Call for Speakers

The Slovak Chamber of English Teachers (SKA) is pleased to open the call for speakers for its 4th annual ELT conference – SKA 2018 Košice – The Real Deal: Authentic Teaching and Learning – taking place Friday and Saturday,  28 and 29 September 2018, at the Faculty of Arts at Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, Slovakia.

Submission deadline: 27 July 2018

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘The Real Deal‘ focusing on authenticity in how (and what) we teach and learn.  We and our students are constantly bombarded with information these days that is often not based in fact or reality. Whether via dubious online sources, viral social media posts, or official press conferences, one is never quite sure what to believe. This is true in fields ranging from politics to health, but for this conference, we will focus on how it relates to education and learning (although the content we use to teach language might touch on any field).

We see the authentic connection in a variety of content areas, including values and democratic principles. We also see the connection in the skills we teach: critical reading, critical thinking, and writing skills, as well as skills that help our students get jobs. In addition, there’s what science has to say about our students’ brains – and our own – learn. And then there’s the actual language we teach which has twice as many speakers who learned it as a foreign or second language than those who speak it as their mother tongue. Which authentic English are we teaching? Finally, there’s research-based ELT methodology and tried-and-tested ELT practice, as opposed to the latest teaching fad or technology that everyone says we need.

For SKA 2018: The Real Deal, we welcome workshops that facilitate and promote authenticity in our teaching and for our students – whether in content, research, language or methodology – in any of the following areas:

  • Teaching Young Learners
  • Teaching Lower Secondary
  • Teaching Upper Secondary
  • Teaching Adults/Tertiary
  • Teaching Business English
  • CLIL
  • Global Issues
  • Intercultural Communicative Competence
  • Using Drama in ELT
  • Using ICT in ELT
  • Teacher Development

We welcome proposals for 45-minute workshops relating to any of those areas. (If you are interested in presenting a workshop tied to a product, please contact for more info.)

Definition of ‘workshop’:

  • A practical presentation which shows, rather than tells, an ELT technique/activity/idea that can be used later in the classroom or for personal professional growth. The speaker involves participants through hands-on activities.

To submit your proposal, please fill out speaker’s proposal form.

Deadline: 27 July 2018 (Notification of vetting results by 6 August 2018)

We look forward to hearing from you!

SKA 2018 Conference Committee


All photos are from our SKA 2017 UKF conference in Nitra. All are courtesy of our amazing friend and colleague, Ondrej Koscik.