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13. konferencia vydavateľstva Macmillan Education v Poprade - 22. apríla 2017 a v Bratislave - 24. apríla 2017

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Konferencia pre učiteľov angličtiny

Vydavateľstvo Macmillan Education organizuje tento rok konferenciu pre učiteľov anglického jazyka všetkých typov škôl v Poprade 22. apríla (sobota) 2017 a v Bratislave 24. apríla 2017 (pondelok). Na konferencii sa zúčastnia renomovaní zahraniční lektori.


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Lektori, ktorí sa zúčastnia na konferencii:

  • Grzegorz Spiewak - Head ELT Consultant, Poland
  • Roy Norris – Macmillan Education Author, Spain
  • Anna Parr-Modrzejewska - Teacher Trainer, Poland
  • Martin Jelínek – Freelancer, Košice, Slovakia



Grzegorz Spiewak

Dr Grzegorz Spiewak is a teacher, academic lecturer, teacher trainer, EFL project manager, adviser and author. He holds an MA in Linguistics from University of Essex, PhD in Language & Linguistics from University of Warsaw.

He is a former senior lecturer and deputy director for Practical English & CLIL at the English Dept, University of Warsaw, currently affiliated with The New School, New York, where he teaches on an on-line MA TESOL Programme. He is Head ELT Consultant for Macmillan Central & Eastern Europe – key trainer and academic coordinator of the entire team of teacher trainers.

He served as vice-president and president of IATEFL Poland – International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language.

How to maximise our impact on students’ language learning? Plenary

In these times of ever increasing pressure on maximizing effectiveness, often understood rather narrowly as students’ test scores, it is becoming more and more important to seek teaching strategies that can make significant difference, really and truly.

That’s just what this session aims to achieve. The good news is that there’s been a lot of really solid research in recent years that points very firmly at where we could – and should – be looking as modern ELT professionals, to maximize our impact on learning and, equally importantly, make this impact clearly visible to our students. Come along and find out for yourself!

A gateway to speaking success (Secondary)

Speaking in a foreign language is no doubt the greatest possible challenge, especially in exam conditions. How can we help our teenage students with this, even when their linguistic resources are limited, and develop the crucial I-can attitude?

This is where this session comes in. We’ll try out a variety of fresh, motivating speaking exercises, with an eye to devising an effective teaching programme for exam purposes and for language use beyond the classroom. Some illustration for my activities and tips will come from Gateway, a major upper-secondary course published by Macmillan.

Maximizing impact behind classroom doors: the HOW (Adult/Exam/PLS)

In this follow-up workshop to my plenary session, we’ll look at how to prepare an impactful class, how to begin it, how to carry it out and how to evaluate its impact on our learners.

Some illustration for these strategies and techniques will come from Open Mind, the new flagship course for young adults, brought to you by Macmillan. The idea is to anchor the solutions presented very firmly in top-quality teaching material – and persuade you that the techniques are applicable and transferable with minimum effort and maximum effect.

Roy Norris

Roy Norris
Macmillan Education Author, Spain
In a career spanning nearly 35 years, Roy started out teaching French and German in England before moving to Madrid in 1989 to work in ELT, mainly for International House. He also spent a brief period in the 1990s as Director of Studies at Soros International House in Vilnius, Lithuania. 

Roy has been writing for Macmillan for 18 years, and is the author of the new exam preparation course Straight to First, as well as Ready for First and Straightforward Advanced. He is also the co-author of Ready for Advanced.

Preparation for First – what to focus on (Adult/Exam/PLS, Secondary)

You’re preparing students for the Cambridge English: First exam. There’s a lot of ground to cover, so what language and skills should you give priority to? What advice can you give students? In this practical talk, I’ll address these questions using examples from the brand new coursebook Straight to First, as well as further supplementary materials I have designed for my own classes.

In other words: paraphrasing at First (Adult/Exam/PLS, Secondary)

Paraphrasing is a useful skill for any student of English, and is particularly relevant in the Cambridge English Language Assessment examinations. In this workshop we will focus on the First exam, looking at the importance of paraphrasing and considering activities for providing classroom practice. Some material will be taken from Ready for First and Straight to First.


Anna ParrAnna Parr-Modrzejewska
Teacher Trainer, Poland
Anna Parr-Modrzejewska
is a graduate of Łódź University where she completed her PhD on teaching English to early primary students. She is currently employed at the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics. She has been a dedicated teacher of all levels and age groups since 2001. Apart from young and very young learners, her favourite pupils are final-year secondary school students preparing for their final exam. Anna has been working as a Director of Studies at various language schools in Łódź since 2005.

At the academic level Anna specialises in introducing students to language teaching and helping them understand that teachers can change the world. Anna also holds two BA diplomas, in Polish and in Early Years’ Education, which helps her understand the learning process, especially in children. Her professional interests include teacher training, exam courses (she is a Matura examiner), bilingual education and cognitive development.

Teaching English (and beyond) to younger learners (Primary)

Teaching English to young learners in the 21st century can be much more than providing them with the essential linguistic tools. If English is to be a real gateway to their success in a globalised world, kids need to acquire a range of super useful extra-linguistic skills that they will be able to apply in real life situations outside the classroom. How can we do this on every day basis?

That’s what I want to demonstrate in this practical session. We are going to look at how to help our young learners develop critical and creative thinking. We will try out a number of activities that, beside teaching the language, improve their learning skills, language awareness and build up their self-confidence. All this because through developing cognitive abilities we ensure that learning the language will be even more useful and meaningful for our students now and in the future. Some illustration for all this will come from Academy Stars, a major new course series for 6 – 10 year olds published by Macmillan.


Memorable lessons for primary and secondary English classrooms (Primary/Secondary)

Do you remember your first kiss? The way to your work? How to ride a bike? What makes some things more memorable than others? How can we teach so that students remember better and for longer? Learning a language is especially reliant on memory because you can’t simply forget a part of material after a test and never come back to it. Our students have to not only remember the new information at hand, but all of what they have learnt so far.

What we as teachers need to do is apply a variety of techniques that prevent learners from forgetting what they have already mastered while feeding in new information so that sticks to their minds. In this session we are going to investigate the ways our students’ brains acquire, store and retrieve information. We will look at a number of simple, ready-to-use ideas that support learning, memorizing and recalling words, phrases and grammar structures through effective uses of context, image, review and revision. In sum, this session is bound to be truly unforgettable!


martin jelinek

Martin Jelínek
Freelancer, Košice, Slovakia
Martin Jelínek
has over 15 years’ experience in ELT as a teacher, teacher trainer, academic manager, and educational consultant in Europe and Central America. Martin’s main specialisation is in secondary and adult language teaching where he focuses on teaching and learning innovation, communication and presentation skills. Besides running his own business, Martin is also an active Cambridge Oral Examiner. He is listed with Macmillan Education as a freelance Teacher Trainer and regularly delivers talks/workshops at venues at home and internationally.

 Becoming an English Star (Primary)

This workshop focuses and offers a visual approach to grammar, which is eminently practical for students of all ages in order to understand the building blocks of the language and eventually to be able to manipulate the language for themselves. We will take a look at how it works when grammar is presented through cartoons and example sentences, colour coding and visual associations. Let’s build meaningful blocks together!

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