09:30 - 13:30, 13 April 2019

We are delighted to invite you to the Macmillan Teachers’ Day in Alicante that will take place at the Universidad de Alicante on Saturday, 13th April.

At this event, you will have the opportunity to attend innovative and practical talks that will provide you with relevant ideas, activities and solutions that you will be able to put to immediate use in your classes. Plus, we have the pleasure to announce a special guest who will inspire you with his unique vision.

Moreover, you will be able to meet and interact with our authors at the book stands during the break. You can also take a look at the range of new Macmillan courses that are available for 2019.

Looking forward to seeing you there!




Carol Read.

The role of fantasy and reality in the early years.

Through a blend of fantasy and reality, children develop their imaginations and learn about their world. In this session, we will discuss the benefits of including a balance of fantasy and reality in early years English programmes. We will also explore a range of engaging, multi-sensory activities, which integrate children’s emerging linguistic abilities with their overall development and wellbeing.


Primary (3 to 6)

Mark Ormerod.

Children Writing Collaboratively with a Sense of Purpose.

It’s rare for our 8- to 12-year-olds to be enthusiastic about writing in English. They often think it’s boring and ask why they have to do it. Could it be that they don’t see the purpose of the tasks we set? In this session, I’ll share a range of engaging strategies, techniques and activities that have given my own pupils a highly motivating sense of purpose when writing. Examples of my pupils’ work will be displayed throughout the session.


ESO & Bachillerato

Steven McGuire.

Exploiting Video.

Our students watch lots of video on social media, TV and cinema. It’s a compelling medium and one we should use more to provide a rich context for language. In this workshop, we’ll briefly discuss the pros and cons of using video and I’ll demonstrate a range of activities which exploit videos from our course books and freely available on YouTube. This will be practical session with lots of ready-to-use ideas.


Academies – Adults
Kieran Donaghy.
Social Shorts: Using short films and videos to raise awareness of social issues.

In this practical session we will examine how short authentic videos can be used to raise awareness of social issues and values in the language classroom. We’ll explore a number of practical, generic activities which foster both oral and written communication as well as vocabulary acquisition. Teachers will go away from the session with a better understanding of how to use short videos to promote social justice and a number of tried and tested activities to use with short videos.



Workshop Speakers

Kieran Donaghy is a freelance award-winning writer, speaker and trainer. His website Film English www.film-english.com has won a British Council ELTons Award for Innovation in Teacher Resources. His publications include Film in Action (Delta Publishing), Writing Activities for Film (ELT Teacher2Writer) and Video, and The Image in ELT (ELT Council). He is one of the authors of video material for Macmillan English Hub.

Mark Ormerod is an EFL teacher specialising in primary education. He is interested in using drama and mini dialogues to develop children’s confidence and language skills. Mark was Head of Macmillan’s Teacher Training Department from 2001 to 2005. He has subsequently gone on to write teaching resources for Macmillan. He is co-author of the Primary course books Find Out! (with Donna Shaw), Tiger (with Carol Read) and most recently Heroes (with Emma Mohamed). He has also written several of Macmillan’s Children’s Readers, as well as the holiday workbook series, Holiday World.

Steven McGuire is Director of Teacher Training at International House Madrid. He is responsible for in-service professional development, encouraging innovation and more effective approaches to teaching. He feels passionate about using technology more effectively in class and involving students more in their learning.

Carol Read has over 30 years’ experience in ELT. Her main specialisation is in early years and primary language teaching. Carol’s publications include award-winning titles such as 500 Activities in the Primary Classroom and Tiger. Her latest publication is a new pre-school course, Big Wheel. Carol is a former President of IATEFL. You can find out more about Carol by visiting www.carolread.com


Plenary Speaker 
Juan Antonio Simarro

Composer, pianist, theatre director and lecturer in musical education at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
His compositions are known around the world and he has received numerous prizes and awards throughout his career.


Tu clase es una orquesta

A teacher is a role model for their students. Not just by sharing knowledge, but also by sharing values, passion and waking students’ innate desire to learn.

Just as a conductor of an orchestra leads and gets the best out of their musicians, a teacher encourages and inspires their students, helping them make the most of their potential.