IATEFL BESIG Day at the IATEFL Annual Conference 2015

The IATEFL BESIG Day will take place on Monday, 13th April 2015

To attend the IATEFL BESIG Day, you need to book your place at the IATEFL Annual Conference 2015 in Manchester. You´ll find the online booking form on this page: IATEFL Annual Conference Booking

You can download our flier here.

Session 3.1 (10.25 – 10.55) 

Ellen Rana (Germany)

Changing the mindset of lower language learners through collaborations.

Negative attitudes towards language learning held by lower-level university students are challenging for teachers, especially when students belong to a study programme that, in their opinion, should not include a language element at all! I will discuss a project where students took responsibility for their own learning by making their own informed choices. This led to increased self-efficacy and motivation

 Ellen Rana is a full-time lecturer for English Language Proficiency and Intercultural Communication at Koblenz University of Applied Sciences in Germany.  She was born and grew up in the UK, studied Economics and Maths at university  followed by a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate of Education) in Business Later Years. Ellen has worked extensively with the British, Americans, Japanese, Indians and Germans in the areas of teaching and Human Resources. Ellen completed a M.A in Educational Technology and TESOL at Manchester University and is currently trying hard to complete her PhD in ELearning and Intercultural Communication. She is a certified trainer for Cultural Intelligence who believes that culture and language usage are closely entwined. Her current research interests include linking language learning, student motivation, online collaborations and ICC.

Coffee Break (10.55- 11.30)

Session 3.2 (11.30 – 12.35) 

Jonathan Deer (UK)

English for the workplace (30 min.)

The context in which Business English is tested is changing from a focus on ‘Business English’ tests to an emphasis on more general ‘English for the Workplace’ tests based communicative effectiveness in the workplace. This presentation considers how these developments reflect the changing needs of different countries and suggests ways these needs can be met by test providers

 Jonathan Deer is the Development Manager for Workplace and Online Testing for Cambridge English Language Assessment, which includes the suite of business tests (BEC and BULATS).  Previously he worked for Pearson Education in Latin America, largely covering the vocational and workplace testing market, as well as being involved in the development of large scale projects involving vocational language benchmarking for Colombian National Vocational Agency and the Ministry of Education. Previously Jonathan worked for the British Council for 10 years and was involved in teaching business English as well as being Exams manager for 4 years.


Patrick McMahon (UK)

English for employability: Assessing oral skills through a job interview (30 min.)

This talk describes how a mock job interview was used as an oral assessment for international students in a British university. I will explain how a colleague from the careers service and I team-taught the students, I will share the preparation materials that we used, and I will also share the interview questions and the marking criteria.

Patrick McMahon has worked in English language teaching in secondary schools, language schools, colleges and universities in the UK and around the world for many years. He is currently Academic Manager and lecturer in English for Academic Purposes (and English for International Finance) in the English Language Centre at Plymouth University, UK.

Lunch Break (12.35 - 13.35)

Session 3.3 (13.35- 14.20) 

Evelina Miščin (Croatia)

Developing listening competence. (45 min)

Do you know the difference between listening and hearing? Do you spend enough time on practising listening skills in the classroom? This workshop It will deal with various activities which will help in developing listening competence of your students. Activities can be used with any listening text though the emphasis will be placed on business English.


Evelina Miščin works at the College of Business and Management “Baltazar Adam Krčelić” in Zaprešić, Croatia as a senior lecturer and at the School of Medicine in Zagreb as a part-time teacher. She has a PhD in linguistics. Her particular areas of interest are ESP, especially business and medical English, collocations, using technology in teaching. She is the author of a few secondary school textbooks and dictionaries as well as of several scientific and professional articles.

Session 3.4 (14.35 – 15.20)

Suzanne Vetter-M’Caw (Germany)

Spice up your business  English class with Pecha Kucha (45 min)

Pecha Kucha is not only a useful tool for Presentation Training, it also helps develop students’ fluency and brings an element of fun into the lessons. In several variations it can be successfully used in the Business English classroom to help students overcome shyness, practise small talk and feel more at ease in unprepared situations. Come and try it out!

Suzanne Vetter-M’Caw lives near Frankfurt in Germany. After working for an international company for many years, she became a freelance English trainer and oral examiner in 2004 and now specialises in Business English, teaching regularly in companies and offering business workshops. Apart from being involved in many test development projects, Suzanne works as writer and editor for telc

Session 3.5 (15.35 – 16.05)

Olena Korol (Ukraine)

Yesterday ... today ... tomorrow (30 min.)

What is an essential quality of an effective 21st – century BE teacher?  Are BE teachers aware of Generation Y students’ nature, values and needs? Are we ready to adopt new teaching strategies that respond to our student academic needs, taking into account their digitalized and visual lives, their attitude to rules, efforts and honesty; reduced interest to reading?

Olena Korol teaches General English and Business English for students majoring in International Economics at Kyiv national university (Ukraine). She has a Postgraduate Certificate in Trainer Development (ELT) from University of Exeter.
Her key interest is fostering learner autonomy by integrating new technologies, so she has delivered workshops relating to this issue at IATEFL conferences in Harrogate (2010), Brighton (2011), Liverpool (2013), and symposium in Graz (2014). She is a winner of E-Teacher Scholarship Program and completed 3 weeks Professional Development Workshop Fall 2014 at University of Oregon (the US). She is an-ex president of IATEFL Ukraine.

Coffee Break (16.05 - 16.40)

Session 3.6 (16.40 – 17.10)

Vicki Hollet (USA)

Simple English Videos. (30 min.)

Transport your students out of the classroom with engaging, videos that present meanings clearly in context. Give your videos a professional look and feel with some imagination, a bit know-how and very little money. Get practical tips on script writing, camera work, lighting, audio, and video editing, along with ideas for building an audience.

Vicki Hollett is a teacher, teacher trainer and award winning author. She has written many courses for Oxford University Press and Pearson. She is British by birth she now lives in the US where her life has taken a new turn. She’s become a video producer.

IATEFL BESIG Open Forum (17.25 - 18.10)

sponsored by IATEFL BESIG

Come along to the BESIG Open Forum to get to know other BESIG members and exchange ideas in a relaxed atmosphere over refreshments. This is the place to find out what the SIG is about and what we do as well as put forward your suggestions for face-to-face or online events.