24 -27 August

Cambridge week:
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Stay up to date with the latest developments
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4 days full of exciting sessions from our ELT and exam experts.

Each session will give you the inspiration and tools that you need to make exam preparation course more effective and entertaining.

Participation at the event is free of charge, but registration is compulsory.

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After the conference each participant will receive a certificate of attendance.
24 August - English teaching at primary level
12.00–12.45 MSK / My coursebook and Cambridge YLE - are they compatible?
  • Claire Barnes
12.45–13.30 MSK / All you need is ... a picture. YLE and the speaking skills development
  • Anka Zapart
In this session we are going to look at YLE Starters, Movers and Flyers and their potential for the speaking skills development in the EFL children.
13.30–14.15 MSK / The look of the thing: improving the finished product in YLE writing
  • Ian Raby
In this session we will look at the problems that YLE students have in producing neat and legible written work. We will then look at some techniques to help our youngest students write to the best of their abilities and to take pride in their work.
14.15–15.00 MSK / Building confidence
  • Anne Robinson
In this hand-on session, we’ll examine some useful ways to guide young learners to complete tasks successfully and to help them see and monitor their progress. I’ll share some ready-made resources and we’ll create some more during the session.
25 August - English teaching at secondary level
12.00–12.45 MSK / The most challenging parts of A2, B1, B2 level exams
  • Claire Barnes
12.45–13.30 MSK / Drama activities for exam preparation: Speaking A2-B2
  • Jane Kiseleva
Speaking at the exams requires the ability to think on your feet and be creative along with following the format. During the webinar we will talk about drama activities that can help develop these abilities and contextualize the language acquisition and interaction, while we prepare students for the Speaking part at A2-B2 levels.
13.30–14.15 MSK / Developing Teenage Writers: Engaging and Effective Strategies to Help Teenagers Become Better Writers
  • John Johnson
This webinar focuses on strategies for teachers to help their teenage students improve their writing skills at the B1-B2 levels. Particular emphasis is placed on writing successfully for exams as well as developing pupils’ independence and ability to critique their own writing.
14.15–15.00 MSK / Exam preparation in the real world
  • Olha Madylus
Do you teach an exam class? It’s not that easy, is it? Even though students are all preparing for the same exam, they aren’t at the same level. Even though there is a clear goal, they aren’t all equally motivated. Even though they are in an exam class, they also want to learn to use their English in situations beyond the confines of the classroom. 
This presentation explores the challenges of preparing students for exams and offers strategies and tools to help cater for them all. For example, considering that students won’t all be at the same level, students could review and practise areas of grammar independently before class, so that class time is better spent on interesting tasks, which require interaction, and those who need more practice could get it. For those students who are feeling a bit bored, because tasks seem too easy, and are losing momentum, they could be challenged by tasks that push them beyond the exam level. Techniques which provide focussed exam preparation will also be identified as well as activities which not only equip students to be successful in exams, but also allow students to learn and practise real world English (and finally understand the lyrics of their favourite song).

26 August - English teaching qualifications

13.30–14.15 MSK / TKT - Prove your teaching knowledge with this series of flexible tests
  • Elena Bogolyubova
TKT is a series of modular teaching qualifications which test your knowledge in specific areas of English language teaching. Whether you are a new teacher or have years of experience, TKT is ideal for people who need to prove their teaching knowledge with a globally recognised certificate. The talk will focus on the format of the exam, preparation system and benefits of this qualification.
14.15–15.00 MSK / CELT-P, CELT-S - get the best from your students by developing skills for English teaching at primary and secondary levels
  • Julia Nagay
In this session we will look through teaching qualifications designed specifically to help teachers teach effectively, motivate and engage primary and secondary school students. CELT-P and CELT-S courses combine online study, face-to-face workshops and assessment. Find out how to develop teaching quality, leading to better learning outcomes.
15.00–15.45 MSK / DELTA
  • Anna Kashcheeva
In this session we will look at the key features of DELTA - an advanced blend of theory and practice that provides professional development for teachers.

27 August - Teaching and Assessing online
12.00–12.45 MSK / LOA and Teaching Flipped Classes with Cambridge Exams
  • Dr Hisham AlSaghbini
Cambridge approach to Learning Oriented Assessment brings teaching and learning closer together, helping teachers to support the needs of individuals learners and to use evidence from both formal and informal testing to ensure that learners make better progress. During the webinar we will also consider the approach which is getting more and more popular in the current world--flipped classes where students learn first about a new subject at home, especially online, and then have discussions on it in class. Thinking of combining it with preparation for Cambridge English Exams? Not a problem!
12.45–13.30 MSK / Cambridge English Digital Tools
  • Christian Grant
Cambridge Assessment English offers a wide range of digital tools to meet the needs of learners and teachers at different stages of their learning journey and in different contexts.
13.30–14.15 MSK / LINGUASKILL, the AI powered English test by Cambridge English
  • Sue Trory and Bronagh Rolph

Linguaskill is a quick and convenient online test to help organisations check the English levels of individuals and groups of candidates, powered by Artificial Intelligence technology. It tests all four language skills - speaking, writing, reading and listening - in modules. It provides accurate results within 48 hours and is easy to administer; you can administer the test at any time or place, even to candidates at home. Results are aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), the international standard for describing language ability.

14.15–15.00 MSK / Motivating the Motivated
  • Olha Madylus
Adults come to English lessons already motivated, so we don’t need to worry about motivating them.’ Is that true or not? Do we, as teachers of English to adults, have to worry about how we impact on the motivation of the class or individual students in our lessons?
This presentation explores the different types of motivation: long-term versus short-term, extrinsic versus intrinsic, instrumental versus emotional and what it is to feel successful at English and why that matters. 
The session begins by identifying different factors that may affect adult learners’ approach to learning a language, It then moves on to examine how learners and teachers measure success as well as the value of identifying underlying objectives of lessons and tasks. There will also be a discussion of the extent to which learning, particularly homework, can be personalised. The presentation will also consider what teachers can do to shape the learning environment to increase learner motivation and the role of emotions in learning.
Cambridge Week Speakers
Anne Robinson is a seminar presenter and seminar team trainer for Cambridge Assessment English, and a very active teacher trainer. She is an author for Cambridge University Press, namely of Fun Skills, Fun for Starters, Movers and Flyers and the Exam Booster for Advanced. Since March 2020, Anne has been supporting teachers with numerous webinars and articles and in writing content for digital resources, including the A2 Exam Lift and Kahoots for young learners. Anne also aims to support teachers by sharing tips and resources on her webpage www.teachingtogether.info.
Anka Zapart, MA in TESOL and Applied Linguistics, CELTA
A teacher, a teacher trainer and a Senior ADOS for VYL and YL at BKC IH Moscow, with 15+ years of teaching experience around the world. 
Her professional interests include second language acquisition in pre-schoolers in instructed settings, assessment for VYL and YL, literacy in the early years, CLIL and material development.
She has presented at various conferences in Moscow and in Europe, including BKC Conference 2019, 2020, IATEFL 2019 and International House Young Learners Conferences.
Claire Barnes has worked for BKC International House since 2007 as a teacher and teacher trainer. She has CELTA, DELTA and IHCYLT and is a CELTA trainer. In addition to teaching, Claire has also been running seminars and workshops as a Cambridge Assessment English presenter in many parts of Russia, as well as in Azerbaijan and, most recently, Uzbekistan and Armenia. From 1984 to 2007 she lived and worked in Germany, where she enjoyed professional development teaching students.
Ian Raby, BA from the University of Birmingham in East Mediterranean History and Russian, DELTA-qualified teacher trainer, Teacher Trainer/Drama Consultant, teacher trainer for IHVYL, IHCYLT.
Elena Bogolyubova is a teacher trainer and an author. She has been working as a presenter for the representative office of Cambridge Assessment English Department. She is also a member of the National Foreign Languages Olympiad for scoolchildren panel board in Saint Petersburg. She has wide experience of teaching different age groups. She is also a certified examiner. Now she is working at the Higher School of Economics in Saint Petersburg at the department of Philology.
Evgenia Kiseleva (CELTA, IH CAM, IH CYLT, DELTA) Cambridge Assessment English methodologist, English teacher with more than 15 years of experience with main interests in teaching for exams and using role-playing for productive skills development.
A graduate of The Ohio State University and originally from Tennessee (U.S.A.), John Johnson works as the Senior Director of Studies for Language Link Russia. He has 6 years’ experience preparing students for Cambridge Exams and his students enjoy a high rate of success. Specializing in high-level students, exam preparation, and teacher training, John is always looking for ways to keep students motivated and help them achieve their aims.
Bronagh has been working in the field of language teaching and assessment for 30 years. For the first part of her career she worked as an EFL teacher in the public and private sector. After obtaining ad Double Distinction in DTEFLA, she then moved onto teacher training; preparing trainee teachers for CELTA & DELTA qualifications. She also worked as an assessor for DELTA. After 8 years as an academic manager of the English language department of a large UK Further Education College she moved onto working for Cambridge Assessment.
Bronagh has worked in the Assessment Department for Cambridge English for 12 years, during which time she has worked on tests such as Cambridge Proficiency, CELTA qualification and BULATS among others. Presently she is the Assessment Group Manager for Linguaskill, leading a group of Assessment experts who have created the Linguaskill Test content.

Prof Hisham AlSaghbini, Regional Assessment Services Manager for Cambridge English. Dyslexia Expert. More than 30 publications in educational inclusion and Educational Management, 18 years’ experience as a researcher and Professor. Taught at: Hult International Business School London, Kings College London, EF Language Schools, St. Martin in the Fields High School, Hull University UK.

Дипломированный специалист по методике преподавания иностранных языков и культур. Обладатель международных сертификатов CELTA, IHCYL, IHTTC и диплома Кембриджского университета DELTA. Методист и тренер школы иностранных языков BKC IH Moscow, участник и докладчик международных конференций и семинаров для преподавателей английского языка, соавтор курса IHCAM, тренер по подготовке к сдаче Кембриджских экзаменов TKT, DELTA Module 1, тренер IHCYLT, IHT121, IHCAM и CELTA.
Julia Nagay, DOS Pilot language school, Rostov-on-Don
(TKT, CAE, TOEFL, CELTA, DELTA, Train the Trainer, CELT-P/S tutor)
Olha has taught in the UK, Greece, Hong Kong and Venezuela. She is a freelance author, materials’ designer, consultant and teacher trainer.
She is based in London and as well as working with Cambridge University Press does consultation, teacher training and teacher trainer training for organisations such as The British Council and Ministries of Education worldwide.
Her main focus is on understanding and motivating learners.
She is the author of Film, TV and Music, a photocopiable activities book for teenagers, Cambridge University Press.

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