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The IATEFL Liverpool Conference marked the third year of the standard three-year IATEFL SIG Committee tenure for the following members:

  • David Valente, SIG Coordinator
  • Joan Kang Shin, Online Events Coordinator
  • David Dodgson, Web Coordinator
  • Lia Testa Teismann, Joint Events Coordinator

The SIG Committee unanimously voted in support of David Valente’s intention to extend his tenure for a further three years as the SIG Coordinator. The Committee also unanimously voted in support of Joan Kang Shin’s intention to extend her tenure for a further three years in her new role of Joint Publications Editor, with particular responsibility for editing the SIG’s monthly blog posts, publications reviews and events reports. Joan’s new role involves working closely with Amanda Davies whose title is now also Joint Publications Editor, with particular responsibility for the SIG newsletter and special publications.

David Dodgson decided to step down having successfully led various projects to overhaul the YLTSIG website with excellent results. We are also particularly grateful for Dave’s support with hosting the annual web conference for two years running. Lia Testa Teismann also decided to step down having successfully co-led SIG events in a variety of global locations as well as headed up the SIG’s PCE and annual budgets. We would like to sincerely thank both Dave and Lia and wish them the very best as they embark on other professional interests in the YL ELT field.

Dirk Lagerwaard also stepped down at the end of April following a year of service as Social Media Coordinator. This period has seen a significant increase in followers across all YLTSIG social media channels and Dirk’s creative use of video has enabled us to reach many more members and followers globally. We would like to thank Dirk very much for his contributions and wish him all the best with the completion of his PhD studies.

The Committee unanimously agreed to amalgamate the Web Coordinator role with Sinem Daridere’s Online Events Coordinator role, under the new title of Digital Coordinator. We are thrilled that Sinem has agreed to take on this additional responsibility as we explore new synergies between our online events and website.

We are therefore looking for two new volunteers who share our desire to keep growing the SIG and offer our members a high quality service. These key roles focus on coordinating YLTSIG’s face to face events as well as the SIG’s social media channels.
To apply for either of these roles, candidates must be:

  • fully paid current member of IATEFL
  • current member of YLTSIG (ideally for 6+ months)

Individuals whose institution is an IATEFL member are also eligible to apply for the position(s).

DEADLINE: 5 May 2019 


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Webinars for CPD

Watch two recent YLTSIG showcase webinars and share with your colleagues!

Vinicius Nobre,
Professional Development for the YL Teacher: Current Challenges and Opportunities

Katherine Bilsborough,
Writing Good Quality Primary Materials

Our YouTube channel has many newly uploaded recordings! These outstanding webinars include topics related to Early Years, Primary and Secondary ELT. Subscribe and look out for up coming YLTSIG webinars: https://www.youtube.com/iateflyltsig

Articles for CPD

Join YLTSIG to access archived editions of ‘TEYLT Worldwide’.
Here’s a sneak preview of three outstanding articles from previous editions:


‘Delta Module 2 with Young Learners: a contradiction in terms?’

by David Valente, TEYLT Worldwide Issue 2, 2018



‘Fun and Enjoyment: The same thing, right? Wrong’
by Diana England, TEYLT Worldwide, Issue 1, 2017


‘Intercultural Competence in Secondary ELT – 30 Years of Change’
by Kate Cory-Wright, Special Pearl Anniversary Edition, 2016