ELTABB Annual General Meeting and Talk with Ian McMaster – 11 February 2023

The most important ELTABB event of the year is here, and we’re going hybrid! Members will be able to join online and in-person.

It’s a great pleasure to announce that Ian McMaster will be giving a talk to kick off the event.

A third of a century in ELT and none the wiser?


The idea that “the more I learn, the less I know” has been around since the time of Plato and Socrates. Online, it is attributed to people as varied as Albert Einstein and Tony Bennett.

Many language students and teachers have also experienced the feeling that as they learn more, they become increasingly aware of how little they know.

In this plenary, Ian will look back on a third of a century of working in ELT, discuss the development of his knowledge and ignorance, and share thoughts on where the industry is going. On a more practical level, he’ll present a communication activity that you can use on Monday morning (or on any other day of the week if you prefer).

Speaker Bio

Ian McMaster is a business communication consultant, author and journalist. He began teaching business English in Munich in September 1990, was editor-in-chief of Spotlight magazine from 1995 to 2003 and editor-in-chief of Business Spotlight from 2001 until 2021. Ian is also a former coordinator of IATEFL BESIG and a regular speaker at conferences. His publications include Effective International Business Communication and Communication for International Business (both with Bob Dignen, Harper Collins).

Date and time: Saturday 11 February, 10am-1pm

Location: Visible on the Ning.

Event type: Online and in person. In case of any issues finding us on the day, please send Daniel a text/SMS (not Whatsapp) or call him (his number is on the Ning post).

Please let us know on the Ning if you are attending online or in person!