English language
teaching forum

Ekonomická univerzita v Bratislave
7th-8th June 2019


What’s new this year?

The 9th international ELT Forum to be held on 7th – 8th June 2019 in Bratislava, Slovakia. The theme for the 2019 is “45th birthday of Pilgrims teacher training centre” and we are delighted to welcome some of the finest international speakers such as Mario Rinvolucri, Hanna Kryszewska, Chaz Pugliese, Stefania Ballotto, Mike Shreeve, Peter Dyer and many others.

Great news is Leadership and Management SIG conference that takes place 7th – 8th June 2019 in Bratislava along the ELTFORUM 2019 in the same venue.


Judit Fehér is a teacher, teacher trainer and materials writer based in Hungary. Her main professional interests are creativity in language teaching and task-based, content-based learning. She is co-author of Creative Resources with Bonnie Tsai. She is a Pilgrims trainer, who also runs CLIL courses.

I am a teacher trainer, lecturer, international presenter and author working out of Paris, France. I’ve lived in 5 countries, have worked with teachers in over 30 and have been a keynote speaker at several international conferences from Greenland to Malaysia to Brazil, to Russia. Previously Academic Director of Teacher Training at Pilgrims, UK, I have collaborated with all major Teacher Training institutions and have run several consultancies for the British Council, many of which in China. I also lecture on Creativity, Leadership and Intercultural communication at several universities in France and abroad. My publications include:

  • Being Creative: the Challenge of Change in the Classroom, was published in 2010 by Delta Publishing, UK.
  • The Principled Communicative Approach, written with Zoltan Dornyei and Jane Arnold, was published by Helbling Languages in 2015.
  • Creating Motivation, published by Helbling Languages in 2017.

On top of these, I’ve also written many articles/papers and have contributed several chapters to other authors’ books.

My research interests range from Motivation and Creativity, to Spontaneity in Teaching, Fluency and Spoken Grammar, Group Processes.

In 2013 I founded the Creativity Group (Alan Maley). 

Hania Kryszewska is a teacher, teacher trainer and trainer of trainers. She is a senior lecturer at the University of Gdańsk, Poland. She is co-author of resource books: Learner Based Teaching, OUP, Towards Teaching, Heinemann, The Standby Book, CUP, Language Activities for Teenagers, CUP, The Company Words Keep, DELTA Publishing, of a course for secondary schools: ForMat, Macmillan, and of a video based teacher training course: Observing English Lessons. Her chapter on Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL): An administrative directive or educational opportunity? has appeared in Languages in Education published by Peter Lang. She is a Pilgrims trainer and editor of HLT Magazine. She is also a regular trainer at Teacher Training Summer Schools organised by Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford. She is a frequent presenter at conferences and trainer at teacher training events worldwide.

Mario Rinvolucri is a founding member of Pilgrims and has worked with them as an EFL teacher and teacher trainer since 1974.  He is the co-author of  many books about methodology of ELT. Some of his well known books are Grammar games, Once upon a time, Vocabulary, Creative writing, Humanising your course book and many others. He is currently learning advanced level French C1-2, Albanian at a cheerful  A1 level both languages with private tutors. For German Mario goes to a group of old pensioners and wobbles along at a wobbly B1 level, sharing the group’s joy at having no teacher.  Ohne Lehrer kann man viel besser atmen!  He also helps a neighbour to practice her A2/B1 conversational  Italian.

Earlier in his life he was involved in writing 20 ELF  and DaF Teacher Resource Books , mostly  co-authoring with a wide spread of Pilgrims Teachers and Trainers.



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7th-8th June 2019