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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Danijela Serafijanović

(1970 – 2015)



Danijela Serafijanović je bila nastavnik engleskog jezika i predsednik Udruženja nastavnika engleskog jezika (ELTA). Učestvovala je u mnogim projektima koji su promovisali nastavu stranog jezika. Na funkciji predsednika Udruženja je bila od 2012. Zbog bolesti se povukla sa funkcije u maju 2015. Njeno zalaganje i prijateljstvo je mnogo značilo svima u Udruženju.


Danijela Serafijanovic was an English teacher and the president of English Language Teachers’ Association (ELTA). Danijela was very committed and contributed to many projects that promoted the teaching profession. She was the president of ELTA from 2012 to 2015. Unfortunately, she had to resign in May 2015 due to her illness. Her undying enthusiasm and friendship, that provided support for all ELTA members, will be dearly missed and certainly never forgotten. 

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship for Citizens of Serbia


The Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications from citizens of Serbia for participation in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a U.S. Department of State Fulbright program that brings accomplished mid-level professionals to the U.S. for 10-months of combined academic (NON-DEGREE) and professional work. The program provides a basis for lasting ties between citizens of Serbia and their professional counterparts in the United States.

The Humphrey Fellowship is granted competitively to public and private sector candidates with strong leadership potential and a commitment to public service in the following fields:

  • Sustainable Development
    • Agricultural and Rural Development
    • Economic Development/Finance and Banking
    • Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
    • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Democratic Institution Building
    • Communications/Journalism
    • Law and Human Rights
    • Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
    • Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
    • Technology Policy and Management
    • Human Resource Management
  • Education
    • Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
    • Higher Education Administration
    • Teaching of English as a Foreign Language
  • Public Health
    • Public Health Policy and Management
    • HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
    • Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment*

*SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE EDUCATION, TREATMENT AND PREVENTION: Humphrey Fellowships in this field are co-financed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Candidates must have either a research background in the field or demonstrated ability to learn the results and policy implications of current research.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Serbian citizenship, permanent employment in Serbia, university degree, and English proficiency (with a minimum TOEFL test score of 525 paper-based, or 71 internet-based).

In addition to the pre-academic language training traditionally available, the Humphrey Program is offering a Long-Term English (LTE) language training opportunity to facilitate participation of candidates who lack the necessary language skills. LTE participants will travel to the U.S for intensive language training to improve language skills prior to transitioning to their Humphrey program university campuses for the academic year. Candidates for LTE typically have TOEFL scores of 440-500 (paper-based test) or 42-61 (internet-based test).

RECRUITMENT: Candidates should be mid-career professionals in leadership positions who have the required experience, skills and commitment to public service, as well as the potential for advancement in their professions.

Applicants must have a minimum of five years of professional experience (prior to August 2016) in the relevant field, after completing a university degree, and should be interested in the policy aspects of their fields of specialization.


  • Recent university graduates, university teachers or academic researchers with no management responsibilities (except in the fields of Teaching English as a Foreign Language and Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention);
  • Individuals who have attended a graduate school in the U.S. for more than one academic year during the seven years prior to August 2016, and individuals with other recent U.S. experience (more than six months during the five years prior to August 2016);
  • Local employees of the U.S. Mission in Serbia who work for the U.S. Department of State, and members of their families;
  • Individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status.

DEPENDENTS: The Humphrey Fellowship stipend is budgeted only for the grantee. The award does not include additional allowances for dependents. Candidates who are planning to have dependents join them in the U.S. should bear in mind the high cost of living and must show proof of adequate personal funds to cover living expenses and dependents’ health insurance.

The Humphrey Fellowship program is administered by the Institute of International Education – For more information on the Humphrey Fellowship program see:


Interested candidates should apply online at:

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS: copy of passport (face page); evidence of employment in Serbia (letter from employer confirming employment); certified transcript(s) and university diploma(s); curriculum vitae; and TOEFL scores (if available).

Additional documents should be mailed to the following address by June 12, 2015:

U.S. Embassy
Public Affairs Office
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program
Bulevar kneza Aleksandra Karadjordjevica 92
11000 Belgrade

SELECTION: Following a technical review, qualified candidates will be invited for an interview in June, 2015. Candidates who pass the interview will be registered for the TOEFL exam. The final selection and placement will be made in March 2016, in Washington.

For additional information about the Humphrey Fellowship:
Tel: 011/706-4263

ELTA Newsletter: May-June 2015

Dear colleagues,

It is time to welcome you to the third issue of our newsletter for this year! Once again we
hope you will find our articles both interesting and helpful.

We hope to see you at the ELTA Conference and Milena Tanasijević gives you a
preview by introducing our plenary speakers.

Teaching children with special abilities is challenging enough but teaching
‘talented/gifted’ children requires special skills from us teachers and Janja Čolić, in this
issue’s Feature Article, presents us three models that have proved to be the most
suitable on different levels and in different fields of working with gifted and talented
pupils. She also suggests some practical ideas on how to use them with these children in
your classroom.

Our new column in Business English is welcoming Phil Wade who shares small
activities we can use in our BE class.

In our regular column Borrowed From, Zoltán Rézműves’s a rticle on 21st century skills
is certainly food for thought not only for what these skills mean to modern teachers but
also for the strong criticism they have attracted.

This is a busy time for ELT Events, so in the ELT Flash section, there are four articles
this time: Maja Jerković and Bojana Nikić Vujić reflect on the IATEFL Slovenia
conference. Branka Dečković and Suzana Tomić offer us an insight into the First
Open Space Event for English Teachers in Serbia, held in Kragujevac last March. Also,
Dragana Andrić reports on the HUPE conference, the biggest annual event in Croatia
and Katarina Ristanović talks about the two seminars organized by ELTA last
December for the colleagues of the Morava District.

Katarina Ristanović’ s lesson plan on ‘Causative have’ is also hosted in the Lesson
Plan section. In the Young Learners’ column, Zhivka Ilieva shows a variety of
activities for young learners in her lesson plan based on the story of “The Incredible
Shrinking Hippo” by Stephanie Baudet. In the Students’ Corner, Magdalena Rajković
asks us What kind of travelers we are!

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!

All the best,
ELTA Editorial Team

Meet Our Plenary Speakers
By Milena Tanasijević

Key words: ELTA conference, plenary, speakers
Inspired by our conference theme, teaching in the 21st century, the ELTA publications editorial board decided to interview our plenary speakers with the following question: what will the main challenge(s) in the field of ELT for teachers in the 21st century be.
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What to Do if Gifted Children are Bored at English?
By Janja Čolić, MA, Primary School Janko Kersnik Brdo, Slovenia

Key words: special abilities, content adaptation model, epistemological model
How to teach children who have special abilities that are well above those of the average children?
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Morning Routines
By Phil Wade, Freelance English teacher, France

Key words: Business English, activity, warmers, morning routines
The habits and lifestyles of CEOs and entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg are common topics in the Business Press.
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21st Century Skills: Hovercraft to School and Robots for Teachers?
By Zoltán Rézműves, ELT author and teacher trainer, Hungary

Key words: 21st century skills, the role of teachers, changes in education
When I first heard the latest buzzword in ELT: ’21st century skills’, what immediately sprang to mind were those flawed visions I grew up with (in the 1970s to the 1990s) of the impending new millennium:
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22nd IATEFL Slovenia Conference “Adopt, Adapt, Improve”,Terme Topolšica
By Maja Jerković, Medical School Zrenjanin, ELTA Serbia, Serbia & Bojana Nikić Vujić, The School of Pharmacy and Physiotherapy Belgrade/Primary School Ivo Andrić, Serbia

Key words: IATEFL, Slovenia, conference
The conference was enlightening in several ways. It was professionally organized but also very family like.
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The First Open Space Event for English Teachers in Serbia
By Branka Dečković, English teacher at Medical school, Kragujevac, Serbia & Suzana Tomić, English teacher at The Second Grammar School, Kragujevac, Serbia

Key words: Open Space, teacher development, assessment
Open Space is an approach to meetings and conferences in which there is no prescribed agenda, that is, the issues that are most important to participants will get discussed.
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23rd Annual HUPE Conference, Šibenik, 24-26 April 2015
By Dragana Andrić, OŠ “Heroj Radmila Šišković”, Smederevska Palanka, Serbia

Key words: conference, HUPE, Šibenik, ELT, professional development
They say you should never mix business with pleasure but, oh God, how wrong they are! They have, obviously, not been to HUPE Conference in Šibenik.
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ELTA Seminars for English Language Teachers of Morava District
By Katarina Ristanović, Grammar school “Takovski ustanak”, Gornji Milanovac, Serbia

Key words: seminars, ELTA, TBU, Learning Technologies
Being an ELTA regional coordinator is one of the best ways to help the colleagues in your region connect, share the latest ELT news, ideas that work well, and promote the benefits of being an ELTA member.
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Causative Have
By Editorial Team

Key words: causative have, happiness, money, unusual inventions
Teacher reads out the quote from the slide or the blackboard
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Stories with Young Learners
By Zhivka Ilieva, Dobrich College, Shumen University, Bulgaria

Key words: stories, young learners, EFL
Stories are part of children’s life, they realize home – classroom, enjoyment – learning connections and raise positive attitude to the foreign language and to learning languages in general.
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What Kind of Traveller Are You?
By Magdalena Rajković, 4th year student, Medical school “Sestre Ninković”, Kragujevac, Serbia

Key words: travelling, holiday, culture
I think I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like to travel. Spain, Italy, Hungary, Montenegro, Paris, London, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Croatia, Greece… Wherever!
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Upcoming Events
By Editorial team

Key words: events
Call for papers still open for some of the conferences, check it out.
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