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Presenting the Plenaries – Part One


Professor David Crystal, OBE

Professor David Crystal, OBE

At ELTForum.sk, we are delighted to announce the first of our plenary speakers, who is none other than Professor David Crystal! We are honoured to have Professor Crystal as our keynote speaker at our June conference, where he will speak from his wealth of knowledge and expertise as the world’s foremost English linguist.

About David Crystal

Professor Crystal, who has been called a British ‘national treasure’, is a writer, editor, lecturer, and broadcaster renowned for his research work in English language studies, in such fields as English language learning and teaching, clinical linguistics, forensic linguistics, language death, style, English genre, Shakespeare and lexicography. He held a chair at the University of Reading for 10 years and is now Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor.

His Writing

Professor Crystal is a prolific writer, with more than 100 books to his name. His two greatest works are his two encyclopedias, ‘The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language’ and ‘The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language’. More recently, his books include ‘The Story of English in 100 Words’ (2011) and ‘Spell it out: the singular story of English spelling’ (2012), as well as ‘Wordsmiths and Warriors: the English-language Tourist’s guide to Britain’ (2013), written with his wife Hilary.

His Activity

David and Hilary Crystal

David and Hilary Crystal

Professor Crystal is currently the patron of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL). He received an OBE in 1995 for his services to the English language, and was made a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA) in 2000. He is also currently consultant for the British Library ‘Evolving English’ exhibition (November 2010 to April 2011), and author of the accompanying book.

You can read more about Professor Crystal and his work on his website: http://www.davidcrystal.com/

We need your input!

I will be interviewing Professor Crystal and we are asking you to send us anything you may want us to ask him! You can email your questions to scet.ska@gmail.com.


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.

2 thoughts on “Presenting the Plenaries – Part One

  1. Reblogged this on Stop Complaining – Enjoy Teaching! and commented:

    The Chamber is pleased as punch, proud as a peacock and tickled pink to invite you to hear a living legend and brilliant linguist: David Crystal!

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

    I am delighted to be part of the ELTForum.sk conference! I love the enthusiasm and dedication of the organisers.
    I am also very happy that I will get the chance to see Professor David Crystal in action once again! A huge thank you to everyone at ELTForum.sk!

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