09:30 - 13:30, 06 April 2019

We are delighted to invite you to the Macmillan Teachers’ Day in Bilbao that will take place at the Barceló Bilbao Nervión Hotel on Saturday, 6th 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.

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!




Yvonne Dalorto.

They think they’re playing. We know they’re learning.

This session will look at how fantasy is important for imagination and creativity but it can also be a way to nurture social and emotional development too. Using a range of materials including the new Macmillan Education Pre Primary course Big Wheel, we will explore how a child can become immersed in the fantasy learning environment and engage in a social and emotional learning experience, that will help them understand feelings and meanings, and can be transferred to real life.



Emma Mohamed.

Bringing English to life!
This workshop gives practical ideas for bringing the real world into the English Primary classroom. By focusing on the pupils’ real lives, by using real-life contexts, and by using realistic materials, we can motivate our pupils to communicate in English.


Secondary & Upper-Secondary

Eoin Higgins.

Preparing students for language exams.
This talk will take a critical look at what we have been told about how students learn and what science actually says. Through a series of practical activities, I shall explore effective learning strategies and how they can be applied to English exam preparation. I will also look at how preparing for a language exam can help students develop strategies for all their other exams.


Academies – Young Learners

Jane Cadwallader.

Have you got something to say?
It’s not enough to have good ideas you need to be able to communicate these effectively. This talk will explore some ideas on how to develop mindful listening and to help children make their points efficiently as well as looking at techniques to practise the functional language of communication.


Academies – Adults

Claire Potter.

Exploiting videos for authentic English: What exactly are you saying?
Have any of your students ever er…complained to you about like not erm…understanding native speakers or you know, wishing they could er…talk like them? Well, this session looks at how we can use videos to help them to do that. It is suitable for teachers of adult students in academies, universities and er…EOIs.


Français Secondaire

Amandine Quétel.

Agir en français : des alternatives numériques ?
L’utilisation des nouvelles technologies, par exemple des smartphones, peut être une des clés pour trouver des terrains d’entente entre les centres d’intérêts des adolescents et nos objectifs pédagogiques. Dans cet atelier nous réfléchirons à l’importance des tâches dans l’apprentissage selon la perspective actionnelle et nous découvrirons ensemble différents chemins à suivre pour qu’une même tâche soit réalisée en support traditionnel et/ou numérique.

Workshop Speakers

Jane Cadwallader has a long experience of teaching English in preschool and primary. She is also a well-travelled teacher trainer and has coauthored a number of courses for pre-school, primary and bilingual primary science. Most recently she was part of the team involved in writing Academy Stars, a Macmillan Education course for Primary.

Yvonne Dalorto is a British trained teacher and headteacher, having worked in international and British schools in Spain. She is the author of Captain Jack and Dex Macmillan Early Learning Path (MELP) and a teacher trainer. Yvonne specialises in synthetic phonics and literacy development in Early Years and Primary education.

Eoin Higgins is a freelance teacher, editor and materials developer. He has been teaching English in various countries for over 30 years and currently works at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, teaching exam preparation classes and academic writing. He is co-author of Macmillan Education’s Prospects.

Emma Mohamed is a qualified British primary school teacher and TEFL teacher. After teaching in Britain, she came to Spain in 2000. She has taught in San Sebastian and Barcelona, specialising in younger learners. Since 2004. She is the author of Macmillan’s Quest 5 and 6 and co-author of Macmillan’s Heroes 1-4.

Claire Potter has over 25 years’ experience in the ELT world. After teaching in Japan and Córdoba she moved to Sevilla, where she has been Director of Teacher Training at IH Sevilla since 2004. She works as a tutor on CELTA, DELTA and IH Young Learner courses, and is also a course assessor for all three.

Amandine Quétel a été enseignante FLE et coordinatrice pédagogique dans plusieurs Alliances Françaises et Institut Français en Espagne, au Mexique et à Sainte Lucie, avant de devenir formatrice de formateurs FLE. Depuis 2017, elle est formatrice de formateurs et dispense des formations sur des thèmes variés. Elle collabore également avec les Éditions Maison des Langues en tant qu’auteure et formatrice.


Plenary Speaker · Conférencier plénier
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.

Compositeur, pianiste, metteur en scène de théâtre et professeur d’éducation musicale à l’Université Complutense de Madrid.
Ses compositions sont connues dans le monde entier et il a reçu de nombreux prix et distinctions tout au long de sa carrière.


Plenary · Séance Plénière
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.


Un enseignant est un modèle pour ses élèves. Il transmet non seulement des connaissances, mais aussi des valeurs, en partageant sa passion, éveille le désir inné d’apprendre des élèves.

Tout comme un chef d’orchestre dirige et tire le meilleur parti de ses musiciens, un professeur encourage et inspire ses élèves en les aidant à tirer le meilleur de leur potentiel.