Trendy English Online Spring Forum

20 march 2016

Innovative methods of teaching English

We have been completely bounded with traditional methods of teaching not noticing that today’s learners are not with us anymore.

Learner’s mind isn’t static and it’s ever growing and ever changing. That’s why traditional methods are becoming a thing of the past.

As new teaching methods are revolutionizing the education across the world, we bring different teachers together to find the methods that appeal to today’s learner. That’s our responsibility to help students learn faster and in an efficient, interesting and interactive way. It’s our mission to make way for new and innovative methods.

Innovative methods of teaching English

If you keep up with the latest trends and are

  • in search of innovative methods and
  • ready to share your ideas
  • ready to unleash your creativity
  • ready to challenge your limits

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Technologies in teaching English

09:00 - 09:15


09:15 - 09:55

Nik Peachey "Tools for exploiting digital video"

10:00 - 10:40

Russell Stannard «What role can the flipped classroom play in teaching English»

10:40 - 11:15

Coffee Break

11:15 - 11:55

Sara Emin E-assessment: How technology can reshape our assessment practices

12:00 - 12:40

Mike Harrison "Six-second stories: deconstructing and understanding narratives in short form video"

12:40 - 13:15

Coffee Break

13:15 - 13:55

Sylvia Guinan "Engaging Young learner online"

14:00 - 14:40

Vanja Fazinic "Learning Language through creative process of filmmaking"

14:45 - 15:00

Yulia Belonog: Vimbox ecosystem for online language teaching

15:00 - 15:30

Coffee Break

15:30 - 16:10

Angelos Bollas «Speaking Homework using VoiceThread for Intermediate Students»

16:10 - 16:50

Olga Sergeeva "Creating games with technology – a real time saver"

17:00 - 17:15

Thank you





9:45 - 10:15

Tatiana Odintsova «Russian State Exam (EGE) speaking: effective preparation strategies»

10:20 - 10:50

Natalia Kachan "Dogme: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats"

10:55 - 11:25

Elena Peresada How to Gamify your English Class

11:25 - 11:45

Coffee Break

11:45 - 12:15

James Egerton «Examining obsessions: Exam preparation classes, their effects on the individual and society, and what we can do to reduce the negatives»

12:20 - 12:50

Marina Kladova "Designing Creative Tasks to Develop Language Proficiency within the TBLT Framework"

12:55 - 13:20

Anna Pochepaeva "Last-minute solutions for successful preparation for Russian National Exam"

13:20 - 13:40

Coffee Break

13:40 - 14:10

Mike Astbury "Grammar Games: practice and production of the target language"

14:15 - 14:45

Lizzie Pinard "Developing learner autonomy"

14:50 - 15:20

Valeriya Meshcheryakova “How to speak English to a 3-year-old.” Talk in Russian!

15:25 - 15:55

Duda Costa "A Taste of Dogme for Young Learners"

16:00 - 16:15

Zoltán Rozgonyi "Why do learners _________ exams?"

keynote speakers

Nik Peachey

Tools for exploiting digital video

In this webinar I will share a range of free web and mobile based application that can be used to exploit online video and video communications to enhance language learning. We will also look at some tasks and activities that can increase students’ engagement with video based content and also encourage them to use video as a creative tool for developing their confidence and competence in the language.

Bio: Nik Peachey is Head of Learning at EnglishUp an online school delivering lessons to students in Brazil and Colombia.
He started working as a teacher in the early 90s and has worked all over the world as a teacher , CELTA and DELTA trainer as well as a technology trainer and project manager. He has worked for most of the established ELT publishers as well as companies like International House, British Council and Google.
He is the author of Digital Video - A manual for language teachers, Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers, Co-editor of with Alan Maley of Creativity in the English language classroom and also writes two blogs about technology in Education: Learning technology, QuickShout
He also publishes a range of teaching materials and lesson plans on TES resources.
These are aimed at helping teachers to adapt their teaching style to the digitally connected classroom.

Russell Stannard

What role can the flipped classroom play in teaching English.

There has been a lot of talk about the flipped classroom but what role can it play in teaching English. In this presentation, Russell will talk about the theory behind the flipped classroom, draw on real examples of how the flipped classroom could be used in teaching English and also highlight one or two of the key technologies we can use to produce flipped learning content. A presentation with a nice balance between theory and practice with lots of real examples of what teachers have actually been doing.

Bio: Russell Stannard is a NILE associate trainer (Norwich Institute for Language Education) and the founder of His website provides videos to help teachers incorporate technology into their teaching and is used by thousands of teachers all over the world. Russell has won several international educational awards including the British Council ELTons award for technology. He has presented and given workshops in many countries across the world and writes  regular columns in the English Teaching Professional, the Teacher Trainer and Anglo Files

Angelos Bollas

Speaking Homework using VoiceThread for Intermediate Students

Speaking has always been an area which all teachers wish their students could achieve more but has also been the one area which is often overlooked in the ELT classroom. This presentation explores different speaking homework tasks for intermediate level students as a way for them to improve on this skill. Participants will be shown how to use VoiceThread, an online tool for asynchronous oral communication, to enhance students’ performance on their homework tasks. Teachers with little or no experience with twitter are welcome to attend.

Bio: Angelos Bollas is a Cambridge CELTA and Delta qualified TEFLer based in Greece, the UK, and online. He is currently working on his MA dissertation at Leeds Beckett University and works at an international educational organisation, responsible for teachers' training and development. He is interested in online education, CPD, as well as pre- and in-service teacher training and development. In his free time, he blogs, participates in and co-moderates #ELTchat weekly discussions on twitter, and connects with language educators around the world. He is @angelos_bollas on Twitter.

Duda Costa and Marília Santos

A Taste of Dogme for Young Learners

Teaching English to YLE is gradually becoming a focus of ELT. However, there are some issues regarding that area such as some materials becoming more ‘serious’ and technology taking over. We must not forget that we are teaching children and they learn by doing and using the language. The Dogme approach suits TEYL since it focuses on learners’ needs, it is materials light and conversation-driven. In this presentation we will demonstrate activities based on those principles that have worked well in our YLE classes even though we have a syllabus to cover.

Bio: Duda Costa has been teaching adults and YLE for 7 years, holds a DELTA Module 1 and TEYL Certificate and Languages Graduation and is currently working at Cultura Inglesa Madalena, a General English school in Recife, Brazil.
Marília Santos has been teaching adults and YLE for over 18 years, holds a CELTA and TEYL Certificate and is currently working at Cultura Inglesa Madalena, a General English school in Recife, Brazil.

Tatiana Odintsova

Russian State Exam (EGE) speaking: effective preparation strategies

Four tasks. Only fifteen minutes. Speaking when being recorded. Stressful enough, isn't it? Russian state exam speaking test might be a challenging task for both students and teachers unless they know how to deal with it. In this workshop we will discuss some ways to make the exam less stressful and more successful for your students. Having analyzed some typical mistakes made by the students in the previous year, we will talk about the effective strategies of preparation for each task of the speaking test. You will also have a chance to try out a number of the practical activities suggested to boost your students' performance.

Bio: Tatiana Odintsova CELTA and CELTA YL certified teacher and teacher trainer, EGE expert and a senior EFL teacher at a private language school in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. In 2008 she achieved BA in Foreign languages and literature (English and French), 2010 - MA in General linguistics, psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics. She has been teaching English as a foreign language for 7 years to students of all ages (7+ y.o) at both private and state educational institutions. Apart from considerable ELT expertise (general English, exam classes, business English), she has done some volunteer work at youth leadership camps, scout camps and summer schools of English. Another area of Tatiana’s interest is course and material design for summer linguistic camps. Being concerned about her own CPD, Tatiana has a keen interest in teacher training, both formal (designing and holding workshops for teachers) and informal (in-company).

James Egerton

Examining obsessions: Exam preparation classes, their effects on the individual and society, and what we can do to reduce the negatives.

Drawing on the speaker´s personal experience of teaching English in Albacete, Spain for the last 5 years, this presentation discusses his students´ motivation to take externally-assessed exams (in this case, Cambridge English). Particularly, he will highlight some of the serious negative impacts this culture has on students and wider society, and what we as teachers can do to reduce these drawbacks and ensure our students prioritise an enthusiasm for learning over an obsession with marks and certificates.

Bio: James Egerton is a Delta-qualified teacher working in Albacete, Spain. He is also a rookie Teacher Trainer and Head of Studies, and blogs on his reflections on English inside and outside the classroom on

Mike Harrison

Six-second stories: deconstructing and understanding narratives in short form video

Back in 2013, the video sharing app Vine appeared and changed the landscape of short form video creation and sharing. Even more so than with other services like YouTube, Vine has made it easy to film, create and share short video clips online. Now almost anyone with a smartphone and the app can be an actor, a stand up comedian, even a news reporter!
But these video clips are really short – only six seconds long! How can you tell a story in such a short space of time. The aim of this session is to look at how film making techniques are used to create narratives – with examples from both short form and longer films – and to ask questions about what we can do with these techniques in the language classroom. You will come away from this session with a better idea of how these films are made and some ideas for making your own short films with students using mobile devices.

Bio: Mike Harrison is a teacher, teacher trainer and materials writer from London. He has taught English in both Spain and the UK to students from all over the world. He is particular interested in dogme in ELT and how minimal resources and technology can support this unplugged approach to teaching. He blogs at

Sara Amin

E-assessment: How technology can reshape our assessment practices

As technology is heavily influencing education, teachers are becoming more interested in the value it can add to teaching and assessment. This presentation will introduce the concept of E-assessment and highlight its potential within the assessment for learning (AFL) paradigm. Participants will be introduced to different tools and resources that could be practically used within their classrooms to incorporate e-assessment. The presentation will showcase the potential of e-assessment as well as highlight its current limitations.

Bio: Sara Amin is an MA TESOL graduate student at the American University in Cairo (AUC), a CELTA holder, and a senior English Language instructor at Future University in Egypt (FUE). She has six years teaching experience and had presented at two local conferences (I-LACE, Nile TESOL) in Egypt and one international conference in Ireland (IATEFL LT sig). Her current interests include classroom applications of corpus linguistics and learning technologies.

Vanja Fazinic

Learning Language through creative process of filmmaking

Making videos with digital cameras and editing software is not only a great way for students to create innovative products using technology, but also a powerful tool to enhance language learning and to increase students’ motivation and autonomy. Teenage students of any ability are engaged in collaborative projects where learning becomes the result of a released creative power, involvement and participation in a positive and motivating environment.
In this practical talk Vanja Fazinic will demonstrate how she sets up filmmaking projects in her classroom and how she incorporates them into the curriculum and her teaching context.

Bio: Vanja Fazinic is an English and German teacher and a conference presenter based in Croatia. She has graduated in English Language and Literature / German Language and Literature from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zadar and she has been teaching both languages for over 10 years. She is intensely interested in teaching and learning language through creative process of making short films.

Marina Kladova

Designing Creative Tasks to Develop Language Proficiency within the TBLT Framework

Task-based language learning (TBLT) is becoming more popular as it focuses on the use of authentic language and asks students to do meaningful tasks. The main arguments against it are the lack of focus on accuracy and a non-systematic approach. During the presentation you will learn how to overcome these drawbacks and design creative tasks focused both on language fluency and accuracy

Bio: Marina Kladova is a self-employed EFL teacher and teacher trainer based in Moscow with more than 10 years in TEFL. She holds DELTA Modules 1 and 3. As a teacher, she is interested in developing students' creativity and learner autonomy. As a teacher trainer, she is the founder of Moscow Teacher Trainer Center and involved in conducting educational audit and developing a CPD system in language schools.

Natalia Kachan

Dogme: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats

It is disccused, argued about, questioned but is it employed in classrooms? Dogme is "arthouse" among teaching methods in ESL today. Starting from its name and ending with the idea that a teacher enters a classroom without any lesson plan - it sounds strange but still intriguing. In the talk we are going to look at core principles of Dogme, see how it is implemented in the classroom and share opinions whether non-native teachers of English can easily adopt it. Reference to SWOT analysis in the name of this talk reflects its aim - to try to provide an unbiased illustration of one of the newest methods in ESL world.

Bio: Natalia Kachan is an EFL teacher (ASU, Russia) and education manager (MSPC Clark Univeristy, USA). She has been working as a teacher in the last 5 years with 3 of them being the DOS at Language Link Atyrau, Kazakhstan. She has built her professional life through such qualifications as TKT, CELTA, Delta. Apart from such professional interests as language acquisition, international projects and motivating teachers she has requalified into a teacher of Russian as a Foreign Language (MSU, Moscow, Russia) and is gaining her experience from this field as well.

Elena Peresada

How to gamify your English class

Teachers all around the world are trying to find new technologies of teaching the millennial generation. One of them is gamification. If computer games are so appealing and fun to play, why don't we bring a game-design approach to our English class?

To understand how to gamify our class, we need to realize what elements of computer games make them so interesting? One of the key elements in any game is an exciting story. Other elements include XP (experience points), leaderboards, badges, etc.

In  my talk I'd like to share my experience of  how to gamify your English class. I'll tell you how to introduce elements and mechanics of computer games to increase students’ motivation. I’ll explain how to turn any game activity teachers use into a real game.

Bio: English teacher and teacher trainer, head of language school, author of StudyCraft methodology, certified material writer, leader of Trendy English Community.

Olya Sergeeva

Creating games with technology: a real time-saver

Creating revision games and materials that are tailor-made for each coursebook and even target the individual difficulties of each group would be a great idea if only this didn ’ t take the teacher so much time. In this workshop I will sh are my experience in using technology to successfully resolve this issue.

The participants of this workshop will

  • increase their stock of no preparation games;
  • see in action how Microsoft Excel can be used to create tail or-made revision games and materials at almost no extra preparation cost;
  • get links to the Excel templates demonstrated during the work shop ;
  • learn how to involve the learners more in course-related decisions and ho w to really encourage the learners to study between classes usi ng free online services.

Come join us and get inspired to use technology to personali ze the courses you teach!

Bio: Olya Sergeeva is a CELTA and Delta certified Business English trainer and teacher trainer living in St. Petersburg, Russia. She has a keen interest in a range of ELT mat ters (in particular, teaching listening, spoken discourse and principled use of auth entic materials in class). She has a background not only in ELT but also in IT , and one of her passions has been to create innovative software tools for English learners, in collaboration with her husband, who is a software developer. She blogs and shares lesson plans and materials at

Sylvia Guinan

Engaging Young learner online

Young learners can be encouraged to express themselves, create and learn socially via user-friendly learning management systems. This can be organised as a flipped classroom dynamic, project-based learning or even web questing. Good learning management systems, streamlined tasks and simple multi-media tools are necessary for this to work. My talk will describe some fun and simple tools for managing multi-media learning beyond the classroom and ideas for engaging young learner in autonomous learning endeavours.

Bio: Sylvia Guinan has been teaching English for twenty years. She graduated with a B.A. in English literature and History at University College Galway before going on to take the Higher Diploma in Education, which is the teaching qualification in Ireland. After moving abroad, circumstances led her into the ESL field, which has entailed continuous professional development and opened up new interests and opportunities. She started working online in 2010 as a way to work from home and balance motherhood with her professional life. She now works as an online English teacher, writer and blogger who facilitates professional development online. She uses brain-friendly techniques to help students and teachers around the world. She designs educational materials, develops courses, and runs teacher training courses online. Her work is the result of much research into the psychology of learning, as well as hands-on experience with multi-media technology.

Mike Astbury

Grammar Games: practice and production of the target language

In this session we'll look at some short and simple games that can help our students produce the target language in grammar focused lessons. In each case our students' output will be personalised and memorable. These games can also help motivate our students, so they are more likely to make the effort that's needed to engage with, and learn, new language structures.

Bio: Mike Astbury began teaching when he volunteered in Myanmar and fell in love with the job. He’s since worked in England and the Czech Republic for International House. He recently moved to Spain and is enjoying the opportunities to travel and experience new cultures that being an English teacher provides. He is very grateful to all of the teachers who have influenced and inspired him. Mike has focused on creating new games and activities that are both fun and educationally valid.  Each of them has been tested with multiple classes at various levels. He makes and releases new games regularly on his blog:

Valeriya Meshcheryakova

“How to speak English to a 3-year-old.”

English teacher, author of an early learning educational system “I LOVE ENGLISH” and a series of books on teaching/learning English “I Can Sing”, “I Can Speak”, “I Can Read” and “I Can Write”. We all know that the earlier we start learning languages, the better results we can achieve. But very often people with a good knowledge of English do not know how to convey it to their own children. Besides, little ones may even sabotage their parents’ activity. How should they make the 3-year-olds keen on speaking another language? If you are interested in this problem, join us.

Bio: Valeriya Meshcheryakova, English teacher, has been training the main conversational skills of the children aged 3-10 for 26 years. As a result of this work, a series of books on teaching/learning English “I Can Sing”, “I Can Speak”, “I Can Read” and “I Can Write” has appeared. Her experience has been summed up in the book “I LOVE ENGLISH”, the Empirical System of Early Language Learning. She conducts seminars and workshops for English teachers in the methodical center “I LOVE ENGLISH” in Moscow.

Lizzie Pinard

Developing learner autonomy

We all know that successful language learning requires use of the target language outside the classroom as well as within. However, learner autonomy is often expected rather than fostered. What can be done to help learners harness the rich resources of language accessible with greater confidence and effectiveness?

Bio: Lizzie is currently teaching English at the University of Sheffield’s English Language Teaching Centre, where she has worked since June 2015. Previously she has worked in Indonesia, Sicily and various locations in the UK. She holds a Delta and an M.A. in English Language Teaching. As well as teaching, she is interested in classroom-based research, materials development and ELT-related writing.

Yulia Belonog

Vimbox ecosystem for online language teaching

Online learning is gaining popularity among ESL students all over the world. Therefore we need to implement new effective tools for for better results in language teaching.
In my presentation I am sharing my experience of giving lessons via Vimbox ecosystem for online language teaching at Skyeng English school

Vimbox online ecosystem includes:

  • virtual platform Vimbox with interactive tasks, tips for teachers and tools to make video calls at the platform
  • mobile application for vocabulary training
  • automatically checked homework
  • essay writing tool
  • online cinema with built-in subtitles integrated with vocabulary tool

Bio: Yulia Belonog has been working as a teacher for 12 years with 7 of them as an online teacher and a teacher trainer. She participated in developing the virtual platform Vimbox at Skyeng school and made a series of webinars about online education for teachers. She holds Basic TESOL certificate and TKT. Her main interests are psychology and methodology of teaching.

Zoltán Rozgonyi

Why do learners _________ exams?

Preparing for exams isn’t often the highlight of teachers’ lives. What effect do exams have on our teaching? Can the ‘washback’ of communicative exams be truly positive? In this talk we look at some of the challenges communicative testing poses to test writers, and opportunities it opens up for teachers in the classroom.

Bio: For 12 years Zoltán Rozgonyi worked as Executive Director of International House Budapest. Since 2000, he has been involved in EAQUALS, the European Association of Quality Language Services, both in marketing, and also as the vice-chair of the organisation from 2003 to ‘04. In connection with his current work, he has, for the last 10 years, been involved in Common European Framework based test and exam development. He is currently Director of Euroexam International.

Anna Pochepaeva

Last-minute solutions for successful preparation for Russian National Exam

Preparation for Russian National Exam in English known as EGE always balances between learning and drilling. Still, successful EGE results depend a lot on both exam-taking skills and language competence. How not to slide to boring testing? How not to suffer from backwash effect? How to spice up EGE preparation lessons? The presentation will give you insights on transforming testing materials into effective teaching tools to ensure successful preparation for all parts of EGE in English.

Bio: Anna Pochepaeva, PhD, DELTA, LCCI FTBE, is a master-trainer and Oral Examiner of Pearson Test of English from Moscow, Russia, currently working as a teacher-trainer and LCCI project manager in Language 360 Ltd., Pearson official partner in books and exams. Since 2012 Anna Pochepaeva has co-authored several best-selling books for Russian State Exams, including a best-seller “EGE. Oral Part. Tests” with a computer-based exam imitator/trainer.

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