1st IATEFL BESIG Online Conference

15th June 2013

IATEFL BESIG will be hosting a landmark event on 15th June:

our first online conference

The 1st IATEFL BESIG Online Conference will be a full day consisting of online workshops, plenary talks and practical ‘how to’ sessions. It is free and open to everyone with an interest in Business English. As long as you have a reliable internet connection, you will be able to take part and you do not need to pay an attendance fee.

The conference will have two plenaries, twenty workshop sessions and eight shorter "how to" sessions. It will run from 7:00 GMT to 15:00 GMT on the Adobe Connect platform, meaning that regardless of your time zone, you will be able to take part in the conference and interact with fellow Business English teachers from all over the world in a friendly, informal learning environment.

Our plenaries and workshop sessions will focus on the creation, development, selection and exploitation of materials in business English and ESP contexts as well as the integration of digital materials and m-learning into the field of Business English.

You can download the conference programme here:


1st IATEFL BESIG Online Conference 2013 Programme


You can watch recordings of all of the conference sessions here:


Recordings from the 1st IATEFL BESIG Online Conference


The Online Conference team are: Claire Hart, Kristen Acquaviva, Justine Arena, Roy Bicknell, Carl Dowse, Michelle Hunter, Christina Rebuffet-Broadus, Charles Rei, Pete Rutherford, Mercedes Viola and Andi White.


Plenary Speakers

Evan Frendo

Evan Frendo is a freelance trainer, teacher trainer and  author based in Berlin. A frequent speaker at conferences, he also travels regularly in Europe and Asia to run courses or to work as a consultant. He has considerable experience in the writing of company in-house training materials, and has built up several industry-specific corpora which he uses to inform his work. He has also published nearly twenty textbooks with mainstream publishers. His latest, How to Write Company In-House Material, is to be published by ELT Teacher 2 Writer in June 2013. For more details please visit his blog, English for the Workplace.

Vicki Hollett

Vicki Hollett is the author of many print business English courses for Oxford University Press, Pearson, including two first prize winners in the English Speaking Union´s ESP Book Competition. She has also worked on three Oxford video courses including Meeting Objectives, and recently published a new video course with English360. Vicki is a graduate of Reading and Essex universities and she has taught English in Japan, Algeria, the UK and USA. She has been a trainer for the LCCI Diplama in Teaching English for Business, the New School´s MA TESOL programme and she has run hundreds of workshops for teachers in Asia, the Middle East, South America and throughout Europe. British by birth, she now lives in Philadelphia where she is learning to speak ´merican, expanding her Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effect skills and making videos.
If you have any questions or would like to make any enquiries about the online conference, please contact Claire Hart at: claire (dot) hart (at) besig (dot) org.