2016 IATEFL Annual Conference

IATEFL BESIG Pre-Conference Event (PCE)

The theme for the IATEFL BESIG Pre-Conference Event (PCE):

Practical activities for the business English classroom

Sponsored by Cambridge English Language Assessment

To attend the IATEFL BESIG Pre-Conference Event you need to book your place at the IATEFL Annual Conference 2016 in Birmingham. You´ll find the online booking form on this page: IATEFL Annual Conference Booking

Tuesday 12 April 2016    10.00 – 17.00

The BESIG Pre-Conference Event (PCE) at this year's IATEFL Conference will take on a slightly different format to ones that we have been used to in the past. This is because we received such an overwhelming number of quality proposals for the PCE that we are pleased to be able to offer event participants a wide and varied selection of tried-and-tested business English activities.

The title of the PCE is Practical activities for the business English classroom and it will follow this format: Participants will be grouped at four large tables with 3-4 speakers who will each have around 15-20 minutes to demonstrate their activities and answer participants' questions on them.

There will be four rounds of this, with the speakers moving to a different group each time (each speaker moves to a different group). This means that each participant will get to experience around 12 different business English activities.

IATEFL BESIG Pre-Conference Event programme and information




Round 1 activities


Coffee break and networking


Round 2 activities


Lunch and networking


Round 3 activities


Coffee break and networking


Round 4 activities


Q&A round-up and closing

Information about the speakers and the day can be downloaded here:

  • Speakers and topics 1 (Start-up opportunity: find your investor by Oksana Hera, pepping up your business English classes with online reading activities by Sanja Radmilo Derado, technology in the business English class by Evelina Miščin, activities to help learners improve their intercultural communication by Adrian Pilbeam, teaching learners how to write successful job applications through e-tandem learning by Aleksandra Sudhershan and Jennifer Bruen, and quick and instant ways to develop networking skills by John Hughes)
  • Speakers and topics-2 (1) (Using the flipped classroom to teach business meeting skills by Chitra Sabapathy, teaching assertiveness and influencing skills in the ESL classroom by Elena Stolyarova, biz quiz activity by Suzanne Vetter-M'Caw, planning and writing business correspondence by Ian Cawley (Cambridge), motivating, interactive, editable activities for BE by Magda Pasalic, tasks by bruce Stirling, and practising job interview questions by Shanthi Streat)

So, if you'd like to learn from the experts in an informal and collegial setting, then come along to this event and prepare to stock up your business English teaching toolkit!

Lunch and drinks will be provided and there will be plenty of opportunities for networking with fellow business English professionals.

We are grateful to our sponsors Cambridge English Language Assessment for helping to make this event possible.