2024 webinars

We began the new year in the spirit of collaboration! We are excited to announce our series of collaborative webinars with other Special Interest groups this year. We hope you are ready for some learning and engagement!

We started the year with a joint webinar with Learning Technologies (LTSIG) on the topic “Exploring the impact of Generative AI on language education: insights from teachers.” In this webinar, the speakers will explore language teachers’ use and attitudes to Gen-AI by drawing on findings from a recent study involving surveys from teachers from 70 countries and in-depth focus groups.

Speakers: Evelina Galaczi and Nahal Khabbazbashi (Cambridge Assessment Centre)

Date and time: Tuesday, 23 January 24, 5:00 – 6:00 pm UK time

Our members can watch the recording of this session from here.


In February, we collaborate with Teacher Development SIG (TDSIG) to present to you a webinar on “Analysing teachers’ discourse around assessment: A critical discourse analysis perspective.” This webinar will focus on exploring teachers’ discourse construction of assessment, to understand their beliefs around this notion, with the assumption that looking at teachers’ conceptualisations might allow schools and organisations to devise professional development programmes that are more finely tuned to staff development needs.

Speaker: Viktor Carrasquero (British Council, Hong Kong)

Date and time: Wednesday, 28 February 24, 9:00 – 10:00 am UK time

You can register for this session here.


March brings us into working with English for Specific Purposes SIG (ESPSIG). The topic of this webinar is “Testing and Mediation: What if the Test-takers Think Outside the Box?” The webinar focuses on evaluating mediation tasks and goes on to explore whether CEFR would help teachers assess these tasks fairly and consider what is acceptable and what is not.

Speakers: Barbora Chovancová & Radmila Doupovcová (Masaryk University Language Centre, Brno, Czechia)

Date and time: 21 March 24, 5:00 – 6:00 pm UK time

Registration is open here.


In April, we hope to see you all in Brighton for the 57th Annual IATEFL Conference. Check out all about our pre-conference event here and get ready for our exciting workshops on item writing. View the full programme list here.

Registration is open here.


We join hands with Inclusive Practices and Special Educational Needs SIG (IPSENSIG) in May to bring you another exciting webinar on “Supporting writers in producing inclusive assessment content.” This webinar will focus on the findings from the analysis of data obtained by conducting an extensive, retrospective diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) review of a Pearson test item bank and how the findings influenced a training program for item writers to improve the items banks from the DE&I perspective.

Speaker: Lottie Harrison (Pearson Education)

Date and time: 22 May 24, 5:00 – 6:00 pm UK time

Register here.


In June, we will present to you a webinar on the topic “Equitable Assessments for Multilingual Learners: Integrating Socioculturally Responsive and Personalized Assessment Approaches.” This webinar focuses on the development of a classroom assessment for formative use designed to better assess and support the reading and literacy development of multilingual learners, we employed socioculturally responsive and personalized assessment approaches in developing a classroom assessment for formative use.


Speakers: Lorraine Sova and Mikyung Kim Wolf (ETS)

Date and time: 17 June 24, 5:00 – 6:00 pm UK time

You can register here.


In September, we collaborate with Young Learners and Teenagers SIG (YLTSIG) on a webinar on “Student Feedback Assessment.” This webinar is based on an action research study carried out to at lower secondary level that sought to identify the perception of students regarding the type of formative feedback they were regularly provided with by their teachers, access grounded information on their learning and aid the curriculum development in English Language and Literature.

Speaker: Isabel Piñeiro Sorondo

Date and time: 17 September 24, 5:00 – 6:00 pm UK time

Registration is open here.

We hope you are eager to get started on your professional development activities for the year. See you at the webinars!

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