Presenting the Upper Secondary (teens/adults) Workshop Facilitators

As usual, we’ve got a strong group of teacher trainers from around Europe to share their expertise with those of us teaching older teens and adults at secondary schools, universities, language schools, and one-on-one.  Some of those coming to share with us do teacher training professionally, but there are several who are primarily classroom teachers, just like us. These workshops all address the issue of intercultural communicative competence – as well as English 🙂

Ildikó Gáspár: “I been teaching English language since 1999 at ildi skaGymnázium Opatovska cesta 7 in my hometown of Košice. I personally believe that a good teacher has to improve and develop with the development of the society to become modern and interesting for the students. I’ve been involved in special interest groups focusing on Learner Independence and Creative Writing.”

Marcela Kováčová’s professional career as a teacher foto_Kovacovacovers over 18 years of teaching English to primary and secondary students along doing teacher training. She is constantly in touch with the latest development in ELT, eager to escape the traditional language classroom and so let students experience something unusual and unexpected. She currently teaches at Gymnázium Andreja Sládkoviča in Banská Bystrica.

Intercultural communication activities (B2 Upper Secondary: All teachers) Friday, 3.40-4.25pm

Local, regional and world issues cannot be ignored these days. But it is not easy to bring them into our classes. This workshop will present short, practical activities that show we all are different in some way yet still able to create an inclusive community of people who work and live together.

ildi kids


Frank Prescott studied English at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, graduating with an MA degree frank 4in 1988. In 1993 he received a PGCE in English from the University of Heriot Watt. He has been teaching English ever since, currently as a senior lecturer in the English Department at Károli Gáspár University, Budapest. He completed his PhD in Language Pedagogy in June 2014, focusing on the experience of first-year students learning to write at university. Since 2011 he has been on the organising committee of IATEFL-Hungary and has also represented IATEFL-Hungary in the Cooperation and Innovation in Teachers’ Associations (CITA) Erasmus+ Project which began in 2014, involving teaching associations from Hungary, Lithuania (LAKMA) and Mallorca (APABAL). The project aims to promote the mutual development and modernisaton of teaching associations in Europe.;

frank and mark

Shakespeare lives (B1 Upper Secondary; Teachers with some experience) Friday 4.40-5.25pm

This workshop looks at linking cultures in a different way – linking a past culture, the world of Shakespeare’s plays, with our own 21st century culture in ways that can engage modern learners with some of Shakespeare’s key ideas. The first part of the workshop will explain the constructivist learning principles the activities are based on, including the Four Cs which form a central plank of 21st century Learning Skills. The three activities involve resetting one of Shakespeare’s stories in our world, working with a small piece of text and using a key theme to explore some aspect of our contemporary culture.


Roman Čančinov studied at the University of Prešov, Faculty of Humanities and cropped-image-31.jpgNatural Sciences, English Roman Čančinovand German Language and Literature. He improved his qualification at methodology centre in Prešov. He gained his experience of teaching EFL whilst teaching teenagers at secondary school and teaching different age groups privately. Since 2007 he has been working for Oxford University Press as an ELT Consultant. He has organized a lot of teacher training events and given presentations on the methodology at various conferences and seminars in Slovakia. He co-operates with educational institutions around Slovakia, from primary and secondary schools, to universities, libraries and methodology centres.;

Culture and fact files can get students thinking – and talking (B1 Upper Secondary/Adults; All teachers) Friday 11.10-11.55am

Young people are more and more connected today than ever before – even if they live on different continents. The internet is enabling today´s teenagers to create a global shared cultural identity. What do the young people have in common? Being young, using technology and learning a language. But do they know about each other´s culture and lives? Learning about a foreign country, its culture, people, habits and behaviour is really beneficial for every learner of a foreign language. In my presentation I will be showing some practical classroom activities and useful materials focused around cultural topics and fact files.


Mark Andrews worked as a teacher trainer at Eötvös Loránd University Bcropped-image-31.jpgudapest Hungary for 15 years in Mark Andrewsthe Department of English Applied Linguistics, before that he was in the German Democratic Republic, Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic.  He has been living and working in Central/Eastern Europe for 32 years now, 12 of which were as ELT methodology teacher and advisor with the British Council. For six years he was involved in a language and culture project with Secondary School teachers in Hungary which resulted in a text book for teenagers “Zoom In”.  He was co-ordinator of the IATEFL Hungary Culture and Literature Special Interest Group for 5 years and is a big supporter of IATEFL affiliated associations in the Central and Eastern European region. He now works for SOL (Sharing One Language) in Devon as a teacher trainer, teacher on student courses and course and materials developer.;;

Teaching more than just English in the ELT classroom (B1 Upper Secondary/Adults; Teachers with some experience) Saturday 1.30-2.15pm

Seeing our teaching as having linguistic, cultural and pedagogical aims will broaden the way we see our lessons and help us to motivate and engage our students better too.  When we teach English we are always doing more than teaching English whether we like it or not and in this workshop we will look at some approaches and activities which develop students’ intercultural skills, sharpen their language and cultural skills and which can also help us as teachers to see our role as educators. In this way we can foster the all-round development of our students as future citizens and help them to contribute to our world in a positive way.

mark bb


eva na 2Eva Nagyová: “I studied English Language and Literature as well as Art Education cropped-image-31.jpgat the University of Constantine the Philosopher in Nitra. Since 2012, I’ve been teaching English language at Súkromná Stredná Odborná Škola/Magán Szakközépiskola (Private Vocational Secondary School) in Rimavská Sobota.”

Kde bolo, tam bolo/Egyszer volt, hol nem volt: Once upon a time (A2 Upper Secondary; All teachers) Saturday 2.25-3.10pm

This workshop is about helping teachers (and their students) understand, step by step and in a practical way, what multicultural and multiculturalism mean. We’ll learn more about the country we live in, the town they live in and even themselves. We’ll tell a story which started many years ago – a story in which we are the main characters and of which we can decide the plot. We’ll cover activities that develop communication skills, close reading, group work, opinion expressing, and tolerance. This workshop was inspired by a local exhibition at a Rimavská Sobota gallery but the activities are not limited by borders or to any location.

eva na1


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s