Introducing Our Plenary Speakers

We are pleased to introduce this year’s plenary speakers!

Zuzana Straková

sue strakova xlZuzka is a TEFL specialist and has been teaching and working with pre-service trainees, trainers and in-service teachers since 1991. She is an associate professor at the English Language and Literature Department at the Institute of British and American Studies at the Faculty of Arts, Prešov University. In recent years, her research has been devoted to TEYL. She has supervised several successful TEYL projects and has piloted several innovative approaches in her own YL classes. She has conducted numerous lectures, seminars and workshops for pre-service and in-service English language teachers. Zuzka is also a member of the Slovak Chamber of English Teachers Advisory Board.

You can read an interview with Zuzka from 2013 here.

Russell Stannard

Russell Stannard is the founder of russell, a website set up to help teachers incorporate technology into their teaching and learning. He was a previous winner of the British Council ‘ELTons Technology Award’ and the Times Higher ‘Outstanding Innovation Award’ He is a NILE ( Norwich Institute of Language Education)

and a truly international speaker, training teachers all over the world. He has regular columns in the ET professional, Anglo Files and the Teacher Trainer.

David Farmer

david farmerDavid Farmer is a specialist in drama who trains teachers as well as working with students in schools. After working as a primary school teacher he founded Tiebreak Theatre Company which performed plays to young people across the UK and abroad for twenty-five years.

He is the author of several books on drama, including 101 Drama Games and Activities and Learning Through Drama in the Primary Years. He works on a range of freelance projects such as the Shakespeare Schools Festival and runs the website

Lynda Steyne

Lynda is a South African born, American jana and me (2)passport holder who’s lived in Bratislava, Slovakia, longer than anywhere else. She’s been an English teacher for over 25 years, teaching students aged nine and up in public primary and secondary schools, as well as at university. She’s served as deputy head of a secondary school, bilingual programme coordinator, and teacher trainer/mentor of incoming English teachers. Lynda holds an PhD in linguistics, comparing how Slovak and American students express themselves in written academic language. Her stable, part-time job is teaching English composition in the IB Diploma program at Gymnázium Jura Hronca (Novohradská in Bratislava). As for a full-time teaching position, she’s open to suggestions. She’s the current, founding chair of the Slovak Chamber of English Teachers (SKA).


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