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Why I’m a member of IATEFL

Why I’m a member of IATEFL


If you happen to’ve by no means heard of it earlier than, IATEFL is the Worldwide Affiliation of Academics of English as a Overseas Language. It was began in 1967, so on the time of writing it has existed for over 55 years. You will discover out extra concerning the historical past of IATEFL within the free publication by Shelagh Rixon and Richard Smith, accessible on IATEFL’s About web page. I learn it a number of months in the past and located it totally fascinating!

My IATEFL story

In 2011, I grew to become energetic on Twitter simply earlier than the IATEFL Brighton convention occurred. The neighborhood I used to be a part of all of a sudden went loopy, with tweets from the convention letting me know concerning the enormous vary of talks individuals had been attending, and the meet-ups they had been having. I learnt a lot from studying these tweets, felt an enormous quantity of FOMO, and promised myself that in 2012 I might be there.

The subsequent step was to work out how. As a 3rd yr trainer, I didn’t suppose I might afford the convention payment myself, so I investigated scholarships. I made a decision to use for the IH John Haycraft classroom exploration scholarships, as a part of which I needed to write a convention proposal and summary, neither of which I’d executed earlier than. Because of the assistance of Ceri Jones, for which I’m eternally grateful, I used to be in a position to submit a robust utility, and was fortunate sufficient to win that scholarship. That took me to Glasgow 2012.

Since then, I’ve been in a position to attend each IATEFL convention. Right here’s a 2020 put up sharing pictures from the conferences, together with hyperlinks to my summaries of talks I attended annually. These are the posts for the 2021 abstract and 2022 abstract. I’ve learnt a lot from the conferences, and made so many associates there. It truly is the spotlight of my yr yearly!

Particular Curiosity Teams

IATEFL’s Particular Curiosity Teams (SIGs) cowl 16 completely different areas, and I feel I’ve attended occasions run by most of them! I’ve been to each face-to-face and on-line talks, workshops, and pre-conference occasions, all of which have been nice for my studying and for networking with others thinking about that space.

Since 2021, I’ve been a member of the committee for the Supplies Writing Particular Curiosity Group, which might be the one I’ve learnt probably the most from. It’s actually helped me to grasp how language studying supplies work, how they affect academics and college students, and the way they’ll (and may!) be improved. The individuals I’ve labored with on the committee and met on the occasions are additionally a super-supportive bunch. By being on the committee, I’ve met a complete vary of latest individuals, and learnt new expertise, together with designing the up to date MaWSIG web site utilizing Divi, one thing I had no thought about once I began!

Earlier than being on the MaWSIG committee, I spent a few years on the Membership and Advertising and marketing Committee, which provides recommendation to IATEFL on how you can make the Affiliation as related and fascinating to present and potential members as attainable.

Other than the SIGs, IATEFL does many different issues. This 4-minute video will present you a few of them:

IATEFL Ambassador

In 2022, I used to be priviliged to be requested to develop into an IATEFL Ambassador. Together with Evan Frendo, Sarah Mercer and George Pickering (and hopefully others sooner or later), I’ll be working to let individuals learn about IATEFL and the way it will help them. To that finish, please do ask questions within the feedback beneath, and share what you’ve learnt from IATEFL should you’ve been a member or been to one of many conferences.

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