The 30th IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference

10 - 12 November 2017

Salini Resort, Salina Bay, Malta

IATEFL BESIG are pleased to announce that the 2017 annual conference, in cooperation with IATEFL ReSIG, will take place in Salina Bay, Malta.

Infinity pool in Malta

"Evidence-based practices: what the data tell us about business English"


Date: 10 - 12 November 2017 (conference ends at 14:30)
Venue: Salini Resort, Salina Bay, Malta (Please book your room via the hotel website using the Promo Code: BESIG2017.)
Plenary speakers: Helen Spencer-Oatey, University of Warwick & Alessia Cogo, Goldsmiths, University of London
Keynote speakers: Sarah Mercer, University of Graz & Karen Mancini, Executive coach and consultant

Culture, language and business relations: recent research and practical implications

Kevin Murray, the author of the popular book The Language of Leaders, argues as follows: (a) that communication is one of the top three crucial skills of leadership, and (b) that successful leaders know that relationships are the engines of success. Yet he also maintains that leaders have no schema or framework for thinking about either communication or relationships. If this is really the case, then there is a clear task for those who specialise in Business English. We need to make more people aware of appropriate frameworks. Then if we add culture into the mix, the situation is likely to be even more complex.

The aim of this talk is to explore this complex interrelationship between culture, language and business relations, first drawing on recent research in the field of intercultural communication and then considering practical steps that can be taken. The talk is divided into three parts... read more.

Helen Spencer-OateyHelen Spencer-Oatey is Professor and Director of the Centre for Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick, UK. Her primary research interests are in intercultural interaction, intercultural adaptation and intercultural relations. She has published extensively in these fields (e.g. Culturally Speaking, Continuum, 2000/2008; Intercultural Interaction, with Peter Franklin, Palgrave, 2009) and she has developed extensive resources for practitioners, many of which are freely available via the University of Warwick’s Global PAD website. Her current research projects include “Global Leaders and Employees: Keys to Intercultural Effectiveness” and “Academic and Social Integration on Campus”.



Business English as a Lingua Franca: from research implications to practical applications

The role of English as an international Lingua Franca for professional and business communication is now beyond dispute, and research in the field has more recently shifted to exploring its implications in other areas of research and expertise. In this talk I will explore the implications of ELF (or, in our case, BELF) for business contexts and how BELF could impact on the practical applications of teaching business English. Read more.

Alessia CogoAlessia Cogo is Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and Director of the MA in Multilingualism, Linguistics and Education at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is also reviews editor of ELTjournal. Her research areas concern ELF multilingual practices in professional, academic and migration contexts. She has researched business professionals in the workplace and explored applications and implications of ELF for English Language Teaching. Alessia's ELF-related publications include journal articles, edited volumes and a monograph with Martin Dewey, entitled Analyzing English as a Lingua Franca (Continuum, 2012). She is also co-convenor with Marie-Luise Pitzl of the AILA research network on ELF (english-lingua-franca.org).

Click here for details of the plenary and keynote speakers. 

Session speakers have now been selected and contacted, and we are currently putting together the conference programme. The preliminary schedule will be available soon. 

CONFERENCE FEES

(Note: If you are not a member of IATEFL BESIG, you may wish to join before registering for this conference. By doing so you'll save money on your conference registration fee and at the same time join a great global community of ELT and business English professionals. Find out more about the benefits of IATEFL membership at members.iatefl.org and www.besig.org).

Online delegates and speakers early-bird booking fees from 01 July – 01 September 2017:
  • GBP 85 for IATEFL members
  • GBP 100 for members of teaching organizations who are IATEFL Associates (worldwide offer)*
  • GBP 125 for non-IATEFL members
  • GBP 60 for local teachers**
*If you are a current paid-up member of an IATEFL Associate, please contact your local teachers association for the promo code. Note: if you register without entering the promo code, then the full amount will be charged and no refund can be given.
**Local Teachers Associations - please contact helen.strong@besig.org or harley@iatefl.org for the promo code.

Online delegates booking fees from 02 September – 20 October 2017:
  • GBP 140 for IATEFL members
  • GBP 155 for members of teaching organizations who are IATEFL Associates (worldwide offer)*
  • GBP 170 for non-IATEFL members
  • GBP 60 for local teachers**
*If you are a current paid-up member of an IATEFL Associate, please contact your local teachers association for the promo code. Note: if you register without entering the promo code, then the full amount will be charged and no refund can be given.
**Local Teachers Associations - please contact helen.strong@besig.org or harley@iatefl.org for the promo code.

Pre-Conference Seminar (PCS) on Friday afternoon, 10 November 2017: 

  • Free for IATEFL BESIG members***
  • GBP 15 for non-IATEFL BESIG members

***If you are a BESIG member please do NOT pay for the PCS, as a later refund cannot be given.

Friday evening reception (incl. food and drinks): 

  • GBP 14 for all delegates (incl. session speakers)
Click here for the online booking form.

Information and for delegates (downloads):  
Information and forms for sponsors / exhibitors (downloads):  

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Events team contact details:

IATEFL BESIG Events Coordinator

Helen Strong

helen.strong@besig.org

IATEFL BESIG PR & Sponsorship Coordinator

Dale Coulter

dale.coulter@besig.org

IATEFL BESIG Conference Programme Coordinator

Maribel Ortega

maribel.ortega@besig.org

IATEFL BESIG Administration Coordinator

Andrzej Stesik

andrzej.stesik@besig.org

IATEFL BESIG Web and Online Team Coordinator

Pete Rutherford

pete.rutherford@besig.org