IH Conference for English teachers

International House Bratislava in association with Cambridge University Press & Assessment is proud to present its ELT conference.
 

See you again in 2025 :)

18th International House Bratislava Conference for English Teachers

 When?

17.2.2024 (Sat)

8:00 - 14:00 (TBC)

Where?
IH Bratislava premises, Moskovská 13
(face to face)


The registration is already closed.
Fee: 20€ (free of charge for IH teachers and partner schools)

Guest Speaker from Cambridge
Charles Stewart guest speaker


Plenary talk:

Let's talk about progression: Speaking A2 to C1
Blurb: Getting our students actively engaged in speaking English in our classes can sometimes be challenging. With the ever-present reality of having to prepare them for an official English exam, speaking is an area many teachers address, but rarely are speaking skills taught in conjunction with a speaking task. In this talk, we will focus on identifying the various speaking skills needed across the levels A2-C1 and look at some practical activities we can use in our classrooms to teach them in order to better prepare our students to take an official Cambridge English Exam (Key, Preliminary, First, and Advanced Exams).



Charles Stewart
Charles Stewart is a Cambridge University Press Trainer and has been working in the ELT field since 2011, teaching ESL, speaking at various ELT conferences around the Czech Republic and writing and delivering teacher training workshops in several countries around the world. Throughout his teaching career, Charles has been fortunate to teach all levels, both young learners and adults. Currently Charles is involved in the Young Learners Department at the British Council in Prague, where he currently lives and works, and teaches Exam preparation at a local Czech Gymnasium (High School).


The conference is organised in cooperation with:
Cambridge University Press & Assessment
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Programme 2024

Programme of the IH ELT conference in 2024


Katka Hrtánková
English only? (YL)
In my workshop we will be looking at some advantages and disadvantages of using only English in class, discussing effective strategies to encourage students to use English and the importance of pair and group work activities in this approach.

BIO: Katarina has been working for International House Bratislava for almost 20 years. She teaches different level courses and age groups, but her main professional interest is teaching young learners. She is a speaking examiner and a teacher trainer for the YLE. Katarina currently works as YL ADOS at IH Bratislava.


Tara Aleck
The Finnish System; through the eyes of its teachers
Tara will be introducing some basic principles of the famed 'Finnish Model of Education' through a series of video interviews she conducted last year with teachers working in the public school system in a small town in central Finland. We will be discussing the similarities and differences with our working reality here in Slovakia and will explore what we can learn from Finland and bring into our own classrooms and teaching practice. The main focus will be on the system itself, student and teacher wellbeing and classroom management.
Want a sneak peak at what public education looks like when funding schools is a national priority?
Want to know how 'canine assisted learning' works?
Want to know exactly how much Finnish teachers are paid?
Join us for all the answers.

BIO: Tara has been teaching for over twenty years across the world, with long stints in Japan and Argentina. She is interested in teacher training and development, and has completed her Cambridge Delta.


Vladko Kmec
First language acquisition vs second language learning
In the workshop we are going to look at the differences between first language acquisition and second language learning and their implications for teaching English as a foreign language.

BIO: My name is Vladislav Kmec.
I come from Bardejov but live in Svätý Jur now.
I studied at Prešov University and Stockport College.
I work for International House Bratislava as an English teacher and a speaking examiner.
I am married and have two teenage daughters.
I like having free time (but have too little for my liking).


Matthew McGeever
The Forgotten Senses: Smell and Taste in the Classroom
This workshop will consider different ways to incorporate the senses of smell and taste into the English language classroom. We will look at different activities, try a couple of them out, and assess the extent to which they are practical and doable in different contexts.

CELTA
CELTA is “the most widely recognised English teaching qualification in the world” (www.cambridgeenglish.org) and International House Bratislava is the only authorised centre in Slovakia to provide this course. Come join this workshop to see WHAT is included on a typical CELTA course; WHY the course is special in terms of practical teaching experience and developing student-centred teaching techniques; and HOW to join a course which is best for you (face-to-face or online; full-time or part-time).

BIO:
Matthew is the Assistant Director of Studies for English at IH Bratislava and is also a CELTA Trainer. He has taught all ages (from first graders to pensioners) at all levels (from pre-A1 to C2) in 8 countries. He is particularly interested in humanistic approaches to teaching and using all senses in the classroom.


Laura Bíró
Let’s talk about speaking, baby!
The workshop looks into the positive and negative sides of teaching speaking, and also the restrictions students might face when learning speaking. Of course, a couple of teaching ideas and activities are part and parcel of the session.

BIO:
Laura has been working at International House Bratislava since 2007 and she has been the Director of Studies for English for nearly 5 years now. She enjoys teaching all types of courses and is also involved in teacher training and professional development of IH teachers. Also, since becoming a CELTA Trainer in 2020, she has been involved in teacher training in a wider context too.



Charles Stewart
How to teach mix-ability classes with a coursebook (A2-B1)
Mixed ability classes have become the norm in ELT, and it seems that we, as teachers, must cope with a greater range of mixed abilities within the same class nowadays. In this workshop, we will explore ways and tips for coping with Mixed Ability Classes and look at various strategies for differentiating activities within a coursebook, referencing the Cambridge Own It series.
 
Tips for teaching reading for exams (B1-C1)
Reading is a skill that we all teach in our classrooms, but there are several reading techniques that students tend to struggle with, especially techniques for taking a reading test during an English exam. Though learned to assist in passing an exam, these skills are also highly useful in the everyday lives of our students, and when used, can help to foster a deep appreciation for reading. In this workshop, we will discuss these techniques and develop a bank of activities which we can use in our classes to train our students how to read more effectively.


Selected workshops were prepared by Erasmus + mobility participants
Funded by EU





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Thank you. All the speakers provided me with very useful advice, highly applicable in my learning-teaching process. Moreover, it was a joy to be with them.  Thank you again.

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Thank you for organising it. I had a great online time :) I used some of the ideas in my classes on Monday.




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