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Monday, 25 July 2016

ESD Conference right next door: sharing good practices on ESD post DESD

The International Conference titled "ESD for transforming education for children and youth" will be held at Centre for Environment Education (CEE), Ahmedabad, India between 16-18 September 2016.

More details:


Sunday, 24 July 2016

International GAP Conference 2017 in Italy

International GAP Conference 2017: 'Integrating Education into Sustainable Development'

The Learning Teacher Network's 3rd International GAP/ESD Conference will be held at the charming four star Grand Hotel et Des Palmes in Palermo, Italy on 19-21 January 2017 with the title 'Integrating Education into Sustainable Development'.


Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) allows every human being to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future. ESD means including key sustainable development issues into teaching and learning. The United Nations has adopted the UNESCO Roadmap for implementing the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development.
The GAP has two objectives:
* to reorient education and learning so that everyone has the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that empower them to contribute to sustainable development – and make a difference;
* to strengthen education and learning in all agendas, programmes and activities that promote sustainable development.
The Learning Teacher Network is an official UNESCO GAP Key Partner on the capacity building of educators and trainers (GAP, Priority Action Area 3).

The Conference

With input from internationally recognized experts and interactive discussions among the participants, the Palermo Conference will explore, learn more and elaborate on how schools and teacher education institutions can integrate education into sustainable development and integrate sustainable devlopment into education. The conference programme will be published on this website during spring 2016.

We welcome you to participate in the Palermo Seminar, which will be enjoyable, inspiring and addressing key issues crucial to the development of education and training.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

The 29th IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference in Germany!

The 29th IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference

4 - 6 November 2016

Holiday Inn, central Munich, Germany

IATEFL BESIG are pleased to announce that the 2016 annual conference, in cooperation with MaWSIG, will take place in Munich, Germany.


Next Generation Workplace: Challenges for language and intercultural trainers – a business perspective

Globalization and digitalization are transforming the corporate learning landscape. After a brief reflection on the development of Business English and intercultural training over the last 25 years, this talk will focus on what these megatrends mean for trainers and material developers in terms of target groups, content and delivery. What do customers expect? What do clients need to learn to be successful in the global virtual workplace? What is the future of classroom training in the world of social media, video platforms, webinars, apps and wikispheres?
This talk will explore ways of meeting these challenges, as well as examine the interplay between language and intercultural training, and provide you with practical ideas on positioning your services in this highly competitive market.

Pre-conference seminar: "The future of business English training" and "How to write excellent materials". Further details here. Important dates:
Online early-bird booking fee from 01 July - 01 September 2016:
  • GBP 85 for IATEFL members (incl. speakers)
  • GBP 100 for members of teaching organizations who are IATEFL Associates (worldwide offer)*
  • GBP 125 for non-IATEFL members (incl. speakers)
  • Click here to register for the conference and PCS
Online booking fee from 02 September - 21 October 2016:
  • GBP 140 for IATEFL members
  • GBP 155 for members of teaching organizations who are IATEFL Associates (worldwide offer)*
  • GBP 170 for non-IATEFL members
  • Click here to register for the conference and PCS
Pre-conference seminar (PCS) on Friday afternoon, 4 November 2016:
  • Free for IATEFL BESIG members**
  • Free for the first 25 IATEFL MaWSIG members who enter the promo code***
  • GBP 15 for non-IATEFL BESIG or non-IATEFL MaWSIG members
  • GBP 15 for IATEFL MaWSIG members after the first 25 places have gone
  • Click here to register for the conference and PCS
Evening reception (incl. food and drinks):
  • GBP 21 for all delegates
Please note:

  • * Delegates who are members of an IATEFL Associate organization need to contact their national local committee for a promo code which should be entered to received the reduced rate.
  • ** IATEFL BESIG members should use the promo code that they received via email to receive a reduction for the PCS - if no email is received please email If you do not add the promo code at the point of registration and choose to pay the GBP 15, then no refund will be given. 
  • *** IATEFL MaWSIG members should use the promo code that they received via email to receive a reduction for the PCS - if no is email received please email If the promo code limit of 25 places has been reached, you will be charged GBP 15 to attend the PCS.
  • If you are a member of both IATEFL BESIG and IATEFL MaWSIG, please use your BESIG code, as the number of free MaWSIG places are limited. Thank you.
  • On-site registration fees (in EUR) will be determined and published shortly before the conference.

Information and forms for sponsors / exhibitors (downloads):  
Committee contact details:
IATEFL BESIG Events Coordinator

Helen Strong
IATEFL BESIG Administration Coordinator
Andrzej Stesik
IATEFL BESIG Web and Online Team Coordinators
Pete Rutherford & Mercedes Viola &


Lesson Plannning

A Sample
Class: X
Timing: 40 min
Topic: Daily Habits
Skill/Language Function: Speaking
Teaching-Learning Method: Audio, Visual and Kinaesthetic

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Friday, 22 July 2016

Planning a Lesson for ELT Classes

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 The aims of this lesson plan ( a sample) are as follows: 
  • To make teachers well aware of the aims and language content of the lessons they teach.
  • To help teachers to distinguish the various stages of a lesson, and to see the relationship between them. 
  • To show teachers how to make a simple but effective lesson plan. 

Lesson 10

Aim                        To practise talking about clothes, materials and colours.
New Vocab         Ajectives: Woollen, Leather, Cotton, Nylon, Velvet, Plastic
Structures           Present Continuous… is/am/are+Ving (Revision)

1.       Review                 Show pictures of clothes. Students (Ss give replies: Coat, Hat, Shirt,
Trousers, Blazers etc.

2.       Presentation     Show objects made of wool, leather, plastic, etc. Present new
adjectives. Write them on the board.

3.       Practice                a) Ss will look at pictures and make sentences, e.g. She is wearing a
green cotton dress.
b) Pairwork:       A: What’s she wearing?
                                B: She is wearing a green cotton dress.

4.       Writing                     1. Write on the board: Last weekend she was wearing…….
Ss write sentences about themselves.
2. Collect about 10 students’ papers. Read them out. Others guess who
wrote them.

5.       Reading              a) Write on the board: Nepal, the US, the Philippines. Ask: Where are
                             they located? What is the climate like? What do people wear there?
                            b) Ss read a text silently, and find answers to guiding questions.
                            c) Ask and answer questions.



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If you are a student writing an essay…. if you are in business and need inspiration on how to express yourself in a report or want to coax colleagues to adopt your proposal….if you are a team leader needing to motivate your staff…if you are a voluntary worker writing a fundraising bid….if you are applying for a job and are preparing your CV ….if you are negotiating terms for a contract…if you are writing publicity material…then in each of these settings you need to use words convincingly. In such situations, you may find yourself unable to think of words that would be positive and effective. These words will be helpful.

a       autonomy                           Schools have gained greater autonomy from government
·         awe-inspiring                     We were mesmerized by awe-inspiring scenery.
·         bespoke                              It is a bespoke computer program (adapted for a specific user)
·         blueprint                             The government has recently unveiled a blueprint for an
integrated transport system.
·         budding                               I am glad to know about their budding relationship.
·         buoyant                               Sales have remained buoyant even during the recession.
(financial success)
·         charm                                   He charmed his mother into letting him have his own way.
·         compliment                        She blushed at the unexpected compliment.  
·         consummate                     He is a consummate actor. (extremely skilled at something)
·         cosmopolitan                     She liked the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the city. (containing
people from different countries)
·         creative                                                Change unleashes people’s creative energy.
·         dimension                           He job added a new dimension to her life. ( a way of looking at
·         discern                                                 It is possible to discern a number of different techniques in her
work.(recognize something that is not obvious)
·         eloquent                             She was an eloquent speaker with a beautiful voice.
·         emerge                                                No new evidence emerged during the interview.
·         endear                                 Flora’s spirit and character endeared her to everyone who met
·         enhance                              The images can be enhanced using digital technology.
·         examine                              Students will be examined in all subjects at the end of term. (test
of ability)
·         explore                                                They took advantage of the opportunity to explore the stunning
scenery all around them.
·         expound                              He was expounding a powerful argument. (present or explain
ideas in detail)
·         exuberant                           She gave an exuberant performance. (full of excitement)
·         facelift                                  The railway station has undergone a major multimillion pound
facelift. (a procedure carried out to improve appearance of something)
·         galvanize                             The urgency of the task galvanized them into action.
(encouraged or forced to do sth)
·         go-ahead                             That man is a go-ahead managing director. (receptive)
·         harvest                                 The successful expedition brought the company a rich harvest of
favourable publicity.
·         immaculate                        She always looks immaculate. (so clean and neat)
·         intrepid                                                I read a story about an intrepid traveller. (not afraid of danger)
·         intrigue                                                There was something about him that intrigued her. (make sb
very interested)
·         lavish                                     She lavishes most of her attention on her youngest son. (to give
a lot of something)
·         measure                              School results are only one measure of a school’s success.
·         mellow                                 Eight years had done nothing to mellow him. (make mature)
·         model yourself on           As a politician, he modeled himself on Churchill. (to copy
·         momentum                        The investigation gathered momentum. (driving force)
·         mosaic                                  The painting is a rich mosaic of light, colour, and form.
·         nestle                                   A delightful little village nestling on the banks of the river by the
·         nucleus                                These paintings will form the nucleus of a new collection. ( the
·         nurture                                                For a long time she had nurtured the dream of buying a shop.
·         opportune                          The offer couldn’t have come at a more opportune moment.
(of a time at which a particular action  occurs)
·         organizational                    We are seeking a more effective organizational framework in
which decisions can be made.
·         outdo                                    The men tried to outdo each other in their generosity.
·         parameter                          We had to work within the parameters that had been
established. (limit)
·         par excellence                   She turned out to be an organizer par excellence. (better than
·         pathos                                  The actor injects his customary humour and pathos into the role.
power of performance, description to produce feelings)
·         personable                         His assistant seemed a very personable young  man. (of a man,
pleasant in appearance, character)
·         platform                              She campaigned on a platform of zero tolerance towards racist
·         plethora                               The plethora of choices available is enough to make you wish
you were colour-blind.
·         portray                                 The article examines the portrayal of gay men in the media.
·         pragmatic                            We take a pragmatic approach to management problems.
·         premise                               The reforms were premised on our findings.
·         prodigy                                 A Russian pianist who was a child prodigy in his day.
·         project                                 He strives to project an image of youth.
·         quantify                               It is impossible to quantify the extent of the black economy.
·         realm                                    At the end of the speech he seemed to be moving into the
realms of fantasy.
·         reinforce                             The actions of the leaders reinforced fears and suspicions so that
war became unavoidable.
·         resilient                                Hell get over it—young people are amazingly resilient.
·         resonate                              The words resonate with so many different meanings. (suggest
·         sanctuary                            They fled to Kabul where they were offered sanctuary.
·         savour                                  Come and savour the amazing diversity and ingenuity of artistic
·         seminal                                Reward them for their seminal contribution to cancer research.
(influencing later developments)
·         single-minded                   She is very single-minded about her career. (thinking about one
particular goal)
·         specialism                           He is doing a business degree with a specialism in computing.
·         stimulus                               Books provide children with ideas and a stimulus for play.
·         stirring                                  It was a stirring performance of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.
(causing strong feelings)
·         strand                                   The author draws the different strands of the plot together in
the final chapter. (one of different parts of something in a plan)

·         succinct                                Try to keep your answers as succinct as possible. (clear but
few words)
·         symbiosis                            Western society’s failure to recognize the symbiosis between
population growth and environmental degradation.
(benficial relationship)
·         tailor                                      Most travel agents are prepared to tailor travel arrangements to
meet individual requirements. (adapt for a purpose)
·         track record                        The UK has a poor track record in foreign-language teaching.
(record of past success or failures)
·         typify                                    These are clothes that typify the 1960s. (to be a feature or an
·         underpin                             The theme of honour underpins his two books. (to justify, form
the basis for)
·         unflagging                           His apparently unflagging enthusiasm impressed her. (tireless)
·         unflinching                          He has shown unflinching determination throughout the
campaign. (not showing fear or hesitation while danger)
·         unleash                                                The failure of the talks could unleash more fighting. (to release,
let emotion affect)
·         vibrant                                  Thailand is at its most vibrant during the New Year celebrations.
(full of excitement)
·         vista                                       There is a marvelous vista from the hotel balcony. ( a pleasing
·         weigh                                    You need to weigh benefit against risk.
·         well founded                     Their apprehensions were well founded. (based on good
·         window                                                Television is a window on the world.



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