International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

In February 2012 I was fortunate to be able to present a workshop on Social Media, Mobile Technology and CPD at the MATE & IATEFL Marrakech 1st ICT Conference. As a result I was offered a one year membership to IATEFL, including membership to the Learning Technologies SIG.

Membership benefits include regular publications, including six copies of the magazine IATEFL Voices and a free conference selections publication, an annual conference, fourteen Special Interest Groups and funding support.

I have been a member of IATEFL for over 8 months now, and to be honest I haven’t made the most of my membership. While researching this post I had to re-apply for my password and I think it was actually the first time I’d used it. I get the Voices magazine regularly in my inbox at work, which I have forwarded to my Gmail account to read at home, but then never have.

I did apply for a scholarship to the annual conference, the one for teacher trainers, which would have been phenomenal if I’d got. I’ve become more aware of the annual conference over the last couple of years due to social networking. Unfortunately last year I was unwell the weekend of the conference so didn’t follow it online as much as I could have, but this year I would certainly like to be contributing more and will be encouraging my CELTA trainees to do the same.

Logging into my account for the first time the members page is very is very user friendly and I’ve had a bit of an explore.

I’ve now accessed a new digital subscription to E L Gazette and scanned through Voices 230 where I found an interesting article on phrasal verbs, a new site called Lingleonline to explore and a review of the ELT Journal publication and website.

With only four months left of my membership, I can’t see myself renewing it but I would like to make better use of the membership while I have it.





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