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16TH ELTA SERBIA CONFERENCE

ELTA Newsletter: March-April 2015

 

Dear colleagues,

We would like to welcome you to our second issue for this year! Once again, a big thank you to all the writers and all of you who read our newsletter and support us in every way.

In this issue, we are introducing two new columns. The first one is the Business​ English column,​ in which Vicky​ Loras explains how the potential problems her students may have at work can become the central theme of her Business English lessons. The second one is the Teacher​ Development column​ with two contributions this time: Branka​ Dečković and​ her experience from​ the SO(u)L Camp for teachers in Sremski Karlovci and Joanna​ Malefaki who reflects on the reasons why teachers should attend webinars/online conferences.

In our regular column Borrowed​ From,​ we have Marjorie​ Rosenberg with her Spotlight on learning styles​, ​from Delta Publishing. In the Feature​ Article column a student, Jana​ Živanović,​ discusses​ Social​ networks as our virtual home. A​ First​ Aid Kit can save us, so Milica​ Prvulović shares with us a useful and fun activity for a difficult grammar area: modal verbs! In the ELT​ Flash, Anja Prentić presents​ Bash Tchelik and Other Serbian Fairy Tales page, the Oxford University Press competition winning project. In the Students’​ Corner,​ Jovana​ Erić reflects back on February 14, Valentine’s day, and The​ Crazy Little Thing Called Love, the quiz they played in the event organized on that day in Užice Grammar School.

Last but not least comes our Upcoming​ Events section.​ Since we are already in the middle of March and our annual​ Convention is approaching (15-­16 May 2015), we would also like to remind you that the paper submission deadline​ has been extended one last and final time until March​ 18!​ The theme this year is “A Taste of 21st Century Teaching”.

We hope you will enjoy reading this newsletter and we encourage you to contribute and write for the ELTA Newsletter and share your ideas and experience with other colleagues.

Write to us on newsletter.elta@gmail.com​!

All the best,

ELTA Editorial Team


Problem Solving in Business English
By Vicky Loras, The Loras Network, Switzerland

Key words: Business English, Problem-Solving, Teaching Adults
In my teaching context here in Switzerland, I teach students of all ages and levels – from very little kids as young as three, to adults.
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The SO(u)L Camps. Summer Schools with a Difference!
By Branka Dečković, Medical School “Sestre Ninković”, Kragujevac

Key words: SOL, Summer School, Camp
Last summer, I had a great opportunity to take part in SO(u)L Camp in Sremski Karlovci.
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Presenting at an Online Conference
By Joanna Malefaki, Freelance Teacher

Key words: webinars, online conferences, presentations
In today’s technological era, it was inevitable that online conferences would start appearing.
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Spotlight on Learning Styles
By Marjorie Rosenberg, University of Graz, Graz, Austria

Key words: learning styles, myths, misconceptions, VAK learners
It is always interesting to discuss the concept of learning styles with educators.
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Social Networks – Our Virtual Home
By Jana Živanović, Student at Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade

Key words: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, selfpromotion, abuse, communication, marketing
The advent of technology has given rise to new means of communication and socialization.
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You SHOULDN’T Give Up on Modals
By Milica Prvulović, Language Instructor, Faculty of Philology, Belgrade University

Key words: game, grammar, modals, props
On the whole, I like my job. I like the people I work with and I like the language that I get to teach.
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The Bash Tchelik Project
By Anja Prentić, Ph.D. Student, Belgrade University

Key words: Bash Tchelik Project, Bash Tchelik Page, lesson plan, teaching activities, cooperation, culture, motivation
This article presents Bash Tchelik and Other Serbian Fairy Tales page, the Oxford University Press competition winning project.
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The Crazy Little Thing Called Love
By Jovana Erić, IV1, Užice Grammar School

Key words: love, Valentine’s Day, quiz, stories, fun
Love was in the air on February 14 in Užice Grammar School.
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CONFERENCES
By Editorial Team

Key words: events
Call for papers still open for some of the conferences
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Open Space Event

Theme: Assessment – who is it for?

You are invited to the first Open Space Event for English teachers in Serbia.

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.

The aim is that through a dynamic and collaborative platform participants will be able to voice their puzzles and work together on what matters to them in regards to curricular demands and assessment criteria in English Language Teaching in Serbia.

We hope that by the end of the session participants will feel engaged and energized by the process, will have made new connections and gathered practical ideas to improve their work.

Facilitators: Willy Cardoso and Branka Deckovic

If you are interested in attending Open Space in Belgrade, please contact Marija Panic at elta.kancelarija@gmail.com.

Supporting English Teachers Working in Inclusive Classrooms

ELTA is proud to announce that two renowned ELT experts, David Crabtree and Sally Farley, will give a talk on teaching English to children with special educational needs at the premises of The Regional Centre for Professional Development in Čačak on April 18, 2015. It has been accredited by the Institute for Educational Advancement (Code No. S9282015).

 

If you are interested in attending, please contact The Regional Centre in Čačak (032/320-100) or your local ELTA coordinator at ketty101176@yahoo.co.uk not later than April 9, 2015.

 

N.B. We would be very grateful if you could answer the questions in this survey as they relate to the project. It shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes to complete and it is really useful for us to get feedback.

Thank you very much for your cooperation.

ELTA team

Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to March 18, 2015

It is our pleasure to inform you that we have extended the paper submission deadline for the 13th ELTA Serbia conference one last and final time until March 18!

The conference is scheduled to take place May 15-16 in Belgrade and is being hosted by Singidunum University. Confirmed invited speakers include Deborah Healey, Hugh Dellar, Paul Dummett, Rob Dean, Rakesh Bhanot, Biljana Radic-Bojanic and Pedro Moura. The theme this year is “A Taste of 21st Century Teaching”. You may review the call for proposals here: http://elta.org.rs/2014/12/02/13th-elta-conference/.

Submit your proposal here by March 18, 2015.

We look forward to seeing you in May!

ELTA team

Tomorrow is the Last Day to Submit Your Abstract!

Whether you’ve been to the ELTA Serbia Conference in the past or just want to enhance your first Conference experience, becoming a presenter is an excellent way to get involved in this premier event! This is your opportunity to share your innovative education approaches with your peers.

Join fellow colleagues from around the world to discuss your successes and challenges  in education. There is only one day left to provide your abstract and become a presenter at the 13th ELTA Serbia Conference. Submit your proposal today!

Abstract submission deadline: 9 March 2015 (Speaker Proposal Form)