2017 Conference Speakers

 Julia Alivertis

Julia has been a teacher of English for more than 25 years and a part-time teacher trainer for state school teachers. A firm believer in life-long learning and CPD, Julia is an active member of TESOL Greece and has taken part as a speaker in many International ELT Conferences.

Mark Almond

Mark is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Language Studies and Applied Linguistics at Canterbury Christ Church University, where he directs and teaches on various undergraduate, post-graduate Diploma and MA linguistics and language teacher training programmes. He has taught, trained English language teachers and carried out consultancies in several countries including Hong Kong, Italy, India, Malaysia, Hungary, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and Switzerland. His main areas of interest are in the use of drama in the language classroom and performance-related skills for effective and affective teaching to maximise socio-psychological harmony in the classroom. He has published widely in these and other areas and is often invited to speak at conferences around the world on his areas of expertise. His book ‘Teaching English with Drama’ was published in November 2005 by Pavilion Publishing.

Rachel Appleby

Rachel has taught English throughout Europe. She teaches adults and Business English, and for nine years worked at ELTE. Rachel is a CELTA trainer and co-author of several successful course books, including the Business One:One series and International Express. She has written teachers' books for Navigate and Business Result (all OUP). A ‘library’ of her own ELT-related conference / talk material, “Along these lines”: http://rachelappleby.edublogs.org

Valéria Árva

Currently she teaches at the Faculty of Primary and Pre-school Education, ELTE, Budapest. She is involved in training kindergarten and primary teachers for bilingual education, and teaching ESP for baby and infant caregivers. Earlier she worked as a pre-kindergarten teacher at an American international school in the Middle-East, and before this at CETT, ELTE.

Vesna Bajic

Vesna Bajic has been teaching English to adults in Serbia for the past four years. Apart from the teaching itself, she is passionate about exploring innovative tutoring methods and transforming ESL classroom into a place of creativity, critical thinking and open-mindness, where intercultural and interpersonal differences can be successfully overcome.

Hon Chong

Hon Chong is a storyteller, improviser, performing artist and experienced educator. Hon is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Funnylicious Improv Theater, the first English language theater troupe and school in Slovakia. When he isn’t teaching, he performs with his troupe all over Europe. www.funnylicious.eu   facebook.com/befunnylicious

Anna Csíky

Anna teaches English and Hungarian as a foreign language in secondary schools, language schools and in the business world. She also works as a teacher trainer at ELTE University, and on the Cambridge Delta with International House - in Budapest and online.

Dr Kata Csizér

Kata holds a PhD in Language Pedagogy and works as an associate professor and chair at the Department of English and Applied Linguistics at Eötvös University, Budapest. Her main field of research interest is the social psychological aspects of L2 learning and teaching, as well as second and foreign language motivation.

Matt Done

Matt has been involved in ELT for 12 years and has worked in Malta, Italy and Spain as a teacher, teacher trainer, examiner, and academic manager. He is passionate about ELT in general, but is especially interested in the lexical approach and materials writing. He has a small Facebook page/channel on YouTube called Words in English. The videos, which are aimed at English language students, focus on useful words and chunks in English, and how to use them. https://www.facebook.com/wordsinenglish86/

Katalin Erdős

Katalin teaches French and English at ELTE Radnóti Miklós Secondary School, Budapest. She is also a teacher trainer and is involved in teaching adults. She has been a member of IATEFL Hungary for several years. Her dream is to realise a multilingual project in her school or outside.

Christopher Gascoigne

Christopher is currently Acting Headteacher at St Paul’s Church in Wales Primary School in Cardiff, Wales. He has worked in an area of social and financial deprivation in one of the most ethnically diverse areas of the city. His personal interests include DIY, Films and collecting Vinyl records.

Réka Gulyásné Pusztai

Réka has been an English teacher for 25 years and currently she is an English teacher and teacher trainer at ELTE Radnóti Secondary School in Budapest.  Her professional interests include using CLIL and technology in the classroom. She has also been a member of the IATEFL-H committee and enjoys taking part in IATEFL-H conferences.

Izabela Gwinner-Stwora

English and Italian teacher and interpreter with 12 years’ experience in teaching adults and teenagers (both private and public sector). Matura and TOEIC examiner. Recently graduated from DOS-ELTea Teacher Trainer Academy. Advocate of creativity in teaching, evaluating and of applying ELT techniques and strategies to the teaching of other languages.

Rebecca Hancock

British-born but now resident in Spain, her principal job is DOS of a language academy teaching all ages and levels. In addition, since 2010, she has been involved in methodology training for teachers from primary to university level. She is also a Speaking Examiner for Cambridge English Language Assessment.

Mike Harrison

Mikeis a teacher, trainer and materials writer based in London in the UK. He’s also a volunteer for the IATEFL Teacher Development Special Interest Group, helping manage the website tdsig.org. When not in teacher mode, he likes photography, running and swimming (but not always at the same time). Website: www.mikejharrison.com

Kristóf Hegedűs

Kristóf Hegedűs is responsible for academic development at Euroexam International, which includes the development of Euroexam’s range of tests as well as training programmes for prospective candidates. Besides having taught English for 25 years, Kristof leads the team of exam developers for the Hungarian national matura in English language.