Workshops: Teens/Adults – part 2

Introducing the rest of the teachers offering excellent training in just 3 weeks!

Mike Harrison (UK)

mike harrisonWhat has Swiss cheese got to do with language teaching? (teens/adults: B2-C2) Friday, Workshop C

Incorporating visuals with text can aid understanding – infographics, graphs and diagrams are used in business, science and the media to help us understand things. But can presenting information and thoughts visually help us with our and our students’ development in the language classroom? This workshop will analyse some decision making models, including the Swiss cheese model, SWOT analysis and the superficial knowledge matrix, and look at how they can be used by teachers and students to work on language skills and reflective practice. Participants will be invited to work hands-on with the models – so bring pens, paper and imagination!

Mike is an English language teaching professional who has been involved in the field since 2004. He has taught in Spain and the UK, and written material for teachers and learners. As a materials writer he has worked with the British Council, Cambridge English and BBC Learning English. He was one of the producers behind the BBC Learning English Learning Circles project. He is interested in using images, videos and sound in the classroom, and blogs about ELT-related things at He has presented at various conferences in the UK and Europe. Outside of the language classroom, his interests include photography and swimming (although not at the same time!)

Elena Kovacikova (UKF – Slovakia)

Different learners in your English class (teens/adults: A1-A2) Friday, Workshop BElena Kovacikova

Discussions on teaching learners with specific needs are more and more in the center of attention as the number of inclusive pupils in our schools is higher every year. This workshop aims to provide practical tips on how to teach English to learners with learning difficulties within an approach suitable for everybody in the classroom. English lessons can be beneficial and comfortable for every learner without a feeling of being different and at the same time to the teacher’s satisfaction

Elena (MA, Music and ELT; PhD, ELT Methodology – Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra) has officially taught general English to very young learners, young learners, teenagers and adults and English for specific purposes. Since 2012, she’s been a teacher at the Department of Language Pedagogy and Intercultural Studies at the Faculty of Education in Nitra. Her field of interest is and has always been didactics and she constantly feels the need to broaden her horizons in teaching different learners. She has co-authored several English textbooks for pupils (3rd and 4th graders) – That’s us 1 and That’s us 2 published by Priroda (2012) – and the soon to be released Cool English School by Taktik.

 Frank Prescott (IATEFL Hungary)

frankprescott2Using fieldwork for language learning (teens/adults: B2) Saturday, Workshop C

Fieldwork can be a great way to get learners involved in finding out about the world around them and also engaged in using and learning authentic English. This workshop will look at some actual examples of the use of fieldwork in a teacher training course and in classes of young adults in a Budapest university. Participants will be asked to consider different approaches for carrying out fieldwork projects, what principles a good fieldwork task needs to take into consideration, and come up with an idea for a possible project in their own learning context.

Frank studied English at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, graduating with an MA degree in 1988. In 1993 he received a PGCE in English from the University of Heriot Watt. He has been teaching English ever since, first in secondary schools in Edinburgh, and since 1997, in the Department of English Applied Linguistics at Eötvös Loránd 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 an active member of the organising committee of IATEFL-Hungary and is presently one of the four representatives for IATEFL-Hungary on the Cooperation in Teaching Associations (CITA) Erasmus+ Project which began in 2014, involving members of teaching associations from Hungary, Lithuania (LAKMA) and Mallorca (APABAL). The project aims to promote the mutual development and modernisaton of teaching associations in Europe.

This next two are for the those of us who want to use a bit more technology in our classes. There is limited space for this and sign up is required.

Eddy Moran (UK)

eddyMashups: Combining Web 2.0 technologies to produce interactive language learning activities (teens/adults: all English levels) Friday, Workshop A

This workshop will show participants freely available Web 2.0 technologies that can be combined in web pages called “mashups”. The workshop will begin with an explanation of what Web 2.0 is and then move on to materials authoring. The specific resources used will be selected from Rich Internet Applications ( Two RIA tools will be demonstrated and practiced: audio dropbox and mashups. Youtube videos will also be embedded in the mashup. Participants will create their own materials using these resources and this will be followed by discussion of the strengths and limitations of these technologies for language teaching.

Using an Online Comic Generator (teens/adults: all English levels) Friday, Workshop B

This workshop will demonstrate the use of an online comic generator ( and discuss ideas for the use of short comic strips in the teaching and learning of English with particular attention to adolescent learners.  Participants will learn how to produce their own comics while discussion will focus on task and materials design.  No technical expertise is necessary.​

Eddy has been teaching for more than 30 years (in Japan, Taiwan, Dubai and the UK) in most of the contexts EFL teachers encounter including general English in language schools, ESP in companies and government training centres, and EAP in universities. He has an MA in Media Technology for Teaching English as a Foreign Language and a PhD in CALL (both from Newcastle University). Currently, Eddy is a lecturer in TESOL at the School of Education in Stirling University specialising in CALL, SLA, and Methodology.


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