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 freelance teacher, teacher trainer, and materials writer. She has extensive teaching experience ranging from pre-school to post-graduate. Judit is a Pilgrims trainer running courses mainly in the UK and giving workshops at international conferences and events. Her main interests are materials writing, creativity, and CLIL. Most of the teaching materials she has written target secondary students. These include textbooks, workbooks, resource books, and online materials.
Her other publications include Creative Resources with Bonnie Tsai (IAL, Atlanta), a chapter in Creativity in the English language classroom (British Council) and some articles on the British Council Learn English website as well as in professional magazines such as the English Teaching Professional, Humanising Language Teaching and The Teacher Trainer.

Workshop - Motivation through Creative Task Arrow

Do you think a well-chosen creative task motivates learners? Chances are that you say yes. Most of us seem to think so. But have you asked yourself how and why? Well, I haven’t for a long time; I just accepted what I experienced. In this workshop, I’d like to share with you what I found when I f...

Plenary - One Step to Creativity Arrow

First, we will define the essence of creativity: an ingredient that can turn a usual activity into a creative task. We will do this through experiencing and analysing a simple creative task, and through examining what some creative thinkers and researchers say about the essence of creativity. Then, ...

I am a trainer, international presenter and author working out of Paris, France. Previously Academic Director of Teacher Training at Pilgrims. As a consultant for the British Council, I have run several courses, many of which in China, Bangladesh and Brazil. I lecture on Creativity, Leadership and Intercultural communication at several universities in France and abroad. My publications include: Being Creative (Delta, UK, 2010), The Principled Communicative Approach, (Helbling, 2015) and Creating Motivation, (Helbling, 2017).

My research interests range from Motivation and Creativity, to Spontaneity and Improvisation. In 2013 I founded the Creativity Group (Alan Maley). www.thecreativitygroup.weebly.com

Workshop - Focus Interruptus: How can I distract them so they pay attention? Arrow

Learning requires effortful focus, it goes without saying. But focus, attention have sadly become scarce commodities these days. In this practical session, we will first, briefly, look at possible reasons the students don’t pay attention to us (no, it’s not necessarily because they don’t lik...

Plenary - Teach me, and I’ll forget. Surprise me, and I may remember: Why surprising our students leads to motivation Arrow

There is no off/on switch, there is no algorithm, no infallible concoction we could use to activate the learners’ motivation. That much is known. Learners can be motivated if the teacher first encourages affiliation, if the learners are sufficiently and adequately primed, and if they are engaged i...

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.

Workshop - Visible Thinking in ELT classrooms Arrow

Visible Thinking developed by  Project Zero (Harvard University) was preceded by the Theory of Multiple Intelligences and Teaching for Understanding. It evolved from these ideas, and now is being implemented in language teaching. This workshop looks at some areas like: group formation to create a t...

Plenary - 21st Century Skills in EFL Arrow

21st century skills is a term we have been hearing recently in various contexts. It refers to teaching for the future in new changing learning environments, developing thinking tools, being creative and innovative together, and preparing for future careers. This talk explores how ELT can embrace thi...

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.

Workshop - Teaching ORAL British English Arrow

In the late days of the last century Carter and McCarthy, backed by CUP, assembled a LARGE Oral corpus and discovered many new facts about spoken as opposed to written British English. An example: “ She was telling me that ......” implies that the reporting speaker has a familiar relationship w...


In this session you will have a chance to explore the way in which YOU listen and read. Together we will explore how DELETION, DISTORTION and ELABORATION work when you are listening or reading. It will become apparent how powerfully you process what flows into your brain just as you process food as...


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7th-8th June 2019