30 min
Opening Remarks
  • 09:30 - 10:00
  • Ivana Milošević, ELTA president

Opening Remarks

Plenary session

60 min
English Teaching: Past, Present, Future (and We’re Not Talking about Verb Aspects)
  • 10:00-11:00
  • Kevin McCaughey
  • Sponsor room name (to be added)

English Teaching: Past, Present, Future (and We’re Not Talking about Verb Aspects)

Do you make excuses in the classroom? Or interrupt students? Or finish their sentences? Or answer your own questions? Or rush what you say because you want class to be lively? I have done all these things and more. After years of self-examination, I came up with a list of unproductive and ineffective uses of classroom talk, all of them unconscious, but coming from my own mouth and NOT serving the audience of learners. This workshop will take a lighthearted look at these failings and provide ideas for sharpening in-class presentation skills.

Kevin McCaughey, Regional English Language Officer, US Embassy Belgrade

Kevin McCaughey is the Regional English Language Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade. From 2020-2022, Kevin organized 150 hours of virtual teacher trainings for European teachers.

11:00-11:30 Coffee break (⏲30 min)

7 parallel sessions

45 min
I/we Teach, I/we Lead, and I/we Inspire
  • 11:30-12:15
  • Svetlana Luković
  • Sponsor room name (to be added)

I/we Teach, I/we Lead, and I/we Inspire

“Daring leaders who live into their values are never silent about hard things”. Brene Brown (2018) What makes us teacher leaders? Many teachers, including language teachers, choose their profession for noble reasons (Fray & Gore, 2018). Consequently, we become leaders in the classroom, and we may choose to become informal leaders in our schools and beyond (Crippen, 2005, 2010). If we have chosen to become teacher leaders, we do not need to be the most courageous but “we must dare, belong, live into our values” (Brown, 2018), and accept our roles because we are the medium of change, choice, and inspiration. Leading effectively in times of change and uncertainty requires a broad range of skills and capabilities and is only possible with the right set of skills and tools. Thus, only relying on adult learning and teaching theories is not enough, but it is also important to incorporate the work from behavioural science (Brown, 2018), and business leadership theories such as the Servant Leadership framework (Spears, 2010, Crippen & Willows, 2019). This workshop will be divided into three parts. In the first part, there is a short overview of the literature on effective teacher leadership skills, and how these are transferrable to our classrooms, schools, continuous professional development, and beyond. In the second part, there are some practical activities for teachers to develop their leadership skills such as empathy, effective listening, persuasion, commitment to growth and community building. In the final part of the workshop, the presenter and the participants reflect and adapt some of the activities to use in the language classroom so as to inspire their students, but also to further develop their students’ leaderships skills.

Svetlana Luković, Academic Manager, Australia

Svetlana Luković is the Academic Manager of the ACU English Language Centre at the North Sydney campus with Australian Catholic University (ACU). Svetlana holds a BA in English and English Literature, CELTA and TEFL Certificates, and an MA in TESOL, and has many years of teaching and managing experience in Australia and Serbia. Her pedagogical interests include EAP, Teacher Training, Systemic Functional Linguistics, technology, and creativity in the second language classroom. Svetlana has been involved in professional development and teacher training both in Australia and overseas.

45 min
Effective Ways to Reduce Teacher Workload
  • 11:30-12:15
  • Jennifer Lemper, Sanja Markeljć
  • Sponsor room name (to be added)

Effective Ways to Reduce Teacher Workload

Teacher burnout is real. We have to build unique lessons, give students feedback and grades, do administrative work and more. It’s incredibly difficult to find time for ourselves, especially when our homes become extensions of our workplace. So, what can we do to reduce our workload? In this workshop, you will learn about and practice some effective ways to reduce teacher workload while also making classes more student-centered, and you will take away a simple PDF handbook to refer to later.

Jennifer Lemper, Teacher, USA

Sanja Markeljić, Teacher, Serbia

Jennifer Lemper has been an English educator since 2011 and she has been engaging learners in community building and individual empowerment through storytelling, cultural exchange, critical thinking and service-learning. Currently, she co-facilitates online equity trainings for faculty employees and teaches English to immigrants in California while also teaching speaking at the University of Kragujevac.

Sanja Markeljić has been an English language instructor at the Faculty of Philology and Arts (FILUM), University of Kragujevac, Serbia since 2017. She started out teaching speaking and translation-oriented subjects, and she currently teaches vocabulary, writing and grammar (CEFR: C1/C2 level of language) at the said faculty.

45 min
Encouraging Learner Autonomy with Higher-level Students
  • 11:30-12:15
  • Jelena Ružić Petrović
  • Sponsor room name (to be added)

Encouraging Learner Autonomy with Higher-level Students

Living in a world of technological marvels and the availability of information, our students are surrounded by opportunities for improving their English. Yet, somehow, they still rely on teachers to pour the knowledge into their heads. This workshop aims to help teachers encourage higher-level students to take control of their own learning. We will use examples of teenagers and adult learners, taking into account their learning backgrounds, and offer practical examples to cater for different learning styles.

Jelena Ružić Petrović, Teacher, Serbia

Jelena Ružić Petrović is an English teacher with 10 years of experience, working mainly with teenagers and adult learners. As a school owner, she is trying to create learning environment where students and teachers feel empowered and ready to take on any learning/teaching challenges that come their way.

45 min
Methodology in Teaching: Cross-curricular Teaching and Learning
  • 11:30-12:15
  • Tamara Bradonjić
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Methodology in Teaching: Cross-curricular Teaching and Learning

Cross-curricular teaching refers to combining different subjects in order to create a curriculum that helps teachers get students more engaged. It includes creating links between the subjects so that students can develop their knowledge and skills through a series of interconnected topics. It offers many great advantages to students. Cross-curricular learning fosters students’ motivation and critical thinking because they can expand knowledge on the specific subject and apply the learning to other subjects. Collaboration between the teachers strengthens collaboration and teamwork between the students. Students develop the ability to analyze and synthesize the information, draw conclusions and make predictions.

Tamara Bradonjić, Teacher, Serbia

Tamara Bradonjić has been an enthusiastic EFL teacher for 16 years now. She is an experienced translator and a teacher trainer. In her instruction, she combines various techniques, such as teaching with music and  graphic novels. Her hobbies are translation, listening to music, cooking, reading books, and writing poetry.

45 min
Web Tools and Apps in ELT
  • 11:30-12:15
  • Bojana Nikić Vujić
  • Sponsor room name (to be added)

Web Tools and Apps in ELT

During this interactive workshop, web tools and apps for the Presentation, Practice and Production stage will be presented. The participants will test out Answergarden, Tricider, and Genially for the presentation stage; Quizlet, Wordwall, and Baamboozle for the practice stage; and Voki and Canva for the production stage.

Bojana Nikić Vujić, Teacher, Serbia

Bojana Nikić Vujić is an English language teacher, teacher trainer and education adviser working in Ivo Andrić primary school. She enjoys her job very much because it gives her the opportunity to learn something new every day.

45 min
Improving Student Engagement when Teaching EAP with Learning Technologies
  • 11:30-12:15
  • Vasiliki Papageorgiou
  • Sponsor room name (to be added)

Improving Student Engagement when Teaching EAP with Learning Technologies

As universities increasingly continue to turn to online instruction, more emphasis is placed on the non-traditional student engagement in online courses. How can we enhance student focus, attention and interaction? Interactivity seems to be a key in keeping students involved and achieving. In doing so, we need to use activities routinely favored by students. Using activities students like results in greater course satisfaction and academic effort.

Vasiliki Papageorgiou, Teacher, Greece

Vicky Papageorgiou is an EAP lecturer with over 25 years of experience. She currently divides her time between Greece and the UK working as an EAP tutor at many universities. She often publishes articles in international newsletters and journals and is also a conference presenter. She is currently a member of the IATEFL Pubcs Committee and a co-editor at ELTA Serbia Publications. She is working towards her DELTA and her PhD in Technology-enhanced Learning.

45 min
Sing Sang Sung Song
  • 11:30-12:15
  • Marina Hadžiomerović
  • Sponsor room name (to be added)

Sing Sang Sung Song

This workshop offers a PPT with songs to ‘’heal the world’’. They unfold different problems, as well as practise different skills and language functions. Ready-made activities are offered for immediate use in class, together with suggestions for adapting them to different levels. The first two songs deal with differences, tolerance and basic human decency.  Religious and environmental issues are present in everyday life and the participants will learn how to sensitize their students to some common problems through language functions of expressing opinion and fostering creativity, as well as a wide range of language tasks.

Marina Hadžiomerović, Teacher, Croatia

Marina Hadžiomerović is an experienced primary school teacher from Zagreb, Croatia, as well as EFL counselor, teacher trainer and materials designer for Školska knjiga. Her main field of interest includes using songs in teaching. She has held numerous workshops at conferences and seminars in Croatia and abroad. She is an ex board member of HUPE buff, language and music lover, educator at heart. Eclectic, curious and open-minded.

12:15-12:30 Short break (⏲15 min)

6 parallel sessions

30 min
Action Research in Foreign Language Teaching
  • 12:30-13:00
  • Neda Maenza, Tijana Gajić, Ivana Đerić
  • Sponsor room name (to be added)

Action Research in Foreign Language Teaching

The workshop aims to present action research as a recent trend in improving and strengthening educational practice in foreign language teaching and as a significant means of empowering teachers and their scientific and research contributions. The conducted action research enables us to point out possible changes and the latest findings in the existing practice, as well as their application. Outcomes of the action research application can be used by teachers-practitioners to develop their work and delivered knowledge with the aim to better use and specifically apply theoretically acquired language skills, to help the teaching practice, and create space for improvement.

Neda Maenza, Teacher, Serbia

Since April 2013, she has been employed at the Singidunum University in Belgrade as a French language teacher. She is engaged in teaching French 1, French 2, French 3 and French 4. She also works within the Center for Foreign Languages of Singidunum University.

Tijana Gajić, Teacher, Serbia

Ivana Đerić, Teacher, Serbia

To be added soon…

30 min
ELTA, RELO, EVO22,CO22, CoP - the Formulae for Success
  • 12:30-13:00
  • Tijana Nešić-Ristić
  • Sponsor room name (to be added)

ELTA, RELO, EVO22,CO22, CoP - the Formulae for Success

Do we still need to learn more after the two strenuous years of the fast-track process of adjusting to the new ways of delivering the teaching content through distance teaching/learning, blended or hybrid model? The answer to the question has to be YES! Professional development definitely requires extra time and effort but does not have to be costly and can surely bring the excitement of reaching out for new skills and knowledge. The OPEN Community of Practice, Electronic Village Online and Connecting Online are vibrant communities connecting ELT professionals across the world, enabling the exchange of experience and tried and tested materials.

Tijana Nešić-Ristić, Teacher, Teacher Trainer

Tijana Nesić-Ristić has been working as an English teacher for more than 30 years in the state and private sector with students of various ages (3-50+) and language levels. As a teacher trainer, she has become addicted to professional development and events that enable sharing experience and knowledge among colleagues.

30 min
Understanding by Design
  • 12:30-13:00
  • Nada Filipović
  • Sponsor room name (to be added)

Understanding by Design

Understanding by Design (UbD) is an educational planning approach – an example of backward design, which contrary to traditional approaches focuses on overarching learning goals and how students will be assessed prior to consideration of how to teach the content. This talk will outline the benefits of such a plan, then it will elaborate three stages that backward design encompasses and finally a template of the plan will be provided. Student learning and understanding will be gauged more accurately through a backward design approach because it strengthens what students need to know and understand during the design process in order to progress.

Nada Filipović, Teacher, Serbia

Nada Filipović is an English Language Teacher and Teaching Advisor with more than 16 years of experience. She is a coauthor of five course books both for young learners and teenagers. Being an active ELTA member, Nada has taken part in many national and international conferences. Recently she became a Fulbright Alumna. Nada’s interests include PBL, teaching grammar creatively and development of soft skills.

30 min
My Fullbright Experience
  • 12:30-13:00
  • Velina Stojković
  • Sponsor room name (to be added)

My Fullbright Experience

To incite change, we must learn and change ourselves. Being a part of an intercultural exchange will help broaden one’s knowledge about different cultures, values and practices. Fulbright TEA Media Literacy Cohorts bring international secondary-level educators to the US for a six-week professional development program, focusing on promoting and developing media literacy and critical-thinking skills in their home schools and communities. The program represents an excellent opportunity to develop professionally in a more challenging international environment, but at the same time, it entails much more. The aim of this talk is to share my personal experience in the program in 2021 and discuss different aspects.

Velina Stojković, Teacher, Serbia

Velina Stojković holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature and a British Council certification in Teacher Training. She is an EFL teacher. She has designed and held various teacher trainings in the topics of language teaching methodologies and critical thinking. She has participated in and coordinated national and international projects. She participated in the Fulbright TEA Media Literacy program in 2021.

30 min
Global Education Week – ‘It’s Our World; Let’s Take Action Together’
  • 12:30-13:00
  • Dragana Radoman
  • Sponsor room name (to be added)

Global Education Week – ‘It’s Our World; Let’s Take Action Together’

‘The Global Education Week is a Europe wide awareness-raising campaign, call to rethink our habits and ways of living, spending and consuming but also find new ways of education and socialisation. It relates to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals which aim to eliminate extreme poverty, reduce inequalities and combat the threat of climate change by 2030.’ (Council of Europe – North-South Centre) During the talk, opportunities to join the global education campaign will be presented, as well as activities implemented in elementary school “Milija Nikcevic” in Niksic, Montenegro (joint action of 20 teachers, participation of more than 400 students).

Dragana Radoman, Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Montenegro

Dragana Radoman is an English language teacher and teacher trainer. She is current President of the English Language Teachers’ Association of Montenegro ELTAM, coordinator of the English Access Microscholarship Program in Montenegro. She is also a certified youth worker and court interpreter. She has acquired the highest rank available for professional development of teachers in Montenegro – teacher-researcher.

13:00-14:00 Lunch break (⏲60 min)

Plenary session

60 min
Should We Teach American British?
  • 14:00-15:00
  • Dr Nenad Tomović
  • Sponsor room name (to be added)

Should We Teach American British?

An average student of English has long been exposed to American English in many real-life situations, while the British retained its position in the classroom. Furthermore, American English started to make its way into British a long time ago and is now a major source of vocabulary. The influx of Americanism in British English is obvious, just like the fact that the spoken variety is changing. The spoken variety is likely to turn into something we can call Americanized British or even American British if we hypothesize that the emerging variety exists along with the current one and that it has been developing for quite a while.” American British” is similar to slang as it is mostly spoken by younger generations. The very name” American British” might sound ambiguous, but the purpose of this phrase is meant to make us reflect on the language we are teaching.

Since English textbooks used in Serbia are commonly written in British English, the discrepancy between classroom English and the English learners are exposed to is obvious. Although teachers often state the differences between British and American varieties, it would be good to adapt teaching materials to students’ needs. This does not mean that British English should not be taught, but rather that American English and Americanisms deserve more attention. It would also be useful to introduce more textbooks written in American English, while typically British words and expressions should be covered, too. It would be useful to rethink the concept of grammar and accept the simplifications that are already quite common in American English, such as I just wrote a letter (= I have just finished writing it) and similar structures, which are now quite acceptable. Concerning the vocabulary, it would be wise to highlight the more frequent forms such as lorry or sneakers and even introduce common American expressions that cross the ocean very quickly because they become part of British English in no time. Even the sections in textbooks which deal with the differences between the two varieties should be analyzed since textbooks cannot be modified each year and cover every word which has become a part of the British lexicon.

Dr. Nenad Tomović

Nenad Tomović is an Associate Professor of English at the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade, where he teaches several applied linguistics and translation courses. His areas of professional interest include applied linguistics and language teaching, translation and languages in contact. He is one of the founders and editors of Communication and Culture Online (peer-reviewed linguistics, communication and culture e-journal) and is a Distance Delta local tutor. His works include Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching (monograph), English is Fun (co-author, textbook series), Take a Chance (co-author, textbook series) and numerous scientific papers.

15:00-15:15 Coffee break (⏲15 min)

7 parallel sessions

45 min
Effective Practices of Teaching Culture Creatively
  • 15:15-16:00
  • Ivana Štiglec
  • Sponsor room name (to be added)

Effective Practices of Teaching Culture Creatively

In order to develop our students’ intercultural communication competence and to make sure that one day they will be able to act as global citizens, we need to design meaningful, engaging and interactive lessons that will motivate students and develop a sense of wonder for both other cultures and their own culture. EFL classrooms are an ideal place to do so and this presentation will demonstrate how using various activity types, web tools and different information sources can help create cultural lessons that will exude enthusiasm and engagement among your students.

Ivana Štiglec, Teacher, Croatia

Ivana is an English and German high school teacher who works in I.gimnazija Osijek. She is a Europeana DSI-4 Teacher Ambassador for Croatia. In the past two years, she has moderated the “Europeana in your classroom: building 21st-century competences with digital cultural heritage” MOOC for European Schoolnet Academy. Moreover, she is actively involved in several international projects. Her interests and work relate to the professional development of teachers interested in integrating technology into their teaching.

45 min
Customer/Student Care
  • 15:15-16:00
  • Miloš Đerić
  • Sponsor room name (to be added)

Customer/Student Care

Teaching has brought many challenges to our struggle to provide the highest level of service to our students. However, teachers are not always aware of student satisfaction. The figures show that most customers do not say when they are dissatisfied and they simply leave. What do our students say? Firstly, I would like to discuss how we behave as customers. Secondly, we will talk about the expectations our students, their parents, corporate clients have. Thirdly, which soft skills are needed to meet their needs? Lastly, what kind of feedback are they actually ready to hear? No matter where we work, the public or private sector, we have to address this topic seriously.

Miloš Đerić, Teacher, Serbia

Miloš is a teacher, teacher trainer, managing his language center; obtained his degrees in Canada and Serbia; currently a Doctoral candidate; active in ELT in Serbia and abroad; cooperated with British Council, ELTA, Ministry of Education, The Institute for improvement of education and The Institute for education quality and evaluation.

45 min
Can You Hear Me?
  • 15:15-16:00
  • Tanja Đonlaga, Natalija Savićević Mrvaljević
  • Sponsor room name (to be added)

Can You Hear Me?

Listening is a receptive skill that is learnt and taught first, and intervenes with the other three language skills. Since it helps language learners to acquire the right pronunciation, stress, intonation, rhythm and all the nuances in meaning, it is crucial to develop active and effective listening in the teaching context. In this workshop, we would like to deal briefly with the types of listening, focusing on active listening. In addition, we are eager to share with the participants some practical and engaging listening activities such as Scavenger Hunt, Song „Liebeslied”, Acting out Dictacomp, Labyrinth. Storytelling with Mistakes, Drawing Dictation, Singing Dictation… that can help teachers organise their listening practice in a more innovative and easier way. All the above-mentioned activities can be easily carried out in both face to face and virtual classrooms.

Tanja Đonlaga, Teacher, Montenegro

Natalija Savićević Mrvaljević, Teacher,Montenegro

Tanja Đonlaga is an English and Italian teacher, senior advisor and MA in Applied Linguistics and Methodology who actively participated as a speaker in various international conferences. She is a member of ELTAM and the Italian Teachers` Association of Montenegro. She was thrice awarded by the Ministry of Education of Montenegro.

Natalija Savićević Mrvaljević is an English and French teacher, teacher advisor who constantly took part in different national and international conferences, seminars and trainings. She is a member of ELTAM (English Language Teachers’ Association of Montenegro). She was thrice awarded by the Ministry of Education of Montenegro.

45 min
Just Read It!
  • 15:15-16:00
  • Vojo Mrvaljević, Gordana Milić
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Just Read It!

Reading is one of the most important and useful skills in learning a language. It improves vocabulary and language skills. Reading develops the mind by understanding the meaning and interpreting the content, it helps to develop the imagination. In this workshop, we would like to deal briefly with the types of reading, focusing on active reading. In addition, we are eager to share with the participants some practical and engaging reading activities such as Guess Who I am? Modern fairy tales, Wall of stories, Reading with half the words, Fluency Tic-Tac-Toe.

Vojo Mrvaljević, Teacher,Montenegro

Gordana Milić, Teacher, Montenegro

Vojo Mrvaljević is an English and Italian teacher, teacher advisor who constantly took part in different national and international conferences, seminars and trainings. He is an actor and a member of ELTAM. He was awarded by the Ministry of Education of Montenegro.

Gordana Milić is an English teacher and teacher advisor who actively participated as a speaker in various international conferences, seminars and trainings. She is a member of the English Language Teachers` Association of Montenegro (ELTAM). She was twice awarded by the Ministry of Education of Montenegro.

45 min
Promoting Critical Thinking and Creativity through Ludic Uses of Language
  • 15:15-16:00
  • Valentina Gavranović, Maja Veljković Michos
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Promoting Critical Thinking and Creativity through Ludic Uses of Language

The use of language for playful purposes contributes not only to students’ language development, enhanced motivation, and engagement but also to the development of their critical and creative thinking skills. The aim of this workshop is to explore the possibilities of ludic activities, their pedagogical implications, and how they can be used for the purpose of developing students’ creative and critical thinking skills. The participants will experience several different types of activities and discuss their application and variations of use depending on the teaching context.

Valentina Gavranović, Teacher, Serbia

Maja Veljković Michos, Teacher, Serbia

Valentina Gavranović is an English language teacher and a teacher trainer with twenty years of experience working with teenagers, university students, and adults. She has been actively involved in various professional development programs and projects with the aim to promote the quality of English language teaching.

Maja Veljković Michos

Maja Veljkovic Michos has been working as a Spanish teacher at Singidunum University in Belgrade since 2005. Currently, she is also teaching New Technologies in Foreign Language Teaching. She received her doctoral degree in the Study program “Spanish: Advanced Research in Language and Literature” from the University of Salamanca and a Master’s degree in Hispanic Philology from the University of Belgrade. Her area of research includes applied linguistics, new technologies, and gamification in language teaching and learning process. She has participated in various international conferences and published articles on the topics of SFL,  ICT, and game-based learning.

To be added…

Project-Based Learning is not the same as doing projects but many people have trouble grasping this distinction. With PBL, the project in itself is how students learn. It is not a culminating authentic assessment to see if your students have met your objectives, rather it is the vehicle through which students learn. You are teaching through the project, not teaching and then doing the project. In classrooms using PBL, the teacher is the facilitator and the students take control of their own learning. This workshop will present examples of how PBL went tell in English classes, more specifically how students acquired new vocabulary and done both critical and creative thinking tasks.

Donjetë Latifaj, Teacher, Kamenica

I am a third year PhD student at the SEEU, North Macedonia. I am currently teaching at a vocational high school in Kamenica, at English Language Corner Kamenica and a lecturer assistant at Kadri Zeka University In Gjilan.

Besiana Kurmeka-Tifeku, Teacher, Uroševac

To be added soon…

45 min
A Guide to Teaching Phrasal Verbs
  • 15:15-16:00
  • Kevin McCaughey

A Guide to Teaching Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verbs are such an integral part of English that attention needs to be drawn to them again and again. Most books on Phrasal Verbs emphasize their difficulty. But they are not difficult, as this workshop will show. Participants will learn the history of Phrasal Verbs and experience a wide range of short and effective activities that they can bring to their classes with regularity.

Kevin McCaughey, Regional English Language Officer, US Embassy Belgrade

Kevin McCaughey is the Regional English Language Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade. From 2020-2022, Kevin organized 150 hours of virtual teacher trainings for European teachers.

15:15-16:00 Short break (⏲15 min)

Plenary session

60 min
Enhancing and Embedding English in an Electronic Age
  • 16:00-17:00
  • Philip Warwick

Enhancing and Embedding English in an Electronic Age

After two years of Covid chaos, classes seem to have settled down into the familiar pattern of face to face teaching. Haven’t we been a little hasty in just switching back to normal and throwing away all the skills we’ve acquired during a lockdown? Let’s look at what technology and techniques we can easily include to enhance our regular teaching and offer our students the best of both worlds.

Philip Warwick, teacher, teacher trainer, academic coordinator

Philip Warwick is a qualified teacher trainer who has been involved in language teaching for over 20 years, working in many countries, including Brazil, China, Italy, and Argentina. He is currently Director of Teaching for a private language school in the Czech Republic and Academic Coordinator for Embassy Summer schools in the UK. He is a speaking examiner for international exams and has taught on several CELTA courses, and regularly delivers presentations for Pearson.