• How good was Stuttgart?!

    Posted by Charlie on 19 November, 2012

    I’m a bit sad it’s all over already..

    Marketing Director, Jo Greig, and Zuzana Miskova – one of the delegates on the Macmillan/BESIG sponsorship scheme from the Czech Republic!

    It was a real treat to see the conference so busy and to catch up with old friends and meet new faces!We especially

    enjoyed meeting the Czech teachers from the sponsorship scheme!

    It was a great thrill for us to be involved in so many aspects of the conference this year – the David Riley award and the great sponsorship scheme.

    We are really proud to have launched The Business 2.0 at such a buzzing venue and with so much interest. If you missed author John Allison’s talk on developing professional interpersonal skills then you can view the recording on the BESIG site (John was broadcasting live to international viewers!)

    Anne-Marie Ross won a mini projector for sharing her secret skill at BESIG!

    Our ‘Tell us your secret skill’ competition had a great response and you’ll be pleased to hear that it will continue to run throughout 2013 so if you still want to get your hands on a mini projector then you can head to the site above to see how you can still enter!

    One of the things we enjoy most about BESIG is catching up with so many enthusiastic and friendly teachers. We are already looking forward to see you next year!


  • BESIG 2012 Scholarship scheme: Czech Republic and Slovakia

    Posted by Charlie on 27 June, 2012

    IATEFL BESIG has offered a number of international scholarships for delegates wishing to attend the annual conference over the last several years.

    The International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) Business English Special Interest Group (BESIG) and Macmillan Education are pleased to announce their Joint Local Scholarship Scheme. The aim is to assist participants from the Czech Republic and Slovakia to attend the 25th Annual International Conference in Stuttgart, Germany between the 16th and 18th November 2012.

    Scholarship Details

    Attendees from the Czech Republic and Slovakia are eligible for significantly reduced rates compared to the full rates of £110 and £160 for IATEFL members and non-members respectively. The rate for Joint Local Scholarship delegates for the full conference, including the reception on Friday, all the talks, workshops and exhibition, plus lunch on Saturday, is £36. The Scholarship attendance fee does not cover the optional pre-conference session on Friday (£15). The registration deadline is 31st August, but please contact Akos Gerold, the IATEFL BESIG Development Coordinator, as soon as you can as the number of places is limited to 32. This offer is open to IATEFL members and non-members alike. However, if you are a member, please quote your IATEFL ID number.


    Thanks to the generosity of members of English Language Teachers’ Association Stuttgart (ELTAS), a number of homestay places will be available to the Joint Local Scholarship attendees free of charge. These places will be allocated on a first come – first served basis. When applying for the scholarship, please indicate whether you would like to stay with a fellow EFL professional in the Stuttgart area. Scholarship attendees who prefer to arrange their own accommodation will find a choice of hotels, motels, hostels and B&Bs on this page: 2012 IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference.

    How to Register

    In order to register for the conference through the Joint Local Scholarship Scheme, contact Akos Gerold on If you are an IATEFL BESIG member, please quote your IATEFL ID number.


    IATEFL BESIG is grateful to Macmillan Education for its generous support of the 2012 Joint Local Scholarship Scheme. Macmillan Education are a leading publisher of materials for learning English and are the proud sponsors of this scholarship scheme. For more information please visit: Macmillan Education.

    We would also like to thank ELTAS and its members for offering to host the Joint Local Scholarship delegates.

    Don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity to meet fellow business English professionals from all over the world, find out about IATEFL BESIG first hand and enjoy its annual conference.

    We are looking forward to seeing you in Stuttgart!


  • BESIG 2011 – Onestopenglish party!

    Posted by Charlie on 10 November, 2011

    It’s been a year of celebrations for as the site turned 10 this year. We’re bringing the party to Dubrovnik and the annual BESIG get-together. Come and get into the ‘spirit’ of things Croatian-style at the Macmillan stand from 5pm on Saturday 19th November.

  • BESIG 2010

    Posted by Charlie on 29 November, 2010

    BESIG 2010 was another great conference for us at Macmillan. Ileana Chersan, author of English for Law Enforcement, gave a great talk on our behalf, on the importance of multiculturalism when teaching English for Law Enforcement, and our very own Laura Hudson gave a practical talk on how you can make your business English class benefit from digital elements.

    Macmillan's destinctive red stand, with Zoe Richardson and Eva Maria Schmidt (Macmillan English Campus)

    Eva Maria Schmidt of  Macmillan English Campus also gave a brilliant interactive session on the benefits of authentic business material and web projects  in the Business English classroom.

    Eva Maria in full flow in her interactive session

    There are more photos and a lot of the conference presentations up online at

    Jo Greig, International Marketing Director for Macmillan, clutches the results of the 2010 David Riley award

    Were you at Bielefeld for this year’s BESIG Annual Conference? What was the best talk you saw?

  • Cleve Miller scoops the David Riley Award for English 360!

    Posted by Charlie on 22 November, 2010

    At the opening of the annual BESIG conference in Bielefeld, Cleve Miller was awarded with the David Riley award for Innovation in Business English and ESP for his teacher resource website English 360

    Our congratulations go to Clever Miller and the English 360 team!!

    David Riley was a teacher, teacher trainer, writer and publisher of Business and ELT materials. He was renowned in the ELT world for his creation of materials for a range of publishers, big and small. You might not have met David in person but it is very likely that you will have used some of his excellent materials. Respected for his true understanding of the ELT classroom, and the motivation he inspired in his students, he used this experience to create truly innovative publishing projects.

    For more information on the David Riley Award download this information sheet

  • See you in Bielefeld!

    Posted by Charlie on 6 October, 2010

    How time flies! We are all ready for BESIG Annual Conference 2010.

    This year we are hosting a number of talks at Bielefeld, Germany. You can find out about the intricacies of teaching English for Law Enforcement from our author, Ileana Chersan, and our very own Laura Hudson will be demonstrating how you can incorporate new technologies into your teaching to give your business English class a bit of blended pizzazz!

    Our colleagues from and Macmillan English Campus will also be there.

    Come to our stand and find out what’s new for 2011, and keep an eye out for goodies!

    See you there!

    Macmillan Business English Team