The 30th IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference

10 - 12 November 2017

Salini Resort, Salina Bay, Malta

IATEFL BESIG are pleased to announce that the 2017 annual conference, in cooperation with IATEFL ReSIG, will take place in Salina Bay, Malta.

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"Evidence-based practices: what the data tell us about business English"

Date: 10 - 12 November 2017
Venue: Salini Resort, Salina Bay, Malta (Please book your room via the hotel website using the Promo Code: BESIG2017.)
Plenary speakers: Helen Spencer-Oatey, University of Warwick & Alessia Cogo, Goldsmiths, University of London 

Culture, language and business relations: recent research and practical implications

Kevin Murray, the author of the popular book The Language of Leaders, argues as follows: (a) that communication is one of the top three crucial skills of leadership, and (b) that successful leaders know that relationships are the engines of success. Yet he also maintains that leaders have no schema or framework for thinking about either communication or relationships. If this is really the case, then there is a clear task for those who specialise in Business English. We need to make more people aware of appropriate frameworks. Then if we add culture into the mix, the situation is likely to be even more complex.

The aim of this talk is to explore this complex interrelationship between culture, language and business relations, first drawing on recent research in the field of intercultural communication and then considering practical steps that can be taken. The talk is divided into three parts... read more.

Helen Spencer-OateyHelen Spencer-Oatey is Professor and Director of the Centre for Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick, UK. Her primary research interests are in intercultural interaction, intercultural adaptation and intercultural relations. She has published extensively in these fields (e.g. Culturally Speaking, Continuum, 2000/2008; Intercultural Interaction, with Peter Franklin, Palgrave, 2009) and she has developed extensive resources for practitioners, many of which are freely available via the University of Warwick’s Global PAD website. Her current research projects include “Global Leaders and Employees: Keys to Intercultural Effectiveness” and “Academic and Social Integration on Campus”.

Business English as a Lingua Franca: from research implications to practical applications

The role of English as an international Lingua Franca for professional and business communication is now beyond dispute, and research in the field has more recently shifted to exploring its implications in other areas of research and expertise. In this talk I will explore the implications of ELF (or, in our case, BELF) for business contexts and how BELF could impact on the practical applications of teaching business English. Read more.

Alessia CogoAlessia Cogo is Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and Director of the MA in Multilingualism, Linguistics and Education at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is also reviews editor of ELTjournal. Her research areas concern ELF multilingual practices in professional, academic and migration contexts. She has researched business professionals in the workplace and explored applications and implications of ELF for English Language Teaching. Alessia's ELF-related publications include journal articles, edited volumes and a monograph with Martin Dewey, entitled Analyzing English as a Lingua Franca (Continuum, 2012). She is also co-convenor with Marie-Luise Pitzl of the AILA research network on ELF (

The call for proposals has now closed. Thank you if you have submitted a proposal. Speakers will be contacted on 4 June to learn whether their proposal was successful.

Online registration will open on 1 July. More details to follow soon. 

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