TESOL Macedonia-Thrace, Northern Greece 20th Annual International Convention, 9-10 March 2013

Written by: Fatme Osmanova-Atanasova, FL Expert at the Regional Inspectorate of Education – Silistra

Fatme’s workshop

My name is Fatme Osmanova-Atanasova. I have worked in education for the past 13 years: 10 years as a teacher and 3 years as a FL Expert at the Regional Inspectorate of Education – Silistra.

I received a bursary from BETA to attend 20th Annual International Convention “ELT – The What and the How”, organized by TESOL Macedonia Thrace, Northern Greece. The event  was held on 9th & 10th March 2013, American College of Thessaloniki – Northern Greece.

In my talk I shared some good practice examples of my experience as a Foreign Language Expert in creating different opportunities for foreign language teachers to develop professionally and personally through open-class lessons, seminars and courses and my way to encourage communication and collaboration between teachers in and out of school, to help them establish contacts with representatives of accredited associations in the field of English language teaching, with a mission of supporting the teachers’ professional development (for example BETA Bulgaria), to ensure better preparation and results of their students in English tests and exams at the end of 7th, 8th and 12th grade (national external assessment), and in line with the Common European Language Framework.

Fatme’s workshop

I was honoured to meet brilliant speakers and presenters in Greece. Meet the plenary speakers:

  • Dr. Tom Godfrey – Director of International Training Institute which is a centre for teacher training and development and an ELT consultancy in Istanbul and his presentation “Whole Person Learning: The New Way”.
  • Gavin Dudeney – Chair of the Electronic Committee and his talk “Literacies: Teachers & Learners… ”. You can follow Gavin’s blog at: http://slife.dudeney.com
  •   Nicos Sifaki – an Assistant Professor in the School of Humanities of the Hellenic Open University and his talk “Differentiated instruction” which was a review of the essential underpinnings of differentiated instruction and a look into (a) practical aspects of going beyond the one-size-fits- all delivery system and (b) ways in which prospective teachers can reflect on and evaluate the impact of their own practice in the differentiated classroom context.
  • David A Hill – “Language Play & Creative Language Learning”.

The total number of the presentations were about 30 – plenary sessions, talks, workshops, a Pecha Kucha evening.
Many thanks to SEETA Board members and especially to Mr. House – Chair Person of the Board, Mr. Topalis, Theodora Pontica – Vice Chair, Natasha Jarnot and Nathan Prath not only as organizers but also as active participants in my talk Creating Opportunities for Foreign Language (FL) Teachers’ Professional Development.
Many thanks to BETA Board for choosing me as their official representative.

Thessaloniki, Greece

 
With Roger House, President of TESOL Macedonia Thrace, Northern Greece

 

Състезание на английски език "ДА СПЕЛУВАМЕ ЗАЕДНО"

The winners
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На 09 февруари 2013 година в аудиториума на академичен център Балкански в кампус Скаптопара на Американски университет се проведе Първото състезание на английски език Да спелуваме заедно, което се организира от Регионален инспекторат по образованието и Средно общообразователно училище „Георги Измирлиев“ с подкрепата на Корплюс, Американски университет в България и С.А.Н. ООД – Варна, изключителен представител на Pearson за България.
Целта на състезанието е да повиши подготовката на учениците за участието им в състезанието по правопис SpellingBee, като се готвят заедно с родителите си, които от своя страна подкрепят децата си и се състезават наравно с тях по забавен и нетрадиционен начин.
Присъстваха Ивайло Златанов – началник на Регионален инспекторат по образованието, Благоевград, Димитър Цеков – изпълнителен директор на Корплюс – България, Валя Завялова – програмен директор на Корплюс, Боряна Шалявска – директор на отдел Прием на студенти в Американския университет, учители, родители и участници.
Състезанието има и своя авторска песен, написана, записана и изпълнена от Снежина Дуевска, бивша ученичка в Гимназия „Пейо К. Яворов“, град Петрич, която вече учи в University of EastLondon в Лондон, Англия. Заглавието е А DreamerinTuscany, а Тоскана – красиво кътче, където всеки би могъл да отиде, както и навсякъде по света стига да знае чужди езици и да реши да участва в подобни състезания. Става дума за възможностите и вратите, които участието в подобни инициативи и извънкласни дейности отварят. В този смисъл Тоскана да е по-скоро метафора за това, което можеш да получиш като награда, ако си достатъчно смел и амбициозен да участваш. В изпълнението на песента участва Васко Кръпката. Инструментариумът е на рок група No frames. Снежина не присъстваше, но бе изпратила видео, в което приветстваше участниците.
Журито се състоеше от водещ и трима диктори – носители на езика – американецът Натаниел Баумгарднер от отдел „Прием на студенти“ и двама студенти от АУБ – Кейлън Браун и Валешка Соролзано.
Участваха 50 ученици от ІІ до VІІ клас и 10 родители в три категории – Бъдещи спелинг състезатели, Същински спелинг състезатели и Спелинг родители. Заелите първите три места получиха грамота и награди от АУБ, Корплюс и Пиърсън, а всеки един участник – грамота за участие и награда от Корплюс и Пиърсън.
Инициативата продължи на следващия ден с участието на СОУИЧЕ „Св. Климент Охридски“, Благоевград. Състезаваха се 32 ученици в категория Спелинг състезатели и 9 родители от категория Спелинг родители.
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Родители, победители в спелуването

Изготвил:
Любка Стоименова
Старши експерт по чужди езици
Регионален инспекторат по образованието

Offical Representatives Call – ELTA-IATEFL, Serbia and TESOL Macedonia Thrace, Northern Greece, 2013

Dear BETA Member,
Our partner associations ELTA-IATEFL Serbia and TESOL Macedonia Thrace, Northern Greece are preparing for their annual conferences. You can find more information about the events at http://elta.org.rs/elta-conferences/11th-elta-conference/ and http://www.tesolmacthrace.org/convention2013.html respectively.
According to the partnership agreement, BETA will send one official representative to both events whose conference registration fee, accommodation and meals will be covered by the host associations. 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 following academic year.
If you are interested in becoming an official representative, please send us your statement of interest and Speaker Proposal Form to beta.iateflbg@gmail.com. Please bear in mind the deadlines: 30th January 2013 for the TESOL Macedonia Thrace Northern Greece Convention and 24th February 2013 for the ELTA Serbia Conference
With kind regards,
Zarina Markova
On behalf of BETA Committee
Download the ELTA-IATEFL Serbia Registration Form in MS Word format
Download the TESOL Macedonia Thrace, Northern Greece Registration Form in MS Word format

ELTA Serbia 10th Conference "Teaching Outside the Box"18-19 May 2012

Written by: Tsvetelena Taralova, School No 88 in Sofia

As a member of BETA, I received a bursary from our association to attend the 10th ELTA conference “Teaching Outside the Box” in Belgrade Serbia, where I had a session on “JEOPARDY GAMES IN ELT”. As a warm up I presented the school life in Galena High School, Reno, Nevada, US; where I had my internship during the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program in the fall 2011. The main part of the workshop was a Jeopardy Game on the US, with subtopics History, Geography, Literature, Quotes by famous Americans, and Sport; played by participants.
The 10th ELTA conference title derives from a metaphor and the theme “Teaching outside the box” was discussed and interpreted throughout the different sessions. In accordance with the title, the event focused on innovative teaching methods. The conference venue was Teachers Training Faculty, which is part of University of Belgrade. It is an impressive building, which dates back to the end of the 19th century and has been recently renovated. The Main Hall and six other classrooms were used for presentations and workshops and the second floor gallery provided the exhibition area for ELTA partners and sponsors.

There were about 200 participants and guests, among whom were HE Mary Warlick, US Ambassador in Serbia; HMA Michael Davenport, UK Ambassador; Tony O’Brien, Director of the British Council Serbia, Dr Aleksandar Jovanovic, Dean of the Faculty of Education and a Representative of the Ministry of Education. Teachers and teacher trainers at state and private schools and universities in Serbia; and representatives of IATEFL partner organizations were helped by student volunteers throughout the whole event.
There were about 50 presentations: plenary sessions, and workshops. The latter events were divided under the headings of the following SIGs:
• Making original teaching materials;
• Innovations in teaching language skills, vocabulary and grammar;
• Teaching English for specific purposes;
• Teaching young learners;
• Teaching teenagers;
• Teaching adults;
• Preparation for international examinations (Cambridge ESOL, IELTS, TOEFL).
The plenaries were delivered by:
• Jayme Adelson-Goldstein, Professional development specialist and ESL author at Lighthearted Learning;
• Geraldine Mark, Freelance author and editor: EFL and applied linguistics;
• Sophie Ioannou-Georgiou, Lecturer/teacher trainer, researcher, materials developer (EFL);
• Danae Kozanoglou, Teacher trainer, author and owner of PROFILE Teacher Training School in Athens;
• Steve Oakes, Head of Teacher Training at International House, Budapest;
• Tony O’Brien, Director of the British Council Serbia;
• Steve Lever, Senior ELT consultant at various publishing houses;
• Graham Hall, Senior lecturer in applied linguistics/TESOL at Northumbria University Newcastle UK.
The special dinner and the raffle party event was in Leonardo restaurant, at an impressive location – on the mouth of the Sava River into The Danube. The amazing view of the two rivers and the fortress on the opposite side supplemented the prize draw and the quiz about Charles Dickens, dedicated to his 200th anniversary. Most of the teachers went home with a useful book, which would remind them of the conference. During the warm evening I could talk to teachers from Serbia and some other countries and got a little relieved listening to the same stories about lack of money for education, yet a lot of motivated teachers and good practices to share.

The last evening I stayed in Belgrade was the museums’ night, celebrated all over Europe. While waiting for my bus at midnight, I could visit 4 museums and learn more about the Serbian life, culture and traditions. Friendly and helpful Serbians made me realize how close we are, and how little we know about each other.
Finally, I would like to express my gratitude to BETA for supporting my participation at the Conference in Belgrade, Serbia and keeping me motivated with my work.
Tsvetelena Taralova, Head of Foreign Language Department at School No 88 in Sofia
E-mail: ts_taralova@abv.bg
P.S. If you are interested to read my notes about different items in the presentation, you can find them under each slide.
Download Tsvetelena’s Conference PowerPiont Presentation on JEOPARDY GAMES IN ELT