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 The collection should be published by the end of September 2018.
Please let us know, by 20th August 2018 at, 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.

2017 FIPLV International Award goes to …

BETA Committee would like to congratulate Zhivka Ilieva, BETA President, on being awarded the 2017 International Award of the Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Langues Vivantes (FIPLV) - 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.” Zhivka has been nominated by BETA-IATEFL Committee for her dedication and distinguished contribution to BETA 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 Zhivka has been confirmed by FIPLV Executive Committee and World Council as the recipient of the 2017 FIPLV International Award! Congratulations to our colleague and all the best in her future endeavors!
Sylvia Velikova, PhD, Representative of FIPLV Committee, will present the award during the Opening Ceremony of the 27th BETA-IATEFL Annual International Conference in Burgas.
BETA Committee
УС на БАПА има удоволствието да поздрави Живка Илиева (председател на БАПА) за удостояването й с Международната награда за 2017 година на Международната федерация на асоциациите на преподавателите по съвременни езици – Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Langues Vivantes (FIPLV) – . 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.” Живка беше номинирана от УС на БАПА за нейната всеотдайност и принос към Асоциацията, както и заради активната й дейност в полза на чуждоезиковото обучение в България и чужбина. Чувстваме се истински привилегировани за това, че кандидатурата на Живка Илиева беше одобрена от УС и Световния съвет на FIPLV.
Отличието ще бъде връчено лично от представител на УС на FIPLV, д-р Силвия Великова, на церемонията по откриването на 27-ата годишна международна конференция на БАПА в Бургас.

E-Newsletter, Issue 34 (March-April 2018)

In the current issue

  • Editors’ Corner (p. 3)
  • Teaching a Touching Tale about Three Artists: O. Henry’s “The Last Leaf” (1907) (Bill Templer) (p. 5)
  • It Can Take No Tech to Kill a Mockingbird (Reneta Stoimenova) (p. 22)
  • Mentoring: Via Sharing and Support to More Informed Teaching (Emilija Stojanovska) (p. 30)
  • The Recipe for Writing a Film Review (Renata Krivec) (p. 35)
  • The Use of Authentic Materials in the Classroom (Niovi Hatzinikolaou) (p. 39)
  • Creative Liberation through Creative Limitation (Andy Thatcher) (p. 43)
  • Dimcho Debelyanov and the English Poets of the First World War (Christopher Buxton) (p. 46)
  • Poetry Corner: Gnosis (David Singleton) (p. 50)
  • Forthcoming Events in the World of ELT (p. 52)
  • Writing for the BETA E-Newsletter (p. 53)
  • Notes for Contributors (p. 54)

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ISSN 1314-6874
Editors: Zarina Markova (main editor of the current issue) and Sylvia Velikova (associate editor)



Българската асоциация на преподавателите по английски език обявява „ЩАСТЛИВ“ ДЕН на 24.05.2018г. Тези от Вас, които подадат формуляр за членство (виж на точно на указаната дата, ще подновят членството си или ще станат членове на нашата асоциация с „щастливата“ такса от 15 лв. вместо редовната от 30 лв. (редуцираната членска такса следва да се заплати не по-късно от 01.06.2018 г.). Членството, подновено или заявено на указаната дата, ще бъде валидно до 31.12.2018 г. Ако проявявате интерес, можете да станете член на БАПА или да подновите членството си до края на 2019 г. срещу „щастливата“ такса от 30 лв.

Ако вече сте член на БАПА за 2018 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 (WMS или Basic Membership) или към Международната асоциация на преподавателите по английски за чужденци (TESOL)  за една или две години;
  • 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.

Official Representative Call – Czech Republic

Dear BETA Member,
The Association of Teachers of English of the Czech Republic (ATECR) has invited you to participate in the 13th International and 17th National ATECR Conference NO LIMITS that will take place in Hradec Králové. It will be held on 14-15 September 2018. The main topics include modern technology in ELT, teaching English to different age groups, teaching English in inclusive classrooms, teaching English out of school, refreshing our language, culture in ELT, the Maturita exam, International exams and many others.
For further information visit the following website:
According to the partnership agreement, BETA-IATEFL will send one official representative whose conference registration fee, accommodation and meals will be covered by ATECR. 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 forthcoming 27th BETA-IATEFL Conference in Burgas. See more on
If you are interested in becoming our official representative, please send us your statement of interest and speaker proposal form to
Please note that the deadline for your proposal is 25th April 2018.
With kind regards,
Gergana Georgieva
On behalf of BETA Committee

E-Newsletter, Issue 33 (January – February 2018)

In the current issue

  • Editors’ Corner (p. 3)
  • Exploring “Poetry in Motion”:
  • Teaching a Poem about Hiroshima August 6, 1945 (Bill Templer) (p. 5)
  • Practical Aspects of the Communicative Approachin Fore ign Language Teaching (Milena Cherneva) (p. 23)
  • Being a Young Teacher (Maria Stoyanova) (p. 35)
  • Interview with: Marjorie Rosenberg (Tanya Bikova) (p. 39)
  • Poetry Corner: The Kindness of Strangers (Brian Bilston) (p. 48)
  • Forthcoming Events in the World of ELT (p. 49)
  • Writing for the BETA E-Newsletter (p. 51)
  • Notes for Contributors (p. 52)

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ISSN 1314-6874
Editors: Zarina Markova (main editor of the current issue) and Sylvia Velikova (associate editor)

10th Round of BETA Competition

Dear Colleagues,
We are happy to announce the 10th round of BETA competition open to all of you who would like to give it a try.
This year the conference is dedicated to Promoting 21st century ELT: language, life skills and digital literacies; the aim the event is to exchange practical ideas and research findings on a broad range of topics such as Blended Learning,Content and Language Integrated Learning, Global Issues, Literature, Media and Cultural Studies in ELT, Teacher Education and Development, Teaching English for Specific Purposes, Teaching Young Learners and Teenagers, Testing, Evaluation and Assessment. The competition is open to all English teachers and teacher trainers – members and non-members of BETA.
We believe that there are many of you who are ready to prepare a lesson focusing on practical teaching techniques for presenting grammar / vocabulary, or speaking, or reading, etc. Lessons for students at school (public or private) or university students are welcome. It will be highly appreciated if your lessons provide practical insights and solutions on teaching the language skills in the 21st century, integrating CLIL in the curriculum, cultural studies, assessment and evaluation of L2 knowledge and competences of learners, or the application of blended or e-learning in the ELT classroom.
1st prize
One Annual BETA Membership and attending 27th BETA Conference in 2018 with no fee
2nd prize
One Annual BETA Membership and attending 27th BETA Conference in 2018 for half price
3rd prize
One Annual BETA Membership
The winning entries will be published in BETA-IATEFL E-Newsletter.
To enter the competition you have to prepare a lesson plan (see the attached template) and provide evidence of the outcomes of the lesson based on students’ perceptions of the lesson efficiency (e.g. results from structured questionnaires with the students), examples of assignments or works produced by the students as a follow-up of the lesson, comments from colleagues observing the delivered lesson.
Please, attach the lesson plan, all materials (handouts, course book pages, etc.) used during the lesson, evidence material of the positive effect of the lesson on students’ knowledge and skills in the target language, pictures / video of the classroom (optional) and email them not later than 24th May201to providing your name, contact number / e-mail and school / organization.
We wish you inspiration and success!
Looking forward to learning about your wonderful ideas,
BETA 2018 Organizing Team