International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

Linking, developing and supporting English Language Teaching professionals worldwide


List of SIGs

Take a look at the Special Interest Group websites. For more information, contact the Group Coordinators listed below. Membership price is £20.00 for individual members and £33.00 for institutional members.

Many of the SIGs produce publications specific to that area of interest in ELT. Check out our online shop for more information and to purchase. If you are after a specific back copy of a SIG newsletter please contact the IATEFL Head Office ([email protected]). Please note that there is a charge per issue.

  • Business English logo

    Business English Coordinated by Evan Frendo and Dana Poklepovic

    BESIG represents the interests and needs of the international business English teaching community. We offer - both online and offline - a stimulating annual conference as well as other face-to-face events, regular newsletters, webinars and weekend online workshops. We also offer an expanding list of high quality members-only resources including awards and scholarships.

  • ES(O)L logo

    ES(O)L Coordinated by Lesley Painter-Farrell

    The focus of this group is on English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), also known as English as a Second Language (ESL). Our main interest is language learners, including refugees, asylum seekers or migrant workers, who have come to settle in a country where English is the major or predominant language. Our aim is to promote effective language learning opportunities and to exchange ideas for best practice across different countries and educational systems.

  • English for Specific Purposes logo

    English for Specific Purposes Coordinated by Aysen Guven and Caroline Hyde-Simon

    The ESPSIG focuses on English for Specific Purposes, English for Academic Purposes and English for Occupational/Professional Purposes/English for Work. Its main objective is to disseminate good practice and promote models of excellence in ESP to ELT professionals in the UK and abroad. Our coverage of ESP includes not only the teaching of this area of ELT, but also teacher training and materials design.

  • Global Issues logo

    Global Issues Coordinated by Varinder Unlu

    GISIG provides a forum among ELT practitioners to stimulate awareness and understanding of global issues to exchange ideas on integrating peace education, human rights education, development education, and environmental education into English language teaching. It is for teachers who see themselves as educators in addition to teaching the language and who are keen to bring real-world issues into the classroom, instil a sense of social responsibility and develop critical thinking skills.

  • Inclusive Practices and Special Educational Needs logo

    Inclusive Practices and Special Educational Needs Coordinated by Anne Margaret Smith

    IPSENSIG promotes genuinely inclusive practices, that lead to a sense of belonging and full participation for all within the ELT community. We share good practice and experience, and disseminate information about inclusive teaching methods, materials and resources which help to identify and dismantle all barriers to inclusion and raise awareness of the challenges facing learners whose specific needs and identities may be unidentified or not acknowledged.

  • Leadership and Management logo

    Leadership and Management Coordinated by Andy Hockley

    The ELT Leadership & Management SIG aims to raise awareness among the ELT profession of management issues; contribute to the development of good management practices within ELT; provide a forum for the discussion of management issues that affect our profession; provide opportunities for, and information about, relevant management training, and, help improve quality standards in ELT.

  • Learner Autonomy logo

    Learner Autonomy Coordinated by Christian Ludwig and Lawrie Moore-Walter

    LASIG aims to raise awareness among language advisers, teachers and researchers of the issues related to developing and implementing autonomy in language learning. Provides forums for discussion of ideas through its webinars, events and publications and also creates opportunities for networking at local, national and international levels.

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    Learning Technologies Coordinated by Sophia Mavridi

    LTSIG has been focusing on the use of technology in language teaching for over 30 years. It focuses on all aspects of technology used by teachers and students from online tools, computer-mediated communication, corpora and mobile technologies. 
    It aims to: raise awareness among ELT professionals of the power of learning technologies to assist with language learning; contribute to the knowledge base as to how learning technologies can be used for English language learning; develop members' expertise in the myriad of uses of technologies with their language learners and encourage networking and online collaboration among SIG members including a weekly Facebook discussion.

  • Literature logo

    Literature Coordinated by Rob Hill

    Connecting ELT, Literature, Extensive Reading & the arts. The objective of the Literature SIG is to promote the teaching and research in the area of English language, literature, extensive reading, the creative arts and various related cultural manifestations in English language education.
    Our events, teacher training courses, and publications are aimed at teachers, teacher trainers, researchers and trainee teachers who are interested in working with prose fiction, poetry, extensive reading, film, drama, interactive media, music, the visual arts and creative writing to promote language learning.

  • Materials Writing logo

    Materials Writing Coordinated by Aleksandra Popovski Golubovikj

    MaWSIG is for teachers who create their own classroom materials; aspiring writers who would like to get their work published; published authors and ELT editors, publishers & designers. It aims to share & promote best practice in ELT materials writing; offer professional development to writers & editors and connect our members with other writers & publishers.

  • Pronunciation logo

    Pronunciation Coordinated by Catarina Pontes

    PronSIG has been at the forefront of the practice & theory of pronunciation teaching for more than 20 years. We give teachers the opportunity to: exchange ideas about methodology and materials; discuss theoretical matters and, work on the interdependence of pronunciation and other areas of language learning.

  • Research logo

    Research Coordinated by Kenan Dikilitaş and Ana Ines Salvi

    ReSIG brings together teachers, teacher-researchers, early-career and established researchers from around the world. We share our experiences of and findings from research in print through our annual publication, ELT Research and also network face-to-face at regular events' and online via social media.

  • Teacher Development logo

    Teacher Development Coordinated by Tyson Seburn

    The TDSIG provides a forum for anyone interested in development paths to share their own and learn from the experiences of others. We aim to enable and encourage all categories of teacher to take more responsibility for professional and personal evolution throughout their careers, promote individual and institutional awareness of the importance of teacher development, and encourage the provision of facilities for teacher development which do not already exist.

  • Teacher Training and Education logo

    Teacher Training and Education Coordinated by Burcu Tezcan Unal

    The TTEdSIG aims to support English language teachers, teacher trainers and teacher educators on the aspects of pre and in-service teacher education, as well as professional development through talks and workshops at the annual IATEFL conference in the UK and around the world.

  • Testing, Evaluation and Assessment logo

    Testing, Evaluation and Assessment Coordinated by Ceyda Mutlu and Mehvar Turkkun Ergun

    TEASIG is for everyone interested and involved in testing, evaluation and assessment in ELT. Core areas of interest include classroom assessment and tests, external standardised examinations, progress, achievement and proficiency testing and assessment, teacher evaluation, self-assessment and evaluation of institutions and learning programmes.

  • Young Learners and Teenagers logo

    Young Learners and Teenagers Coordinated by David Valente

    YLTSIG leads, drives change and sets standards in Teaching English to Young Learners and Teenagers (2 - 17 years old) for training and development, classroom practice and assessment. We provide advice regarding models of YL ELT (e.g. EFL, EMI, CLIL), age-appropriate pedagogy, child-safe recruitment as well as ELT qualifications for young learner teachers. Our members include classroom practitioners, teacher trainers, researchers, academic managers and materials / content developers worldwide.