BETA days in Vidin 17-18 November 2007

Since February 2007, when BETA first introduced the idea of offering teacher training seminars called BETA Days for local teachers throughout the country, we have organised three such events. Here follow some impressions from the BETA Days in Vidin.

The seminar which was hosted by the oldest and biggest school in town,  “Tsar Simeon Veliki”, was supported by the MoE regional inspectorate and the municipality of Vidin. We would like to express our special gratitude to the local organizer and coordinator Vladislava Nikolova for her hard work and warm welcome. THANK YOU, Vladi J!

During the two days of the seminar there were teachers of English from different schools in Vidin and the surrounding towns. BETA sent Dr. Ellie Boyadzhieva from South-West University in Blagoevgrad and Desi Zareva from New Bulgarian University who offered four 90-minute sessions – dealing with different aspects of English language teaching. Here are the topics plus very short descriptions:

  • “Students and Teachers – Perfect Strangers?” (giving insight into teacher-student relationships);
  • “Using “rubbish” and “leftovers” in ELT classroom – enticing speaking and creative writing” (showing creative ways of using realia and authentic materials teachers tend to collect from trips abroad;
  • ELT FAQs – some answers that will help prepare your own materials using the net (offering ways of using the Internet for ELT purposes);
  • “Global English and Englishes” (offering a new look at the question of which and whose English we should teach).

If you wonder whether the teachers worked hard during the seminar you can have a look at the pictures we took. They also show you how lovely Vidin and the Danube are!
If you would like to be the next BETA stop, write to us.

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