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The 35th IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference

We are very excited to announce that the 35th IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference will take place at the Gdansk University of Technology - Language Centre, Gdansk, Poland from 13:00 CET on Friday, 11 November to 14:00 CET Sunday, 13 November 2022.

The theme of this year's conference is "Business English Now". We are planning to welcome up to 450 people in the main room and up to 100 in each of the 5 (five) concurrent session rooms. The generous exhibition hall is the place for the coffee breaks, networking, pop-up events and the latest resources for BE now.
  • Early bird registration is open until Friday, 30 September at 16:00 UK time.
  • Online registration closes on Friday, 21 October at 16:00 UK time.
  • After you register, you will receive a confirmation email. Please check your spam folder as well. If you do not receive the email, please contact .
The full event programme, containing all the presentations will be posted online two weeks prior to the event. The programme will not be printed and will be available online as a pdf file. You will have access to the programme from Tuesday, 1 November on the IATEFL BESIG website. 

Click on the blue button below to download the pdf with the Call for Proposals and Guidelines.

Thank you for submitting your proposal! You will be notified by email

on 12 September.


Special discounts on hotels 

Click below to download a PDF with the list of hotels offering special discounts for IATEFL BESIG delegates.

Things to do in Gdansk

Click below to download a PDF with info about Gdansk. This list will keep getting updated.

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Our Plenary Speakers

Leo Selivan - Is “Living Language” living up to life?

Language is in a constant state of flux, and the traditional grammar rules provided to language teachers do not sufficiently represent this ever-evolving organism. In fact, many grammar rules may be of dubious value to the learner and might even misrepresent how language is used in practice.

Coming from a usage-based perspective and analyzing examples of recent linguistic changes in both corporate and general communication, this talk will explore the historical and developmental factors that make change inevitable and show how a living language, like art, imitates life.

Marjorie Rosenberg - Our journeys – embracing where we are now 

This plenary talk will look at the journeys we have taken to get where we are today and the implications for the future. Journeys rarely occur in straight lines but rather in curvy or even divergent paths. What is interesting for us to examine, however, are the lessons learned on our way from the starting point to the present. There are those of us who started out in other fields and ended up in the roles they are in now as well as those of us who planned their teaching careers from the start. We will be looking at the different skills and talents we bring to our jobs, the importance of setting flexible goals, the assumptions we all deal with on a daily basis, the changes in our personal and professional lives, and the effects these have had on what we do and who we are today. Together we can take this opportunity to reflect on where we are now and where we may be heading.