In addition to our face-to-face events, which take place throughout the year, IATEFL BESIG is very active online, organizing a full programme of webinars, workshops, and other online events on a wide range of topics every year. In an effort to reach as wide an audience as possible, and to fulfil IATEFL’s charitable mandate, some of these events are open and free to everyone.

The events are organised by the IATEFL BESIG Online Team (BOT), often in partnership with other teaching associations from around the world.

Upcoming and recent events are listed below. An archive of past online events is available for members in the Members-only Area.

Upcoming Events

The IATEFL BESIG Break Room

Dates: every 2nd and last Wednesday of the month

Need a break? Well, slip on your slippers, grab a coffee or tea, get a donut and slip on into the Break Room, a new feature from the IATEFL BESIG is back.

The committee would like to invite members and non-members to join us in online networking meetings. The idea is to provide a platform where both can meet up informally, and chat about life, the universe and everything. If lots of people turn up it will be easy to split into smaller break-out rooms and chat in smaller groups. A great chance to catch up with IATEFL BESIG friends and make new ones.

Just click on the right Wednesday below to enter the Break Room.

 

2nd Wednesday of the month at 11:00 UK time 

Last Wednesday of the month at 18:00 UK time 

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The IATEFL BESIG Annual Seasonal Party

Thursday, 21 December 2023, 18:00 - 20:00 UK time

On Thursday, December 21 at 18.00 UK time, IATEFL BESIG will host its annual seasonal party online. We invite all to come along and take part in the fun. We’ll close out the year with some surprises and ask participants to contribute if they like with short poems, songs, etc. Bring along your drink, snacks, cookies and so on to get yourself in the mood to celebrate! See you there.

IATEFL Besig Seasonal Party 2023

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The IATEFL BESIG Online Workshop

How to create a successful pricing strategy for your teaching business - Rachael Roberts

Date: 27 January 2024
Time: 15:00 - 17:00 UK time

One of the best things about having your own teaching business is that you can set your own prices- and it’s also one of the most challenging things. 

How do you decide what to charge? Look around at what others are charging? Take a wild guess and hope for the best? 

Neither of those is an effective pricing strategy. 

In this workshop, we’ll start by looking at your current offer and how well your pricing is working for you (you can keep the details private if you prefer). Then we’ll go through a step by step system to calculate a price which is ideal for both you and your clients, and which will leave you feeling confident in your prices, and better able to charge what your service is really worth. 

 

Rachael Roberts is a qualified coach, with 30 years of ELT industry experience, including 15 years as a thriving small business owner, and she’s on a mission to help ELT freelancers break free from being underpaid, undervalued and scraping by. She wants to really challenge the low expectations, and culture of ‘having to’ accept poor conditions and teach ELT freelancers the steps they can take to build sustainable, fulfilling businesses. 

January 24_Rachael Roberts

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The IATEFL BESIG Weekend Webinar

What’s the point of learning to write emails? - ChatGPT in the BE classroom

Date: 9 July 2023
Time: 15:00 - 16:00 UK time

The AI-powered ChatGPT software isn’t the first and only AI tool that our students are using to make their emails sound more professional. It’s not necessarily a bad thing that they use various tools since their growing autonomy is one of our aims as business language teachers and coaches. But what if they start writing complete emails with the use of ChatGPT, and our work and assistance are no longer needed? Does this mean that AI tools have made our work pointless? Definitely not! It does mean, however, that we have to slightly alter the focus of skills lessons. In this workshop, we’re going to look at some practical ways of incorporating ChatGPT in our lessons.

 

Joanna Szoke has been teaching English for more than 15 years in Hungary, Poland, and the UK. Having finished her DELTA, she became actively involved in teacher training. She is a regular presenter at TEFL conferences, a lecturer of ELT methodology at Karoli Gaspar University (Hungary), and a freelance trainer/writer for Cambridge University Press. Her main interests include all forms of online teaching and learning, and assessment and feedback. In her free time, Jo loves going downhill and jumping around in foreign forests on her mountain bike. 

Webinar 9 Jul 23_Joanna Szoke

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The IATEFL BESIG Reading & Discussion Group

Date: TBA
Time: 18:00 - 19:30 UK time

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Questions? Email Maria at [email protected]

Please note, this event is exclusive to members and the joining link will be posted on the day in the Members-Only area of our website.

IATEFL BESIG Reading & Discussion group

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The IATEFL BESIG Round Table

Date: TBA
Time: 18:00 - 19:00 UK time

Come join us at the IATEFL BESIG Round Table with the IATEFL BESIG Joint Coordinator, Rob Howard, as our host.

The format: members only, with cameras and mics on, get up to 30 seconds to make a point. As we go around the table, each person can comment, add or pass. Come and see where the journey takes us.

Go to the Members-only Area to enter the Zoom meeting on the day. No registration needed!

Questions?  Email us at [email protected]

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Evan Frendo - Business English: a retrospective (and a possible manifesto)

At the 34th IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference - courtesy of IATEFL BESIG