IATEFL Monthly Webinars


Bi-Monthly Webinars

IATEFL YLT SIG has launched a series of free bi-monthly webinars for 2014-2015. The webinars will take place on WizIQ and offer professional development for teachers of VVYL, YL, TL, and Special Learners of English as a foreign language. The focus is on the following interest areas:

  • Young Learners
  • Very Young Learners
  • Teen Learners
  • Special Learners
  • Teaching and learning with technology
  • Learning Styles
  • Learning with Games
  • Action Songs
  • Storytelling
  • Course Books


IATEFL YLT SIG stands for International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language Young Learns and  Teens Special Interest Group. IATEFL Young Learners (Children and Teenagers) Special Interest Group (YLSIG) consists of about 400 English Language Teaching professionals around the world who work with learners aged from 3 to 17. The Young Learners (Children and Teenagers) SIG aims to support its members by providing information on recent developments in English Language education for children and teenagers and by organising networking opportunities for its members.

YLT SIG Committee

The YLSIG is led by a committee of volunteers who arrange discussions, organise conferences, produce publications and maintain this web site.

  • Coordinator: Dennis Newson and Kalyan Chattopadhyay
  • Joint Network coordinator Teens (T): Helen Davies and ffinlo Kilner
  • Network coordinator Young Learners (YL): Lou McLaughlin
  • Network coordinator Special Educational Needs (SEN): Susan Hillyard
  • Newsletter Editor: David Valente
  • Online events and website coordinator: Nellie Deutsch
  • Advertising & Sponsorship: Kalyan Chattopadhyay
  • Social Media Coordinator: Christina Giannikas
  • Face to Face Events support: Gemma Fanning


Participants will be able to join the live webinars and/or view the recordings after the event. The link to the live sessions/recordings and the tutorials for the webinars are available in the course schedule. You’re invited to join the webinar series and get the content by clicking on the following link: http://www.wiziq.com/course/75751-webinars-for-iatefl-ylt-sig

Presenters for September

Shelly Terrell on IATEFL YLT SIG

Shelly Terrell started the IATEFL YLT SIG bi-monthly webinars on September 7.  He session topic was Superhero Activities, Tools, & Apps to Empower Children. Shelly is a very passionate educator, who has amazing ideas on how to engage teachers and their students. She is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, and author. She has been recognized by various entities, such as the ELTon AwardsThe New York Times, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in education technology, elearning, and mobile learning. She has trained teachers in 100+ countries and taught toddlers to adults English in the US, Germany, Croatia, Slovenia, and Greece.

She is the host of American TESOL’s Friday Webinars and shares at TeacherRebootCamp.com and Twitter (@ShellTerrell). She’s the author of  Learning To GoByte-Sized Potential, and The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by the National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as the co-founder of #Edchat.

According to Shelly, all our students can identify with a superhero. Learning about superheroes not only motivates kids to learn English, but also empowers kids. In this session, discover activities related to superheroes that enhance students reading and writing skills. You will also learn about various web tools and apps that students can use to create superhero stories or transform themselves into superheroes.

YLT Webinars : The timeline of an e-connected story


Technical and Pedagogical Advisor at the National Institute for Educational Technologies and TeacherTraining (INTEF) in the Spanish Ministry of Education. Master’s Degree Teacher at University Rey Juan Carlos (URJC) in Madrid. Over the last 30 years, she has been an ESL teacher at various levels, private centres and state-run Schools of Languages, she coordinated the MALTEDEducational Project for INTEF, and the online ‘Editing Web Pages with Dreamweaver’ course at MentorVirtual Classroom. She has broadcasted educational series of podcasts for the state-run Network of Best Educational IT Practices as well as for EducaconTIC, managed the National Blog on IT and Foreign Languages for INTEF, contributed to the Spanish state-run WikiDidácTICa, Agrega (educational open source resource bank by the Spanish Ministry of Education), and Internet en el Aula, where she was in charge of hosting weekly educational webinars at Wiziq.

She currently writes her Stop and Learn English blog. From time to time she contributes to the MOOC Observatory for UniMOOC, Cero en Conducta (Professional Social Network on Media Literacy and Audiovisual Language) and The Observatory for Technological and Educational Innovation (ODITE).

María J. García San Martín will lead the second webinar on September 28, 2014 at 7 PM Spain time and 1 PM New York Eastern Standard Time. You can get your timezone here. You’re invited to join the webinar and view the recording after the even. The story of an e-connection that starts in a University classroom (URJC) from Madrid, with a group of future CLIL teachers taking a Master’s Degree on The Use of ICT and Web Resources in Primary Bilingual Education, which spreads towards real CLIL classrooms and design digital storytelling together. Related entries: The timeline of an econnected story & Brining Colegio San Gregorio and BookMe-Library together.

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