2019 ELT Conference San Sebastian


Welcome to 3rd edition ELT Conference San Sebastian

LTS in once again organizing its annual San Sebastian ELT Conference. This edition will take place on March 30th 2019 in the Miramar Palace, as in previous years...

Language Testing Services annual ELT conferences began with the aim of giving all those involved in language teaching the chance to keep up to date with the latest developments in our profession. In order to do this, in collaboration with our sponsors, we have brought world class professionals, who otherwise we would not have the opportunity to hear and meet in the Basque Country, to give informative and above all motivational talks and workshops. This year building on the success of previous years we have once again put together a group of speakers, leaders in their fields, whose talks will cover a wide range of interesting topics relevant to all of us.


This year again we have gathered a great line up of speakers at the conference



Hugh Dellar

Hugh Dellar is an author, teacher and teacher trainer with over twenty years’ experience in the field. He is also the co-founder of Lexical Lab and has co-written the methodology book Teaching Lexically. Hugh has given teacher training and development sessions in over twenty countries including Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Spain, Italy, Japan, Russia and Ukraine. He has spoken on such wide-ranging topics as the nature of English as a lingua franca, the uses and abuses of corpora, approaches to teaching grammar and vocabulary and many others. He is co-author of the Outcomes series and Perspectives, both published by National Geographic Learning.


Robin Walker

Robin Walker is a freelance teacher, teacher educator, and materials writer. He has been in ELT for over 30 years, and from a base in Spain works around the world, participating in conferences, courses and webinars. He has written numerous articles on teaching English, and is co-author of Tourism, a course in OUP’s Oxford English for Careers series. In 2010 he published Teaching the Pronunciation of English as a Lingua Franca with the OUP teacher’s, and he is currently working on the 4th edition of English File.

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George Heritage

George started working at Cambridge Assessment English after over 10 years’ experience teaching English in Latin America, Iberia and the UK to students of all ages and levels. He worked in Assessment at Cambridge Assessment English for 3 years on a variety of exams and the Young Learners revision project, before moving to the Madrid office in 2016.

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JJ Wilson

JJ Wilson is the writer-in-residence at Western New Mexico University, USA. He teaches classes in ESL Methods, Linguistics, Publication, and Creative Writing. He has co-authored several ELT courses, including Total English and Speakout, which won the Duke of Edinburgh English Speaking Union prize and was shortlisted for an ELTons award. His methodology book, How to Teach Listening, also won an English Speaking Union prize. JJ writes fiction under the name JJ Amaworo Wilson. His novel, Damnificados, won three awards, and was included on Oprah’s Top 10 list. JJ has lived in 10 countries and trained teachers in 30. 


Colin Williams

Since 2016, I have been working as an Assessment Manager in Cambridge English on a number of different Qualifications papers at a variety of levels and across all skills. I’ve also worked with the Global Network in the Balkans and with a number of centres in describing the test production process at Cambridge English with presentations on this theme. I’m also interested in the process of content creation and ways we can add new content to our existing exams and in new products in the future. Previously, I worked as an EFL teacher in the Czech Republic, Italy, France, Portugal and the UK, and from 2005-2016 as the director of my own private language academy in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria. I’ve also written a book, Sl- is for Sleaze but Sn- is for Sneeze! on phonosemantics and the intrinsic meaning found within consonant clusters.


Margie Marc

Margie has been involved in ELT for over three decades in the capacity of teacher, course tutor and teacher trainer. She has worked in a range of countries and with all levels in both the state and private sectors. As a Teacher Trainer for Macmillan Education she developed and delivered training courses for teachers and recently as an Educational Consultant, she is responsible for Infant and Primary level product promotion and training. Margie regularly writes and curates content for Macmillan Advantage. She holds an MA in Teaching English to Young Learners and is interested in materials development and Inclusive Education.

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Paul Seligson

Paul Seligson has been ‘TEFLing’ worldwide for 40 years and is well-known for his lively, pragmatic training. An MA in TEFL and CELTA assessor, his many ELT publications include English File (OUP) and, for Richmond, Helping Students to Speak, Awesome, Kids’ Web, Essential English 1-5, English ID and now Identities 1 and 2, a 6-level course from Richmond, the first specifically written for Romance Language background learners. He works freelance from Brighton and is absolutely delighted to be returning to Basque Country for the umpteenth time.


Lawrence Mamas

Lawrence Mamas holds an MA in TESOL from St Michael’s College, Vermont, USA and has been teaching English as a foreign language for many years. He is also the co-author of a number of exam preparation books for various exams such as First, Advanced, TOEIC and TOEFL.


Karen McGhie

Karen McGhie is a teacher and teacher trainer and has a degree in French with TESOL from the University of Exeter. She’s been teaching English since 2014 and completed the Trinity DipTESOL in 2016. She is currently the Head of Teacher Training and Development at London School of Languages, San Sebastián, Spain. Before coming to live in San Sebastián, she lived and worked in Logroño and her hometown of London. She is also a CELTA tutor and presenter.


Roy Norris

In a career spanning 35 years, Roy started out teaching French and German in England before moving to Madrid in 1989 to work in ELT, mainly for International House. He has also worked as Director of Studies at Soros International House in Vilnius, Lithuania. Roy has been writing for Macmillan for almost 20 years, and is the author of Straight to First, Ready for First and Straightforward Advanced, and co-author of Ready for Advanced.

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Michael Brand

Michael Brand is a Teacher Trainer for Pearson. A passionate linguist, he studied French and German at Durham University, followed by a PGCE in Modern Languages. Having taught in England and Spain, he has experience in the public, private and state-assisted sectors and has taught young learners, teens and adults. He now spends his time training teachers on all things ELT and his interests include collaborative learning and the creative use of video.

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Iñigo Casis

CELTA and DELTA qualified teacher and teacher trainer, Iñigo Casis has over 10 years teaching experience. He is a CELTA tutor and a Cambridge Speaking examiner. He is currently the Director of Studies at London School of Languages, San Sebastian, Spain where he successfully combines teaching, training and managerial duties. He has contributed to several coursebooks and has presented at a variety of conferences


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