Workshop: Innovation in Language Teaching through European-funded projects

Date: April 26th 2012
Venue: University of Sofia, Department of Information and In-service Training of Teachers, room 209
Time: 10.00 – 12.00
Special guest: Joel Josephson, specialist in Social Networks, Web 2.0 tools and language learning
10.00-10.30 Registration and opening
10.30-11.15 Workshop One
Using Social Networks to boost language teachers’ professional development (aPLaNet project)
Co-presenters: Joel Josephson, Bistra Stoimenova, Nina Tsvetkova
11.15-12.00 Workshop Two
Music and language learning (FolkDC and PopuLLar projects)
Presenter: Joel Josephson
Please note that
• the event is not restricted to English language teachers only but is open to teachers of all languages, however, a good command of English is a must
• we can host no more than 25 people – please confirm your participation by April 23 to the following email addresses:

Jeremy Harmer in Bulgaria

24 – 27 April, 2012
PEARSON LONGMAN BULGARIA are happy to invite you to the seminars which will be held by the world famous methodologist JEREMY HARMER

Old world? New world. Our world.

Jeremy is going to talk about the challenges of using new technologies in English language teaching.
The seminars are open to all who would like to attend at:
Varna, 24th April, 14.00-15.30h, Municipal House Varna – Plenary Hall
Burgas, 25th April, 12.00-13.30h, Cultural Center “Sea Casino”
Plovdiv, 26th April, 12.00-13.30h, Park-Hotel ‘St. Petersburg’- Conference Hall
Sofia, 27th April, 11.00-12.30h Bulgarian Academy of Science – Central Building
More information on the events is available on or tel.: (052) 600 516; (056) 827 029; (032) 635 628; ( 02)  9805093
Download the Registration Form

Cambridge Day 2012

Cambridge Day 2012

Cambridge English: Integrating Learning and Assessment

PONS Bulgaria is delighted to invite you to attend the

Sixth National English Teachers Conference

April 21st 2012, Sofia, Kempinski hotel Zografski (Serdika Hall)

More information on the event is available here

PONS Bulgaria Ltd., 1124 Sofia, 22 Petar Delyan Str.
tel.: (02) 843 20 70, fax: (02) 943 15 65,,

Glasgow Online is live

Join us online for the 46th IATEFL Annual International Conference

The British Council invites English teachers all around the world to take part in the Glasgow Online which is the interactive web coverage of the 2012 IATEFL Conference in Glasgow.
The 2012 Glasgow IATEFL Conference takes place between 19th and 23rd March 2012 – Glasgow Online has already started. Visit the Glasgow Online website at:
Glasgow Online is a British Council / IATEFL partnership. Glasgow Online offers free, interactive coverage of this year’s IATEFL Conference. The Glasgow Online website features live and on-demand video webcasts of conference presentations and workshops, video interviews, moderated discussion forums, photo albums and conference reports.
Glasgow Online provides teacher audiences worldwide with an opportunity to share ideas with colleagues before, during and after the conference. Last year over 50,000 teachers all over the world spent over 15,000 hours watching the video we made available as part of the IATEFL Glasgow Online Project. This year we expect an even larger audience to join us for Glasgow Online.

So, how can I take part?

You can visit the Glasgow Online website at Join in and be part of the conference!
Help us promote Glasgow Online
We’d like to invite you to share this invitation with your colleagues all around the world. We have a selection of Glasgow Online web banners available at:
Sessions on iTunesU
We have uploaded session from last year’s IATEFL Brighton Conference 2011 to our iTunes U page:

Event twitter tag: #iatefl
Follow us on twitter @iateflonline
Event flickr tag: iatefl2012

For more information Conference Glasgow 2012
Glasgow Promotion
Contact us at

International Creative Writing Competition Bulgaria 2012

Are you an English teacher?

Do you work with students from 6th to 12th grade?

Do you have an interest in writing?

Then join us for the International Creative Writing Competition! We’re looking for teachers to help lead the competition in their own school and to help judge the many incredible essays we receive! Read on…

Download: ICWC INFO PACKET 2012

Download: ICWC 2012 BG flyer

Download: ICWC 2012 ENG flyer

In addition to teachers to hold writing sessions in their schools, we also need several Bulgarian English teachers to join our panel of judges (especially if you live in or near Sofia). Please contact the email address below if you are interested!


Vaune Hough-Snee
ICWC Bulgaria, national organizer

U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer
TEFL Program
Kubrat / Seslav, BULGARIA
GSM: 0887236144

British Council Bulgaria online teacher training courses

Teachers of English who live outside Sofia or have a very busy schedule, can now register for the British Council Bulgaria new online courses.
Following the great success of the first online courses in the autumn  of 2011, the British Council Bulgaria are now registering for the second series starting on 13 February 2012. The courses include:

  • Primary Essentials
  • Learning Technologies for the Classroom
  • TKT Essentials Module 2&3.

The courses are very convenient as interaction with the moderators is asynchronous, i.e. conducted over a period of time via email and discussion forums allowing for flexible learning. This means teachers can attend the course during whichever part of the day is most convenient for them.
Check out the British Council website to learn more about registration deadlines, course details and fees.

Official representative call – Belgrade 2012

Dear BETA Member,
This is our next call for an official representative – this time for the 10th ELTA IATEFL Conference ‘Teaching outside the box’ (for reference: ). As an official representative, your conference registration fee, accommodation and meals will be covered by ELTA Serbia . The travel expenses (up to 200 BGN) will be reimbursed by BETA. You 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 . You will also be expected to help BETA Committee during the conference next year.
If you are interested in becoming our official representative, please send us your statement of interest and Speaker Proposal Form (downloadable at ) to .
Please note that the deadline for your proposal is 20th February 2012.
With kind regards,

Zarina Markova
On behalf of BETA Committee

Official representative call – Thessaloniki 2012

Dear BETA Member,

Our partner association TESOL Macedonia-Thrace Northern Greece are preparing for their 19th   Annual International Conference ‘Experimentation – that’s the name of the game’ , which will take place in Thessaloniki on 10-11 March 2012.

(for reference: ).
According to the partnership agreement, BETA will send one official representative whose conference registration fee, accommodation and meals will be covered by TESOL Macedonia Thrace Northern Greece . 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 . The official representative is also expected to help BETA Committee during the conference next year.
If you are interested in becoming our official representative, please send us your statement of interest and Speaker Proposal Form (downloadable at )  to .
Please note that the deadline for your proposal is 15th January 2012.
With kind regards,

Zarina Markova
On behalf of BETA Committee

European Children's Travelling Language Library

The European Children’s Travelling Language Library is a European Union funded education project. It is targeted at children who have recently started to learn a foreign language to:

  • Exposure them to the rich heritage of European languages and cultures
  • Be motivated to learn languages
  • Build a love of reading as the best form of autonomous lifelong learning
  • Reinforce emerging literacy

Travelling libraries of the most beautifully illustrated children’s books in six European languages (English, Spanish, Turkish, Italian, Czech and Finnish) travel from school to school across Europe. Each school keeps the library for a period and has to carry out a number of educational and collaborative activities before, during, and after the visit of the Library.
The Eurolibs have been used in schools across Europe with great success.
Using the Libraries
The Eurolib libraries and the pedagogic resources are now complete and ready for schools across Europe to use. You can download the documents about using the libraries at: and book a visit of the library (you will need to pay for transport).

Paolo Cremona
Coordinator EuroLib
London, UK

10th Jubilee LATEUM Conference “Linguistics and ELT Today: Tradition and Innovation”

Written by: Zhivka Ilieva, Dobrich College of Shumen University, Bulgaria
Many years ago, at IATEFL East in 2001 in Plovdiv, I received an invitation from the President of LATEUM (Linguistic Association of the Teachers of English at the University of Moscow) to present at their conference. This year I was invited again to participate in their 10th conference. As a member of BETA I applied for and received a partial bursary from our association to attend the conference and to present there my paper entitled “The Modern Technologies and their Contribution to Tourism College Students’ Foreign Language Development”.
I would like to express my gratitude to LATEUM for inviting me to this event and to BETA for supporting my participation at the Conference in Russia.

Lomonosov Moscow State University, where the University halls of residence are and the participants who had chosen to stay there (including me) were lucky to feel the unforgettable atmosphere day and night.

From 28 to 30 September 2011, the 10th Jubilee LATEUM Conference “Linguistics and ELT Today: Tradition and Innovation” was held at Lomonosov Moscow State University. It marked the 20-year anniversary of LATEUM. It is the oldest Russian association of teachers of English founded at the Department of English Linguistics, Philology Faculty, Moscow State University (MSU). MSU is the oldest Russian university with over 250 years of history and LATEUM is an affiliate of IATEFL and a member of the World Federation of Modern Language Associations accredited by UNESCO.
The venue was Moscow State University, Humanities Building 1. The working languages were English and Russian. The organizing committee consisted of young and enthusiastic people working in the field of Linguistics, Literature, Culture and ELT. There were about 100 presentations: plenary sessions, talks, workshops.
The talks and workshops were divided under the headings of the following SIGs:

  • Discourse Analysis and Pragmatics
  • Business English
  • Modern Technologies in ELT and Teacher Development
  • Global English
  • Phonetics and Phonology
  • Semantics and Cognitive Studies
  • Literature Studies
  • Translation and Contrastive Studies
  • Media, Communication and Culture
  • Lexico-Grammar and ESP.

The plenaries were delivered by scientists from MSU and other institutions: Prof. Natalia Gvishiani, Prof. Ronald Carter, Prof. Svetlanna Ter-Minasova, Christian Duncumb, Thomas Santos, Toni Hull, Gavin Dudeney, Prof. Marklin Konurbaev, Prof. Tamara Nazarova, Prof. Vera Zabotkina, Prof. Olga Aleksandrova and covered topics like Corpus Linguistics, Global English, IT in Language Education, eLearning, Teacher Autonomy, etc.
There were more than 200 participants, representatives of about 40 institutions from all over Russia and from different countries in the world.
There was a Book Exhibition and Fair and a rich social programme: a welcoming wine reception, an evening for visiting theatres, concerts, exhibitions, or just walking around Moscow, a conference dinner. All these events together with the very well organized coffee breaks provided opportunities for professional and friendly conversations with colleagues from various universities and ELT associations in Russia and around the world, for exchanging information and invitations for the events we organize.
Overall, the event was impressive! The organization was perfect and the guests received a warm welcome!