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

 
FIRST CALL
 
DEAR COLLEAGUE,
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

Download this message in a file here.

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

E-Newsletter, Issue 37 (September-October 2018)


In the current issue:
Editors’ Corner (p. 3)
Mournful Tidings (p. 5)
Bill Templer – Discussing the Realities of Our Own Workaday Lives as Teachers (p. 6)
Nataša Intihar Klančar – 8 Keys of Excellence in Practice – A Primary School Camp (p. 19)
Diana Velcheva-Emmanouilidou – Learning a Foreign Language through Drama (p. 32)
Forthcoming Events in the World of ELT (p. 37)
Writing for the BETA E-Newsletter (p. 39)
Notes for Contributors (p. 40)
Download this open access issue  E-Newsletter_37th
ISSN 1314-6874
Editors: Polly Petcova (main editor of the current issue)

E-Newsletter, Issue 36 (July-August 2018)

In the current issue

  • Editors’ Corner (p. 3)
  • Getting Unstuck: Stretching out of our Comfort Zones (MarjorieRosenberg) (p. 6)
  • Paint the Town Blue Belouga and the World Stage (Kiro Jordanov, M-Ed. and Nicholas Blandford) (p. 18)
  • Developing Speaking Skills at University (Milka Hadjikoteva) (p. 32)
  • Etymology of Idioms and Their Teaching (Aglika Dobreva) (p. 41)
  • Transformative Pedagogy For ESOL in a Super Diverse Europe (Diana Popova) (p. 55)
  • Hot Potatoes For Wild Thyme Organic Farm (Reneta Stoimenova) (p. 68)
  • Problem-based Learning in FLT (Mariya Neykova) (p. 73)
  • Binomials Joined By And Conjunction In Some Fairy Tales(Petranka Ivanova) (p. 82)
  • Rehearsal time (very young learners) (Zhivka Ilieva and Desislava Terzieva) (p. 96)
  • Forthcoming Events in the World of ELT (p. 105)
  • Writing for the BETA-IATEFL E-Newsletter (p. 109)
  • Notes for Contributors (p. 110)

Click here to download this open access issue
ISSN 1314-6874
Editors: Polly Petcova (main editor of the current issue)

Call for contributions to BETA-IATEFL E-Newsletter

Call for contributions to BETA-IATEFL E-Newsletter Issue 38

(November – December 2018)

 Dear Colleagues,
We would like to invite you to contribute to the Nov–Dec 2018 issue of the BETA-IATEFL E-Newsletter (ISSN 1314-6874).
Please send your contributions to the editors at beta.iateflbg@gmail.com by 31 December 2018. Submissions received after this date will be considered for publication in the subsequent issues of the E-Newsletter.
Your submissions can focus on (but may not be limited to) the following ELT  areas:

  • Your past and forthcoming class/ school/ university projects, events, and conferences;
  • Your thoughts and experiences from conferences, workshops, courses you have attended;
  • Yours or your students’ thoughts and experiences from external examinations and other forms of assessment;
  • A problem or some small-scale action/academic research, or even an idea for encouraging others to do such research, even jointly;
  • Your work in the field of ELT, sharing teaching/research tips and ideas, or your professional life narrative;
  • An interview with some of your students asking how they see English learning, what they read, what websites they follow, etc.

Please also confer with the sections Notes for contributors and Writing for the BETA E-Newsletter available at the end of the latest issue of the E-Newsletter (Issue 35 here pp 41-42).
We look forward to hearing from you.
The Editors
 

Call for contributions to BETA-IATEFL E-Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,
We would like to invite you to contribute to the next  issue of the BETA-IATEFL E-Newsletter (ISSN 1314-6874).
Please send your contributions to the editors at beta.iateflbg@gmail.com by 31.10.018. Submissions received after this date will be considered for publication in the subsequent issues of the E-Newsletter.
Your submissions can focus on (but may not be limited to) the following ELT  areas:

  • Your past and forthcoming class/ school/ university projects, events, and conferences;
  • Your thoughts and experiences from conferences, workshops, courses you have attended;
  • Yours or your students’ thoughts and experiences from external examinations and other forms of assessment;
  • A problem or some small-scale action/academic research, or even an idea for encouraging others to do such research, even jointly;
  • Your work in the field of ELT, sharing teaching/research tips and ideas, or your professional life narrative;
  • An interview with some of your students asking how they see English learning, what they read, what websites they follow, etc.

Please also consider the
 
Notes for Contributors
 
•          Your article must have not been previously published and should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.
•          The length of your article may vary – short contributions of 300 – 800 words are as good as long ones.
•          Electronic submission of your article is preferred to the following e-mail address: beta.iateflbg@gmail.com
•          Text of the article: Calibri, 14 points, with 1.5 spacing.
•          Headings and subheading: Calibri, 24 points, bold, centred; first letter capitalised.
•          Author names and title as well as contact details should be submitted in a separate file accompanying the article.
•          About 50 words of biographical data should be included.
•          New paragraphs – to be indicated with one separate line.
•          Referencing should follow the APA referencing style.
•          References in the text should be ordered alphabetically and contain the name of the author and the year of publication, e.g. (Benson, 1993; Hudson, 2008).
•          Quotations have to include the relevant page number(s), e.g. (Peters, 2006, p. 76).
•          Tables, figures or diagrams should be numbered accordingly and included in the relevant part of the text. Each should have an explanatory caption.
•          The editors will not return any material submitted, but they reserve the right to make editorial changes.
We look forward to hearing from you.
The Editors
 

HAPPY DAY

УВАЖАЕМИ КОЛЕГИ, ПРЕПОДАВАТЕЛИ ПО АНГЛИЙСКИ ЕЗИК,

Българската асоциация на преподавателите по английски език обявява ЩАСТЛИВ ДЕН на 01.11.2018 г. Тези от Вас, които подадат формуляр за членство (виж https://www.beta-iatefl.org/join-us/) на beta.iateflbg@gmail.com точно на указаната дата, ще подновят членството си или ще станат членове на нашата асоциация с „щастливата“ такса от 10 лв. вместо редовната от 20 лв. (редуцираната членска такса следва да се заплати не по-късно от 15.11.2018 г.). Членството, подновено или заявено на указаната дата, ще бъде валидно до 31.12.2019 г. Ако проявявате интерес, можете да станете член на БАПА или да подновите членството си до края на 2020 г. срещу „щастливата“ такса от 20 лв.
Ако вече сте член на БАПА за 2019 г., БАПА Ви приканва да разпространите информацията сред заинтересовани колеги.

Чрез присъединяването си към БАПА Вие получавате:

  • достъп до общността на преподавателите по английски език в България;
  • редовна информация за събития, свързани с чуждоезиковото обучение на всички нива в България и региона;
  • подкрепа (вкл. финансова) за участие в национални и международни професионални събития (можете да се кандидатирате за официален представител на БАПА на конференция, организирана от нашите партньори или за подпомагане, включващо транспортни разходи или такса правоучастие);
  • безплатно електронното издание на асоциацията и партньорските организации на БАПА;
  • възможност да се присъедините към Международната асоциация на преподавателите по английски като чужд език (IATEFL) на специална такса или към Международната асоциация на преподавателите по английски за чужденци (TESOL);
  • възможност да участвате в годишната конференция на БАПА и на партньорските асоциации (ATECR-Czech Republic, ELTAM -Macedonia, ELTA-Serbia, TESOL Macedonia-Thrace Northern Greece, IATEFL-Poland) с редуцирана такса за членове на тези асоциации;
  • възможност да станете РАЗЛИЧЕН учител по английски език.

Plovdiv University…

Катедра „Aнглийска филология”, ПУ “Паисий Хилендарски”, обявява конкурс с конкурсен изпит за назначаване на двама преподаватели по: Област на висше образование 2. Хуманитарни науки; Професионално направление 2.1. Филология; Германски езици; Съвременен английски език.
Пълната обява, тук.
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E-Newsletter, Issue 35 (May-June 2018)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

In the current issue

  • Editors’ Corner (p. 3)
  • President’s Address (p. 5)
  • Reflections on IATEFL 2018 conference in Brighton, Conference Report (Irina Ivanova) (p. 7)
  • A few useful tips for staying sane in the primary school classroom in EFL (Nataša Intihar Klancar) (p. 13)
  • Creativity, culture and technology in a successful European school (Miglena Petrova) (p. 21)
  • Forthcoming Events in the World of ELT (p. 33)
  • Writing for the BETA-IATEFL E-Newsletter Special Conference Issue (p. 37)
  • Writing for the BETA-IATEFL E-Newsletter (p. 41)
  • Notes for Contributors (p. 42)

Click here to download this open access issue
ISSN 1314-6874
Editors: Polly Petcova (main editor of the current issue) Zhivka Ilieva and Sylvia Velikova (associate editors)

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.