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 Weekend Webinar

Date: 4 December 2022
Time: 15:00 - 16:00 UK time

'Adaptability 2.0 - What do we really need in the Business English classroom?' - Karin Heuert Galvao

OK, so you know you need to be adaptable. But do you really know what to do?

Seth Godin lists adaptability as number one in his “Encyclopedia of Real Skills,” not Soft Skills, Real Skills – Real because they work. These skills are learnable, and we should invest time in understanding them. It’s high time we took a peek outside ELT because the BE scenario is no longer in the books. It’s coming towards us at 200 mph, and it has no time to waste.

In this webinar, we will delve into adaptability, discuss the pros, the cons, and the yes-pleases of an adaptable class, and challenge ourselves with an ‘adaptability quest’: how adaptable is too adaptable for you?

Having graduated in Languages, Karin Heuert Galvao has worked in ELT for 23 years. She holds the Cambridge CELTA, CPE, and Train the Trainer certificates and the IHCOLT. In addition, she has a PgD in Distance Learning and EdTech and a PgD in People Management: Careers, Leadership & Coaching. Karin holds certificates as a Life & Executive Coach from the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC), the International Association of Coaching (IAC), the Professional Coaching Alliance (PCA), the Association for Coaching, and Sociedade Latino Americana de Coaching (SLAC). Currently, she works with European and American multinational corporations developing their language strategies for their Latin American branches and assessing candidates for relocating purposes.

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The IATEFL BESIG Round Table

Date: 20 October 2022
Time: 18:00 - 19:00 UK time

Our annual conference will cover Business English Now, but at this month’s Round Table, we play around with the topic “Where do we go from here” with the IATEFL BESIG Joint Coordinator, Rob Howard, as our host.

Come join us on Thursday, 20 October, at 18.00 UK time.

The format: members only, with cameras and mics on, get up to 1 minute to make their 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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The IATEFL BESIG Reading & Discussion Group

Date: 11 November 2022
Time: 15:15 - 16:00 UK time

What is the lexis of business English exactly? And how different is BE lexis from general English? Don’t just rely on your own intuition, get the data from November’s Reading & Discussion group article, then share your thoughts at our get-together on Friday 11 November at 15.15 (UK time) either f2f at our annual conference in Gdansk (hosted by Maria Szugfil) or online (hosted by Katrin Lichterfeld).

Go to the Members-only Area for the materials and joining link. 

No pre-registration needed.

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.

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Upcoming Date: TBA

Come by and share your ideas for activities for the BE classroom. The more ideas we get, the better. Bring your idea, a doc, a pdf, a link, whatever but come and see why IATEFL BESIG means business.

Join us to find your favourites and be sure to bring your own to share!

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. No registration is needed.

More info? Go to the Members-Only area.

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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