YLTSIG In conversation with Harry Kuchah

December 7, 2011 1 comment

 We are really pleased to welcome Harry Kuchah to our online conversation series with Iatefl YLTSIG.

Teaching very large classes in Cameroon.

Harry is currently studying for a PhD in the Centre for Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick – UK where he also works as Senior Teaching Fellow.

Previously, he worked for fourteen years as an English language teacher and teacher trainer at both primary and secondary levels in Cameroon, his home country. His teaching career has essentially been  in classes as ‘small’ as between 80 and 235 children and teenage learners from primary to secondary schools in Cameroon.

Other realities he’s familiar with are the lack of prescribed textbooks, an exam-oriented as well as a teacher-dependent culture, and a heavily top-down system of policy/innovation enactment and dissemination which have all made his job very challenging.

Thanks to networking with other colleagues through the local teachers’ association, Harry has been able to find fun in the classroom through pragmatic and transformative responses to his classroom realities.

His interests are in teaching and researching Young Learners, Context appropriate ELT methodology, Teaching in Large Classes, Language Teaching policy/innovation, development and implementation. You can find out more about his professional development and research interests by clicking here.

If you couldn’t make it on the 11th December 2011, or would like to watch again, please use this link


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YLTSIG Susan is back – Saturday 3rd December !

November 25, 2011 Leave a comment

In conversation with Susan Hillyard.

Due to popular request Susan Hillyard has kindly offered to repeat her session on creativity, drama and young learners with  special needs.

Find out more about Susan Hillyard’s  previous webinar with YLTSIG  by clicking  here.

Please come and join us online.

When ?  December 3rd  2011

Time ? Find your time zone here :  http://tinyurl.com/d6tm2nh

(Kick off   : London time 2 pm (GMT)   –   11 am Buenos Aires time )

Where ? 


Do I need to be a computer expert to join you ?

Absolutely not !  Click on the above link. Enter the site as a guest, giving your usual name.

No need for a password and nothing to download !

A headset with built-in microphone is the best option, but you can listen and join in using the chat function.

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YLTSIG In conversation with Susan Hillyard

October 18, 2011 1 comment

This Sunday 23rd October at 14:00 (London time) join us in conversation with Susan Hillyard

Susan Hillyard holds a B.Ed. from Warwick University (U.K.) in Dramatic Arts and Sociology and has worked as a classroom teacher, a Head, or a teacher trainer in eleven countries, using drama for education and language learning.

She has taught at two major teacher training colleges in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she is currently based. She is the former Educational Advisor for The Performers Theatre and an educational consultant travelling to six or seven countries each year.

She has co-authored a Resource Book for Teachers “Global Issues” for OUP, and has authored and taught an online course : From Learning Creatively to Teaching Creatively.

In Argentina she’s the driving force behind the provision of English language teaching  in special schools, shanty town schools, hospital schools, orphanages and home visits to students with severe and terminal illnesses.

For this challenging  project,  she has been very busy designing a new curriculum  to teach English through Drama, starting with storysacks and having the teachers become materials writers, collating all the syllabi and materials in document form whilst supervising and coordinating the implementation of this creative and innovative project.

If you couldn’t make it on the 23rd October 2011, or would like to watch again ….

We are working very hard to get a recording online – please be patient!

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YLTSIG In conversation with Sylvia Velikova and Iskra Angelova

August 29, 2011 Leave a comment





Currently Sylvia (left) is the President and Iskra (right) the Treasurer of the Bulgarian English Teachers’ Association   (BETA-IATEFL)

Sylvia Velikova is an EFL teacher and teacher-educator at the University of Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria.

She has worked on British Council Bulgaria and Council of Europe (ECML, Graz,  Austria) projects related to teacher education and development. Sylvia has taught EFL in a variety of contexts.  As a teacher-educator she has worked with prospective teachers, practicing (ESP) teachers, mentors and teacher educators from Bulgaria and abroad.

She has authored and co-authored articles and books in SLA, language teaching, teacher education and development and has spoken at national and international conferences.
She is particularly interested in first and second language listening and in the role of reflection
and self-assessment in teacher education and development.

Iskra Angelova has been an active member of BETA-IATEFL and ELTECS since 2000. She has held workshops and presentations at IATEFL Conferences in Bulgaria, Romania, China and Harrogate 2010, England.  She is a a teacher, a teacher trainer and a translator. She has taught at New Bulgarian University, The Military Academy of Sofia, Foreign Language Centers and Secondary Schools.

From 2004 to 2009 she taught at Guangdong Ocean University, Zhanjiang Chinese-English School, The Second People’s Kindergarten in Zhanjiang, PR China. In 2006 students from her Chinese school and her former Bulgarian school worked jointly and won the “Best International Entry” award in the “Chemistry for Humanity” Science Аcross the World international poster competition.

Just  arrived back in China, Iskra will be able to share with us the wide variety of teaching contexts she knows.

If you couldn’t make it on the 1st September 2011, or would like to watch again, please use this link:   


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YLTSIG In conversation with Kalyan Chattopadhyay

August 9, 2011 2 comments

Please come and join us in a conversation with Kalyan Chattopadhyay. 


We will be talking with Kalyan about teaching English in India and especially teaching teenagers !

In his own words :

I am Kalyan Chattopadhyay from West Bengal, India. I would like to introduce myself as an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Bankim Sardar College, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal.

I also coordinate activities of the Centre for Communicative Skills in English in my college.  We offer courses on communication skills development for learners  from socially and economically disadvantaged sections of society and with very little English.

I am interested in the emerging learning technologies and their applications in the field of English language teaching.I have conducted many teacher training programmes on the use of learning technologies in instructional and assessment design in various English language teaching Institutes in India.I have presented workshops and papers in teaching institutions and academic conferences and seminars in India and abroad.

I have co-moderated TESOL EVO session on “Language Learning and Community Building in Second Life” in 2011.

Website manager of IATEFL Global Issues sig http://gisig.iatefl.org/ whose aims are :

Stimulating awareness and understanding of global issues and encouraging the development of global education within language teaching.

If you missed the conversation on the 14th August 2011,  or would like to listen again, just click here :


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YLTSIG In conversation with Keith Kelly

June 17, 2011 Leave a comment


Keith Kelly is a freelance education consultant based in Bulgaria.

Associate Tutor for the Norwich Institute for Language Education (NILE).  A founder and coordinator of the Forum for Across the Curriculum Teaching (FACT).From 1999-2003 Keith was coordinator of the English Across the Curriculum project for the British Council in Bulgaria.Keith, along with John Clegg. He  is co-author of the CLIL MA Module for NILE and Leeds Metropolitain University.  Author of the Macmillan Science and Geography Vocabulary Practice Series and editor for the ‘CLIL Teacher’ magazine and consultant to Macmillan’s Onestopclil website. Keith with John Clegg is co-author of the OUP Geog1 EAL Workbook.

Keith was made a Fellow of IUPAC  (The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry)  in January 2008 for his contributions to the programme.

In his own words :

For over a decade now I’ve been working with subject teachers around the world on supporting their work in teaching their subject through the medium of English. I’ve recently been reading a  set of textbooks from Austria on Electronics, Physics, Marketing and International Business to help me prepare training for language teachers working alongside teachers of these subjects. My working life can involve a lot of steep learning curves. I also teach English in a Bulgarian state secondary school where my students go on to study part of their curriculum through foreign languages. I write resources for publishers aimed at supporting the teaching and learning of students like these. I’m currently working on a bilingual Bulgarian-English preschool play group in my home town, Plovdiv. (keithpkelly@yahoo.co.uk)

 If you couldn’t make it on the 28th June 2011, or would like to watch again, please use this link:


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