TTT Meaningful Weekend

an online conference
for ELT practitioners

February 6 and 7 2021

TTT Meaningful Weekend

An online 2-day conference for English teachers to share with the ELT world what you really do in your classrooms behind the closed doors. We believe that teachers should share even ‘the little things’ they do and learn from each other's practice.

The unusual thing about this event is that we will not announce the speakers, only the talks. We want you to choose the talks you need, not the person you like. That’s why we’re calling it a Meaningful Weekend. However, we will post all the information about the speakers after the conference.

The conference is organised by Teachers Teach Teachers, a self-study CPD project for English teachers.

Th conference IS OVER, but now you can find out who our speakers were :)

Our amazing speakers!

Paola Francesi, London
Track 1, Mindfulness Matters
This talk aims to introduce Mindfulness as a useful tool that can be incorporated into our everyday and work life, to be happier. We are navigating turbulent and unprecedented times, facing the challenges of multitasking, hyper-connectivity, anxiety, working from home. Mindfulness is key to build resilience, be the master of our own lives. Embrace the power of “here and now”, moment after moment. The speaker is keen to share its benefits, how it transformed their life, provide effective techniques. They want the audience to feel empowered to create the life that they want. Life and mindfulness can interweave.

- Celta trained teacher
- Neurolanguage Coach®
- CPD Accredited for the Neuroscience of Leadership, Decision making, Healthy Brain Habits, Mindfulness
Julia Blinova, Moscow
Track 2, Going Beyond Motivation and Achieving Results
Keeping students motivated seems to be the cornerstone of successful English teaching and learning. But is it? Is it at all possible to be constantly highly motivated? In my talk I am going to argue that developing good study habits should take precedence. By focusing on the practical aspects of overcoming procrastination and maintaining students' engagement, I am going to introduce a step-by-step guide to habit development and a couple of tools to combat procrastination on daily basis, and also share my personal experience of using these techniques both as a leaner and as a teacher.

- Language teacher and language learner
- MSU, TKT, CELTA, IH: Teaching 121
- More than 10 years of working with adults
- All students do homework or/and engage with the language in another meaningful way
- Runs a project CPD on a Dime (FB)
- an avid language learner (French and Italian)
Marina Yesipenko, Prague
Track 3, Getting Through a Writer's Block
This workshop is a good option for those struggling with a writer’s block and language learners and teachers. During the session we will dig deeper into techniques and strategies which make it possible and easier to start writing and, hopefully, to enjoy the process. The session is informed by findings from a range of spheres: psychology, cognitive science, semiotics and ESL methodology. By the end of the session participants will be able to:

- Use visuals as effective prompts to drive their writing process
- Switch off their ‘inner critic’
- Understand the necessity of ‘small steps’ in writing
- Devise critical and analytical reading and writing tasks
- Try their hand at argumentation

- MA in TESOL and Applied Linguistic, English and Japanese language and literature
- CELTA, IHCYLT and Delta
- a practicing English as Second Language teacher, teacher trainer and methodologist for 15 years
- a frequent conference presenter, the most recent events including InnovateELT (Barcelona), IATEFL Poland, IATEFL Hungary, The Image Conference (Brussels, Belgium), ELT Council (Malta)
Ekaterina Surkova, Moscow
Track 4, Turning teaching lexically into learning lexically
Language learners share the responsibility for their progress and acquiring the techniques based on lexical approach, they will facilitate their own language acquisition. Moreover, independent students can use different sources of language lexically, thus memorizing and practicing collocations and chunks. This talk is going to touch upon the techniques and ideas, which might be applied to learning lexically other languages besides English using internet resources, applications, student’s books and some other materials available.

- Teacher of English since 2008
- worked as a teacher and a head teacher of a language school
- CAE in 2015
- learned French independently (from level A2 to level C1)
- engaged in teaching lexically since 2018
Dmitry Nikitin, Yaroslavl
Track 1, Curiosity- and Trust-Based Classroom Observations
In my talk I will tackle some issues of classroom observations. Together, we will try to find the answers to the following questions. Why do some teachers hate being observed and how to deal with this feeling? What makes classroom observations enjoyable for all parties? How to make the most out of an observed lesson and boost your teaching skills thanks to it? How can well-run observation system be used as a solid foundation for creating ideas for teacher development workshops and material development? Finally, why is it extremely important to our students?
Teachers and managers from language schools as well as freelance English teachers may find the talk useful.

- PhD
- language school owner (Dmitry Nikitin School)
- ELT-materials developer
- designer of effective learning environments
- leader of a community for language schools owners
Cheeway Sun, Canada
Track 2, Inquiry-Based Learning
Nowadays we are coming across so many topics related to a student centred class. But what does a student centred class look like? What approaches should we use for a student centred class? Many teachers struggle with letting their students take the lead in their own learning. However it is not as difficult as it seems even if you have a mixed-ability class. In this session you will be looking at this special approach, where it came from, what other benefits are there in using this approach and by the end of the session you will be able to use the stages from this session and implement them into your classroom.

- 7 years of experience in teaching ESL post CELTA and - 2 Pre-CELTA in mainstream schools focusing on early childhood education and primary education
- a Bachelor degree in Preschool and Primary school education and Master degree in Pedagogy - Early Childhood Education
- worked as DOS at BKC in Riga (Latvia) and Moscow (Russia)
- teacher trainer and course creator
Alex Walls, Moscow
Track 3, Authenticity in Spoken Production
Imagine: You and three friends are sitting in a quiet bar at the end of the week. Your conversation, unlike your glasses, has run dry. A waiter notices the lull in your conversation and without hesitating, approaches your table, separates your group into pairs, and provides you with a list of questions to discuss on the topic of public transportation.

Has this ever happened to you? Probably not, because that would be bizarre.

This is an inauthentic speaking activity, which is exactly what happens on a daily basis in classrooms all over the world. In this session, we explore some alternatives that bring more authenticity to spoken production.

- DELTA
- Director of Studies at Windsor
- Over 8 years of experience teaching in 4 countries
- IATEFL scholarship winner
Eugenia Kostyukova, Krasnoyarsk
Track 1, Teaching your own kid. Dos and Don’ts.
The talk is about teaching your own 7 year old first grader English in a mini group of peers. I’ll tell you about my own one year experience of teaching my daughter. She hadn’t been learning any foreign languages before except for hearing mummy swearing occasionally in English or German :)) The year was full of unexpected difficulties and insights I wish I knew before.

So from the talk you’ll know about the most effective classroom management technics and activities I used to survive being a teacher in the class but turning into mum at home.

- Teacher of English to adults and kids with more than - - 10 years of experience
- Teach Smart conference speaker
- Intensive methodology certified specialist (Shekhter’s emotional-semantic approach)
Tatiana Fanshtein, St Petersburg
Track 2, Second lesson effect: motivation loss
After a successful first class students and teachers do feel elated. The bridges seem to be built up and the language journey's started. Students' parents are delighted to discover they've got a knack for choosing just the right teacher for their kid.

One of the pet peeves of teachers is motivation loss after a couple of lessons. What with one thing and another teachers tend to miss the very moment when it happens. In this case the circumstances turn out to be quite serious. Kids start feeling less enthusiastic about participating in classes, parents have to induce them to do their homework. Sooner or later this "second lesson effect" might make parents start doubting about the necessity of English classes in their kids' lives.

In the session we'll talk about the ways out: how to distinguish the second lesson effect at the very moment it appears and how to cope with it. Besides, we'll take a closer look at five tools to support students' and their parents' motivation.

- a very devoted English teacher and teacher trainer
- a successful blogger on Instagram @tatiana_theteacher where she shares the tweaks and techniques she uses to let her students speak and achieve their goals
- a conference speaker
- an online language school owner
- created 12 online courses for teachers
- currently teaching groups of very young learners online
Svetlana Yutsevichutene, Karaganda
Track 3, 5 important ingredients OR where to get ideas
Lack of thoughts what and how to teach? No fresh stimuli to plan lessons? Shortage of inspiration? How often do we face these moments in our everyday teacher’s life? I would like you to join a vivid discussion to find solutions together. We will talk about sources to create/ adapt/ develop ideas for our lessons to cover students' educational and our professional needs. Let me talk about my five important ‘ingredients to overcome difficulties in teaching. Let you share your experience and build our collective one together. Believe me, great ideas are just on the surface! Maybe we only need someone to make us discover them?)

- English teacher and freelancer with 22-year-long erxperience
- MS in Educational Leadership at Nazarbayev State University (Kazakhstan)
- finalist of Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (IREX), California State University, Chico
Heather Belgorodtseva, Moscow
Track 4, Language Lessons from Online Communication
Online communication is a unique form of communication, not quite spoken language and not quite written either. We will look at some quirks of online English and communicating on the Internet. We will look at what this tells us about how the medium we use influences language and at language change. And we will also look at what we should do about these shifts and oddities. A hint as to some possible answers – be tolerant, and maybe even enjoy and embrace them!

I’m an English language teacher trainer based in Moscow, Russia. I run online and offline CELTA courses (over 80 by now in fact), Delta Module 1 and 3 preparation, IH Certificate in Advanced Methodology, and am involved in other post CELTA and in-service teacher development projects, such as Teachers Teach Teachers!

I have a blog about discourse analysis and online communication called Those Sharp Words.
Chris Roland, Seville
Track 1, The psychological terrain of an English Teacher’s working day
In this session we shall examine the range of feelings that a teacher might experience right from when they get up in a morning and start planning, while they are in the classroom teaching lessons, in the small pockets of time between classes and finally to when they have finished their lessons at the end of the day.

We shall examine where each mental state comes from, how useful it might be for us as a teacher and a human being, and whether we want to keep it on the one hand or whether we want to replace it with an alternative set of thoughts on the other.

This session aims to be more than a ‘self-help’ or ‘just think positively’ pep talk. We shall properly examine some of the patterns that teachers can fall into by analysing practice and I shall provide some tangible advice.

- Author of: Understanding Teenagers... and
Structuring Fun for Young Learners... in the ELT Classroom
- Diploma Tutor at Oxford TEFL and Teacher Trainer at ELI English Language Institute
- course creator with Lexical Lab / London
- speaker at ELT-conferences

Maxim Gusev, Moscow
Track 2, Primary reading with pre-schoolers

In this workshop we will talk about how to teach young learners to read their first words in a foreign language. It will be most useful for teachers and parents working with children from 6 to 8 years old. We will discuss the approaches to the teaching of reading, what age it is advisable to start reading in a foreign language and how to make reading fun and stress-free. We will also see how some of the reading games can be used in online teaching.

- Teacher of English and Spanish
- Has taught languages to all the age groups starting from 3 years old, online and offline
- Member of London Gates Education Group lesson assessment team that assures the quality of education inside London Gates English-speaking branches (Moscow, St Petersburg and Riga)
- Spanish teacher in a private school
- Conducted training events for teachers in Russia, Latvia and Spain
Trained young teachers at Moscow State Linguistic University
- Designed several self-study online courses in English and Spanish.

Rachel Marie Paling
Track 3, Transforming from teaching to brain friendly coaching in practice
How can we bring a brain friendly coaching approach into language learning? This talk will focus on developing a non-directive, non-threatening, abundantly empathetic, but provocative approach. The shift to coaching conversations requires awareness and coaching competences and the understanding about goal setting and action setting for the learning process, ensuring maximum ownership from the learner. Developing coaching conversations as a foundation for learning transforms the communication between coach and coachee, assisting for more focused and more efficient learning.

- BA Law and Spanish
- MA Human Rights
- MA Applied Neuroscience
- TEFL ESP
- PCC ICF Certified Coach
- Qualified lawyer
- 37 years teaching languages
- Polyglot
- Language coaching on Facebook and on Instagram
Olesya Baltak, Verona
Track 4, Graded Reading and Lexis Acquisition

In my presentation, I am going to talk about the role of graded reading in the process of Second Language Acquisition (TEFL/TRFL) for elementary, pre-intermediate and intermediate students. For over 100 years, graded readers have been considered a powerful and effective tool in Second Language Learning. Not only do reading and listening activities create the perfect language environment for CI (comprehensible input), but also they provide excellent conditions for conscious learning and text analysis (noticing of collocations, doing lexis-based exercises, developing reading skills in general).

You will learn about using graded readers in your classroom implementing graded readers to the syllabus of cross-curricular learning/CLIL or TBLT
raising lexical chunks awareness setting extensive reading programme

- University degree in Linguistics and Teaching English, Lviv State University, Ukraine, cum laude
- Certificate of Proficiency in English,
- IH Teacher Training (CELTA)
- IH Director of Studies Training Course
- Teaching English to Young Learners Certificate
- 5-year experience as Teacher, Senior Teacher and DoS at International House
- 25 years of TEFL/TRFL experience, teaching a variety of levels and ages, both GE, YL and exam courses, ESPs (Business English, Aviation English, English for Winemakers), in-company courses
- language school owner since 2009
- speaker of 4 languages
- author of two Russian graded readers published by ELI
Lori DeChellis, Peru
Track 1, Why don't they speak clearly?
Have you achieved a high level in English, but still sometimes struggle to understand native speakers in movies, on TV, or at your job? You might need to apply the rules of English pronunciation to your listening activities. In this workshop, we will look at how native English speakers use stress, intonation, and connected speech and how this can cause confusion for you as an English language learner. Come join me and learn how to start training your ears to listen like a native speaker!

- CELTA-certified
- More than 10 years of professional ESL/EFL experience in India, the US, Tunisia, & Peru
- Experience teaching General English, Academic Experience Business English, Technical English, and English for Specific Purposes
- Experience in designing client-specific curriculum
- Experience in teaching adults from beginner to advanced
- Experience in giving conference presentations and workshops around Peru
Irina Chan-Fedorova, Moscow
Track 2, The beauty of spilt milk: how changing the way students and teachers feel about failures can help them become more resilient, courageous and satisfied with themselves and their learning.
We all know failures are inevitable and they are meant to empower us to grow. Yet, how do we really feel about them as human beings? Do our attitudes to our own mistakes and imperfections affect the way we provide feedback to our students? As teachers, how do we nurture our students’ growth mindset so that they are able to stand strong in the face of failure and move forward?

In this talk, I will first share some insights from my survey on the attitudes to failure from both teachers’ and students’ perspectives. After that, we will delve slightly deeper into modern research conducted in the area of error management training and growth mindset. At the end of the session, the participants will be provided with a few practical suggestions to help them assess their own attitudes as well as their students’. Together with this, they will be able to design an action plan which may aid them to reduce negative emotional reactions to errors and setbacks as well as promote healthier and more gratifying learning experiences.

- Pedagogical diploma with honours
- CELTA A
- Full DELTA, DELTA 1 and 2 with distinction
- Over 15 years of teaching, teacher training and academic management experience in a university and various language schools
- Teacherpreneur

Elena Peresada, Moscow
Track 3, Facilitation techniques
Many teachers complain that their students are reluctant to speak in class. “Let’s discuss” activities never work well for them. One of the approaches you might use to help students to participate in class discussions more actively is facilitation.

Facilitation is a system of tools, techniques, and skills to help a group of people work well in making decisions and achieving their goals.To facilitate groups the facilitator must learn a set of techniques that over time will be part of their work “toolbox.”

In my talk I’d like to describe some of these techniques and try them with
the participants.

- Leader of Trendy English community

- Game educator and designer of educational games

Maria Mantella, Girona
Track 4, Teaching Spanish lexically
I am a teacher learning about the lexical approach and how to implement it in my classes. I am at the beginning of my journey and one of the most interesting experiences I have had so far has been teaching Spanish to a beginner student with this approach.

What I want to share in this presentation is that, unlike what we might sometimes think, (you need some grammar structure first to start communication with students, it is not possible to teach lexically at lower levels especially with languages that have more complex grammar, etc..) we can achieve better results and help our students to communicate better when we step away from traditional grammar focused methods.

- I was born in Argentina where I started studying English and did my first teaching
- I moved to Spain 18 years ago and continued studying English and studied Humanities
- I hold CPE and a TEFL certificate
- I have been teaching English for the last five years in different language schools and also to private students
- I run book clubs and speaking groups in libraries (in English and Catalan)
- I volunteer teaching English online to migrants and refugees in Guyana – South America

Alex Lebedev, Moscow
Track 4, Facilitating discussion: Language teaching - the same for all languages?
It feels like we all know how to teach English: there are tons of seminars, webinars, books on methodology. All the other languages lack it. It always brings out a question of how to teach other languages. Can we apply the same principles to teaching all existing languages or should we develop different unique approaches for them? I invite you to discuss it with me. I am looking forward to meeting you all.

- 8 years of experience
- BA in Education
- MA in Philology
- Certificate ‘IH Teaching 1-2-1’
- Individual entrepreneur since 2019
- Works with individual students and co-works with a language center
- Has taught two different languages


Vera Bobkova, Moscow
Track 1, Job Satisfaction and Where to Find it. *Psychological self-reflective workshop*
First, we will do a quick activity that will help you realize a lot about your work/life balance. Some revelations are expected. Then, I will share some psychological reasons why we don't feel satisfied at work and lose energy. Some of those reasons are not quite obvious. A short discussion will follow if time permits. Finally, you will do a couple of activities that will help you anchor your own sources of inspiration that will help you restore your energy when you need it. Please, bring an extra chair for this workshop.

- practicing EFL teacher, mostly for teens and adults
- former teacher of Russian as a foreign language in the USA and the UK
- teacher trainer
- experienced conference speaker
- DELTA M1, M2 and TKT Band 4
- aspiring therapist and environmentalist
- coordinator of English Access Microscholarship Program


Julia Svetikova, Moscow
Track 2, Reflection and learning more effectively
Reflection is one of the most powerful tools in teacher's inventory. Why don't we learn more about it? After this session you will be able to explain (to your students, their parents, your managers) why reflection practice is important and how it works.
You will get 7 different ideas how you can use reflection practice with students of different age and level. And something for your own development too!

- has been working as a teacher since 2015
- TKT (Modules 1-3, CLIL, YL)
- CELT-P (in progress)
- co-founder of Fresh Start language school
- speaker at conferences


Yasmina Stupak, Bratislava
Track 3, Productivity tools for online teachers: how to cut down your prep and admin time in half?
During this talk I'm going to share my experience with different tools, which can help teachers make their life easier. My teaching context is: 1:1, groups, mainly adults and teenagers. All my students live in different time zones, which makes scheduling a nightmare :) This talk will be rather practical: we'll learn how to use the tools right away and we will practice together.
We will talk about: scheduling (calendly, acuity, google calendar integrations); sharing of the materials and access to it (google drive, google classroom and other google tools); payments (payment integrations, invoices and other tools of automatization - barion, cloudpayments, superfaktura); how to create a teaching and working schedule that will be suitable for you; and how to organize your admin and prep time in a productive way.

- BA in Foreign Languages and Cultures (Major in English and German)
- MA in Cultural Studies
- CPE, IELTS, CELTA in progress
- GDS certificate of C2 level in German
- a polyglot

Yasmina Stupak is a language teacher, polyglot and a linguist. She speaks 9 languages and teaches 3. She has an MA degree from Comenius university in
Bratislava. She has lived, worked and studied in Slovakia, Germany, Belgium and is currently based in Portugal. After pursuing a career in international relations and development, she decided to focus solely on teaching. She is currently pursuing her CELTA part-time online and she is teaching primarily online. In her teaching Yasmina specializes in exam prep, accent reduction and business English. Yasmina is the founder of "Easy Language" project, where she talks about efficient language learning.

Natalia Lukashevich
Track 4, Teaching an exam class

My workshop will suit:
- teachers who have not prepared for international exams before and are about to
- teachers who have some experience in exam preparation and would like more confidence in the matter

In the workshop we will cover:
- possible challenges and sources of satisfaction stemming from exam prep
- tips and tricks of mastering different language skills
- planning an exam prep course, choosing materials and what to do if the only materials you are allowed to use are boring textbooks

- CPE 2013
- TKT Modules 1, 2 2013
- TKT Module 3 & TKT YL 2014

I have 15 years teaching experience with all ages and levels. My experience with international exams started way back with preparing for TOEFL, IELTS and main suite Cambridge exams. I took and successfully passed CPE and later mastered my knowledge of Young Learner exams which have now become my favorite ones to prepare for. I used to teach groups and
individuals and am currently in my fourth year as a self-employed tutor and teacher-coach as I find one-on-one work extremely rewarding.

Tatiana Polovinkina
Track 1, "Tell me why!”: Theory that works in practice
In this session we’ll find out how understanding our own teaching principles can really boost the quality of our every-day teaching.
We will:
·very briefly discuss the origin of some common misconceptions about the Communicative Approach
·look into specific ways of evaluating new and old ideas when planning and running lessons
·try out a few classroom activities illustrating alternative takes on some common beliefs about communicative teaching today, such as “Teacher Talking Time needs to be minimised”, as well as a few similar mantras.

- Teacher trainer for Cambridge CELTA, Delta (Modules 1, 2, 3); IH (1-1, CAM, BET, LA)
- EFL teacher with experience in various contexts, including state and private sectors in Russia, Italy and UK
- Material writer/ course developer with experience in designing language courses for students, as well as teacher training programmes, both for specific educational institutions and for international audiences (e.g. participation in revising IH CAM)
- Conference speaker (e.g. IATEFL, IH AMT, CETA Symposium)
- BA (Honours) in Teaching English and Primary education from MPGU; Cambridge CEELT; PG Certificate in Teaching Russian as FL from Moscow Pushkin‘s Institute;
- Cambridge CELTA; Cambridge DELTA; MA (Distinction) in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from University of Portsmouth UK; IH COLT


Marina Dolgacheva, Volgograd
Track 2, TChallenges that help students learn a foreign language or how to get your students to do their homework

This talk is about turning mundane homework into an amazing journey. If your students claim they have no time to do their homework, if they suffer from SASS (Straight-A Student Syndrome) and take every mistake too much to heart, if they believe homework is just a hangover from the school days, then this talk might be of much help. By the end of the session you’ll have learnt what an educational challenge is, why challenges should replace ordinary homework and how to create short-term and long-term challenges for your students.
- Practising English teacher for 17 years
- Winner of the regional contest/ Finalist of the national contest “Teacher of the Year - 2013”
- Semifinalist of the national contest “Teacher of the Future” 2020
- Runner-up for the national pedagogical hackathon “Pedhack-2020”

Maria Molashenko, Moscow
Track 3, PPP of our Future: Podcasts, Podcasting, Podcasters

Did you know that there's been a massive increase in the demand for all sorts of podcasts? You might've also heard that using podcasts in class is more beneficial than the traditional chalk and talk method. So, *now* is the podcast time! From the podcaster with 900,000 listens, you'll find out how to use podcasts with your students to boost their vocab/listening/pronunciation; how podcasts can help us improve our own language; and you'll know how to get your students to create their own shows. It’ll be practical with take-and-use lifehacks. Remember: Podcasting is one of the best things we could do for our students.
- IELTS Speaking for Success Podcaster
- IELTS Expert and Creator of https://yourielts.ru
- IELTS Webinar Regular Presenter
- Freelance CELTA Trainer (ran courses in Europe, Asia, Russia)

Nadezhda Manokhina
Track 4, 6 burning questions on IELTS speaking answered
This practical webinar will give you answers to some of the most pressing issues with IELTS speaking. Whether or not you’re teaching IELTS or planning to take it, you will learn how to ace the speaking test. These hacks will help you to become a confident and eloquent speaker. After the webinar, you will easily avoid common mistakes candidate often make in the speaking test.

- CPE grade A
- IELTS 8.5
- 10 years of teaching experience *
- 7 years teaching IELTS
- 2 Certificates of Advanced English courses completion in CES (Centre of English Studies) in Worthing and Dublin

Irina Burutina, Moscow
Track 1, 5+2 soft skills to become a solid teacher
At the talk we’ll not only define the reasons you’re still not a millionaire, but also point out the skills you personally need to work on AND even take a few steps on the way to being a solid teacher — the one with charisma, reputation, money and LIFE! After the meeting you’ll have your personal self-development plan with ideas on how to fight the impostor syndrom, how to develop financial thinking, how to build systems that will get your life and career rolling.

- Worked at Secondary school and Kindergarten (teaching English)
- Passed CAE with grade A in 2013
- Constant development as a teacher and a entrepreneur
- self-employed since 2011

Aliona Stoian, Chisinau
Track 2, Interpersonal skills: Do's and Dont's
What are the conditions for successful learning? I believe it can only happen in a friendly atmosphere, where everybody feels comfortable. To create such an environment, teachers must have strong interpersonal skills.
In this speech we will analyze some typical mistakes novice teachers do in the classrooms and will give some advice on how to avoid them. Soft skills will help teachers in building trust, good relationships, productive team work.
In the presentation you will find out what are the most important interpersonal skills teachers must have, how they influence the process of learning and how to improve these skills.

- Licentiate of the State University of Moldova, Modern and Classic Languages
- Licentiate of the State University of Moldova, Master Degree in the Humanities
- CELTA certified teacher with 10 years’ experience
- currently working in International Language Training Center
- Licentiate in the course of Psychopedagogy
- Mentor for novice teachers (local and international)
- Presenter in local school

Inna Manitsyna, Liverpool
Track 3, Listening Success or the role of metacognitive strategies and instructions when preparing students for Listening Part of an exam.

You will learn:
- how to approach listening tasks in the exam preparation classes and what instructions and strategies can be used to improve learners’ listening ability and build their autonomy;

- the idea behind metacognitive awareness in listening and how it can improve learners listening ability under exam conditions;

- how to help learners to understand the process that takes place during listening and get prepared for a ‘jungle-style’ of speech;

You will be given:
procedure to develop Sound Perception Ability;
a checklist to Guide Listening Performance
a powerful tool to assess five distinct factors related to L2 listening comprehension success


- more than 20 years of experience in teaching IELTS, teacher-training , TEA (testing, evaluation and assessment) and school management
- Dip TESOL, CELTA
- live and work in Liverpool, UK
- Instagram
Anna Rzaeva, St Petersburg
Track 4, Cambridge Exams – a step to success in Russia

“Believe in yourself, take on your challenges, dig deep within yourself to conquer fears. Never let anyone bring you down. You got to keep going.” Chantal Sutherland

Exams are challenges for us in the life especially for children until they realize these exams can be like steps in the life to achieve their goals and become successful people. You can show them how to deal with these challenges on their own way with your support and later one of the Russian Exams will be an easy go to get a high score because the level B1 or B2 is close to the Russian Exams OGE or EGE. You have to teach them how to prepare for the different format and follow the rules when you are a highly motivated teacher in learning languages.

- TKT Module 1 (2018), TKT Module 2 (2019)
- alumna of the English course by Herzen University
- teaching English for more than 20 years
- taking part in the project Teachers Teach Teachers run by Anita Modestova
Karl Milsom
Track 1, The TEFL Wild West: How to Pick a Quality TEFL/TESOL Course
The TEFL/TESOL Qualification industry is a bit of a Wild West. There are indications of standards, regulations and accreditation, but it is often hard to know what these mean and what any given course actually offers in the way of quality. In this talk, we’ll take a look at what it means for a course to be accredited or regulated and what standards you should look out for when choosing your course, as well as some of the red flags!

- the founder of JLA TESOL, an institution that offers onsite and online TESOL courses
- the founder of the Rebel Teacher Network, a global community of education professionals who are passionate about changing education

Elena Sarnavskaya, Podolsk
Track 2, Time-management vs Teeneagers
In this talk:

- The issue of students lacking 21st century skills in the 21st century
- What tools you can use in your class to teach time management
- How to integrate those tools
- How they promote learner autonomy
- How they can become a part of your curriculum throughout the year
- A couple of things you might want to start using yourself :)


- a teacher and a teacher trainer with 10+ years of experience
- a CELTA and DELTA holder, a TEDx speaker and a school owner
- delivers training sessions, seminars and talks on a regular basis
- primary areas of interest are teaching with technology, game design, virtual reality and authentic materials

Andrew Walkley, UK
Track 3, Google translate is your friend
Google translate is often seen as a bad thing by language teachers – a threat to our existence or a bad tool for students to use because it leads to mistakes. In this talk, I’ll briefly address the underlying beliefs behind these concerns and also suggest how students may need some training in how to make the most of the resource. I’ll show a few simple tasks and processes students and teachers can use.

Lexical Lab
I am a teacher, trainer and materials writer with 30 years experience in English Language Teaching.
I speak two languages other than English to very different degrees of ability.
I have taught all levels of students in groups and one-to-one, both at universities and in the private sector.



Alena Nikitina, Moscow
Track 4, Online marathons: entertainment, learning, or both?
Writing is rightfully considered to be the toughest skill to master. And it often happens when a teacher in search of professional development course to develop certain skills cannot find the program which could perfectly cater for their current needs. In this case, the best option and the most viable solution for this teacher is to design and launch such a program that will not only be helpful for the designer but will also prove beneficial for a number of like-minded colleagues pursuing similar goals!

CPE Writing Marathons have already covered 30 CPE candidates who were able to efficiently practice their writing skills due to a number of undeniable benefits:
Pair work: a participant doesn’t feel alone and can always turn to their partner for help.

Deadlines and schedule of procedures: motivate and make work structured.
Meaningful practice: candidates do not write into a drawer, so to speak, but for someone to assess their work and give feedback on it.
New contacts: each candidate works with (at least 4) colleagues exchanging feedback and insights on the way;
Publicity: social promises make it harder for a person to step back.
Participants can win a prize.
Do you think such program involves only learning, or entertainment as well? It is definitely two in one!

- senior teacher at RUDN University;
- graduated from pedagogical university with honours;
- TKT 1-3, CLIL and CELTA holder;
- author and co-author of three textbooks;
- course designer


Carolina Dias Cunha, Brazil
Track 1, The different roles of the private teacher
It is known that private teaching is a combination of both the student’s and the teacher’s expectations and ambitions. By playing different roles during the classes, private teachers have the chance to fulfil such expectations and adjust the course of action in order to achieve ambitions and learning goals.

This presentation aims to reflect upon the roles of the private teacher – expanded from Wisniewska (2010)’s thoughts – when teaching 1-2-1 and small groups, which encompass the following: conversation partner, observer and listener, feedback provider, mentor and guide, learner and, ultimately, manager. Raising awareness to such roles is the starting point to significantly improve one’s teaching and foster more effective learning.

By the end of the session, teachers will be able to reflect upon their role as private tutors and how they manage lesson planning and material development according to each stage of the lesson and the profile of their students.

- CAE, CPE, TKT (all 3)
- CELTA
- My BA in English issued by Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG - 2003)
- My MA in Sociolinguistics issued by the same University in 2010
- 20 years’ teaching experience
- Currently working as a freelance teacher and teacher trainer
- President of BRAZ-TESOL Belo Horizonte Chapter






Aaron Chan-Federov
Track 2, How our students and we can build a beautifully invigorating and harmonious relationship with writing
Is it really true that writing is the most feared and loathed element within all the 4 skills? Are ideas really such a brain-wrecker? Do we really need a ludicrously colossal range of vocabulary (what synonyms do I know for 'range'...)?

In my session, we'll
1) pick apart some data given by both teachers as well as students on the questions above.
2) understand where those fossilised thoughts come from and how to shed ourselves from the negative ones and build upon the positives.
3) hopefully come away with a more holistic mindset and techniques that will bolster ours, and our students' writing with the love it deserves.
Writing; nothing to fear, plenty to love.

- Former part of the CNN production team (London)
- 11 years TEFL experience (9 years post Trinity TESOL)
- EFL teacher and senior teacher for Language Link Russia
- Completed Language Link ‘ADOS in Training’
- Hosted a workshop for the Academic Writing Dept.

Daria Federova, Moscow
Track 3, Free and simple Google tools to jazz up your online classes
I will talk about three Google tools I can't live without – Docs, Jamboard and Forms – all of which are completely free, accessible and intuitive. I will provide plenty of examples of how I work with the tools while planning and conducting my classes, share some fun lifehacks and (icing on the cake!) let the participants play around with some of the tools. All for a good cause – to jazz up your next class with minimum effort.

- CELTA-certified EFL teacher
- Die-hard free-lancer for 4 years
- Eager learner
- Co-author of webinars for teachers
- Blog author
- Newbie conference speaker

Gavin Dudeney, Uk
Track 3, Man must shape his tools lest they shape him
Since March of 2020, much has been made of technology’s ability to help us overcome the restrictions Covid has imposed on us. Our salvation lies, apparently, in using a wide range of ‘tools’. Tools to help us teach, tools to make us more interesting and dynamic, tools to enable unthought-of interactions. But even technology devotees know that “a fool with a tool is still a fool”, so where does that leave us now? In this session I’m going to share some quotations featuring the word ‘tool’ and examine them in the light of the past eight months. I’m going to ask you what you think of them, and how they might have relevance to your experiences since March, and – together – we’re going to work through our obsession with tools and see if we really need them after all. It’ll be awesome! There will be raging arguments and wild disagreements, and then – slowly – we’ll all begin to agree and walk off happily into the sunset

- I have worked as a farmer, a butcher, and a baker
- I have also worked as a teacher, a trainer and a writer
- I speak five languages (three quite well)
- I deleted my Twitter account in 2012


Alyona Atayanz, China
Track 4, Exams preparation and Fun
My idea is to share my insights for CAE as I've been doing that more than a year. Definitely, it's vital to be successful in strategies, vocabulary part and ideas. However, this is not it. Psychological part is as essential as the mentioned above ones. My talk is called "For Fun". When you've practiced enough, learnt enough and almost ready to sot an exam, you'd better find a psychological balance to show your best in the exam. Now I'm at the 'have fun' stage: I do my writings and speaking for fun, I'm not super judgemental to myself. If I don't show my best, I praise myself what I've done in a good way. Any exams are not the end of the world. But in the hustle and bustle of my working routine I forgot about it and made myself and everyone beside me crazy.

- TKT 1,2,3
- TESOL and TEFL certificates holder

Iuliia Fedoseeva, Togliatti
Track 4, Netflix: from the real world to the classroom
Netlix is not just a streaming service – it is THE streaming service. It is not simply a way to watch series after series – it has much more to offer. How can we utilize this resource in our classrooms? What kind of engaging activities can we create for our students? What are the pros and cons of relying on Netflix as a teaching tool?
In my talk, I will share my experience with using Netflix in my classes and talk about a general approach to using videos in ESL. If you are planning to add some Netflix-related activities to your classes or just want to use more videos in order to help your students improve their comprehension, this is the right talk for you!

- 14+ years of teaching experience (ESL, RFL)
- Exam Preparation Specialist (B1-C2), Cambridge Assessment Examiner
- Teacher Trainer, Course Developer
- Experience working in colleges in the USA (Grinnell College, Concordia College)
- Cambridge Proficiency (Grade A), Toefl iBT (118/120), TKT (5 modules)

The team

Tracks' moderators

Olga Yolgina, Ryazan
Track 1, Teacher-centered
Hello and welcome to the Teacher-centered track! My name is Olga and I’m thrilled to be your hostess for these two days.

I’m intrigued and looking forward to the talks myself, as I thrive to be a better teacher and can’t wait to hear about Mindfulness and how to be happier in my professional and personal life, to learn how to overcome fear of being observed as a teacher and how to benefit from the process, to finally get an idea what to do with my soon-to-be first grader and his first steps in English (and maybe Italian, as he hears it a lot from me anyway).

These are just a few of the topics that are going to be covered on the first day, there’s much more in store for us to discover and enjoy. See you on the track!
Lena Ignatova, Tver
Track 2, Learner-centered
Welcome to the Learner-centred track! The minute I saw it, I realised that I have to jump at the opportunity to be a hostess here.

Being both a perpetual student and a teacher, I do sometimes encounter a lack of motivation, procrastination, failures and overwork. There are groups where students do not do their homework and get frustrated with writing tasks.

Is there anything we can do about it? Will making a student the centre of the class help? What are the conditions for successful learning?

Well, let’s listen to the insightful talks from our colleagues and get some fresh ideas.
See you there!
Elena Tsimbalyuk, Moscow
Track 3, Tools and techniques
Welcome to the Tools and Techniques track where we dive deeper into the question of HOW! We’ve got plenty to offer to shape your approach to teaching from top to bottom and vice versa.

Let’s talk about practical techniques for your admin job like scheduling, sharing, and payment. Why not ask your students to put on a teacher’s hat? Using a variety of online resources they’ll be able to teach and learn at the same time.

Ever thought of Google Translate as a valuable resource? We have! Come and see how it works, along with other Google tools that will definitely come in handy. Docs, Jamboard and Forms can make your life a bed of roses or become a kill-joy. Let’s discuss if we are too obsessed with them.

Would you like the learning process to be more efficient and focused? We are raising the bar and welcoming you to see how coaching can be used in language acquisition.
Iryna Rohava, Belarus
Track 4, Language-centred
Track 5, Experiences and sharing
Welcome to TTT_Meaningful Weekend! My name’s Ira and I’ll be here to attend to you these two days. Track 4 is all about the Language we teach and continuously learn, and it also deals with another essential thing such as experience and sharing too. We are about to delve into these exciting topics with an impressive array of great presenters all over the globe.

On Day 2 it will be Track 5, which is all about Experiences and Sharing. Join us to learn more about how your colleagues dealt with different teaching issues, including peculiarities of exams preparation and ... taking! Let’s get it started!

Who we are

Teachers Teach Teachers

is a co-learning project for EFL teachers. Since 2019, we’ve been growing, building up a community of like-minded professionals who are willing to share and grow together. 

The project has marked its first year, and in the middle of the second one we’re organizing this unusual ELT event. 

Save the date in your calendar – 6 and 7 of February 2020.

Authors of
TTT Meaningful Weekend

Anita Modestova, Moscow
Creator of Teachers Teach Teachers
Katerina Panfilova, Moscow
TTT Meaningful Weekend, community manager

Why we are doing this

We believe in inspiring and empowering ELT practitioners to share their classroom experience with colleagues and we’d like to provide them with an opportunity to share.
With the fantastic teachers as participants of the project, we have built a strong methodological base, and we have already shared with the ELT world our expertise. In times of pandemic our free online course on how to teach online was taken by 2000+ teachers from all over the world. We can’t allow everyone to join our project yet (limited capacity), but we can organise a bigger event once in a while to share most important stuff.
We would like ELT teachers to be provided with a safe and enriching space for professional growth.