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Presenting the Plenaries – Part Two

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It is with great pleasure that we present to you our next plenary speaker, the outstanding Maggie Kubanyiova!

Maggie and her work

Maggie, originally from Slovakia, is a university lecturer and researcher at the University of Birmingham (UK) where she directs the MA Education TEFL programme which enables English language teachers from all over the world to develop their teaching skills and expertise. She has also lived and worked as a language teacher and teacher trainer in Slovakia, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

Maggie Kubanyiovay lecturer and researcher at the University of Birmingham (UK), where she directs the MA Education TEFL programme. This specific programme enables English language teachers from all over the world to develop their teaching skills and expertise. She has also lived and worked as a language teacher and teacher trainer in Slovakia, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

Maggie Kubanyiovay lecturer and researcher at the University of Birmingham (UK), where she directs the MA Education TEFL programme. This specific programme enables English language teachers from all over the world to develop their teaching skills and expertise. She has also lived and worked as a language teacher and teacher trainer in Slovakia, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

Expertise and Writing

Maggie’s areas of expertise include communicative language teaching, motivation, classroom interaction and language teacher development. Her writing activity includes published articles and chapters on those topics in a variety of ELT journals and books, including ET Professional, Modern Language Journal, and TESL-EJ. Her book ‘Teacher Development in Action’ (2012, Palgrave) delves into the development of English language teachers in Slovakia. Her upcoming book ‘Motivating language learners, motivating teachers: Building vision in the language classroom’ (2014, Cambridge University Press, with Zoltán Dörnyei) proposes new ways of looking at motivation in the language classroom.

The Plenary

Maggie Kubanyiova: Motivating Language Teachers through Vision

Workshops, conferences and methodological literature are brimming with techniques, methods and approaches that language teachers can use in their classrooms to motivate their students. Yet, our experience tells us that however rich our repertoires of motivational techniques may be, these do not always help us to transform our classrooms into places where learners want to learn. In this talk, I will share some of the best kept secrets to inspirational language teaching, which show that whatever our personality, skills, language proficiency or years of experience, we already possess a rich resource for becoming inspirational language teachers. My aim is for you to come away feeling reenergised and ready to embark on a journey of becoming the best language teacher you can be.

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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.

2 thoughts on “Presenting the Plenaries – Part Two

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

    We’re excited to have a new face and voice share with us this year: Maggie Kubanyiova, a graduate of UKF Nitra, has ‘made good’ as an ELT professional not only here, but in the UK where she worked with Prof. Zoltan Dornyei and now she trains English teachers from around the world. It’s time to widen our horizons and deepen our vision.

  2. Reblogged this on Vicky Loras's Blog and commented:
    Another plenary speaker I am looking forward to listening to in Bratislava, on June 7-8, 2014 at the ELTForum.sk Conference, is Maggie Kubanyiova!

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