 IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference took place in Milan, Italy 08 – 10 December 2006.

Plenary Speakers

The joint plenary speakers were Gabriele Eilert-Ebke, Evan Frendo and Jeremy Comfort, speaking on Current State and New Directions.

Speaker Presentations

Here is a link to the full programme giving details of the speakers and their sessions: 2006 IATEFL BESIG Conference Programme.

If you would like a copy of the materials used by a speaker in one of the sessions please contact us here webadmin@besig.org and provided the speaker made this available we will be happy to send it to you.

2005 Monaco (annual conference)

The 2005 IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference took place in Monaco, France 11 – 13 November 2005.

Speaker Presentations

Here is a link to the full programme giving details of the speakers and their sessions: 2005 IATEFL BESIG Conference Programme.

If you would like a copy of the materials used by a speaker in one of the sessions please contact us here webadmin@besig.org and provided the speaker made this available we will be happy to send it to you.

2018 Brighton (IATEFL conference)

We held two events at the IATEFL Annual Conference in Brighton – a World Café on 9 April 2018 and a day of business English talks on 12 April 2018. Click on the links below to find out more:

2017 Malta (annual conference)

The 30th Annual Conference, held in cooperation with IATEFL ReSIG, took place in Salina Bay, Malta from 10-12 November 2017.

It was another successful event and we received extremely positive feedback. We are grateful for all the support given by the sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, delegates, IATEFL Head Office and the Salini Resort in Malta. We are especially grateful to those members who gave their time, effort, dedication and enthusiasm to ensure that this event ran as smoothly as possible.

CONFERENCE SELECTIONS
Click here to access a linked and clickable pdf version of the Malta conference proceedings.

SPEAKER SLIDES
Click here to access and download the slides which have been provided by some of the speakers. Please contact the speakers directly if you have questions about the content of their slides.

PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT
Click here to view a selection of photos taken at the event. Please feel free to share and distribute the photos in your networks. You may also use them for your own personal purposes. Please credit Rudi Distl when you use them.

SIMULCAST TALKS
Click here to access the videos of some of the talks which were simulcast and recorded at the conference.

FINDINGS FROM THE WORLD CAFÉ
Click here to see the summaries of the discussions which took place during the World Café on the topics of Business Skills Training, The Future of our Profession, Intercultural Competency and Research.

INTERVIEWS WITH THE DELEGATES
Many thanks to our Roving Reporter Analía Duarte for tirelessly uploading photos to our social media channels and for conducting interviews with the participants throughout the conference. Here are some of the people Analía spoke to (video edited by Rob Howard):

CONFERENCE VIDEO  
Many thanks to BESIG Online Team member Rob Howard for putting together this short video as a memento of the event:

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME (view in external reader)

2017 Online summer symposium

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2017 Glasgow (IATEFL conference)

We held two events at the IATEFL Annual Conference in Glasgow. Click on the links below to find out more:

2016 Munich (annual conference)

The 29th Annual Conference, held in cooperation with MaWSIG, took place in Munich, Germany on November 4-6, 2016.

Here are the media links from this event:

Access the online conference programme here.

Access the simulcast programme page here.

View, download and print the official photographs from the event here. (Credit: Rudi Distl)

Access the presentation slides and other media here.

Access a linked and clickable pdf version of the Munich conference proceedings here.

 

2016 Online summer symposium

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2016 Birmingham (IATEFL conference)

We held two events at the IATEFL Annual Conference in Birmingham – a Pre-Conference Event on April 12th and a BESIG Day on April 13th with various speakers and Business English topics and activities. Click on the links below for the flyers:

IATEFL BESIG Pre-Conference Event (PCE) – April 12, 2016:

IATEFL BESIG Day – April 13, 2016 – Business English Presentations list:

Cultural concepts and language: progressing from EFL to ELF?
Rudi Camerer & Judith Mader

How to present and be heard in the modern world
Elena Matveeva

Ensuring quality in corporate language training: support through internal consulting
Darina Phelan & Laura Scott

Personal branding for freelance business success
Christina Rebuffet-Broadus

One-to-one language coaching in practice
Helen Strong

Making trouble-free corpus tasks in ten minutes
Jennie Wright

2015 Sitges (annual conference)

The 28th IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference took place in Meliá Sitges – southwest of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain on the 13 – 15 November 2015.

To find out more about the sessions and speakers at the conference, download the sessions overview and full schedule below:

2015 Budapest (summer symposium)

IATEFL BESIG Summer Symposium 2015. A Joint IATEFL BESIG and IATEFL Hungary Summer Symposium was held in Budapest, Hungary on June 20, 2015.

Business English for Specific Purposes: What do our learners really need?

To find out more about the session and speakers at the symposium, click on the links below:

2015 Manchester (IATEFL conference)

We held two events at the IATEFL Annual Conference in Manchester – the Pre-Conference Event (PCE) in cooperation with TEASIG on April 10th and BESIG Day on April 13, 2015. Click on the links below to access the flyer and programme:

2014 Bonn (annual conference)

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2014 Graz (summer symposium)

The 27th IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference was held on 14 – 16 November 2014 in Bonn, the former capital of the Federal Republic of Germany at the Sankt Augustin Campus, Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg.

You can download the schedule, speakers, and speaker slides below:

2014 Harrogate (IATEFL conference)

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2013 Prague (annual conference)

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2013 Online (summer symposium)

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2012 Stuttgart (Annual Conference)

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2013 Online (summer symposium)

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2013 Online (summer symposium)

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2013 Online (summer symposium)

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2013 Online (summer symposium)

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2013 Online (summer symposium)

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2013 Online (summer symposium)

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2013 Online (summer symposium)

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2013 Online (summer symposium)

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2012 and older:

  • 2012 Stuttgart
  • 2012 Paris
  • 2012 Glasgow
  • 2011 Dubrovnik
  • 2011 Preston
  • 2011 Brighton
  • 2010 Bielefeld
  • 2010 Harrogate
  • 2010 Rome
  • 2009 Poznan
  • 2008 Bonn