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Presenting the ELTForum.sk 2014 Conference – Call for Speakers

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eltforum.sk Proposal FormAll 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.

eltforum.skThe Topics

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
  • CLIL
  • Exam Skills
  • Materials Writing
  • Testing and Assessment
  • ICT
  • 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 speaker@eltforum.sk.

Photo from Ken Wilson's plenary, 2013 Conference

Photo from Ken Wilson’s plenary, 2013 Conference

Note: Special thanks to Lynda Steyne and Klaudia Bednarova for the text for speaker proposals, organisation and lots and lots of other things!

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Author: Vicky Loras

My name is Vicky Loras and I am an English teacher born in Toronto, Canada. I have been teaching since 1997. For ten years, my sisters and I owned an English School in Greece, The Loras English Academy, but I have now moved to Switzerland with my eldest sister, where we have opened a new school, The Loras Network. I believe in teaching as an ongoing learning process, both for the benefit of the students and the teacher. One of my primary educational interests is celebrating diversity in education and languages.

14 thoughts on “Presenting the ELTForum.sk 2014 Conference – Call for Speakers

  1. Reblogged this on Stop Complaining – Enjoy Teaching! and commented:
    And the call for speaker proposals for eltforum.sk 2014 is out! What about you? What do you have up your sleeve that you could share with your colleagues? Have a look at the call for papers on the conference’s website here! And join in 🙂

  2. Reblogged this on Vicky Loras's Blog and commented:

    Last June I couldn’t make it – but I followed it through social media, and the conference was a huge success! Next June though, I am going to be there and I am also honoured to be part of the conference social media team.

    Join us there! Have you got an idea to share? A project you are working on that we could learn from? Fill in the speaker proposal…and see you in Bratislava!

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  4. This one is really tempting!!

  5. I fully enjoyed last year’s conference. The response I received after my workshop was overwhelming. I really hope that I will put together another one this year as I want to be there.

  6. Hi everyone!
    How much is the fee for attending the conference? I can’t find the details on the website 😦

    • Dear Božica,

      Thanks so much for your interest in our conference!

      Here is some information for you:

      – Early bird registration starts on March 1 until March 13, and it costs 15 euros.

      – Regular registration starts on March 14, which is 20 euros.

      The conference price includes price includes the conference packet, sessions, coffee, cookies, reception, and a buffet lunch. It does not cover accommodation or travel costs.

      We hope this helps! Let us know if you need more information.

      Looking forward to seeing you there!

  7. Just submitted a proposal from the US, keeping my fingers crossed!

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