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Events (formerly Tolerance
Days Events) aim to raise awareness of social issues
related to professional English language communication.
The events comprise workshops, lectures, film
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The latest Diversity Day
Diversity - Discrimination - Media
28 March, 2017
Contributing students: Patricia Ortega, Dávid Hollós
and staff: Ildikó Lázár, Christopher Ryan, Cecilia
Gall, Dorottya Holló
The hyperlinks in the following account lead to the
resources that were used in the presentations.
As the opening of the programme, Ildikó Lázár showed
pictures of diverse fauna and flora, landscapes and
forms of our built environment, and mentioned the
diversity of languages which we are all fascinated by.
Why is it then that human diversity is not always
appreciated and often leads to animosity and clashes?
In the hope of giving a brief overview of both
discrimination and appreciation on the basis of
cultural, gender, social and ethnic differences, we
looked at how these issues appear in the media and
public discourse. Having watched a commercial shown by
Dorottya Holló for a
Danish television channel pointing out things that
connect people despite their differences, the members of
the audience tried to find unexpected similarities
between them. Our audience was really diverse and seemed
to have enjoyed the event:
The next video,
The DNA Journey, was a short summary of a project
demonstrating that despite our national identities and
stereotypical value judgements, our DNA shows that we
have our roots in diverse cultures. As one of the
participants of the project says: "This
(i.e., a DNA analysis) should be compulsory.
There would be no such thing as extremism in the world
if people knew their heritage... Who would be stupid
enough to think of such thing as a pure race?" The motto
of the clip is: "An open world begins with an open
Christopher Ryan then showed a short video made by
Chinese students at Columbia University. They
explain what their names mean and we find out that as
opposed to European name giving customs, the
Chinese give their children individual names that often
express hopes and aspirations. The video clip was made
in protest to xenophobia at the university.
In the following part of the event Dávid Hollós reported
on a campaign by Muslim Americans to repair a vandalised
Jewish cemetery. This fund raising campaign and
cooperation between two groups that stereotypically
display ill feelings towards one another is an eloquent
example for reconciliation and ways to fight hatred and
violence. More information can be found at these links:
Patricia Ortega showed her own slides when she talked
about extreme forms of discrimination and ill-treatment
of women. In her talk entitled "Lethal Gender Bias - The
fight for women's rights around teh world is far from
over", she talked about honour killings, unhygenic
sterilisation of women, sex selective abortion and human
trafficking forcing women into prostitution or slavery.
These are not just acts of discrimination but crime, and
are practiced mostly in Muslim cultures, China and
India. The weight of the topic had a dramatic effect on
Women are still not regaded as equals in the west
either. Cecilia Gall's sent us clips that
threw light on a number of aspects of discrimination.
The first one reported on a
sexist tirade against women by Polish MEP Janusz
Korwin-Mikke in the European Parliament. The
MEP was punished for airing his opinions, but
discriminating views still persist widely and sometimes
in hidden ways. This is the case in how women are
represented in literature, and even children's
literature as illustrated in "The
Ugly Truth about Children's Books".
Finally we listened to
Annie Lennox encouraging men to be feminists in an
Advertisements are very powerful in shaping the way
people think. Dorottya Holló called attention to a few
Audi advertisement at the Superbowl in 2017 tackled
the issue of equal opportunities and equal pay for women
as a commitment to progress. The
Coca Cola advertisement screened at the same event
highlights the multiculturality of the USA. As a summary
of the celebration of diversity, a video of the "Love
has no labels"
movement against bias was shown. The last picture at
the event was that of "short
haired twins". The story that was shared by the
mother of a four-year-old proves that bias and
discrimination are not part of human nature but are
learnt through socialisation. If only this learning
never took place! - In her closing words Ildikó Lázár
gave the audience some home work and encouraged everyone
to speak up when they see injustice and discrimination
and take every opportunity to talk about the values of
diversity as this may be a tool for promoting acceptance
in our world.
17 November, 2016
The event started with a
presentation by students attending a content based
language development course called 'Australian History
and Diversity'. Nikolett Fejér, Dávid Gál, Tímea
Kilián, Dorottya Szentesi, Fanni Snekszer, Vivien Deák,
Boglárka Nagy and Noémi Réti first gave a brief overview
of historical events and milestones in Australia that
shaped the country's disposition from racism and
exclusion to acceptance and multiculturalism. The
students finished by reciting personal accounts written
by Australians of different backgrounds about
their experience of cultural clashes, culture learning
and harmony in diversity.
In the second half of the
programme, Ildikó Lázár conducted interactive
games to raise awareness of important issues related to
how people view themselves and others. In the first
activity the participants created an 'identity card' for
themselves by listing a few important features of their
life, like name, language, profession, family status,
etc. Then they had converations with others in the room
but could not refer to any of the concepts on their 'ID
cards'. In the follow up discussion we drew a parallel
between this simulation and a very real situation in
life, that of refugees who have to leave so much of
their identities behind to be judged only as refugees...
The second activity was a role play where some audience
members donned the persona of different people from very
lucky and not so fortunate family and social
backgrounds. They then stood in a line and were told to
move forward if certain statements that were read out
were true about them. The statements referred to various
opportunities in life, like having a good education, a
supportive family, a good job, etc. The rest of the
audience did not know who the players were supposed to
be but based on where they stood, it soon became clear
what backgrounds they came from. The game provided a
good opportunity to discuss social inequalities.
A Diversity Day Spin
a training session on how
to read exams for blind/visually impaired students
As a follow up to our previous Diversity Day Event (see
just below) and at the invitation of Kimmel Magdi, on 1 December 2015 Mária Flamich and Rita
Hoffmann - non-sighted teachers of English - conducted
an immensely useful workshop for DELP staff on reading
out tests to blind/visually impaired students. Some of
the advice we received is as follows:
- expect to spend at least twice as much time on
an exam that is read out than on a written exam.
- open the session with a conversation, partly to break
the ice but also for the student to get used to our
voice, accent, pace etc.
- discuss with the student how to go about reading out
the test, e.g., go task by task but read out the full
task and units of text (if applicable) before going back
to the beginning and reading.
- encourage the student to ask freely for repetition or
spelling. (Some students may find it difficult to ask
this of their teachers.)
- use our voice (stress, pitch, pauses) to emphasise
certain keywords or indicate the end of a clause
- be an objective reader and not lead the student to the
- read out collocations together and not separately within a
text e.g. set out a massive explosion / ignited a massive
explosion / set off a massive explosion ... which one do you
think is incorrect? as opposed to just saying "set out or
ignited or set off a massive explosion... which is incorrect?"
- emphasize if it's the one correct answer or the one incorrect
answer that the student has to choose
- not read out everything automatically twice, ask if a second
reading is needed and helpful
- (with tasks incorporated in longer stretches of text) offer to
read out the whole paragraph first before concentrating on
- rephrase the instructions - if need be- to render them as
comprehensible for visually impaired/non-sighted people as
- (in the case of multiple choice tasks) read out all the
versions in full sentences so that the student can compare
- (in case of a gap fill task) indicate the gaps by knocking
so the student can have a clear concept where the gaps are.
- ask the candidate at the very end of the exam, if she/he
would like to get back to any part of the exam.
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Focus on teaching students with
A very successful
event on 22 October, 2015 organised by Cecilia Gall and Magdi Kimmel
of DELP, this afternoon attracted an audience representing both SEAS
students and staff. The programme aimed to highlight the
ways students with special needs can be helped in the EFL classroom
and beyond. The event started with a very special dance
performance, a *flashmob* by two dancers from ArtMan Association,
Kata Kopeczny and Károly Tóth (http://artman.hu/en/kik-vagyunk/tagok/).
ArtMan’s motto is to create a common space for creativity with the
help of dance and therapy, incorporating our values and our
disabilities, for a more inclusive society. Karcsi completed his BA
in History at ELTE, currently studying for his MA in theatre studies
at Károli University. After the performance Kata and Karcsi stayed
for a short Q and A session and talked a little bit about the
therapeutic work that is accomplished in the studios. There is a
short film about Karcsi at this link:
(in Hungarian). We hope to be able to post a video of the event at a
The performance was
followed by a discussion with the dancers led by Dóra Csikós
of DES, member of the Faculty’s Equal Opportunity Committe. Dóra
then went on to describe the work of the Committee and called for
more students to volunteer as peer helpers.
introduction, Edit Kontra, Katalin Brózik-Piniel and Kata Csizér of
DEAL gave an interactive presentation about the myths teachers and
students have about deaf students, and the best ways of helping
them. For example, it is best not to stand in front of the window
when talking to a Deaf student, as sharp light coming from behind a
person makes lip reading more difficult.
The activity was built on this
The programme ended with a talk by Maria Flamich, who teaches
English at the
Primary and Vocational School of the Blind and lectures at
the Bárczi Gusztáv Faculty of Special Educatioin, ELTE, to
Erasmus students on cultural disability studies (CDS) particularly
about representations of disability in music and disability memoir
in music. She started her presentation with a short review of
diasabled characters in literature, and then she posed questions to
the audience which highlighted the difficulties blind students may
encounter in the classrooms or beyond.
The event was made possible by the enthusiasm of the participants,
organisers, students helpers and the audience. Thanks to all!
© Eszter Gall
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April, 2015 we did an extended re-run of the previous Diversity Day event entitled:
Widening horizons through English
We had a
workshop about global issues held by Margit Szesztay:
Among other things Margit
led an activity inspired by an antibullying advertisement available
and another one about how
Kylie Thiermann uses the power of the community of surfers to
improve the world. An e-lesson idea can be found here:
http://gisig.iatefl.org/elessons/mystery-woman and this is
the link to the video:
More interesting ideas
and resources can be found here:
http://gisig.iatefl.org and here:
followed by a visual presentation
"The world of s-s-stutterers" by
2nd year BA student Dániel Valovics:
Here is some advice he gave on how to help
As with every other disability making fun of a stutterer does
A lot of patience and acceptance are required.
You should be aware that meeting new people increases stress
level in stammerers.
Do not finish sentences or words. You cannot know for sure what
a stammerer wants to say.
Take stutterers seriously. Most adults consider them as mentally
handicapped since they cannot compose their speech in a way like
’normal’ people can.
was closed by a talk
about gender biased language by Dorottya Holló.
some ways to respond to sexist remarks as suggested by
“Could we elevate the conversation?”
“Now that the sexist part of the conversation is
over, can we move on? ”
“What do you mean by that?”
“Do you really think that?”
“It doesn’t seem like you to say something like
“No, I don’t think about it that way.”
“I don’t find that funny.”
“That doesn’t sound nice to me.”
“Would you want to have that said to/about your wife,
daughter, or sister?”
“That type of remark about women makes me
“I’m sure you don’t realize it, but that comment
sounds like a put-down of women.”
“Wow, I didn’t know you felt that way about women.”
“That sounds sexist. Is that what you intended?”
“I’d rather not talk that way about women.”
“I don’t like to think about women that way.”
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November, 2014 a Diversity Day event was held entitled:
Widening horizons through English
We had a
workshop about global issues held by Margit Szesztay, and another
about gender biased language by Dorottya Holló.
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On 25 March, 2014 a very
thought provoking Diversity Day Event was held focusing on
The afternoon began with
a short interactive discussion led by Dorottya Holló about why it is
important at all to raise awareness of gender issues. Here are
a few of the statements that set us off thinking:
Thirty-four years after the adoption of the Convention on the
Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW),
many girls and women still do not have equal opportunities to
realize rights recognized by law. In many countries, women are not
entitled to own property or inherit land. Social exclusion, “honor”
killings, female genital mutilation, trafficking, restricted
mobility and early marriage among others, deny the right to health
to women and girls and increase illness and death throughout the
“Women do two-thirds of the world’s work, receive 10 percent of the
world’s income and own 1 percent of the means of production.” - the
informal slogan of the Decade of Women
The stereotypical image of women as weak, dependent and in need of
direction is reinforced by the way they are portrayed in the media
and literature. Very few books have female protagonists, and even
fewer children’s books show women as heroes or models to be followed
in our world.
This was followed by
a talk by Erzsébet Barát
(TNT research group, University of Szeged; CEU).
"Gender-ideology: A discursive approach to stigmatization"
pointed out that
The serious talk was then followed by a few
minutes of light-hearted riddles and questions raised by Ildikó
Lázár making us realize how stereotypically we tend to think about
gender roles in society. Here is a riddle:
A man and his young son were
apprehended in a robbery. The father was shot during the struggle
and the son, in handcuffs, was rushed to the police station. As the
police pulled the struggling boy into the station, the mayor, who
had been called to the scene, looked up and said, ‘My God, it is my
son!’” How is this possible?
The programme was concluded by
a talk by Eszter Bagyina (MA student) entitled: "
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Committed to promoting social inclusion, and continuing
the series of extracurricular events on tolerance and
anti-discrimination, DELP held this term's
Diversity Day Event on 21
was hosted by Ildikó Lázár,
giving a summary of DELP's previous
tolerance and antidiscrimination days to an audience
of about 30 students and 5 colleagues.
Then two presentations were given focussing on how
words, music and images can be used to raise
awareness to social issues:
talk "Satire as a weapon against discrimination
and racism: the songs of Randy Newman" was
presented by Zsolt Király, who used musical and
video illustrations to demonstrate how social issues
are present in the different layers of the lyrics.
pictures for the slide taken from:
A free download link to
The audience is
engulfed in the lyrics
followed by the slideshow "Imaging diversity"
presented by Dorottya Holló, showing various visual
representations of discrimination, the background of
social exclusion and awareness raising posters to
help change perspectives from intolerance to
acceptance and the celebration of diversity.
pictures taken from:
The DELP Diversity Days have now been given a
acebook profile. (Thanks go to Margit Harsányi,
Ildikó Lázár and Cecilia Gall for creating and
Come and find us at:
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As a follow up to our
earlier Tolerance Days, DELP organised an exciting
Event to promote
diversity and intercultural dialogue
May 7th 2013.
The event was introduced by Ildikó
Lázár of DELP, who emphasised that the aim of these
programmes is to fight discrimination, celebrate
diversity and learn from one another.
First a presentation was given by Professor Lan Anh Nguyen
Luu (Centre for Intercultural Psychology and
Education, ELTE) entitled:
Prejudice, Stereotyping and Discrimination.
Then two MA students talked about their
thesis research on intercultural matters. Gabriella
Tusa discussed the influence of cooperative tasks on
the intercultural communicative competence of EFL
learners, and Margit Harsányi described how basic
American values are represented in an online
campaign of the "It Gets Better" project, an
initiative to fight harrassment.
To conclude the event, a demo debate
was performed by
students of the
The participants, Aron Cohen, Balázs Dezsényi,
Zsófia Murányi and Patrik Schiller, debated the
That this House would punish hate
speech by law.
What do you
think? Try to debate this motion (and others) with
your friends or in class.
Here are a few pictures of the
To learn about our previous Tolerance
Day events, read the descriptions lower down on this
page, and see
the following documents and photos and videos :
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A Film for Tolerance
JUST THE WIND
As a follow-up to the Tolerance Day event held in May 2012, the
Department of English Language Pedagogy has obtained the right to
show Bence Fliegauf's Just the Wind (Csak a szél), a film
inspired by a series of racially motivated attacks on and
murders of Roma people Hungary in 2008 and 2009. After
winning the Jury Grand Prix at the last Berlinale, Hungarian
filmmaker Bence Fliegauf’s film has now been selected to represent
Hungary for a nomination for the 2013 Oscar for best film in a
foreign language. For more details of the film see:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2180335/ . The screening of
the film took place on17 October, 2012 at the Faculty of
Humanities. The audience that gathered for the film was too
large for the designated lecture room in Gólyavár, so another
lecture room was opened up to allow everyone interested to
take part. Thus about 200 people watched
the film altogether.
There was no entrance fee but
donations were invited for Igazgyöngy Foundation, an
organization promoting the integration and art education of
disadvantaged children in North-east Hungary
Before the film Máté Lencse a volunteer introduced the Foundation.
Mihály Simon of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union's (TASZ) Roma
Program spoke of the background of the murders. A call for film-based tasks
was also announced to motivate the audience to watch the film with
heightened awareness of how it can be used in education to discuss
issues related to racism, ethnic differences, tolerance, and
The film was followed by a question and answer session with Bence
He spoke about some behind the scenes details of the making the
film, and - more importantly - shared his views about racism. As he
has extensive experience in living and working with Roma people, his
words were authentic when he emphasised the necessity of interethnic
communication and interaction in order to really get to know each
other and dissolve prejudices. These
ideas should definitely find their way into every classroom.
The event was hosted by Cecilia Gall and Ági Enyedi, who were helped
by several colleagues from DELP as well as student volunteers.
Thanks for everyone's contribution.
After the programme the donations collected were counted. The total
sum came to: HUF 86355. The amount has been transferred to
Igazgyöngy Alapítvány. See the money order and the stamped slip
event has also received some media coverage. Check out a blog entry
from the site of
the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union's (TASZ):
And here are a few pictures to show a bit of
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May 10, 2012 DELP
held a Tolerance Day event with the generous sponsorship of the Regional Language Office (RELO)
of the US Embassy in Budapest.
The event was organised and
anchored by Lázár Ildikó, who also conducted an activity aimed to
raise social and cultural awareness.
Gazdag Emma, Pete Barbara, Kozák
János, Gacsal Réka and Házmán Noémi gave presentations of their
thesis research which was connected to tolerance education and
intercultural communication in various very interesting ways.
Cecilia Gall interviewed Fliegauf Bence award
winning director of numerous films, the most recent being "Just the
wind" (Csak a szél) tackling the issue of the serial killings in
Roma communities in Hungary in 2008 and 2009. The film will be shown
at the Faculty in the autumn term.
At the end of
the programme Gergő Sántha of the Regional Language Office (RELO)
of the US Embassy in Budapest talked about their activities and
invited students to join their summer camps as counselors.
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Our interactive Intercultural
Events give a taster of various facets of English speaking cultures
as well as the cultures of our international students.
On 5 May 2016 DELP hosted the
second SEAS International Spring Festival. Like last year’s festival, this event
was well attended and offered a glimpse into many of the cultures that are now
well represented within our Institute and the BA Preparatory Programme. Students
from Korea, Cameroon, China, Iran, Ukraine, Turkey, Mongolia, Libya, Japan and
Hungary gave presentations on their countries and shared local dances, songs and
culinary specialities on the 4th floor of Rákóczi út 5. Here are some
images of what students and staff attending this year's three hours of festival
time got to enjoy.
What a wonderfully diverse community!
Wednesday, 6 May, 2015 students and staff of SEAS and the
International Study Centre (ISC) enjoyed the first SEAS
International Spring Festival on the fourth floor of building
E. The event had been jointly organized by Palla Mária (ISC) and Uwe
Pohl (DELP). The intention was to highlight the fact that our campus
has now become very international, indeed, and to create an informal
opportunity for Hungarian BA and MA students at SEAS and students in
the Preparatory Programme of the ICS to meet. The happy result was a
very enjoyable afternoon where the audience experienced country
presentations, song, music and dance as well as food delicacies from
China, Libya, Hungary, Syria, Venezuela, Turkey, Mongolia, Ukraine
and Iran. Perhaps a new tradition has been born?
a few pictures - taken by Asbóth Laci, DELP's very own roving
photos, go to:
On 15 May
2014 Éva Federmayer (Dept. of American Studies) and Uwe Pohl (Dept.
of English Language Pedagogy) hosted a cross-departmental and
cross-generational event called Best of U.S. Culture SEAS Style on the premises of
the School for English and American Studies (SEAS), Eötvös Loránd
University in Budapest. The purpose was to showcase the diversity of
culture(s) in the U.S. and its impact on the world. It was also
intended to mark the end of term in a way that would bring together
teachers and students from different departments and academic
programs for an afternoon of joint celebration and appreciation.
About 40 students and faculty attended and very much enjoyed the
three-hour event, which included music (Country and Western),
poetry, dance (Jive), two talks on the U.S. Civil Rights Movement
and a quiz on Irish-Americans. Quiz prizes as well as decorative
posters that had been sponsored by the RELO of the U.S. Embassy
contributed greatly to creating the right kind of atmosphere.
Holmes reading her poetry & the audience
the US quiz by James Leavey and his students
Viktor on the Harlem Renaissance Movement
Livi and Uwe Pohl singing Country and Western
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Mentor Events create an opportunity for
school based mentors and DELP staff to discuss issues related to
teacher training. These afternoons offer us the possibility for
professional development and to solve some burning issues.
March 24, 2015 was the day of the yearly
Mentor Meeting. This
time talks about Teaching Decisions
(Révész Judit) and Trainees' Needs
(Major Éva) were followed by workshops on
The Role of Teacher Education in
Preparing Trainees for their Teaching Practice, and on
Trainees Feedback on Mentoring.
The summary of the event with some further food for thought can be
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On 22 May 2014 we had a mentor meeting
at DELP focussing mostly on
Good Practice in Mentoring and
A detailed and very useful summary of the event can be downloaded
from here. The presentations and discussions were enjoyed by all, and
the DELP YELPERS saw to the entertainment, too. Here are a few
pictures to relive the event:
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Annual Mentor Meeting on January 22nd 2013,
English mentors and teacher trainers presented the Council of
Europe's Pestalozzi Programme through activities and
Hős Csilla (Szt. István Gimnázium) gave us an
example of teaching democracy in the EFL classroom, Lázár Ildikó
(ELTE DELP) introduced participants to a cooperative learning
structure for inclusive education, and Meszéna Gabriella (Szt.
Imre Gimnázium) helped us focus on the challenges of
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On April 24, 2012 DELP
event for school-based mentors
(also known as Bölcsész Tanári Konferencia - Szakmai
Here is a short
summary of what happened:
Brainstorming and sharing ideas about the positive and
negative aspects of the teaching practice and teacher education
in general (Enyedi Ágnes and Lázár Ildikó)
How to decide and what
to do if a trainee seems unfit for the profession? (Révész
This is the link to follow and
forward to colleagues for information about the next mentor
training course: http://www.iatefl.hu/?q=node/152
Some quotes from the brainstorming (to
Do we evaluate
performance, development and/or personality at the end of
the teaching practice? What is a 4 and what is a 5?
We need to
teach Hungarians to be able to communicate in the world.
We have the
tools that would ease our difficulties (we just don't always
education doesn't fit into the system ... or the system is
not flexible enough to accommodate our approach to teacher
cooperation among teachers we would move forward more
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organized a short Mentor meeting and
benchmarking session from 3pm to 6pm on March 1st,
2011 where 25 mentors and 10 colleagues from the department participated. The
discussion was about topical issues in connection with our trainees’ teaching
practice. The benchmarking session moderated by Judit Révész helped us explore
our trainees' fairly new self-evaluation tool that we started using with them
some of the feedback we received at the end of the meeting:
I enjoyed the
activities. It was great to hear how others judge the same things and see how I
change my opinion listening to them.
of the “Planning” section, we should do the benchmarking with the
“Implementation” section of the tool as we’ve seen more of that.
It was useful
to hear other teachers’ opinion about the self-assessment tool.
It would be
exciting to watch and discuss more video recordings of lessons!
forward to more sessions!
I think the
session was very useful. On the one hand, we had an example of a well-organized
benchmarking session, and on the other hand, we got familiar with lots of the
criteria of the tool. Thanks Judit!
about the good and professionally close relationship with the department.
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22nd January 2010 a Mentor Conference
was held at DELP.
Issues on the agenda included:
the new teaching experience
a report on last year’s national survey among mentors in
mentoring experienced teachers: challenges and strategies
making the most of the presentation lesson (vizsgatanítás/bemutató
development for mentors
photos of the event are available at:
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Our Trainee Day events,
which are organised by Judit Révész roughly every month during term time, give a
chance to MA in ELT and 'OTAK' (the five-year teacher Training
Programme) students as well as DELP staff to get together and
discuss professional issues through a number of activities. The
framework of these Wednesday afternoons is usually as follows:
Ice breaker - conducted by a
Teacher Talking Time - a staff
member gives a presentation on a topic close to their heart
Student led activity - to serve
as a spring board
Workshop - lead by a staff
member and a student
Wrap up activity
At theTrainee Day
event on 26 October 2016, Nikolics
Noémi our mentor colleague from Trefort
showed us how to be personal, informative and interactive at the
same time. Her commitment and professionalism was very convincing.
conducted a demo lesson as part of the young learner workshop with
exceptional personal energy and enthusiasm.
The three student led activities delivered by
Seben Laura (2nd year OTAK student), Edvi Adri and
Fercsel Franciska (4th year OTAK students) were very
creative and provided everybody with an opportunity to take part and
interact and were vital in establishing the family like atmosphere
of the event.
At theTrainee Day
event held on 13 April 2016, both students and teachers turned
up in record numbers! Peter Medgyes acted with his usual charm and
captivating honesty. The two trainee led activities were really
nice! Laura Rezsek and Ágota Pálmai’s workshop was a firework of
practical classroom activities. We had an opportunity to reflect on
our own attitude to the IPA in the age of talking online
dictionaries; and also watched the interview Ádám Nádasdy gave at
the last IATEFL conference. We stayed together till half past
seven. A lot of positive feedback has been flowing in.
Here are a few pics taken at the event by
At the Trainee Day event on 11th
November, 2015 there were some thirty of us in the Zsibongó, 4th
Floor, Rákóczi 5.
We had a warmer conducted by Adri in which she combined Find someone
who and Bingo in a very clever way. It was followed by Rachel
Appleby’s amazing workshop on One-to-One teaching. Caroline Bodóczky
gave a heart-warming talk about her career and her passions as a
teacher. In between the two presenters there was an Untie-the-knot
activity conducted very nicely by Fruzsi. The session ended by
another game: Laura’s (first year OTAK student) version of That’s
me. We also got some homemade banana cake which was delicious as
well as other goodies. Thank you! Feedback from participants
included ’Very nice student led activities’ ’It was a privilege to
attend and meet these ELT professionals’.
There are two more Trainee Day events in this academic year: 16th
March and 13th April. Looking forward to seeing you there! For more
information contact email@example.com.
At the Trainee Day on
14th October there were two student led activities
conducted by Herold Anna and Szabó Kinga, MA students from my
Methodology group. We all agreed that they did a very good job.
Lévay Zsuzsi, one of our ex-students, gave a workshop on company
courses that allowed us to explore this special context with its
tricky power structures and how they affect the teachers’ work.
Finally, Uwe delighted us with a workshop on his way into teaching
which also gave us opportunities to think and talk about our own
histories and motivation.
written up by Révész Judit
Trainee Day at DELP
was organised on 14 October, 2014. The programme included songs
performed by the DELP Yelpers, and teacher- and student-led
activities. Here are a few photos:
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Special Lectures and Courses
(National Institute of Education, Singapore)
gave two talks at DELP in October, 2015
The first was held for DELP staff, and was entitled:
The complexity of language teacher education: issues in
Tamás described the education system in Singapore and explained the
system of teacher training in this context. It was interesting to
see how innovations are implemented to strengthen the programmes,
and chaos theory and ways of finding connections between key
elements have played a role in this. Here is the picture of one of
and Tamás with the audience:
The second talk was
Culture, language and communication
in the Intercultural Communication lecture series in the MA in
English programme. Here we heard about how
culture influences our behaviours and our
expectations of others,
and what impact cultural references
have on our interpretation of language.
Here is a slide from the talk:
and a poem to demonstrate how dependent our understanding is on our
cultural schemata. Can you decide, for instance, if "I" in the poem
is male or female? Are you sure?
I came to you sunrise,
With silvery dew on sleeping lotus
Sparkling in my gay hands;
You put my flowers in the sun.
I danced to you at midday,
With bright raintree blooms
Flaming in my ardent arms;
You dropped my blossoms in the pond.
I crept to you at sunset,
With pale lilac orchids
Trembling on my uncertain lips;
You shredded my petals in the sand.
I strode to you at midnight,
With gravel hard and cold
Clenched in my bitter fists;
You offered me your hybrid orchids,
And crushed them in despair.
by Hilary Tham (Malaysian
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The Language Pedagogy Doctoral Programme of
(Social Renewal Operational Programme) Project
An intensive course for PhD an MA students
The course was be taught by:
Professor Mike Byram, University of Durham (UK)
Professor Karen Risager, Roskilde Universitet
Dr. María del Carmen Méndez García Universidad de
The course was held in
two parts: February 6-8 and April 8-10, 2013.
In the course of the last 30 years there has been
a 'cultural turn' in foreign language education - as in many other
areas of the social sciences. Although there is a long history of a
cultural dimension in language teaching, this new development has
brought new theory and practice responding to new social conditions
in which education - including language education - takes place.
Keywords such as 'internationalisation', 'globalisation',
'identity', 'cross-cultural communication' and 'intercultural
competence' capture some of the change. Language teaching/learning and research on
language teaching/learning needs to respond in a systematic way to
the changes and in this course we provided a basis for
developing research projects at Master or Doctoral level.
In the first half of the course (6-8, February
2013) the first stage focussed on presenting the key issues and
the needs and opportunities for research - the 'gaps' in our
knowledge. The second focus was on finding appropriate research
designs and methods with illustrations from previous research. This
led to preliminary proposals from students and discussion of
their feasibility. In the second half of the course (8-10, April 2013), the main focus
was on developing students' research proposals. this was
done with further presentations from the tutors where necessary, on
matters of substance or on matters of research methods, and through
presentations to the group and individual supervisions.
Here are some pictures from the sessions:
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On Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Professor Claire Kramsch (University of California at
Berkley) gave a talk at DELP on:
"Re-framing the cultural component of foreign
in an era of globalization"
She talked about:
- the impact of globalization on FL teaching
- supplementing Michael Byram's model of intercultural competence
- the MLA 2007 Report's injunction of developing transcultural
- the pedagogical implications of viewing both competences as
- and of making symbolic competence an overarching objective in
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Intercultural Communication in Europe
intercultural and Moodle (ICT) training workshops for teachers were held by our
team at DELP
between March and
June 2010, and one workshop just finished in Barcelona, Spain in January 2011
publication to come out in February and entitled “Web collaboration for
intercultural language learning” describes our project and aims to give
guidelines to help teachers and trainers start their own online collaboration
projects with groups of students living in different countries.
Intercultural Communication in Europe – a Comenius multilateral research and
training project was coordinated by the Chair of Applied English Linguistics at
the University of Tübingen, Germany, and its Hungarian partner institution was
the Department of English Language Pedagogy at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE
DELP). The project set out to gain insights into foreign language and culture
learning within a web-enhanced English classroom. We developed supplementary
materials that can be used for intercultural project work with secondary school
learners of English living in different countries. In our project, contact was
established by web collaboration via Moodle between the participating teenagers
from Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy and Turkey. We found that if learners become aware
of the dynamic relationships between language and culture and learn to use their
own English for understanding others and expressing themselves, they will also
be enabled to use the language effectively and appropriately in other authentic
Since the other
major focus of the project was teacher training, the materials we developed
served as models to help establish virtual contact between other groups of
learners, to develop their linguistic and intercultural competence and to
prepare real student exchanges. In 2010 five intercultural Moodle workshops were
held in Budapest for language teachers in English. The 15-hour workshops helped
participating teachers to learn about the results of the Comenius project,
including the tried and tested materials that help develop learners’
intercultural competence with ICT tools in a blended learning environment.
Furthermore, an icEurope Moodle platform has been set up where participating
teachers can plan and run their own web collaboration projects in the future.
from Lázár Ildikó (ELTE DELP): firstname.lastname@example.org
or on the project
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involvement in an international teacher training project:
In July 2009, more than a hundred decision makers met at the
Centre International d’Études Pédagogiques (CIEP) at Sèvres (near Paris) to
define new ways of optimising language teacher training in Europe. This Summer
University, designed by a consortium of 7 institutions, has been organised with
support from the European Commission. The results of the event (texts, videos,
recommendations) can be found at the following address:
Lázár Ildikó, Uwe Pohl and Szabó Éva participated in the project.
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