International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

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Special Interest Group FAQs

What are the IATEFL Special Interest Groups?

IATEFL Special Interest Groups (SIGs) extend the work of IATEFL into several specialist areas. They enable professionals with special interests in ELT to benefit from information, news, developments and events in their special interest areas. The SIGs cover a wide range of interests - Business English; English for Specific Purposes; English for Speakers of Other Languages; Inclusive Practices and Special Education Needs; Global Issues; Learner Autonomy; Leadership and Management; Literature; Learning Technologies; Materials Writing, Pronunciation; Research; Testing, Evaluation and Assessment; Teacher Development; Teacher Training and Education, and, Young Learners and Teenagers.

Why should I join an IATEFL SIG?

There are many benefits to joining a SIG: newsletters, events, websites, internet discussion lists, internet chat forums, scholarships, webinars etc. Full individual members of IATEFL are entitled to join one Special Interest Group included in their membership fee.

I am an IATEFL member - how can I get the member rate for an IATEFL SIG event?

When you enter a SIG event booking page, make sure you have clicked on the button that says ‘Yes, I am an IATEFL member’. You will then be asked to enter your IATEFL membership number and password. Then click submit.

I’m not an individual member, but my institution has IATEFL membership. How can I benefit from a lower booking fee for a SIG event?

You need to contact your institution directly. Due to UK Data Protection law we cannot give you the membership number and password for your institution unless you are the named contact. Once you have the membership details, up to four delegates from your insitution can book a place at any of the individual IATEFL events that are currently live. When you login, the contact name and associated details for your institution will come up. Just click in the relevant box to over-write them.

I’m not an IATEFL member – how can I get the member rate for an IATEFL SIG event?

To become an IATEFL member please go to and click the ‘Join Now’ button. Once we have received your payment we will send your membership number and password by email within two working days later. Please note that near event deadlines we will do everything we can to get these processed sooner so that everyone can book on time.

I am having difficulty paying online for my SIG event booking

If you have made a booking for an event but are struggling to make an online payment by credit or debit card please do not make multiple bookings. Please email for a payment form which you will need to return to us via fax to +44 (0)1795 538951 or call us on +44 (0)1795 591414 to make payment over the telephone.  Alternatively you can make a bank transfer using your name and order number as the reference. Our bank details are below.

How do I pay for an order online?

To return to an existing order please visit our home page and click on the link Pay online for your previous orders.  You will be asked to provide your order ID number and your name, this will allow you to pay securely online.  If you wish to pay by bank transfer our bank details are Barclays Bank, 65 High Street, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1AU, UK Account number: 70127507 Sort Code: 20 17 92 IBAN: GB81 BUKB 2017 9270 1275 07  SWIFT: BUKBGB22 Please ensure you quote an order number and booking code or name.

I want to pay by bank transfer, what do I need to do?

Our bank details are Barclays Bank, 65 High Street, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1AU, UK Account number: 70127507 Sort Code: 20 17 92 IBAN: GB81 BUKB 2017 9270 1275 07  SWIFT: BUKBGB22. Please ensure all fees are paid in addition to the amount you send for your booking. Please ensure all bank transfers quote an order number and a surname. If we can not identify the payee we will be unable to process your payment.  If you have paid by bank transfer and don't receive a receipt from us by email confirming your booking within a week please contact so that we can trace the payment.

I’m a speaker at an IATEFL SIG event. Can I get a discount on the booking fee?

Speaker fees are listed for the event as applicable. Most SIG events give discounts for being an IATEFL member. Occasionally speakers are required to book their place before the earlybird deadline which will also result in a lower fee.

I need an invoice for my company to pay for my attendance at an IATEFL SIG event.

Please book a place on the SIG event you want to attend. When you reach the end of the booking process please select to pay offline by any of the three options and ensure you write the details into the invoice box. Please note that an invoice is not proof of payment. A receipt will be emailed to you once we have received and processed your payment.

I want a certificate of attendance for my participation in the event

Certificates are only issued for those delegates who select the box and request one. Certificates are not sent to delegates who do not attend the event.

What is the Participants List for the event?

The Participants List contains the names of delegate’s who attended the event, and is sent out electronically after the event. Only those who consent to their details being shared will have their name listed. Please note that if you do not give us permission to do so (ie. you have not ticked the box on the online booking form to give your consent) your name will not appear in the Participants List. 

I need an invitation letter for the IATEFL SIG event I am attending so that I can apply for a Visa

Please tick the box ‘I need an invitation letter’ on the booking page and enter your passport number. Please note that letters are sent via email.

How many SIG newsletters will I get?

The IATEFL SIGs aim to produce up to 3 mailings a year, including e-mailings, and this can vary between SIGs. All our SIGs are run by volunteers and rely on articles submitted by members. The SIG newsletters often include cutting edge articles in the field, while informing the membership about the content of conferences and day events which members may not have been able to attend.

I’d like to submit an article for a SIG newsletter

To submit an article for any of our 16 Special Interest Group newsletters please contact the SIGs directly.  Business English  English for Specific Purposes  English for Speakers of Other Languages   Inclusive Practices and SEN  Global Issues Learner Autonomy  Leadership and Management   Literature  Learning Technologies Materials Writing Pronunciation Research Testing, Evaluation and Assessment Teacher Development  Teacher Training and Education Young Learners and Teenagers 

I’m a Basic or WMS IATEFL member – how can I get SIG newsletters?

If you are a Basic or WMS member, in order to receive SIG newsletters you will need to become a member of a SIG, at an additional cost. Please email for the correct form.

Can I change my SIG partway through my membership?

Unfortunately, you cannot change SIGs partway through your membership.  However, you can add a SIG at any time (added SIGs will run for the same dates as your membership so you may receive part of the subscription as back issues).  Or you can change or add SIGs when you renew.  To add a SIG please email for a form.

Can I add a SIG to my membership?

You can add a SIG at any time at the normal annual cost.  The expiry date for the new SIG will be in line with your membership, so you may receive part of the subscription as back-issues. Please email for a form. You can also add SIGs when you renew.

What is a SIG Showcase?

At the IATEFL Annual Conference, the sixteen IATEFL Special Interest Groups list their SIG Showcases. These are selections of talks at the conference which are a sample of the breadth and variety of work being done around the world in each special interest field. Each SIG Day includes an Open Forum - your chance to hear about the SIG’s activities and talk to other members of the SIG.  Book online now for the IATEFL Annual Conference.

What is a PCE?

A PCE is a Pre-Conference Event and is held the day before the main IATEFL Annual Conference. All PCE's are organised the IATEFL SIGs. Some PCE's are joint events run by more than one SIG. You cannot attend more than one PCE on PCE day, and you must book a place at a PCE either before the online booking for the Annual Conference closes, or onsite at the conference. To book a place online or look at what's available, please visit our website.  Please note that PCE's have limited places for delegates wishing to book to attend. 

I’d like the IATEFL SIGs to host an event in my country

Please contact our Special Interest Group coordinators, their details are listed on our website.