Recap of Resources and Interesting Blog Posts – 7 March 2013

SCELTResources, Seminar, Teacher Training

Compiled by Michaela Mozolova

Teacher Development Opportunites


  • Free Online English Language Teaching Webinar through US Department of State: 6 free webinars beginning on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 12noon to 2:30pm. E-mail registration must be submitted by Friday, April 5, 2013
  • SPECIAL OFFER: 19th TEA Summer School with Candy Fresacher and Ivan LackoWhen: 19 to 23 August, 2013 (Monday 14:00 to Friday 12:00)
    The Chamber has been offered a ‘5 for the price of 4’ special by our colleagues at the Teachers of English in Austria. The cost for each of the 5 participants would be 176EUR each for the summer school in addition to accommodation costs.
    More info here.
    Contact if you’re interested.
  • TETA [Tuzla English Teachers’ Association in Bosnia & Herzegovina] is holding its 1st international conference
    Proposal submission deadline: March 31, 2013
    When: 15-16 June 2013
    Registration deadline: May 15, 2013
    Plenary speakers:
    Mark Andrews, SOL (Sharing One Language)
    Raymond Kerr, British Council
    George Kokolas, Express Publishing
  • Call for Papers: IATEFL-H Annual Conference 2013
    Submission deadline: April 30, 2013
    When: 4-6 October 2013Where: Budapest

National (and international)Ken Wilson

  • Teacher Development Conference 2013
    Ken Wilson will be there – what about you?
    When: 7-8 June 2013
    Where: Bratislava
    Early-bird registration until 31 March 2013.
    Check the website for more info on speakers and registration.


  • Monday, March 18th, Prešov: Macmillan is holding its annual ‘ELT ideas’ conference.


  • Thursday, April 11th, Žilina: ‘An Express Way of Learning‘ with  author Steve Lever (Express Publishing and INFOA)


  • Tuesday, March 12th, Bratislava: ‘Playing with Texts‘ workshop with Ivan Lacko (FifUK & SCET) UPDATE: Registration CLOSED – sold out!
  • Thursday, March 21, Bratislava: ‘IT’S ALL ABOUT… CHOICES‘ with Anna Sikorzyńska (Pearson and Slovak Ventures)
  • Wednesday, April 10th, Bratislava: ‘Blended Learning‘ (Pearson and Slovak Ventures)
  • Thursday, April 11th, Bratislava: ‘An Express Way of Learning‘ with  auhtor Steve Lever (Express Publishing and INFOA)

Activities and Lesson Plans

Videos for Class

Stuff from Ken Wilson

  • “…an English class full of state-school teenagers who HAVE to be there. They aren’t [language school] students who have paid to be there, nor are they students in a multinational class in Cambridge, England or Cambridge, Massachusetts.
    “For these students, at least for a few moments in your lesson, you have to try to create “The Wow Factor”.”
  • Ken’s at the 2012 KOTESOL International Conference in Seoul, South Korea sharing quotations by famous people to help teachers reflect on what they do.

Ken Wilson - Ten Quotes to Make you Think

Free Downloadable Books

  • Another free downloadable book from the BC – this time on how what we think about our mother tongue might influence how we teach a foreign language.
  • March 7th is World Book Day and there’s a lot of reading and storytelling resources for all ages on their event’s website.

Stuff to ponder

  • If we wouldn’t give our own children leftovers every day, why should we be comfortable giving our learners the same old thing every day? Patrick Jackson thinks on this a bit.
  • What do teachers really need parents to understand?
    “For starters, we are educators, not nannies. We are educated professionals who work with kids every day and often see your child in a different light than you do. If we give you advice, don’t fight it. Take it, and digest it in the same way you would consider advice from a doctor or lawyer.”
  • Every month, Adam Simpson posts a list of excellent blog posts that he’s found. It’s good reading, not only informative but full of practical tips.
  • Do you know the difference between ‘things’ and ‘stuff’?
  • Chris Tribble analyses the collocations used in articles at the Guardian. Helpful explainations and good reading.

The Wisdom of Pooh

Helpful Tools for Teachers

  • So, you know how we teachers keep bookmarking, posting and pinning all these great resources online? And then we can’t find anything when we really want it? Well, there’s an free online tool called ‘LiveBinder‘ that might just help out. We haven’t tried it yet, but we think it looks quite promising.
  • Someone over at Edudemic has done a bit of work and sorted through a bunch of free apps that can be used in education. They’re also rated. If you’ve got an iPhone, iPad or other tablet, there’s probably something for you here.


If you have a good lesson on Slovak Easter – or want to create one – you could enter in this competition from Mary Glasgow.

Opportunities for Our Students

United World Colleges (UWC) je neziskové združenie trinástich medzinárodných škôl, ktorých spoločným cieľom je šírenie internacionalizmu a medzinárodného porozumenia postaveného na myšlienkovom základe nemeckého pedagóga Kurta Hahna.

Ponuka štipendií na roky 2013/2014 a 2014/2015:

  • Red Cross Nordic UWC, Nórsko – jedno plné štipendium
  • UWC Mostar, Bosna a Hercegovina – jedno plné štipendium (50% hradí škola, 50% hradí nezisková organizácia LEAF)
  • UWC of Adriatic, Taliansko – jedno plné štipendium (50% hradí škola, 50% hradí nezisková organizácia LEAF)
  • Waterford Kamhlaba UWC, Svazijsko – jedno miesto, v plnej miere hradené rodičmi študenta

Štipendiá zahŕňajú školné, ubytovanie a stravovanie, nákup kníh a učebných pomôcok, nezahŕňajú náklady na cestovné a vreckové. O vreckové je možné požiadať niektoré školy dodatočne.