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Angļu valodas pasniedzēju starptautiskā konference Teach Differently

Programmā - Lielbritānijas, Ungārijas, Lietuvas un Latvijas vadošo praktizējošo metodiķu prezentācijas, diskusijas par mācību metodēm un jaunākajām tendencēm angļu valodas attīstībā. Mērķis - rosināt pieredzes apmaiņas diskusiju un gūt jaunas idejas:

  • Vai ir iespējams uzlabot skolēnu motivāciju?

  • Ko mēs zinām par pusaudžu domāšanas īpatnībām un kā šīs zināšanas varam izmantot?

  • Radošā rakstīšana un literatūra klasē

  • Kā lietot TED sarunas un citus metodiskus materiālus klasē?

Our Speakers


Ian Raby, International House

Presentation#1: Improving Students' Presentation Skills

Presentation skills are becoming increasingly important in further and higher education. In this session we'll look at how to use TED Talks and related ELT materials (namely Keynote from National Geographic/Cengage) to help improve our students' presentation skills in terms of content, construct and delivery

Presentation in PDF format


I have been working for International House schools in the former USSR since 2011 and have been Director of Studies at IH Riga-Satva since 2015. In addition to my academic management role, I'm also a teacher trainer able to provide International House courses in teaching YLs and Teens, and VYLs. I very much enjoy my work as a teacher and a trainer, helping students of all ages and teachers at various points in their careers reach their goals.

Rupert Braun, Founder, Dusemond Study Programmes, UK

Presentation#2: Dusemond Study Programmes - What We Offer

This talk will look at my organisation Dusemond Study Programmes; its origins and how we can help your students. We'll look at the experience of living and learning in a boarding school environment, and how summer programmes can boost students' English level through immersion and international programmes. We'll also see how students can continue to learn after the programme and ways in which they should be encouraged to improve their English outside the classroom.

Presentation in PDF format


I started my career in junior education in 1996 with the company now known as Oxford International, and finished there as the Director of Junior Programmes with responsibility for 20,000 students a year. I left in 2015 to start Dusemond Study Programmes, and I've also founded with my brother and owned a pub in South London for 5 years during my working life!



Veerle Ponnet, Dusemond Study Programmes

Presentation#3: 21st Century Teaching: Introducing Educational Neuroscience in the Classroom

How can we make our language classes more effective? Is it possible to improve our students motivation? What can we do for language learners to help them take responsibility of their own learning process? Some of the answers can be found here!

Presentation in PDF format


My passion for teaching started about 10 years ago. I wanted to find out why language learning has always been easy for me but seems quite difficult for some. A masters degree in Applied Linguistics to Teaching English and a Foreign Language was my starting point , followed by Neurolanguage Coach and Life Coach Training and currently Educational Neuroscience. Over the last few years I have been supplying teacher training courses for the Canary Education Board and I am the Academic Director for Dusemond Study Programmes.

Alycia Messing, International House Budapest

Presentation#4: Teaching the Teenage Brain

Being a teenager is difficult; teaching them is sometimes harder. The teenage brain is still developing and they think differently to adults. Teenagers are more likely to take risks, be sleepy, misread emotions, have strong emotional reactions, give in to peer-pressure and lack self-control. All of this impacts their ability to learn. This seminar will look at what we know about the teenage brain and how we can use this to make sure what we teach sticks.

Presentation in PDF format


I've been working as an English teacher in Budapest since 2013 mainly teaching YL courses and exam preparation, and I currently work at a private primary school teaching English to children and teenagers. I have a background in psychology with a degree from Griffith University in Australia and I apply this to my teaching methods.


James Egerton, International House

Presentation#5: Stress to Impress

Explicit pronunciation teaching is too often crowded out of lessons, but word and sentence stress are two key factors in aural and oral intelligibility. In this session, I'll share several activities that integrate word and sentence stress practice into your vocabulary and grammar lessons, bringing word and sentence stress to life for your learners.

Presentation in PDF format


I've been teaching in Riga since September 2016 after five years in Spain, and moving to an International House school has allowed me to gain further experience in teacher training. My role as Assistant Director of Studies includes regular staff observations and teacher training, and I've qualified as a tutor on YL/Teens and VYL courses. I blog regularly on teaching and learning English at

Kate Kazanovska, Independent teacher trainer, course and materials writer

Presentation#6: Creative Writing and Literature in the Classroom: Learning the Language in a Meaningful Way.

How do you get a group of 11-year-olds to read Harry Potter in English? What needs to be done to help a bunch of first-graders to write a formal letter to Doctor Who, applying for a position of his assistant? And how do you get a bunch of teens to research, analyse, and translate Beowulf? And, not less importantly, why would you? Come to my session and we will try to figure it out together!

Presentation in PDF format


English teacher, teacher trainer and a course and materials creator. Originally from Latvia, I have worked on- and offline with Malta, Malaysia, Pakistan, Russia, and a number of EU countries, promoting autonomous learning and a holistic and creative approach to teaching and teacher development.


Kelly Brennan, International House Riga-Satva

Presentation#7: Creative and engaging project ideas for young learners and teens

This session will look at ways of providing the stimulus, inspiration and guidance required for students to produce personalized work that they are invested in. The focus will be on extended project work, that is adaptable in terms of curriculum requirements, timetable restrictions, student needs and proficiency levels.

Presentation in PDF format


Currently Senior Teacher at IH Riga Satva, this is my 8th year teaching EFL, having previously worked for IH in Vietnam and Italy. My background is in teaching drama and this has heavily influenced my focus on communication and creativity in the classroom.

Sally MacAndrew, International House Riga-Satva

Presentation#8: Offering choices to our students - and surviving the choices they make!

Offering choice to our students can seem like a lot of work for unquantifiable results, and how on Earth do you grade the variations? But, by offering a degree of self-determination, we can encourage more quality, more interaction and some real life skills to help our young learners with a challenging world. And while we are there; help them learn some really useful functional language.

Presentation in PDF format


Assistant Director of Studies and Young Learner Co-ordinator for IH Riga-Satva and tutor on the IH Young Learner and Very Young Learner Courses, I currently specialise in the younger age groups. However, in previous jobs I focused on Advanced and Proficiency teens taking Cambridge Exams.