The IATEFL Global Issues SIG (GISIG) is one of several special interest groups that make up part of IATEFL, the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language. Comprising a diverse membership of English language teachers, teacher trainers and academic managers, working all around the world both in state educational systems and the private sector, GISIG aims to foreground global issues, such as the climate emergency, human rights, equality, conflict resolution, consumerism, working conditions, sustainable development and social responsibility, within English as a second language education. We do this by challenging dominant narratives, giving voice to those who so often go unheard, and taking concrete action in pursuit of social and environmental justice, through what and how we teach.

Through our presence at international conferences, including our Pre-Conference Event and SIG Showcase at the annual IATEFL conference, as well as other face-to-face and online events, we advocate for an inclusive, dialogic, critical pedagogy that empowers and inspires both teachers and language learners to act, in their role as global citizens. In addition to our regular events, GISIG membership gives you access to a whole range of member benefits – from our bi-annual e-zine, to extended episodes of the Global Issues Podcast, tickets to the Global Shorts Film Club, to over 40 back issues of the GISIG Newsletter. You can also follow us on our social media pages (find us on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn) to keep up-to-date with all our activities. If you are an English language teacher who is keen to bring real-world issues into the classroom and to develop your learners’ critical literacy as well as their English, then please join us!

IATEFL Membership entitles you to one free SIG membership – make yours GISIG!

  • Find out more about the benefits of becoming a GISIG member here.
  • For more about how to join IATEFL, either as an individual or an institution, click here.
  • Learn more about IATEFL’s other special interest groups here.
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