The AGM was held online on Saturday 13th March. There were no problems arising from any of the business covered and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the two workshop and found them very useful. There was only 8 nominees for the committee seats so there was no need for an election. All the outgoing committee members except Matt Done stood for re-election and there was one more nominee. The new committee members are as follows: Jean Theuma Larrissa Jonk Caroline Campbell Alan Marsh Julia Pearson Natasha Fabri Ian Scerri Bob Bejdak There will be a committee meeting very soon to decide who takes on the various posts.
The agenda was as follows:
Approval of Minutes *
Presentation of reports by the MATEFL Committee
President’s Keynote Address
Newsletter Editor Report
IATEFL Associate Membership Report
Any Other Business
Election for 2021 - 2023 committee
Workshops (2 hours)
Jean Theuma - What is Academic English? With increasing numbers of students interested in taking internationally recognised exams for entering university, such as Academic IELTS, the market for teaching academic English is expanding. In this session, Jean will look at how academic English is different from general English. The session will also explore exam tasks and include ways to develop the writing and speaking skills which are so crucial for these types of exams.
Larissa Jonk – Teaching Academic English online Teaching remotely has become a regular activity for many teachers in the past year. Following up from Jean’s session, Larissa will focus on a practical session using Zoom, Padlet, and Google Docs for synchronous training in speaking and writing, drawing on her own experience teaching academic English.