Вторая Международная Конференция преподавателей "Teach DiFferent"

21-22 апреля IH приглашает на Вторую Международную Конференцию преподавателей английского языка "Teach DiFferent".
21-22 апреля International House Minsk проводит Вторую Международную Конференцию преподавателей английского языка «Teach DiFferent».
В программе двухдневной конференции:

Презентации и мастер-классы от ведущих методистов-практиков из Великобритании и Беларуси, среди которых Тим Боуэн, автор «The Pronunciation Book» (Longman), «Inside Teaching» (Macmillan), «The Book of Pronunciation», Mike Cattlin, Olga Cannoly.

Будем обсуждать современные тенденции развития английского языка и подходов к преподаванию. Вы сможете выбрать мастер-классы по направлениям «Teaching Young Learners», «Using Technology in Class», «General English», «Teaching Business English» и др. Цель мероприятия — создать площадку для обмена опытом и получить позитивный заряд новыми идеями.
День первый (21 апреля)

Tim Bowen has taught English and trained teachers in more than 20 countries, including Russia, China, Brazil, Germany, Serbia, Denmark and Poland. He graduated in Slavonic languages at the University of Leeds, did a postgraduate Certificate in Education (TESL) at the University College of North Wales, Bangor, and has an MPhil in the field of TEFL from the University of Southampton. He is co-author of The Pronunciation Book (Longman), Inside Teaching (Macmillan), The Book of Pronunciation, Proposals for a Practical Pedagogy (Delta), author of Build Your Business Grammar (Heinle), co-author of the student portfolios for the Straightforward series (Macmillan) and author of teachers’ editions for the Attitude, Expressions, Open Mind, Master Mind, Pulse and New Inspiration series (Macmillan). He has been a regular contributor to the Macmillan Onestopenglish site since its inception in 2001. His interests include contrastive linguistics, etymology and pronunciation. He is currently a free-lance teacher trainer, author and translator.

Session description

'What on earth is happening to English?'

In part i) of this plenary, we will review the sources of English words and expressions and also look at how the meaning of certain words has changed over time.

In part ii) we will look at some of the sources of new terms and expressions from anthropomorphic buses to unwanted Americanisms. We will also examine some of the latest words and the influences that cause changes in vocabulary use.


Mike Cattlin has worked in the English Language Teaching profession since 1994 in various capacities: as a teacher of all ages and levels of students, as a Director of Studies in Poland, Indonesia and Hungary, as the Academic and Teacher Training Co-ordinator of the International House World Organisation, as an academic consultant in Lebanon, as a materials writer and editor of face-to-face and online courses for International House, as a task-writer for the ‘Cambridge English Teacher’ website, as an inspector of language schools in Europe, Africa, North and South America and Asia, and as a Cambridge CELTA and Delta trainer and assessor in Europe, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, South East Asia, North and South Africa, Central and South America and Australasia. Recently, he has set up CELTA centres in Italy and Spain and Delta centres in Tbilisi, Minsk and Beirut, as well as running four CELTAs in Colombia. He has also run a train-the-trainer course in Lebanon. Although stuck with a North of England / Lancastrian accent, almost tone-deaf and hating the sound of his own voice, Mike has long been an advocate of thorough pronunciation work with both students and trainee teachers, and enjoys discussing the rationale for focusing on certain aspects of what can be an intimidating area.

Session description

Phonology is a minefield of terminology and features. Which do teachers need to know, to feel comfortable with, and to teach? What do students need to know? What do they need to hear? What do they need to produce? And whose English is it anyway? A few points to think about — feel free to bring your own ideas and argue!


Olga Connolly, DoS (Director of Studies) for BKC-IH Moscow, teacher trainer for Cambridge CELTA and Delta; pedagogic degree and MA in TESOL and Applied Linguistics. Olga has been a teacher of English and a teacher trainer for more than 18 years. She has international experience of working in European, Asian, Middle Eastern and African countries. She is a regular presenter at national and international conferences. Her presentations vary from practical workshops for teachers and educational managers to theoretical research-driven talks on contemporary issues in EFL.

Session description

Celebrating teachers

In contemporary education with its technological advances, the abundance of available materials and emphasis on self-study, what is the place of the teacher? What influence do teachers have on the effectiveness of learning? How can we increase our impact? These questions signpost the talk and offer food for thought.

День второй (22 апреля)

Heather Humphreys is a DipTESOL-qualified teacher and academic manager who has previously worked in Japan, Poland, the UK, China, Indonesia and Spain. Over the last two and a half years in Kazakhstan she has also been extensively involved in teacher training and curriculum/test design, and is currently an IELTS examiner.

Session description

“Different ways to read: getting coursebook texts off the page and into the classroom".

This session will equip you with some ideas on how to approach reading differently with your learners. The focus will be on using standard reading texts for a wider range of tasks than those conventionally given in coursebooks. Through doing this, we will look at ways to bring texts to life, use them as a basis to develop numerous skills and increase students' motivation to read, react and interact.


David has been working as a teacher for over 15 years and has taught in Europe, Asia, and New Zealand where he is from. He has presented and attended conferences In UK and throughout Russia. He also works as an academic proofreader and does occasional translations.

Session description

“Simple diagrams to clarify and compare aspects of language.”

A different look at an old method. Imagery of various types has long been used in ELT. These simple diagrams clarify confusing aspects of English including meanings, appropriacy, frequency. They alleviate some of the circularity of explaining language with language, which can be vexing at lower levels, and they clarify finer details at higher levels. Suitable for any teaching context.


Edward has been an EFL teacher for 12 years, and works at IH-Moscow BKC as the Senior Assistant Director of Studies and as a CELTA trainer. He is interested in teacher development, teaching VYL and making use of technology.

Session description

“Doing homework differently.”

How can get students to use their smartphones to keep learning out of class? We will try out some free web tools, and consider how to integrate them into a school-wide gamified system. This helps to structure and motivate students' independent learning, and complement a classroom-based course.


Mike Astbury lives and works in Brno, having previously taught in England, Spain and Poland. He has been running training sessions and presenting at conferences over the past three years, but is best known for his website, where he publishes teaching materials and easy to follow instructions. He has also written several guest posts for the British Council and Cambridge University Press blogs.

Session description

“Roleplay games and activities — Extending the use of roleplay in the classroom.”

The aim of this session is to demonstrate how you can incorporate role play games into your lessons, whether practising vocabulary, developing speaking skills, or otherwise bringing more life and energy into the classroom. We’ll have a look at some simple techniques, as well as a couple of more in depth games.

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130 BYN
Первый день. 21 апреля, ул. Сторожовская, 15, гостиница «Беларусь»
Регистрация 09:30-10:00
Открытие 10:00-10:20
1-е выступление 10:20-11:20
2-е выступление 11:30-12:30
Coffee/Book Fair 12:30-14:00
3-е выступление 14:00-15:00
4-е выступление 15:10-16:10
Второй день. 22 апреля, ул. Сторожовская, 15 гостиница «Беларусь»
Сессия 1 10:00-11:05
Сессия 2 11:15-12:20
Coffee Break 12:30-14:00
Сессия 3 14:00-15:05
Сессия 4 15:15-16:20
Закрытие 16:30-17:00
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