Phil's EFL Support Site

for English Language Teachers studying for Masters or Diplomas




Welcome to, which is just coming up to its 18th month's anniversary. Thanks to all of you for making this possible. This site is only what you have made it, and I thank you for all your feedback, suggestions and support throughout 2002.

This year will focus on getting the user database registration developed, so that you can all begin finding like minded professionals with similar research interests to yourselves. Please use the registration page to let us know that you are on board with the other 200 EFL'ers worldwide who are already logged on.
If for any reason the registration page causes problems, please use the email link to send your information and let me know that I have to
revisit this problem again. Here's hoping I've got it fixed once and for
all for 2003.

Another drive this year will be on site user articles. So, if you have any research that you would like to share, please just send it in as an attachment to an email referenced: Article Submission.

Another feature which will grow through the year are the discussion boards. Many of you have been asking for these to be posted, and starting with the new article on Journal Writing on the Skills page we
will launch the first of many focused discussion groups that will feature
a few surprising and well known names. If you would like to see an article or a discusion board on any specific subject, just email me and
let me know via this link on Discussion Board Requests. Check out the discussion board forums and email directly from there on what you would like to see included.

This is going to be a busy next few months in the EFL world with a number of excellent conferences on the horizon. A few of these for
your calendar include:


CILFE2003 from the 30th January to the 1st February in Barcelona, Spain - an interesting international conference on language for specific purposes and the role of technology in research and pedagogy.

The Role of Research in Teacher Education - a fascinating looking conference under the auspices of IATEFL from the 31st January to the 2nd February in Nottingham.

Georgetown University Roundtable on Languages and Linguistics from the 15th to the 17th February in Washington, DC.

TAMA 2003 - the conference on 'Multilingual Knowledge and Technology Transfer' in Pretoria, South Africa. February 17th-21st.

TESOLArabia 2003 - the largest TESOL conference in the region which should attract to Duabi some 2,000 delegates from all over the Gulf, North Africa and Asia. 12th - 14th March.

TESOL international conference in Baltimore from the 25th March.

IATEFL - Annual conference in Brighton from the 22nd to the 26th of April.

(ITMELT) - The Information Technology and Multimedia in ELT conference in Hong Kong in June.

If you would like to see a specific conference in 2003 included in the newsletter, just let me know by email on Conference To Include.

Finally, please let me know what you would like added to the site.
I only post articles and links which users request and for which there is a demand, so help the site continue to grow - IT IS YOURS.
Thanks again as always for your active input.