A History of IATEFL

The International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) was founded in 1967. To celebrate its first 50 years, a history was published in 2017.

A History of IATEFL: The First 50 Years of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language, by Shelagh Rixon and Richard Smith, is available for free online or as a PDF.

A review in the ELT Journal says:

You would be forgiven for walking past this book in a bookshop … but in fact, you would be missing a treat, because, in its own understated way, A History of IATEFL is a real page-turner. … a fascinating story of the squabbles, the plotting, and the occasional full-blown revolts that went on in the early days between the founders and those who wanted IATEFL to take a more radical path. There were some colourful figures and some big egos involved…