28th BETA-IATEFL Annual International Conference

    28th BETA-IATEFL Annual International Conference

Changing the World One Class at a Time: Getting Through to Students


3rd-5th May 2019, Plovdiv, Bulgaria  


Photo: Encho Tilev

The Bulgarian English Teachers’ Association (BETA-IATEFL) and the Paisii Hilendarski University of Plovdiv, are pleased to invite you to the 28th BETA-IATEFL Annual International Conference, which will take place from 3rd-5th May 2019, Plovdiv – 2019 European Capital of Culture.

This forum aims to inspire and motivate teachers to exchange experience and ideas about interesting and innovative ways of teaching and creating bridges to a future learning environment where students feel confident and inspired to explore and create. We would like to offer you the opportunity to share your professional experience, expertise and insights into the fascinating world of language teaching and research. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to Teaching Young Learners and Teenagers; Teaching LSP; Teacher Education and Development; Bilingual Education; Literature, Media & Cultural Studies in LT; Global Issues; Content and Language Integrated Learning; Blended Learning; Applied linguistics; Research; Testing, Evaluation and Assessment, First/Second Language Acquisition, Foreign/Second Language Teaching, Quality in Language Education.

As usual, internationally prominent professionals in the field of language teaching and learning are invited as keynote speakers and workshop leaders. A book exhibition of major publishers and service providers in the field will accompany the conference.

SPEAKER PROPOSAL DEADLINE – 25th March 2019. For speaker proposal forms, fees and accommodation check https://www.beta-iatefl.org for regular updates. For further queries, contact beta.iatefl@gmail.com

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We very much look forward to seeing you in Plovdiv.
Best regards,
The Conference Organizing Team

2014 FIPLV International Award goes to …

On behalf of BETA Committee I would like to congratulate Sylvia Velikova, Co-editor of BETA Publications and former President of BETA (2010-2014), on being awarded the 2014 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.” Sylva has been nominated by BETA-IATEFL Committee for her dedication and distinguished contribution to BETA as President 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 Sylvia has been confirmed by FIPLV Executive Committee and World Council as the recipient of the 2014 FIPLV International Award! Congratulations to our colleague and all the best in her future endeavors!
Professor Terry Lamb, President of FIPLV, will present the award during the Opening Ceremony of the forthcoming 2015 BETA Conference in Sofia.
Zhivka Ilieva

President of BETA-IATEFL


От името на УС на БАПА, имам удоволствието да поздравя Силвия Великова  (член на редакторския екип на бюлетина на БАПА и Председател на УС на БАПА в периода 2010-2014), за удостояването й с Международната награда за 2014 година на Федерацията на асоциациите на преподавателите по 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.” Силвия беше номинирана от УС на БАПА за нейната всеотдайност и принос към Асоциацията като Председател на УС, както и заради активната й дейност в полза на чуждоезиковото обучение в България и чужбина. Чувстваме се истински привилегировани за това, че кандидатурата на Силвия Великова беше одобрена от УС и Световния съвет на FIPLV.

Отличието ще бъде връчено лично от Президента на FIPLV, професор д-р Тери Лам, на церемонията по откриването на предстоящата конференция на БАПА в София.
Живка Илиева

Председател на УС на БАПА

Cambridge FIRST seminar with Roy Norris in Sofia

Organizer: Macmillan Bulgaria
When: Friday, April 4, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Where: 7 Pirotska Str., Sofia, Bulgaria ( Залата на Съюза на юристите в България)
Where is the grammar in the Cambridge English First exam?
Students’ understanding of grammar and their ability to use it correctly is tested in almost all of the papers in the First exam. It’s there in one form or another in each of the Use of English tasks; it’s assessed in the Writing and Speaking papers, and it’s even lurking in the Reading tasks. We’ll be looking at what and where exactly the grammar is in the exam and considering ways of raising students’ awareness of this.

Preparing for the changes to the Cambridge English: First exam
The changes to the FCE exam come into effect from January 2015. I’ll be looking at what’s different in the exam and how to go about preparing your students for it. In particular, I’ll be revealing the new features of Ready for First, which has undergone a complete revision and been updated in response to the changes.
Roy Norris
For more information and to register, click HERE

2015 World Congress of Modern Languages

In 2015 FIPLV joins forces with CASLT (Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers) and OMLTA (Ontario Modern Language Teachers’ Association) to hold the 2015 World Congress of Modern Languages in Niagara Falls (ON), Canada, March 26-28, 2015.
The Call for Papers is now open, with a closing date of 1 May 2014. For details on how to submit, please see the World Congress webpages:

Pilgrims, UK & University of Veliko Turnovo Teacher Training Workshop

Pilgrims, UK & the University of Veliko Turnovo will be holding a teacher training workshop on 25th November 2011. The participants will have the opportunity to work with the Pilgrims trainer Tim Bowen.
Time: 14.00-17.00
Venue: University of Veliko Turnovo (Rectorate), room 2
Contact: s.velikova@gmail.com
A representative from the BETA-IATEFL Committee will be available to meet and talk with the workshop participants.
Click here for detailed information and provisional programme.

Trinity College London Second National Teachers Conference

Dear Colleagues,
We are pleased to announce the Trinity College London Second National Teachers Conference. The sessions will take place in Sofia and Varna.
2 November 2011 – Sofia
4 November 2011 – Varna
Topics include: Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE) & Integrated Skills in English (ISE). The speaker is Nigel McEwen, Trinity College London.
For more information and how to register, please see the event programme (in Bulgarian) here.
BETA Committee representatives will also be there to meet the participants and give information about BETA and its activities.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
With best wishes,
BETA Committee

Teacher Training Event of Pilgrims Ltd (UK), Ruse University and BETA-IATEFL

Dear Colleagues,
Pilgrims Ltd (UK), Ruse University and BETA-IATEFL would like to invite all teachers of English to take part in a teacher training workshop, led by Tim Bowen, a well-known ELT author and Pilgrims teacher trainer.
A BETA-IATEFL representative will be there to provide information and answer questions about BETA and its activities.
The date is 5th November (Friday) 2010.
The venue: Ruse University, Ruse, building 2, room 203
Time: 13.30-17.00
Contact: s.velikova@gmail.com or  tharakchiyska@uni-ruse.bg
Best wishes,
The Organizing Team
Click here for more information on the topics of the workshop sessions and how to register.

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.