Learning2gether asynchronously with the 53rd Annual International IATEFL Conference and Exhibition

Learning2gether Episode #408

The 53rd Annual International IATEFL Conference and Exhibition was held in Liverpool, UK on the 2nd-5th April 2019 this year. It was in Liverpool for those fortunate enough to be able or available to make the trip. For the rest of us, it happened on our computers, whether deskbound or handheld, though the online recordings available of all the conference plenaries and a healthy selection of talks.


Meanwhile TESOL has sent out this email to attendees of its recent conference

If you missed purchasing the TESOL 2019 International Convention & English Language Expo Session Recordings at the convention it’s not too late!

Catch up on over 50 sessions you didn’t have time to attend at the convention, revisit your favorite speaker presentations and continue your professional development between TESOL events. Recorded sessions make great training tools and help you stay current on the trends facing the profession.

Click here to purchase the TESOL 2019 Session Recordings Now!
Attendees are eligible for a $44 discount using the discount code: 2019TESOL

The CALL-IS Interest section in TESOL has been working for years to redress the problem, and is starting to poke its head above the radar. Some of the principle instigators of this effort reported on their work in a recent article in TESL-EJ:


Bauer-Ramazani, C., Meyer, J., Reshad, A., Stevens, V., & Watson, J. (2017). A brief history of CALL-IS webcasting in the new millennium. TESL-EJ, Volume 21, Number 1, Available: http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume21/ej81/ej81int/. Also available at: http://tesl-ej.org/pdf/ej81/int.pdf; pp. 1-16 in pdf.

I addressed the issue of open access to conferences in a blog post last year


In that post I pointed out that IATEFL has been putting recordings of selected conference sessions online since 2011. Just click on a session, and play its recording (for free, no need to log in):

That next to last page is labeled IATEFL Online 2018 and the videos are from 2018, but there is no link to 2019 from the text in bold, Watch recordings of talks from IATEFL 2019 Liverpool. But the videos are from 2018, and the hash tag to the right is hyperlinked to https://twitter.com/hashtag/IATEFL2019, where there are also a number of videos posted.

Anyway, I admire IATEFL’s spirit of sharing. Here are more recorded resources from IATEFL

And a novel idea for teaching/learning on the hoof blogged by Pearson, Scooped by Nik Peachey

Meanwhile, a search on #TESOL2019 on Twitter, https://twitter.com/hashtag/tesol2019, turns up a wealth of photos, including lots of shots of presentation slides, but no video presentations (at least in the first hundred scrolls).

However, from TESOL, something I first noticed in a tweet from Nathan Hall,

Here is the link to the tweet:

Now, this is a nice gesture. It says you can access the curated virtual issue of the TESOL Quarterly’s TESOL 2019 International Convention & English Language Expo here, for free, here:

BUT only through April 30, 2019

TESOL announced this on April 9 (I looked it up after seeing Nathan’s tweet)

Nathan tweeted on April 10, I saw it on April 13. dozens of others have either retweeted and / or liked Nathan’s tweet, and the news is now spreading throughout the PLN.

But the clock is ticking. You dear reader, might be coming on this in May? or June?? Next year?

TESOL is taking tentative steps, a welcome move, but is still hesitant of putting it’s CONTENT out there, permanently

as IATEFL has done for each of its conferences, and more, since 2011

What about Webinars?

IATEFL and TESOL both hold webinars series,

From the link above “Our monthly webinars are free of charge and are open to both members and non-members of IATEFL so please feel free to tell all your colleagues and friends about them. To register, just click on the link below.”

clicking on the links presents the following

TESOL Members: Free
Global Members: Free
Nonmembers: US$50

Upcoming Virtual Seminars

Past Virtual Seminars

TESOL members can access past virtual seminars for free in the TESOL Resource Center. Select virtual seminars are available to nonmembers for purchase in the TESOL Press Bookstore.

In fairness, recordings of IATEFL webinars are available only to members

The recordings of the webinars below and the slides used during their presentations can be found in the members’ area of the IATEFL website. Please log in using your membership ID and password and then click on “webinars” to access them.

But still, you get my point 🙂

Escape the room! logo

One more note, in the spirit of sharing promoted in IATEFL, Graham Stanley posted to his Google Classroom:
Hi everyone, just wanted to share my experience at the IATEFL conference in Liverpool with you, where I ended up doing a workshop (featuring the Mystery of the Mayan Mask) for 200 teachers. I’m happy to say it went well, and I have shared the presentation here:
https://escaperoomelt.wordpress.com/iatefl-liverpool-2019. Afterwards, I was contacted by a number of teachers who told me they were now inspired to do something similar, and by a couple of teachers who shared with me some of the escape rooms that they have already designed. If I get permission from them, I’ll share the materials with you all here. For me, the iATEFL Liverpool conference was the impulse for exploring escape rooms in ELT, as I put in to talk about them last August, with the idea that I would give myself until this conference in April to decide whether it was something I wanted to explore further.I think the reaction to the ideas has made me want to continue, especially as I see there is so much more that can be explored relating to how best to adapt escape rooms to language elearning and teaching. I hope that some of you feel the same way and look forward to you sharing what you discover here. I’m also thinking about repeating the experience of this EVO session and running it again next year.

Here is a link to the EVO session Escape the Room!

And my point is?  ???

Sharing fosters collaboration and distribution of knowledge through robust learning networks and should be promoted in a professional organization seeking to educate upcoming generations of global citizens, starting with modeling the appropriate and relevant skills to and among teachers.

I hope that TESOL can emulate IATEFL through promotion of more widely accessible content available to the field at large, not just paid customers, from a position of leadership, keeping in mind that this stance would be deemed refreshingly progressive and could attract more paid customers.


Earlier events

Fri 22 Mar – ELT event at Bolu Abant Izzet Baysal University webcast via YouTube


Sun 24 Mar – 4 Apr – VWBPE Virtual Worlds 2019 pre-conference Immersive Experiences


and https://vwbpe.org/conference/vwbpe-calendar for a full calendar of events through April 19

And beyond

View Recorded Conference Sessions

Did you miss a Keynote? Were you a little distracted and would like to see a session again? Many of the conference sessions were streamed and recorded by our Stream Team, and may be viewed at the conference YouTube channel playlist


Upcoming experiences April 1-4

Mon 1 Apr 1300 Los Angeles The Queen’s Heroes in the 5 Kingdoms


Past Experiences Mar 24-30

Tue Mar 26 1300 UTC – iTDi hosts Pete Sharma – How to write for digital material

Facebook live with Pete Sharma

We’re thrilled to welcome Pete Sharma for a very special Facebook Live interview event this Tuesday, March 26th from 13:00 – 13:30 UTC.
The event will be hosted by iTDi Co-founder and Director, Steven Herder, and Philip Shigeo Brown, iTDi Director of the TESOL Certificate Course.

Pete’s website:

The recording has been made available for free –

The above graphic links to https://www.youtube.com/embed/5m9x86UkQcU?start=291

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