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ELTons winner interviews and photos now available!

If you missed the live stream of the ELTons awards ceremony you can watch the red carpet interviews and a recording of the ceremony on the ELTons web pages. You can also view photographs of the event and see the backstage interviews with the winners.

Leadership and management special interest group webinar

Find out how to do ELT management research in this first webinar in a new series from the IATEFL Leadership and management special interest group.


ELTons winners announced for 2014!

The British Council has announced the winners of the ELTons 2014. Celebrating its twelfth year, the awards, run by the British Council and sponsored by Cambridge English, are a celebration of innovation and excellence in English language teaching (ELT) from around the world.


2014 Doctoral Dissertation Grants competition

TIRF – The International Research Foundation for English Language Education – is pleased to announce its 2014 Doctoral Dissertation Grants competition in partnership with the British Council. Grants of up to US $5,000 will be made to successful applicants. The application deadline is May 16, 2014.

Call for papers, Journal of NELTA 2014

First published in 1996, the Journal of NELTA is a premiere publication of Nepal English Language Teachers’ Association (NELTA). This journal has been an integral part of NELTA’s mission for ‘enhancing the quality of English language teaching and learning through professional networking, supporting and collaboration’. 

English language needs of young adult learners - ELTRP survey

What are the English language needs and priorities of young adults in Europe? What kinds of English do 18-24 year olds want to speak, and why? Has the development of new technologies and online communication affected the ways in which young adults use English, and if so, how? Has the emergence of English as an international Lingua Franca affected people's sense of their own identity? And what might this mean for English language teaching and learning?


New Special Educational Needs (SEN) network in the YLTSIG for IATEFL

A new network within the IATEFL YLTSIG is about to be set up. It is intended to draw together teachers, heads and coordinators from around the world who are interested in sharing ideas and resources to better the English language provision for students with any kind of specific learning needs.


IATEFL Harrogate Online is now live!

If you can't attend the 2014 Harrogate IATEFL Conference in person, follow the event online! Coverage will feature talks, sessions and recorded interviews with conference presenters and delegates.


Re-thinking language instruction

There is no single reason for the failure of traditional language teaching. 

Fixing Humpty Dumpty

Tim Gill is interested in what he calls 'the shrinking horizons of childhood'. 

2013 Reform Symposium E-Conference (RSCON)

The 4th annual Reform Symposium Conference (RSCON), a free online three day event bringing together educators, students and innovators from around the world, will be held between October 11th and 13th in conjunction with Connected Educator Month. The entire conference will be held online using the Blackboard Collaborate platform.

Can the Best of Informal Learning Simultaneously Be the Worst Thing for Cognitive Processes?

It struck me recently that mobile learning (or m-learning) is no longer a discipline within e-learning because of the ubiquity, enhanced screen size, and improved display quality of mobile devices.

Empowering women through skills training

In many countries, women face more barriers than men to acquire the necessary skills to use new technologies and to start innovative economic activities. 

Reinvent schools for digital age

Educators can't truly deliver 21st-century instruction in schools that reflect Industrial-Age designs, with rigid schedules, inflexible facilities, and fixed boundaries between grades, disciplines, and classrooms, according to a new white paper from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21). 

Adult Informal Learning: The potential role of technology

This Open Space Discussion was designed to build constructive partnerships with other organisations and individuals with an interest in adult informal learning and the role technology has to play in supporting this learning activity. 

Get a Life: Students Collaborate in Simulated Roles

Whyville looks and feels like a game to the kids who use it.