Next Webinar: Understanding the Basics of Design Thinking – Evrim Üstünlüoğlu

Most recent webinar: Understanding teacher development needs – Gerhard Erasmus

All past and upcoming webinars

Our next webinar

14th November, 2019 – 13.30 UK time

Understanding the Basics of Design Thinking – Evrim Üstünlüoğlu

This webinar has now taken place – the recording can be viewed here


Success  in today’s highly competitive world requires a person to develop  a completely new set of skills. Thus, we, as educators, are expected to equip our students with the skills needed  for 21st century through the use of  innovative perspectives, tools, and approaches. One of these is design thinking, a problem-solving method adapted  from the field of design.

This webinar will briefly explain  design thinking, areas of application, goals,  philosophy,  and its procedures.  The webinar will then explore  in detail how to approach a problem by using design thinking phases, and demonstrate its use with   examples of real problems faced by  school leaders and teachers. The explanations on design thinking phases  will also examine  different thinking skills, such as convergent and divergent thinking.


  • What is DT?
  • A brief history of DT?
  • What are the goals of DT education?
  • What is the philosophy behind it?
  • What are the skills needed to implement DT?
  • What are the different phases  of DT?
  • How can you implement this approach as a school leader/a teacher?

Bio: Evrim Üstünlüoğlu is based in Izmir, Turkey, and she currently holds a position as  an associate professor at  Izmir University of Economics.  She received her BA and MA degree in TEFL, and her Ph.D. in Educational Sciences. She has been an English instructor and also worked as the director of School of Foreign Languages for over 25 years. She has many publications in international/national journals, and  has been awarded  scholarships to conduct research and to teach as a visiting scholar abroad. She is a  founding member of the national language education and accreditation association (DEDAK) in Turkey, and also of TESOL Turkey, established in 2017. She has certificates in  accreditation reviewing. Her expertise and interests are quality in education, program development, teaching/learning approaches, and educational leadership.

This webinar has now taken place – the recording can be viewed here


Our most recent webinar

1st June 2019.

This webinar has now taken place. The recording can be viewed here

Understanding teacher development needs – A critical look at teaching qualifications – Gerhard Erasmus

A large percentage of teachers (50 to 70%) leave the teaching profession within the first 5 years of teaching (Phillips, 1989). They report anxiety and stress as well as feeling underprepared for the realities of teaching as the main reasons for leaving.

This webinar will look at how to better support novice and experienced teachers by looking at what can realistically be expected of a teacher after having completed an initial qualification like a CELTA or Trinity Cert TESOL. We will also look at how to support and develop teachers who have done further qualifications such as an MA, DELTA or Trinity Dip TESOL by looking at what is realistically covered by a course and how areas of weakness could potentially be stressful for teachers.

The effect of being responsible for developing teachers while no longer actually teaching will also be explored and ways of staying on top of new SLA research and teaching methodologies will be central to this part of the webinar.


Gerhard has been teaching in Asia for almost 20 years and currently works at the British Council in Taipei, Taiwan. Over the last decade, he has worked as Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Assessor, Academic Manager, and Director of Studies. He is actively involved in teacher training and tutors on various teacher training courses.


Past webinars:

The following list is of all the webinars that LAMSIG has previously held.  The recordings of all these webinars are available to be viewed in our members’ area

(NOTE: members’ area is password protected. Members will have received the password in the various editions of the e-newsletter to members. If you do not have the password, please get in touch – using the contact form and quoting your IATEFL member number)


How to do ELT Management Research George Pickering June 2014
Coaching and Mentoring in ELT Loraine Kennedy October 2014
Appraisals Jenny Johnson February 2015
Peer observation – how can we make it work? Andy Hockley June 2015
Revitalising Coasting Teachers Josh Round November 2015
Lost in Translation Fiona Thomas February 2016
The New Manager Liam Brown June 2016
Encouraging teachers to take charge of their own CPD Fiona Dunlop October 2016
Making the transition from teaching and learning to leading and managing in ELT Andy Curtis February 2017
The elusive art of giving feedback Ania Kolbusewska May 2017
Leadership Qualities for Academic Management Marina Gonzalez Nov 2017
Institutional Research for Greater School Effectiveness Deniz Kurtoğlu Eken February 2018
Using performance indicators to assess institutional effectiveness in ELT

Vinicius Nobre

May 2018
Lesson Observations: A flawed tool or an invaluable aid? Maria-Araxi Sachpazian October 2018
What is your strategy? Duncan Foord February 2019
Understanding teacher development needs Gerhard Erasmus June 2019


We also held a webinar with the Fairlist

Preparing for your first keynote talk or plenary.’

It was especially aimed at women who are thinking about dipping their toes in these waters for the first time.

The speakers were Susan Barduhn and Simon Greenall.

Susan is a Professor at SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont and a Past President and currentInternational Ambassador for IATEFL. She has been honored to give plenaries in 17 countries.

Simon has been a textbook writer for more years than he cares to admit. Giving plenaries has been an essential but often challenging requirement of the day job.

The recording of the webinar can be viewed here: http://iatefl.adobeconnect.com/p6ybav71815/

IATEFL is also running a number of free webinars for members.

Details can be found at the following link