7th National Multilingual Competition, Blagoevgrad 2012

Written by: Lyubka Stoimenova, Senior Foreign Language Expert, Regional Inspectorate of Education – Blagoevgrad
From 16-17 November 2012, the 7th National Multilingual Competition was held in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. The event brought together 136 students from all over Bulgaria. The students visited the Panitza university library at the American University in Blagoevgrad, which is the largest English-language library in Southeast Europe. At the welcome concert, held in the Nikola Vaptsarov Drama Theatre, students from Blagoevgrad schools performed in a variety of languages. They sang songs in French, English, Russian and Korean, with guitar and piano accompaniment, skillfully led by music teachers – true professionals! Even the music teacher from the High School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (Blagoevgrad), Velizar Balevski was there at the concert, playing the piano and other musical instruments and supporting his students, although the next day was going to be his wedding day! The students also performed scenes from Shakespeare’s Macbeth and La Fontaine’s fables. The concert was truly amazing, also thanks to the emblematic Pirin ensemble (Blagoevgrad), which performed the dances “Bagpipe” and “Logodazhkoto” and closed the concert with the famous song “Zasvirete Muri”.

Download: Report (in Bulgarian) and photos in Adobe.PDF format

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New online courses from the British Council

Since October 2011 over 170 teachers of English had enrolled for the online courses and those who were successful received certificates from the British Council.
The British Council expands the range of the courses with one for teachers who teach subjects in English:

  • CLIL Essentials (Content and Language Integrated Learning)

The course is for primary and secondary school teachers who teach curricular subjects in English. Participants are expected to have a minimum Council of Europe Framework (CEF) B1 level of English proficiency (IELTS 4.0).
The course helps teachers develop practical skills to introduce functional language, evaluate language challenges and adapt classroom tasks and forms of assessment. This will help their students understand the topics in a second language

The British Council continues to offer:

  • TeachingEnglish TKT Essentials Module 1 Optional F2F 1 day workshop

  • TeachingEnglish TKT Essentials Module 2&3 Optional F2F 1 day workshop

  • TeachingEnglish Learning Technologies Essentials Optional F2F 1 day workshop

  • TeachingEnglish Primary Essentials Optional F2F 1 day workshop

The new deadline and more information about the courses you can find at the British Council web site