Welcome to the LTSIG website. My name is Sophia Mavridi and I’ve been involved with the IATEFL learning Technologies SIG over the past four years, first as Treasurer and then as Coordinator (along with Shaun Wilden).
Our SIG is one of the largest and oldest SIGs of IATEFL – it began as the COMPUTERS SIG in the mid 1980s and has significantly influenced language learning and teaching since then. Much has changed over the years, most notably its size and reach but much remains the same. The commitment of our committee members, the enthusiasm to run events which can be quite influential for local and international attendees and the passion to embrace, describe, analyse and criticise the latest learning technologies in the field of language teaching.
As educators we need to adapt to a rapidly changing world immersed in technology. But adapting involves much more than just purchasing the latest application and getting students to use it. All too often, we hear bold claims about the potential for emerging technologies to improve student outcomes. How can we evaluate the credibility of this information and most importantly, how can we integrate particular technologies in a pedagogically sound way?
Come join our community whether you are tech savvy or not. There will always be something new to learn with and from us. Being a LTSIG member can give you significant benefits among which the opportunity to win a grant to attend and present at LTSIG associate conferences around the world. You will also be eligible to join the SIG Committee and work alongside with us not only to take the SIG forward but also expand your professional networks and opportunities.
LT SIG Coordinator