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SzesztayFor the past 20 years Margit has been a teacher trainer working mostly with beginner teachers of English. She’s currently employed at the Department of English Language Pedagogy at Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem in Budapest.

She has been involved in many teacher training workshops and seminars both in Hungary and abroad. Her  main areas of interest include teaching beginners, group dynamics, creativity in language teaching,  language development for non-native speaker teachers and the teacher as educator.

She has an MA in English language and literature, an MA in teacher education, and a PhD in education. 


Teacher Development  A-Z



The plenary will focus on the changes I have undergone in the past 30 years as a teacher and teacher trainer. Some of the stories told will relate to being thrown in at the deep end, discovering the world of inner resources, questioning some of the basic assumptions of communicative language teaching, and meeting teachers and classrooms from around the world.  While tracing my own development and looking at what has inspired me, I will be inviting listeners to reflect on changes they have undergone since they started to teach, and set future developmental goals for themselves.

OakesSteve is an experienced teacher and teacher trainer who has worked in numerous countries around the world including the UK, the US and Japan as well as various parts of Central Europe.

He has been the Head of Teacher Training at International House Budapest since 1997 and is a co-author of Speakout, a new general adult course from Pearson and the winner of the English Speaking Union Duke of Edinburgh prize for best new book in English language teaching in 2011.


Embracing Ambiguity


For as long as most of us have been in ELT, authentic material has been essential fare in coursebooks and one of the ways in which teachers supplement lessons. But at lower levels there is often resistance to using such materials on the part of teachers and learners alike. Where does this come from? Have we boxed ourselves in with a view of what’s difficult, and of what it means to ‘understand’ texts or a speech? Are we in fact depriving our learners of an essential element in their learning that will equip them to deal much better with all kinds of situations in English?

In this talk we will explore ambiguity tolerance (AT) as one of the most important and most commonly overlooked learner traits, and look at ways of building AT in learners of all levels.


CarriermMichael is Head of English Language Innovation, British Council, London.

Michael has been involved in English Language Training (ELT) for over 30 years as a teacher, trainer, author, school director and network director.

He has written a number of ELT coursebooks and skills books, including the Front Page series, Business Circles, Intermediate Writing Skills and Spotlight Readers.

His special field of interest is in e-learning and the application of technology to Language Teaching.


Re-defining access to language learning:  

using Handheld and Mobile Learning


Handheld and Mobile Learning technology extends the range of the teacher by extending learning beyond the physical lesson in the physical classroom. Learners can use travel time as well as time at home to extend their learning, reinforce teacher-led lessons and achieve learning objectives more effectively.

This talk shows how we can use mobile technology to support and supplement language learning and shares our experience in developing applications for phones and handheld devices - including classroom tablets from OLPC and Intel as well as individual phones.

WilsonKen is an author, trainer and blogger. He has written about thirty ELT titles, including a dozen series of course books. His most recent course material includes Smart Choice, an American English course for OUP.

He also writes supplementary material, including sketches and songs. In 2008, OUP published Drama and Improvisation, a collection of more than 50 of his drama activities for teachers.


Ten quotes to make you think


The quoted words of famous people are sometimes quite amusing, but a really GOOD quotation makes you stop and think, and may even make you change the way you do things. In this talk, I'll show you ten of my favourite quotes - from Albert Einstein to Marilyn Monroe - and explain how they made me change the way I teach. There will also be some thought-provoking cartoons that do the same.

TsaiBonnie is a freelance teacher and trainer.  Her work takes her around the world running teacher training courses.  She lives in New York and Toulouse. 


She has trained in such humanistic approaches as Suggestopedia with Dr. G. Lozanov, Psychodramaturgie Linguistic and is a Master Practitioner in N.L.P. She trained in coaching skills with Robert Dilts.  

She is co-author of Business English Recipes with Judith Irigoin and Creative Resources with Judit Fehér.

Falling in Love with Teaching (Again?)

Unlocking the potential of inspiration in the classroom


This plenary will take you through a journey that many teachers take. In the beginning everything is new, bright, exciting and maybe even a little scary. Then comes our growth and experience of teaching and we enter our comfort zone. We know what to do and how to do it. But then maybe one day we wake up and we don’t want to go to school. We don’t want to make yet another journey towards our classroom.

This plenary will consider the following question: How do I get the “sparkle” back and fall in love with teaching again?

The following points so vital in successful teaching will be considered:

  • - Raising and maintaining the self-esteem of the teacher
  • - Bringing joyful and playful learning into our classroom

- Believing that we do make a difference


ScottScott lives in Spain. He has an MA (TEFL) from the University of Reading and is currently Associate Professor of English Language Studies at the New School in New York, where he teaches on an on-line MATESOL program.

His previous experience includes teaching and training in Egypt, UK, Spain, and in his native New Zealand. His writing credits include several award-winning books for teachers on language and methodology, including About Language: Tasks for Teachers of English, Conversation: From Description to Pedagogy (with Diana Slade) and The CELTA Book (with Peter Watkins), all for Cambridge University Press. His latest book, Teaching Unplugged (Delta Publishing; co-written with Luke Meddings) won a British Council Innovations Award (ELTON) in 2010. He is series editor for the Cambridge Handbooks for Teachers.


It’s getting better all the time


Teachers typically start out full of illusions, but, faced with the reality of their day-to-day work, this initial enthusiasm can soon turn sour. In this talk I will chart the way that teachers’ hopes, dreams and fears evolve, and I will argue that it’s possible to retrieve something of that initial motivation by taking some easy little steps towards personal, professional development.   



Enjoy reading some of the feedback we got from participants last year:


“This was my first IATEFL conference and I'm so happy and glad to have a chance to take part in it. I got so much from all the presenters, new ideas, strategies that I can use in my classroom.”


“Well, I have to admit that I thought that conferences were dull and boring, but I changed my mind after this weekend: conferences can be FUN!”


“It was so good to be part of this GREAT event, to get inspired by new ideas, see old friends and meet new colleagues, and to experience again the power of belonging to a professional community.”


“It was the best conference I have ever been to and I do hope to be, work and have fun with IATEFL in the future, too. I've got so much, I've gained so much inspiration and I have experienced a really cooperative, friendly atmosphere!”


“The student helpers deserve special thanks - they worked hard but also profited from the experience one does not get in a uni course.”


“It was wonderful to experience all the enthusiasm, passion and optimism that was in the air, not to mention all the different ideas, perspectives and the limitless creativity that we could witness. Let's keep on sharing!”


“I think one of the best things that made the event such a fantastic one, was the smile on the organisers', presenters' and student helpers' face. Enthusiasm. This is the word that describes your work the best”


“I enjoyed every minute of it, thank you so much to all of you who made it possible for us to come.”


“Thank you IATEFL-Hungary for all your enthusiasm, passion and energy you put into 'empowering' the ELT community both in Hungary and internationally.”


“It's great to know there is always a next one to come.”