25th anniversay of Global Issues SIG IATEFL International!

This year the IATEFL Global Issues SIG is 25 years old! To celebrate all the SIG has achieved over the years, and in anticipation of the next 25, at 16:00 UK time on Saturday, 27 June, we are hosting an interactive online get together on Zoom.

Our special guests, Global Issues SIG founder Alan Maley and past coordinators Margit Szesztay and Chris Sowton, will be discussing the importance of global issues in ELT in the past, present and future. Find out which global issues they think will define ELT in the coming months and years, and how you can act to address these with your students. The event will feature a live Q&A and break out discussions.


Global Issues Pre Conference Event at IATEFL Poland in Gdańsk

Global Issues SIG Pre-Conference Event

Marzena Pepłowska, Daniel Starski and Marcin Stanowski

Friday morning Pre Conference Event of Global Issues SIG will be this time entirely devoted to CLIL. Workshops will be focused on practical applications of CLIL approach and concern Global Issues and critical thinking.

Pre-conference Event Part 1


The Power of Questions

Marcin Stanowski

The power of why, what, when and how is never to be overestimated. It is essential in everyday communication. It is crucial in critical thinking classes. It is inevitable in the CLIL lesson.

Questions are conversation starters, ice-breakers and the essence of a scientific method.

We need to prepare our students for asking questions during the lesson,  in their research and in every bit of small talk.

The first session in Global Issues Sig Pre-conference Event on Friday 20th September will be devoted to all the techniques we can use to foster student’s inquisitive mind and help them form questions which will make them socialize with others, understand the world better and most of all be Young Scientist!


Marcin Stanowski is a psychologist, trainer and a high school teacher. As an avid Moodler and an IT enthusiast obtained the European Language Label Award. Several times was a grant holder of Comenius and RELO programmes. Marcin is also Global Issues Special Interest Group Coordinator and PR for IATEFL PL and MM Publications Poland methodology expert. Marcin runs a blog at http://superteachers.pl. Currently interested in fostering key competencies in ELT classes and fighting hate speech and fake news.

Pre-conference Event Part 2


The Power of Feedback

Marzena Pepłowska

The Power of Feedback Feedback is an essential tool used for formative assessment and for developing critical thinking skills. During the session, participants will experience the usage of feedback techniques and their role in CLIL through active participation. The discussion is to cover the differences between various types of feedback and their influence on the learning process.


Marzena Pepłowska: EFL and CLIL teacher, teacher trainer, methodology lecturer, CLIL consultant cooperating with schools, director of studies in Masters&More language school, specialist in bilingualism in Neo Education, a graduate of Bilingual Programme for teachers, participant of a study visit to Jyvaskyla and the CLIL Teachers’ International Collaboration Project founder.

Pre-conference Event Part 3


The Power of Silence

Daniel Starski

Years ago Mark Twain said “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt”. Nice one for the teachers, eh?  On a serious note, silence is a powerful tool in class. How to use it in Global Issues setting? Here’s an idea I’ve been practising over the years and sharing on IATEFL conferences around Europe. Come in and enjoy!


An ESL teacher at XXVIII Jan Kochanowski high school and a Matura examiner. In love with English since 1989, teaching at various levels and places since 2003.

How to teach English meaningfully?

As EFL teachers we are not merely language teachers, but we are given dozens of new roles – we tend to be counselors, mentors, coaches and even role models. Since we strive to help our students flourish as both learners and human beings, I would like to encourage you to go beyond the standard role of a language teacher. This session aims at showing how to combine English language teaching with important, sometimes controversial, social issues. I will explain WHY it’s important to include social issues in our curriculum and HOW to prepare a meaningful lesson in a way that will help students gain some insight into themselves and the surrounding world. Packed with ready-made lessons and practical tips, this workshop will help you prepare activities in which students can learn something more than “just a language” – life.

Katarzyna Sochacka is a graduate of the University of Warsaw. She has been working as an English teacher at Zamoyski High School in Warsaw for over 10 years. As her students are mainly teenagers & young adults, she aims at interweaving teaching English with a variety of important topics, such as tolerance, stereotypes or life priorities.
Hence the idea of the website meaningfulenglish.pl where Katarzyna shares ready-made lessons and worksheets for English teachers who share the idea that there’s more to life (and teaching!) than the English language. Her main interests include psychology, language learning strategies and modern technolog

Nauczanie języka angielskiego osób z uszkodzeniem słuchu


Nauczanie języka angielskiego osób z uszkodzeniem słuchu

Warsztat ma na celu zapoznanie uczestników ze specyfiką nauczania języka angielskiego osób z uszkodzonym słuchem.  W trakcie spotkania spróbujemy odpowiedzieć na pytania, co może sprawiać szczególną trudność uczniom, czy też jakie wyzwania stoją przed nauczycielami.  Przedstawione zostaną również przykłady dobrych praktyk na zajęciach lekcyjnych.

Bartosz Wilimborek– nauczyciel języka angielskiego w Instytucie Głuchoniemych. Autor publikacji dotyczących metod aktywizujących młodzież. Realizator nagradzanych projektów promujących nauczanie języków migowych oraz integrację społeczną, m.in. „Wychowanie do nauczania włączającego” wspieranego przez Ambasadę Stanów Zjednoczonych.


Global Scholars in bilingual teaching

As Mike Bloomberg, a founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Bloomberg LP;
108th Mayor of the City of New York put it:

“Giving students the ability to interact with and understand different cultures is critical to building a brighter future. Combating cultural ignorance—and the fear and intolerance it breeds—begins with young people.”

Do your students have an opportunity to connect with their peers around the world? Global Scholars, operated by Global Cities, Inc., is a tech-savvy, direct peer-to-peer learning program for students 10 to 13 years old that allows them to do just that. See what students and teachers have to say!

In this session I will tell you about Global Scholars Project and why your students will benefit from that.



Politics, media, language skills. Inviting the real world into your classroom

Politics, media, language skills. Inviting the real world into your classroom

Opuść swoją strefę komfortu. Zostaw podręczniki (na chwilę). Otwórz drzwi do realnego świata.

Podczas tego warsztatu zajmiemy się sposobami i źródłami, które pozwalają na użycie bieżących tematów oraz wykorzystanie autentycznych materiałów na lekcji języka. Pokażemy szeroki wachlarz zarówno cyfrowych, jak i drukowanych publikacji, umożliwiających rozwój kompetencji językowych uczniów, jak również tzw. umiejętności XXI wieku – krytycznego myślenia, selekcji i analizowania informacji

Step out of your comfort zone. Leave your coursebook (for a while). Open the doors to the real world.

In this workshop we are going to take a look at various techniques and methods to use current affairs topics, authentic materials and a range of both digital sources and print publications which enable students’ linguistic development as well as 21st century skills – critical thinking, selecting and analyzing data.


Grzegorz Fidala jest absolwentem Stosunków Międzynarodowych oraz Filologii Angielskiej na Uniwersytecie Mikołaja Kopernika w Toruniu. Przez wiele lat uczył języka angielskiego zarówno w szkołach w Polsce jak i za granicą (m.in. Akademia Nauki, Wyższa Szkoła Bankowa w Toruniu, New York School w Rzymie). Wśród jego zainteresowań na pierwszym planie znajdują się rozwijanie sprawności mówienia oraz wykorzystanie gier i nowoczesnych technologii w nauce języka obcego.

Grzegorz Fidala   graduated from the International Relations and the English Department at Nicolaus Copernicus University. He had been teaching English in both public and private schools, i.e. Akademia Nauki, Wyższa Szkoła Bankowa (Toruń), New York School (Rome). Oxford University Press Senior ELT Consultant in kujawsko-pomorskie since 2007 and teacher trainer since 2010. Particularly interested in developing speaking skills, the use of games and authentic materials  in teaching English