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E-Teacher Scholarship Program

The competition for E-Teacher Scholarship Program is OPEN. Application Deadline: July 4, 2014

The Office of Public Affairs of the Embassy of the United States of America in Belgrade announces the competition for the 2014-2015 academic year of the E-Teacher Scholarship Program for Serbia.

E-Teacher Scholarship Program – English Teacher Professional Development Distance Learning Program – is the program of the Office of English Language Programs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. The program offers online courses that train foreign English language professionals in the latest U.S. methods of English language teaching via distance education. Participation is open to teachers worldwide. The 10-week courses will be offered in the fall 2014, winter, spring and summer of 2015. Tuition and materials will be paid by the Office of English Language Programs.

The courses offered for this academic year are the following:

  1. Building Teaching Skills through the Interactive Web, A Survey of Resources and Tools for Online and F2F English Language Teaching (Web Skills)
  2. Introduction to Pedagogy and Practices for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL Methods)
  3. Practical Applications in Language and Learning Skills (PALSS) ONLY to be offered in Winter 2015 term.
  4. English for Specific Purposes, Aligning Context with Practices and Materials (ESP)
  5. Special Education and Differentiated Instruction in EFL Contexts (SpEd EFL)
  6. Teaching English to Pre-teens and Teens (TEPT)
  7. Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL)
  8. Summative and Formative Assessment in Language Learning and Teaching (Assessment)
  9. Critical Thinking in Language Learning and Teaching (CT)
  10. Developing Local Leadership for Global English Language Teaching (Global English) New for AY2014-2015 Not designed for classroom teachers, but rather for language administrators, principals, or staff that manage students or schools.

More details about each of these courses can be found on the Office of English language programs page: http://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/e-teacher-scholarship-program/details

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

Serbian citizenship, permanent employment in Serbia (with a minimum of 3 years of working experience as an English language teacher), university degree, and English proficiency.

RECRUITMENT:

Candidates for E-Teacher scholarships should be teacher trainers or teachers who are working or plan to work, with one of the subjects covered by the courses. They should be highly motivated individuals who are dedicated both to their own professional development and to sharing the knowledge gained with colleagues through workshops or professional presentations. Candidates should also be committed to fulfilling the program requirements (dedicating on average 8-10 hours per week) and completing the course.

Computer fundamentals:

  • regular access to e-mail and the Internet;
  • ability to navigate in Windows or other appropriate programs and create a Word document;
  • basic familiarity with the Internet and web browsers;
  • ability to type in English well enough to perform online tasks in real-time and to submit written assignments in a timely manner.

NOT ELIGIBLE:

  • Recent university graduates, with less than 3 years of teaching experience;
  • Local employees of the U.S. Mission in Serbia who work for the U.S. Department of State, and members of their families, as well as individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please fill out the application form and together with the copy of your passport (face page) and evidence of employment in Serbia (letter from employer confirming employment), e-mail it to stankovicv@state.gov

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5 p.m. on Friday, July 4, 2014. Please note that incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

SELECTION:

Public Affairs Office, U.S. Embassy Belgrade, will review all the received applications for the eligibility and completeness, and then forward them to the Office of English Language Programs in Washington, D.C. where the selection committee will make the final selection of candidates. The results of the selection process will be available in late summer of 2014.

Towards Better Understanding – 4th year in a row

In early September we had an opportunity to present the TBU 4 project and the 10th ELTA Annual Conference at the Regional Centres of Kruševac, Leskovac and Smederevo. The idea was to get the teachers interested in the acrredited programs at the beginning of a new academic year when the plans for professional development are being made. These presentations resulted in a busy schedule during the months that followed.

The first in a series of TBU 4 seminars was held in The Regional Center of Kruševac on 19th November 2011. The modern venue was a gathering place for about 25 English teachers from Kruševac and nearby towns. TBU seminars are designed and run by Serbian teachers who understand what kind of challenges their fellow colleagues face in their teaching practice. This seminar was another opportunity to tackle the problems of assessing in large classes, limited choice of teaching materials, making a professional development plan and taking different roles as a teacher, which were all addressed in four 90-minute workshops. At the beginning of the seminar, we had another opportunity to invite the teachers to attend ELTA 2012 Conference, share the memories from the past ones and remind them how important it is to be an ELTA member.

 

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In accordance with the theme Teaching Outside the Box, ELTA 2012 Conference will focus on innovative teaching methods. To this end, we are soliciting proposals that investigate innovations in all aspects of EFL methodology and original approaches to teaching different age groups, courses and levels.

IMPORTANT DATES
Abstract submission deadline: 15 March 2012 (Speaker proposal form)
Early bird registration deadline: 15 March 2012 (Registration form)

For further information please contact elta.kancelarija@gmail.com  or +381 63 210 460.