ELTA Newsletter: January-February 2015


Dear colleagues,

We are happy to present you the first issue of our newsletter for the New Year, 2015, and a whole new editorial team who have worked on the making of it! First and foremost, we would like to thank all the writers who have contributed with articles and all of you who read our newsletter and support us in every way.

In this issue, the Feature Article is by Ivana Banković who writes about Sociocultural theory and Second Language Acquisition. In the Academic Corner section, we have Dominic Edsall from Kyoto (Japan), who explores teacher development in Japan against the background of global trends through the case study of two Japanese teachers of English. Also, Gordana Vladisavljević, who presents us a case study on the Necessity for Explicit Teaching in the Area of Adverbial Word Order.

In our regular columns now, we can enjoy Božica Šarić-Cvjetković’s Lesson Plan around a short film “Touch the sky”. Anja Prentić reflects on her experience as a participant in one of SEETA’s closed courses and also presents us her Christmas Eve story, inspired by it (ELT Flash Section). Marko Šundić tells us about the funny translation errors and students’ lapses that he has collected over the years and how he uses them so that his students can profit from them (Young Learners’ Playground Section). Finally, in the Students’ Corner, Ranko Radojević shares his poems with us and Nemanja Palić invites us to read about dragon-hunting in his imaginary world.

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

New Editorial Team
By Maja Jerković, Editor-in-Chief

Key words: ELTA, editorial, team
ELTA Newsletter has been in circulation for so many years and it is a result of devoted volunteers who have worked together to help our English teachers’ voices be heard.
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Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Acquisition
By Ivana Banković, country representative of the Erasmus Mundus Student and Alumni Association for Serbia

Key words: Sociocultural theory, SLA, Mediation, Internalization, ZPD
The sociocultural theory explains children’s learning and development and allows one to better understand children’s learning and the influence of both adults and peers on the learning process.
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Global Lessons from Teacher Development in Japan
By Dominic Edsall, Ritsumeikan Primary School, Kyoto, Japan

Key words: teacher development, teacher education, Japan, EFL, TESOL
This paper explores teacher development in Japan against the background of global trends through the case study of two Japanese teachers of English.
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The Necessity for Explicit Teaching in the Area of Adverbial Word
By Gordana Vladisavljević, Educons University, Sremska Kamenica

Key words: adverbial word order, English language, Serbian language, error, interference
This paper represents the author’s attempt to investigate the phenomenon of word order acquisition by analysing the adverbial word order errors in writing of adult Serbian learners of English as a foreign language (EFL).
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By Ranko Radojević, a student from Zrenjanin

Key words: poems
The bright, hopefilled/dome never fell,/For dreams it held came to fruition,/Guarding the glass of the luminous shell,/The symbols of time to envision.
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My Favorite Extreme Sport
By Nemanja Palić, student of Japanese language and literature, Belgrade; former student of Medical school, Kragujevac

Key words: extreme, sports
Among my favorite sports is definitely dragonhunting. It is an old and revered sport, and many legendary persons have practiced it during the centuries. I hope to have my name added to the list of those people.
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Get a Laugh
By Marko Šundić, English teacher at primary school “Jovan Popović”, Kragujevac

Key words: young learners, humor in class, funny translations
Hello. My name is Marko Šundić and I have been teaching English at “Jovan Popović” primary school in Kragujevac since 2004.
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Christmas Eve Story
By Anja Prentić, Ph.D. student, Belgrade University, Elementary school “Knez Sima Marković”

Key words: storytelling, online course, SEETA, young learners
This article is inspired by an engaging experience I had as a participant in one of SEETA’s closed courses.
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Touch the Sky
By Božica Šarić-Cvjetković

Key words: sports, accident, life attitude, success, feelings
This lesson plan was created as a workshop for The British Council Serbia and demonstrated at the Belgrade Book Fair.
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