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ELTA Newsletter: July-August 2015

 

Dear colleagues,

Summer is here and we would like to share some great articles from our authors that we hope you would be interested in reading during the summer holidays.

In this issue’s Feature Article, we are welcoming Sally Farley who shares her expertise giving us useful tips on how to identify dyslexic students but, most importantly, how to employ teaching strategies from which the whole class can profit and not just the individual student. In the second Feature Article of our issue, Milica Stamenković answers the question whether marriage will become obsolete.

In the Academic Corner, Joanna Malefaki is back with a new article, this time on Plagiarism, in which she explains what it is, why it occurs and provides also ideas for some tasks teachers can use to help learners avoid plagiarizing in academic writing.

This year, we started two new columns: the Business English and the Teacher Development section, which seem to be receiving some very interesting contributions so far! In the first one, Paul Walsh uses some new online tools to create fake text messages in his lessons and he sees the level of engagement in his classroom skyrocket! In the second one, Biljana Pipović reflects on the importance of ‘sharing’ your knowledge with your colleagues and how rewarding this is.

In the recent months, we have all been busy attending conferences and workshops. So in the ELT Flash section, we are proud to present four articles written by our valued colleagues: Božica Šarić­-Cvjetković on the 3rd TETA Bosnia and Herzegovina Conference, and Tijana Tasković on the 22nd International IATEFL Slovenia Conference. Also, Katarina Ristanović reflects on the workshop that ELTA organised to support English teachers working in inclusive classrooms, while Gorica Kostić on the Continuing Professional Development Programme for Primary EFL Teachers – Theme Based Instruction in Teaching English to Young Learners in Novi Sad, sharing also the unit plan of four lessons she did on summer time.

In her Lesson Plan, Vicky Papageorgiou explains how learners can find U­-tube videos around a controversial topic and then use them to critically synthesize information/arguments to use in a class debate which can take place on two platforms: http://www.pearltrees.com and http://www.collaborizeclassroom.com.

In the Young Learners’ column, Nevena Stoilkov gives us some guidelines for successful teaching when working with young learners. Last but not least, we take special pride in our students’ contributions and this time, Dajana Lazarević, a student at the Faculty of Philology (University of Belgrade), shares her poems with us in the Student’s Corner.

Finally, as always, the Upcoming Events are here for you to decide which one you would like to attend.

We would like to thank our readers as well as our writers for supporting us. Thank you for contributing your work. Your support is invaluable! We hope you will enjoy this issue, too, and we encourage you to write for the ELTA Newsletter and share your ideas and experience with other colleagues.

Write to us at newsletter.elta@gmail.com!

All the best,

ELTA Editorial Team


Academic Writing: Plagiarism
By Joanna Malefaki, Pre sessional EAP tutor, University of Sheffield

Key words: academic writing, plagiarism, references, citations, activities
Plagiarism is an academic offence that has existed for many years in academia, especially in academic writing.
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Faking it! Raising Learner Engagement with Fake Messages
By Paul Walsh – TH Wildau, Berlin, Germany

Key words: create, engagement, fake, flow, message, phone, SMS, social media, tinkering
I often have trouble gaining and keeping the attention of my learners.
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Experimenting in Slovenia
By Tijana Tasković, Lingua Foreign Language Center, Novi Sad, ELTA Serbia

Key words: Slovenia conference, workshops, reports, RELO project
The IATEFL Slovenian team called this conference “the largest independent event organized by people like you and me!”
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Theme-Based Instruction in Teaching English to Young Learners 2014-2016
By Gorica Kostić, Primary School Marija Bursać, Belgrade

Key words: professional development, themese-based, primary EFL teachers
This winter I have participated in the Continuing Professional Development Programme for Primary EFL Teachers – Theme-Based Instruction in Teaching English to Young Learners in Novi Sad.
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Supporting English Teachers Working in Inclusive Classrooms
By Katarina Ristanović, Grammar school Takovski ustanak, Gornji Milanovac

Key words: inclusive classroom, dyslexia, support
With the introduction of inclusive education from the earliest stage of the Serbian educational system, learners with special educational needs have become new members of our language learning community.
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The 3rd TETA Bosnia and Herzegovina Conference
By Božica Šarić-Cvjetković, Primary school Triva Vitasović Lebarnik Laćarak, Serbia

Key words: TETA, conference, professional development
The 3rd annual TETA Bosnia and Herzegovina Conference took place in Tuzla on 12th and 13th June 2015.
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Will Marriage Become Obsolete?
By Milica Stamenković, student, Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Key words: marriage, family, patriarchy, children
Marriage has turned from an expected, even obligatory step in the average person’s life to achallenge for people living in the 21st century.
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Identifying and Working with Dyslexic Students in the English Classroom
By Sally Farley, Teacher Trainer, Counsellor and Dyslexia specialist, University of Kent, UK

Key words: dyslexia, symptoms, teaching strategies, multisensory teaching
How can I teach English to a child who has trouble reading her own language?
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Learning with YouTube Videos: Internet Censorship
By Vicky Papageorgiou, English instructor, Metropolitan College, Thessaloniki, Greece

Key words: YouTube videos, debate, internet censorship, blended learning
By the end of this course, the learners will learn to search for a small variety of videos and to critically synthesize information/arguments to use in their debate.
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A Selection of Poems
By Dajana Lazarević, student at the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade

Key words: poem
Love you to death
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I Share. Do You?
By Biljana Pipović, Grammar school Stevan Jakovljevic , Vlasotince, Serbia

Key words: sharing information, ideas, knowledge, experience
Everyone has the knowledge, everyone. In my opinion, it is not the knowledge that makes you the specialist or the expert – it is how much you share that knowledge that does.
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Working with Young Learners – Guidelines for Successful Teaching
By Nevena Stoilkov, English teacher at primary school Milisav Nikolić, Boževac, Serbia

Key words: young learners, classroom atmosphere, teaching material
When I started working in a primary school as an English teacher, I worked with learners aged 11 to 15.
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Upcoming Events
By Editorial Team

Key words: upcoming events
Conferences, students’ camps, teachers’ camps
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