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November 2016

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BESIG International Conference in Munich

BESIG is IATEFL´s Business English Special Interest Group, which was established in 1986, exactly 30 years ago. It represents the interests and serves the needs of the international Business English teaching community. The annual BESIG conference was held this year from 3-6 November in Munich. It was organised in cooperation with MaWSIG, which is another Special Interest Group for writers, editors and teachers who create their own classroom materials.

The event was attended by over 400 delegates from over 34 countries, some as distant as South Korea. The major points of interests at the telc stand were, as always, the dual-level exams, business English mock exams and the English Practice Material at levels A2-B1 and B1-B2. The box of "BiZQuiz" – a game inspired by the English pub quiz – was also a favourite item that everybody wanted to take home.

This year, telc sponsored two very well attended workshops on “Linking English progress to the company bonus scheme” and “A framework for task creation and writing assessment”. Suzanne Vetter-M’Caw presented a case study about a company near Frankfurt a.M. that had linked the annual bonus payments to the improvement of employees’ English language skills. Within a set time period, employees were given the target of moving to the next CEFR level, to be proven by successfully passing either a B1.B2 or B2.C1 telc English Business exam. On completion of the project, employees confirmed that working towards the telc exam had been a motivating experience and fully confirmed the success of the project.

Mia Aghajari held a workshop on CEFR criteria when it comes to assessing written work. In this case, the workshop focused on emails at level A2. As this was new to a number of participants, afterwards many expressed their interest in learning more about this particular method of assessing writing and in other telc Training workshops.

The BESIG conference is held alternately in Germany and elsewhere. Although the country in which it will take place next year has not yet been announced, one thing is sure – telc will be there!

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