TDSIG News Bulletin

IATEFL Teacher Development Special Interest Group

Dear members

Hope you're having a good summer, or winter. And if you've just finished your academic year, that it was a successful one and that you have a chance to take a well deserved break.

We here at the SIG are working on getting things ready for next year's conferences and publications. So we've put together this short bulletin to share with you some updates on our activities, and to invite you to contribute to some of them.

Here you'll find:

- Looking back: the Critical Pedagogy PCE in Harrogate 2014

- Looking forward: a preview of the PCE in Manchester 2015

- How to apply for the TD Michael Berman Scholarship for IATEFL Manchester 2015

- Newsletter Call for Articles

- Changes in the committee

Best wishes

TDSIG Committee

Looking back: IATEFL Harrogate 2014 PCE

Almost 60 delegates participated in this all-day Pre Conference Event, which included framing talks and workshops by Divya Madhavan, Willy Cardoso and Luke Meddings as well as a lot of time devoted to discussion and collaborative work in open space. Participants shared, discussed and unravelled a variety of issues within the theme of Critical Pedagogy, such as the hidden curriculum; not letting business vocabulary spill into education; a critical approach to course books; alternative modes of assessment; and more.

A full report from the Open Space can be read here.

Photo below by Mike Harrison.

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Looking forward: IATEFL Manchester 2015 PCE

We're delighted to announce the theme of next year's PCE (10th April, 2015):

Challenges and Rewards - getting to the heart of the matter with exploratory practice

What challenges do you face and how might you examine them?

How can we support each other in constructing action plans to examine those challenges?

In Open Space format, a number of speakers (and you can be one of them), from different perspectives and spaces, will join us to share the challenges they have faced in their classrooms and the experiments they undertook in an attempt to find solutions….and hopefully rewards.

Think about a critical incident in your teaching. How did you respond as a teacher? What did the class do? What could you do differently? Did you get any support from your peers? This one-day event is for you to get to the heart of the matter with exploratory practice and

by the end of the day to walk away with simple, realistic but inspiring plans for your own development. In search of rewards.

For more information on the conference visit:

Call for Articles: TDSIG Newsletter

Would you like to share your teacher development story, journey, innovation, challenge or success?

We are looking for contributions, long or short, practical or slightly more academic.


Length: 500-1800 words. Longer articles may also be considered.

Format: MS Word for Windows. Arial font, size 12 and single spacing.

Copy and any questions should be directed to Willy Cardoso (editor) at

Teacher Development SIG Michael Berman Scholarship for IATEFL Manchester

This scholarship is for a teacher to attend the IATEFL Annual Conference in Manchester 2015.

It will be awarded to someone who is interested in exploring her/his own development and is able to write about this engagingly so that others can share in and benefit from these insights.

You have to be a member of IATEFL TD SIG to apply for this scholarship but you do not have to give a conference presentation.

The award consists of:

  • registration for the TD SIG Pre-Conference Event
  • registration for the IATEFL Annual Conference
  • GBP 500.00 for conference-related expenses

Check eligibility and details on how to apply at

The submission deadline is 24th July 2014.

(late submissions will not be considered)

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Committee members

Catherine Mitsaki (Newsletter Editor), Anthony Gaughan (Coordinator) and Huseyin Demirel (Events Coordinator), have recently decided it was time to step down from their committee roles. Our sincere thanks to these three long-standing supporters of TDSIG and our best wishes in their future endeavours.

Sinéad Laffan is the newly appointed Coordinator, and Willy Cardoso is now in charge of the Newsletter. Good luck with your new roles!

Barbara Roosken continues as website editor.

We would be delighted to hear from anyone else who would like to join the committee, to spread the workload and share ideas and suggestions for future activities. If you are interested, contact us.