All of us here at ELTForum.sk are delighted to announce our Conference, which will take place in Bratislava, on June 6 and 7, 2014, at the Ekonomická univerzita v Bratislave. And here is where you come in: we want you to be part of it! Have you got an idea for a talk or workshop? Fill in the proposal form and join us on the two days of the conference. More details to be announced soon!
The Conference Theme: Building Blocks of ELT: Language, Learner and Vision
Teaching is like building a house. We dream a little, we draw up the plans and we prepare the necessary materials. And then the hard work begins. The foundations we lay are set in hope and enthusiasm, but often with sweat and sometimes with frustration. However, without solid foundations, our work is a waste of time and effort and, ultimately, what we build will not last.
ELTForum.sk 2014 seeks to provide space and time for English teachers and teacher trainers to learn more about the fundamental aspects – the foundation stones, the building blocks – of our craft: the English language, the language learner and the teacher’s vision.
It is our hope that all participants, speakers and listeners, will leave with a better understanding of what it is we do as language teachers, how it can be done better, and why it’s important. It is also our hope that they will leave inspired and equipped to be better teachers.
We welcome speaker proposals related to the conference theme (‘Building Blocks of ELT: Language, Learner and Vision’) as well as innovative, practical methodology in any of the following areas:
- One (or more) of the 4 Skills: reading, writing, speaking, listening
- Teaching grammar, vocabulary and/or pronunciation
- Young Learners
- Business English
- Cultural Studies & Literature
- Exam Skills
- Materials Writing
- Testing and Assessment
- Continuing Professional Development (incl. PLN)
How Long? Types of Proposals
Workshop (60 minutes)
A practical presentation which shows, rather than tells, an ELT technique that can be used later in the classroom or for personal professional growth. The speaker involves participants through hands-on activities.
Talk/Presentation (30 minutes)
An instructive talk given by (a) subject specialist(s). May include presentation of published (or unpublished) materials. Suitable for sponsored speakers.
The deadline for proposals is Sunday, 23 February 2014.
All proposals – non-sponsored and sponsored – will be read ‘blind’ (without the authors’ names) by each member of the ELTForum.sk programme committee and assessed on their professionalism, expertise, practicality, and usefulness to conference participants. How well they relate to the conference theme will also be considered.
All applicants will receive notification as to whether or not their proposal has been accepted by Sunday midnight, 9 March 2014.
There is a fee for workshops and talks presented on behalf of a publisher or institution. For more information concerning the fee, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Special thanks to Lynda Steyne and Klaudia Bednarova for the text for speaker proposals, organisation and lots and lots of other things!