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Registration and the sessions on Friday will be in Building N - Wartha Vince u. 1.


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a 5-credit course

dramazzunkIATEFL-Hungary in cooperation with Akadémiai Kiadó is offering a 5-credit-point course for language teachers. The course is offered in English as a Pre-Conference Event at the 24th IATEFL-Hungary conference. Read more about the event and register HERE.

Participants will receive a free copy of the coursebook:
Meighan, Julie: Drámázzunk! Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest.
Place: VESZPRÉM, PANNON EGYETEM, Egyetem u. 10, 8200
Date: 3rd October, FRIDAY, 9:30-13:00 
Participation fee: 5990 HUF
For IATEFL-H members and conference participants: 3990 Ft
Description: The course is an excellent training opportunity to learn about and practise applied drama activities in service of language learning. The method introduced is based on acting in a foreign language, however, it also focuses on the development of social feeling (közösségi érzés) as described by Alfred Adler. Developing social feeling is also a key element to identity forming which is a major issue for future communication. As the afore mentioned textbook (Drámázzunk!) is a wonderful source for teachers taking up the challenge to use drama based cooperative activities in the English classroom, we shall use it throughout the course to experience the underlying powers in acting.
We invite you to join primary and secondary school teachers from across the country for this exceptional professional opportunity!
- to give participants an insight on the key notions of applied theatre activities
- to provide participants with experience on how to use drama in the English classroom to develop social feeling and sense of community
- to provide participants with ready-made activities and enable them to create their own teaching materials
- to give participants a chance to build a network to share teaching materials and ideas and to organise events where their students can show their wits to each other (performances, micro festivals)
- to give participants a chance to do an art project without any specific previous art education
Target audience: lower-primary, upper primary and secondary teachers and art teachers with a good command of English
Language of instruction: English
Trainer: Katona László
9.30-10.00: Curtains up! (registration)
10.00-10.45: Prologue: Theoretical introduction (applied drama in the English classroom, the Adlerian social feeling and identity forming in the English classroom)
10.45-11.15: Phase I: Rehearsal 
11.15-11.30: Intermission
11.30-12.00: Phase II: Performances
12.00-13:00: Phase III: Review and activities



Carol Read,

current president of IATEFL






Reflections on how to be a highly effective teacher


In this session we will take for granted that teachers need to be confident in their subject knowledge and skilled in the craft of teaching in order to achieve desired curriculum outcomes. Instead we will aim to explore the more intangible personal capacities, attitudes and beliefs that make for highly effective teachers who have a profound influence and make a long-lasting difference to the lives of their learners. We will consider the role of the teacher as educator in fast-changing social and technological times. We will also discuss a notion of professionalism that supports learners in leading fulfilled and productive lives as citizens in both a local and global context. Among the areas that we will investigate during the session will be self-awareness, personal development, emotional intelligence and engaging with other people. There will also be opportunities to reflect on your own ideas about what it means for you to be a highly effective teacher in your context.


Carol Read has over 30 years’ experience in ELT as a teacher, teacher trainer, academic manager, materials writer and educational consultant. She has taught students of all ages and levels, from very young children to adults. Carol has published extensively in the field of primary language teaching including award-winning titles such as the course book series Bugs and 500 Activities for the Primary Classroom. Carol’s most recent publications are Footprints and Tiger.Carol is currently President of IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language).


Peter Medgyes,

vice-president of IATEFL


The Dinosaur

This plenary bemoans the unstoppable spread of ICT and its dramatic impact on ELT. It broods over the ever-widening gap between learners, who have been born into the digital age, and older-than-young teachers, who are desperately trying to keep abreast of it all. The lament ends by offering some ideas about how to survive - or die with dignity. 


Péter Medgyes, CBE, is Professor Emeritus of Applied Linguistics and Language Pedagogy. During his career he was a schoolteacher, teacher trainer, vice rector, deputy state secretary and ambassador of Hungary. He was a plenary speaker in 45 countries and author of numerous books and articles published both in Hungary and abroad, including The Non-Native Teacher (Macmillan, 1994, winner of the Duke of Edinburgh Book Competition), The Language Teacher (Corvina, 1997), Laughing Matters (Cambridge University Press, 2002) and Golden Age: Twenty Years of Foreign Language Education in Hungary (National Textbook Publishing Company, 2011). In 2014, he was elected incoming (vice) president of IATEFL.


Edit Komlósi

University of Veszprém


Emotional intelligence as an important 21st century competence:

Which wolf do you feed? 

“All learning has an emotional base”-said Plato. When learning has a positive outcome unconsciously we smile and feel satisfied or even proud. On the other hand negative outcome makes us sad, frustrated or even angry. To express and control our emotions is innate, but can it be learnt how to understand, interpret and respond to the miscellaneous impulses? You can have extremely high IQ and be an expert in your field but with whom and how would you share your feelings? What makes you happy? Why would you volunteer? What makes you perform better?

In the interactive plenary I explain the concept of emotional intelligence and attempt to answer to these questions by introducing the results of some research that have been carried out recently. Moreover the secret of long and content life is revealed spiced with a little emotional “mirror drama”.

 Edit Komlósi is a full-time lecturer at the University of Pannonia in Veszprém, Hungary receiving her MA in English and American Language and Literature (2001) and the MSc in Manager Expert Engineering Human Resources (2009). She was involved in multicultural education in Birmingham, UK between 2000-2001. She is also an ESP teacher specialised in Business and English for Tourism and Catering and developed course materials and wrote a book in this field entitled Test on European Tourism and Business in English (2005, Kredit). Between 2005-2008 she was an International Relation Officer of The International Association of English as a Foreign Language-Hungary (non-profit organisation). Since September 2008 Edit is leader lecture of the following courses: Comprehensive Business Studies, Improving Negotiation and Presentation Skills, Business Communication and International Business Communication in Hungarian and English. She started her PhD studies in 2010 at the University of Derby, UK. The research focuses on relationship between hotel functional managers’ trait emotional intelligence and their task and contextual performance within organisational culture. As a visiting lecturer she has experience in lecturing and giving seminars internationally and has close working and research tights with the University of Fontys in the Netherlands and the University of Derby in the UK.  Edit is also a practising wellness and life trainer and an ontological coach emphasising the triangulation of body-mind and soul.  
Lindsay Clandfield    

English, Edtech and the language of change

The way we talk about English language education has shifted significantly over the past ten to twenty years. Education technology is at the forefront in our changing perspective on what it is we do. What are the new buzzwords? What are the consequences of the changes being talked about? Who wins in the changing linguistic landscape? During this talk I will examine various key terms and aspects of this discourse of change and invite us all to think critically about what sort of future it is leading us towards. 


Lindsay Clandfield is an award-winning writer, teacher, teacher trainer and international speaker in the field of English language teaching. He has written more than ten coursebooks and is the main author of the adult course Global (Macmillan). Lindsay is the series editor of the Delta Teacher Development books and has co-written various methodology books for teachers., notably Teaching Online and Dealing with Difficulties (Delta Publishing). Lindsay is also the creative force behind various web projects including the popular blog Six Things and the e-publishing collective The Round, as well as being on the Global Issues SIG committee for IATEFL. You can find out more about him at his website

Jane Petring    

Lotus Leaves, Woodpeckers and Honey Bees as Agents of Change


Using Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) in the English language classroom is a dynamic way to implement positive change in our rapidly changing environment. As concerns escalate over the impact our modern-day activities have on the planet, there is an urgent need to create sustainable technologies and practices. Fortunately, we are surrounded by brilliant teachers in the natural world who have had a very long time—some 3.8 billion years—to generate and refine innovations. Educators are discovering a compelling method to excite students by introducing them to the cutting-edge yet ancient practice of adapting nature’s blueprints to solve human challenges. Discover how lotus leaves, woodpeckers and honey bees can contribute to implementing sustainable change while providing an opportunity for your students to improve English proficiency.  Find out about a fun, creative and productive approach to reaching the young minds that will shape our planet in the very near future.


Jane Petring is a permanent faculty member at Collège-Édouard Montpetit in Montreal, Quebec. She holds an M.A. in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from Michigan State University and a Certificate in Translation from McGill University. She has taught classes, administered programs and trained teachers for nearly 35 years in the US, China, Croatia, Ivory Coast, Niger as well as Canada and is a frequent presenter at TESOL and other conferences. As the author of three series of English textbooks, including Insight: English Skills for Academic and Professional Purposes, she strives to expose students and educators to important issues and empower them to make a difference while improving English language proficiency. An avid cyclist and recyclist, she rides her bike daily, looks for ways for all of us to reduce our ecological footprint, and encourages the public to draw inspiration from the genius of nature in creating sustainable, innovative designs.