Official Representative Call – Poland

Dear BETA Member,
The International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language in Poland has invited you to participate in its 28th IATEFL POLAND Conference on 20-22 September 2019 in Gdańsk, Faculty of Social Sciences, the University of Gdańsk, the UG Campus in Oliwa, Gdańsk. The theme of the Conference is BEYOND THE HORIZON.
For further information visit the following website: https://iatefl.org.pl/en/czytnik-newsow/call-for-papers-open.html?file=files/magazyn/newsletter/Call%20for%20Papers%202019.docx.
According to the partnership agreement, BETA-IATEFL will send one official representative whose conference registration fee, accommodation and meals will be covered by IATEFL POLAND. The travel expenses (up to 200 BGN) will be reimbursed by BETA. The official representative will have to give a presentation at the conference and write a report for BETA website within 15 days after the end of the convention. S/he is also expected to get more closely involved with the work of the association during the forthcoming 28th BETA-IATEFL Conference in Plovdiv. See more on https://www.beta-iatefl.org/scholarships/calls-for-official-representatives/.
If you are interested in becoming our official representative, please send us your statement of interest and speaker proposal form to beta.iateflbg@gmail.com.
Please note that the deadline for your proposal is 13th April 2019.
With kind regards,
Gergana Georgieva
On behalf of BETA Committee

ELTA Serbia Official Representative Call

Dear BETA Member,
The English Language Teachers’ Association of Serbia (ELTA Serbia) has invited you to participate in its 17th annual conference entitled “No English Teacher is an Island”. The conference will be held at Teacher Education Faculty in Belgrade from 10th-11th May 2019. For further information visit the following website:
http://elta.org.rs/2018/10/23/17th-eltaserbia-conference/.
According to the partnership agreement, BETA-IATEFL will send one official representative whose conference registration fee, accommodation and meals will be covered by ELTA. The travel expenses (up to 200 BGN) will be reimbursed by BETA. The official representative will have to give a presentation at the conference and write a report for BETA website within 15 days after the end of the convention. S/he is also expected to get more closely involved with the work of the association during the forthcoming 28th BETA-IATEFL Conference in Plovdiv.
https://www.beta-iatefl.org/scholarships/calls-for-official-representatives/.
If you are interested in becoming our official representative, please send us your statement of interest and speaker proposal form to beta.iateflbg@gmail.com
Please note that the deadline for your proposal is 3rd March 2019.
With kind regards,
Gergana Georgieva
On behalf of BETA Committee

President’s Address

Dear BETA Members, friends and supporters,
It was me that was most surprised to find myself BETA President for the second time. No kidding. And my wife was … I will not tell you, family issues are strictly confidential. In any case, sincere thanks for trusting me; and I will do my best to help BETA become … well, better! To do this, we from the newly-elected Committee need the help of all fellow-teachers of English. And need it very much. Please contact us: your suggestions and critical comments will be considered. My word! For a start: what dates would be most convenient for you to have the 2019 Conference in Plovdiv? And, do not forget to renew your membership; tell other colleagues that we exist, and will be happy to have them on board.
I am aware this is a hard time for the English Teachers’ Association in Bulgaria: the limited attendance at the wonderful 2018 Conference in Burgas is but one proof for this. And it was an event well worth visiting (thanks a lot to Gergana Georgieva and the organizing team!), plus, I would say, excellent value for money. You are the only people who can make BETA serve you better.
About me? Well, married with two young daughters taking up all of my time; moved from Plovdiv to Burgas because of my family. Rather experienced than young, with a past 1998 – 2001 presidency behind me, and definitely the heaviest leader our Association has ever had (in terms of kilograms, I mean). Right now moving back from University to school teaching for a number of reasons.
Which reminds me: BETA is NOT just an academic Association of University Professors; school teachers are more than welcome – why not as Committee members as well. The presentations at our events are – and should be – of practical use in the classroom.
I will stop here for now, and sincerely wish you all the best both in your career and your personal life!
Georgi Geshev
BETA President

President’s Address

Dear BETA Members, friends and supporters,
It was me that was most surprised to find myself BETA President for the second time. No kidding. And my wife was … I will not tell you, family issues are strictly confidential. In any case, sincere thanks for trusting me; and I will do my best to help BETA become … well, better! To do this, we from the newly-elected Committee need the help of all fellow-teachers of English. And need it very much. Please contact us: your suggestions and critical comments will be considered. My word! For a start: what dates would be most convenient for you to have the 2019 Conference in Plovdiv? And, do not forget to renew your membership; tell other colleagues that we exist, and will be happy to have them on board.
I am aware this is a hard time for the English Teachers’ Association in Bulgaria: the limited attendance at the wonderful 2018 Conference in Burgas is but one proof for this. And it was an event well worth visiting (thanks a lot to Gergana Georgieva and the organizing team!), plus, I would say, excellent value for money. You are the only people who can make BETA serve you better.
About me? Well, married with two young daughters taking up all of my time; moved from Plovdiv to Burgas because of my family. Rather experienced than young, with a past 1998 – 2001 presidency behind me, and definitely the heaviest leader our Association has ever had (in terms of kilograms, I mean). Right now moving back from University to school teaching for a number of reasons.
Which reminds me: BETA is NOT just an academic Association of University Professors; school teachers are more than welcome – why not as Committee members as well. The presentations at our events are – and should be – of practical use in the classroom.
I will stop here for now, and sincerely wish you all the best both in your career and your personal life!
Georgi Geshev
BETA President

Call for Contributions to BETA-IATEFL E-Newsletter Special Issue

Dear Colleagues and Friends,
With this call for papers we would like to invite you to contribute to the special issue of BETA E-Newsletter, a peer-reviewed collection of selected papers from the 27th BETA-IATEFL Annual International Conference, 22nd-24th June 2018, held in Burgas, Bulgaria.
Please note that copies of the BETA E-Newsletter (ISSN 1314-6874) will be uploaded on the BETA website and sent to the IATEFL Head Office, BETA partner associations abroad, and they will reach a wide audience from all over the world! We hope to help you spread the ideas, which you have so lovingly prepared and delivered at the conference, through their publication, so that you can receive the academic recognition you deserve.
Another surprise we have in store for you is that with this special issue we are working towards getting indexed in Systematic Impact Factor (SIF) and other databases. Because we believe that the ideas you share in our newsletter are worth it!
Alternatively, you can submit your PowerPoint presentation in pdf format (size limit – 5 Mb), which will be published on the BETA website.
The deadline for submitting your papers is 31st August 2018 to beta.iateflbg@gmail.com. The collection should be published by the end of September 2018.
Please let us know, by 20th August 2018 at beta.iateflbg@gmail.com, whether you have received this email and if you are interested in submitting your article for the electronic conference selections.
Kind regards,
Polly Petcova
BETA Editorial Team
Conference Selections
Guidelines for Contributors
• Your article must have not been previously published and should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.
• Text of the article: Calibri, 14 points, with 1.5 spacing, Justify.
• Headings and subheading: Calibri, 24 points, bold, centred; first letter capitalized.
• Author names and title / academic position as well as contact details should be submitted in a separate file accompanying the article.
• An abstract of up to 150 words and 50 words of biographical data should be included.
• Up to 5 keywords.
• New paragraphs – to be indicated with one separate line.
• Footnotes and endnotes should be avoided.
• Acknowledgements and appendixes: ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS should be located just before References. If present, appendices should be placed between the main text and the acknowledgements.
• In-text References:
o References in the BODY of the text should give the name of the author and the year of publication. If the publication is of joint authors, there is an ampersand (&) instead of “and”.
e.g. Some of the recent discussions (e.g. Reid 2007; Chambers 1999; Nakata 2006; Ehrman&Dörnyei 1998) prove that L2 motivation and learner autonomy are intrinsically linked.
o Quotations:
Direct in-text citations should appear in SINGLE ROUNDED quotation marks.
e.g. There has been renewed interest in exploring L2 learner motivation. Some of the recent theories focus on establishing the link between the patterns of thinking that ‘shape motivated engagement in learning’ (Ushioda 2008: 21).
Double quotation marks are used ONLY for quotes within quotes.
e.g. It is considered that good language learners ‘develop strategies for “getting … motivation on line again” ‘(Ushioda 2001: 117 in Griffiths 2008: 26).
Longer quotations (more than 3 lines) have to be set apart from the paragraph.
e.g. Some of the research problems that have been observed cover four main aspects:
Workers in this area have been remiss in that they have generated: a large and bewildering array of labels purporting to being different styles, used ineffective and questionable assessment methods, not made a clear distinction between style and other constructs such as intelligence and personality, and have been slow to demonstrate the practical utility of style (Riding 2000: 368).
The page numbers of the quotations should follow a colon and a space. The space between the page numbers has to be marked with a LONG dash (–). The LONG dash should be used also for page numbers in the reference list.
• Tables, figures or diagrams should be numbered accordingly and included in the relevant part of the text. Each should have an explanatory caption.
• Footnotes are to be avoided as much as possible. If they are to be included in the text, format them as endnotes.
• Reference List: All works cited in the text should be listed in alphabetic order at the end of the manuscript. A model example is given below:
Alhquist, S. (2013). ‘Storyline’: a task-based approach for the young learner classroom. ELT Journal 67(1):41–51.
Cameron, L. (2001). Teaching Languages to Young Learners. Cambridge University Press.
Phillips, S. (1993). Young Learners. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
• The editors reserve the right to make editorial changes.

2017 FIPLV International Award goes to …


BETA Committee would like to congratulate Zhivka Ilieva, BETA President, on being awarded the 2017 International Award of the Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Langues Vivantes (FIPLV) -http://fiplv.com. The International Award is FIPLV’s highest distinction, awarded to FIPLV members “who distinguish or have distinguished themselves by being exceptionally active, innovative, valuable, talented, in one or more fields of language learning and language teaching.” Zhivka has been nominated by BETA-IATEFL Committee for her dedication and distinguished contribution to BETA and her active involvement in a variety of roles that impact language teaching and learning in Bulgaria and internationally. We are proud and happy that Zhivka has been confirmed by FIPLV Executive Committee and World Council as the recipient of the 2017 FIPLV International Award! Congratulations to our colleague and all the best in her future endeavors!
Sylvia Velikova, PhD, Representative of FIPLV Committee, will present the award during the Opening Ceremony of the 27th BETA-IATEFL Annual International Conference in Burgas.
BETA Committee
УС на БАПА има удоволствието да поздрави Живка Илиева (председател на БАПА) за удостояването й с Международната награда за 2017 година на Международната федерация на асоциациите на преподавателите по съвременни езици – Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Langues Vivantes (FIPLV) – http://fiplv.com . Това е най-високото отличие, което се присъжда на членове на FIPLV, “които се отличават или са се отличили като изключително активни, иновативни и талантливи в една или повече области на езиците или езиковото обучение.” Живка беше номинирана от УС на БАПА за нейната всеотдайност и принос към Асоциацията, както и заради активната й дейност в полза на чуждоезиковото обучение в България и чужбина. Чувстваме се истински привилегировани за това, че кандидатурата на Живка Илиева беше одобрена от УС и Световния съвет на FIPLV.
Отличието ще бъде връчено лично от представител на УС на FIPLV, д-р Силвия Великова, на церемонията по откриването на 27-ата годишна международна конференция на БАПА в Бургас.
УС на БАПА

Official Representative Call – Czech Republic

Dear BETA Member,
The Association of Teachers of English of the Czech Republic (ATECR) has invited you to participate in the 13th International and 17th National ATECR Conference NO LIMITS that will take place in Hradec Králové. It will be held on 14-15 September 2018. The main topics include modern technology in ELT, teaching English to different age groups, teaching English in inclusive classrooms, teaching English out of school, refreshing our language, culture in ELT, the Maturita exam, International exams and many others.
 
For further information visit the following website: http://atecr.weebly.com/
 
According to the partnership agreement, BETA-IATEFL will send one official representative whose conference registration fee, accommodation and meals will be covered by ATECR. The travel expenses (up to 200 BGN) will be reimbursed by BETA. The official representative will have to give a presentation at the conference and write a report for BETA website within 15 days after the end of the convention. S/he is also expected to get more closely involved with the work of the association during the forthcoming 27th BETA-IATEFL Conference in Burgas. See more on https://www.beta-iatefl.org/scholarships/calls-for-official-representatives/
If you are interested in becoming our official representative, please send us your statement of interest and speaker proposal form to beta.iateflbg@gmail.com
Please note that the deadline for your proposal is 25th April 2018.
With kind regards,
Gergana Georgieva
On behalf of BETA Committee