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Hungarian teachers around the world
Hungarian language teachers discussed timely issues at a conference organized by the Summer School last week.
The purpose of the conference was to create a forum for fellow teachers working abroad, who do not have other opportunities to discuss their experiences on teaching Hungarian, Summer School CEO Péter Szaffkó said. Invitations targeted Hungarian cultural institutes, schools, university departments and embassies around the world. Some of the participants are ex-students of the Summer School, now teaching Hungarian in their home countries.
The purpose of the event was not to compete with scientific conferences. Themes of the conference were therefore selected by participants. Keynote speakers included Evelyn Montano from Sao Paolo, Brazil, and Tiborc Fazekas, both of them prominent figures and pioneers of teaching Hungarian. The underlying principle of the conference was to share ideas and experiences and the aim was to provide practical guidance to language teaching. Besides, organizers wanted participants to get a peak “behind the scenes” and benefit from the tuition going on at the Summer School.
The conference was the first one of its kind, but not the only one. Participants were grateful to the Summer School for taking up the cause of disseminating Hungarian culture abroad and they look forward to future events where they can discuss timely questions of Hungarian language teaching.