Once again the Oxford University Press Christmas Conferences come to an end. An indispensable part of the English Language scene, there are few teachers in Hungary who do not know the name of Oxford University Press and who do not appreciate the work of the OUP staff in providing support and assistance.
These events are a unique opportunity for teachers to meet and maintain contact with teachers in other schools to compare notes. Most will also enjoy the benefit of expert advice through workshops, plenaries or individual contact.
Jobbágy Ilona, strongly supports these conferences believing them to be a valuable contribution to maintaining OUP’s position as a (if not the) major player in English language publishing for teachers in Hungary.
In the words of Ben Wetz, “I honestly think that these are the best conferences I had ever attended (and that’s a lot) – I particularly appreciated the friendliness, enthusiasm and interest shown by the participants”.
Thank you for supporting these events.
Pécs, Friday December 1st 2006.
at Kodály Zoltán Gimnázium, Pécs
Budapest, Saturday December 2nd 2006.
at Városmajori Gimnázium, Budapest
Szeged, Monday December 4th 2006.
at Bartók Béla Művelődési Központ, Szeged
Miskolc, Tuesday December 5th 2006.
at Hermann Ottó Gimnázium, Miskolc
Debrecen, Wednesday December 6th 2006.
at Tóth Árpád Gimnázium in Debrecen
A smaller event …
Győr, Friday December 8th 2006.
at Jedlik Gimnázium in Győr
The Oxford Conferences all took inspiration from plenaries by Ben Wetz who is responsible for the language series “Adventures”.
Ben’s two plenaries were: ‘Thanks for the memory’ – looking at meaningful and memorable tasks in the language classroom to increase students’ motivation and their chances of success and ‘Motivation problems – causes and cures’ – looking at the problem of de-motivated students.
All of the conferences also included Christmas songs from Steve Jones (1pm in the regions) and a personal visit from Santa Claus. Each conference included a variety of workshops by OUP national or local presenters.
Challenge Tours (www.challenge.hu), represented by Nagy Szilvia, gave presentations at every conference and provided prizes of wine and CDs for the draw.
The Challenge stall being set up (right) at the Budapest conference. Challenge offered the star prize of a holiday for two at each conference.