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.
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.
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.