The IATEFL BESIG Pre-Conference Event, sponsored by Cambridge English, will be held on 1 April 2014 in Harrogate, UK as part of the programme of the annual IATEFL conference. This year’s topic is ‘How to teach business skills through teaching business English’ and will feature workshops by Martin Lisboa and Bob Dignen. The BESIG day will follow on 3 April and include the Open Forum with refreshments kindly sponsored by Cambridge University Press.
A report on November's IATEFL BESIG conference can be found in articles.
The IATEFL BESIG Summer Symposium 2014 will also take place from 13–14 June in Graz, Austria. It is called ‘Putting the research to work: research, practical applications and materials in the business English classroom.’ The plenary speaker will be Evan Frendo and the call for papers continues until 14 January 2014.
A third writing competition for budding creators of classroom material has been announced, with prizes to be supplied by IATEFL BESIG and Cambridge English.
Congratulations to our blogger Bob Dignen for picking up the David Riley Award for Innovation in Business English at the BESIG IATEFL conference at the beginning of November. Bob picked up the joint award with colleague Steve Flinders at York Associates. We are delighted that Bob is able to continue blogging for us while writing award-winning classroom materials!
Working in international teams can create many challenges. Working across cultures is the theme of Unit 6 in Business Advantage Upper-intermediate, with particular focus on international team-building in the Skills section. Try this lesson followed by the latest downloadable lesson plan, Building international teams in the Activities section.
Read Bob's blog on business English and ESP issues and then vote in the poll or comment. Bob Dignen is author of Communicating Across Cultures and now, a joint winner of the David Riley Award for Innovation in Business English – congratulations Bob!
The most recent poll revealed that around 18% of voters wrote their own classroom material. For further tips on creating your own materials, read English Language Teaching Materials: Theory and Practice by Nigel Harwood and Jack Richards.
Bob's latest blog 'Bringing emotion back into the classroom', provides tips for the classroom – in this case, using emotions in the workplace as the basis for a lesson.
A look at vocabulary that is currently in the news.
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At Professional English Online there are opportunities to win prizes by answering an easy question. The winner for November's prize Cambridge English for Human Resources is Chloe Courtenay from Canterbury, UK – congratulations Chloe!
December's prize is a copy of Communicating Across Cultures – including the DVD – by PEO blogger and David Riley Award winner Bob Dignen. It focuses on skills and techniques including oral and written communication, working in international teams and managing conflict, making it ideal for use in the classroom with business English students at level B2 or above.
Be informed about what really matters in business English and ESP today.
Report on the 26th IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference in Prague