E-Newsletter, Issue 39 (January-February 2019)

In issue 39 you will find ideas for further research, advice you can trust and information to keep you up-to-date, presented by seasoned professionals, frequent contributors and dear colleagues. Feel free to get inspired and send us your work, presentation of classroom experience or project! Or why not send us a letter to let us know what you thought about some of our recent papers? Publications and commentaries, as well as inquiries, should be sent to the Editorial team at betaiatefl.publish@gmail.com.
Editors’ Corner (p. 3)
Teaching an award-winning Aljazeera docu-film series, HARD EARNED, on the real lives of five working-class American families – Bill Templer (p. 6)
How it all started: teaching through case studies in an FLT methodology course – Mariya Neykova (p. 18)
The role of foreign language learning applications and websites in (e-)learning English as a foreign language – Milka Hadjikoteva (p. 25)
“The Meeting Place for Experts” – The 27th International IATEFL Poland Conference – Yordanka Nikolova (p. 33)
“Educate and Empower” Reverberations on the 10th ELTAM International Conference 19-21 October 2018, Struga, Macedonia – Gergana Georgieva (p. 36)
Forthcoming Events in the World of ELT (p. 55)
Writing for the BETA E-Newsletter (p. 57)
Notes for Contributors (p. 58)

E-Newsletter, Issue 38 (November-December 2018)

In the current issue:
Editors’ Corner (p. 3)
A New Generation Challenges Teachers (Marjana Hvalec) (p. 5)
Mobile Translation Apps in a Translation Class: The Future in Our Hands (Mariya Neykova) (p. 12)
Raising Intercultural Awareness (Milka Hadjikoteva) (p. 19)
Forthcoming Events in the World of ELT (p. 23)
Writing for the BETA E-Newsletter (p. 24)
Notes for Contributors (p. 25)
E-Newsletter, Issue 38 (November-December 2018)

11th round of BETA competition now open!

Dear Colleagues,
We are happy to announce the 11th round of BETA competition open to all of you who would like to give it a try.
This year the conference is dedicated to Changing the World One Class at a Time: Getting Through to Students; 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 getting through to students in this dynamic world including teaching language skills, integrating CLIL in the curriculum, cultural studies, assessment and evaluation, or the application of blended or e-learning in the ELT classroom.
1st prize
One Annual BETA Membership and attending 28th BETA Conference in 2019 with no fee
2nd prize
One Annual BETA Membership and attending 28th BETA Conference in 2019 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 30th April 2019 to betacon2019@gmail.com 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 2019 Organizing Team

Call for contributions to BETA-IATEFL E-Newsletter Issue 39

Call for contributions to BETA-IATEFL E-Newsletter Issue 39

(January – February 2019)

 Dear Colleagues,
We would like to invite you to contribute to the Jan–Feb 2019 issue of the BETA-IATEFL E-Newsletter (ISSN 1314-6874).
Please send your contributions to the editors at beta.iateflbg@gmail.com by 16 February 2019. 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 every issue of the E-Newsletter (cf. here pp 41-42).
We look forward to hearing from you.
The Editors
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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

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)
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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)

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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

E-Newsletter, Issue 30 (July – August 2017)

In the current issue

  • Vorwort (Marijka Dimtrova, Plamen Tsvetkov) (p.5)
  • Conferences as Bridging Paths through the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) of Language Educators (Zarina Markova, Sylvia Velikova) (p.10)
  • Effecting Change in the Classroom… (Denis Cunningham) (p.18)
  • Kulturrealien – didaktischer Fokus des Fremdsprachenunterrichts in Europa (Nikolina Burneva) (p.39)
  • 2 in 1: Life Skills and Career Development through English (Svetlana Dimitrova-Gyuzeleva) (p. 54)
  • Teaching Language and Culture through Language Specific Similes (Aglika Dobreva) (p.71)
  • Collocational Competence in Dental Medicine (Ilina Doykova) (p. 85)
  • Mobile Applications in Foreign Language Teaching (Milka Hadjikoteva, Mariya Neykova) (p. 102)
  • End-of-the-year Celebrations with Very Young Learners (Zhivka Ilieva, Desislava Terzieva) (p. 112)
  • Languages and Writing Systems: Between the Cultural Heritage and Politics (A Sociolinguistic Perspective) (Cenka Ivanova) (p. 126)
  • The Effect of School-based Internship for Trainees Before and After the Teacher Training Course (Irina Ivanova)  (p. 147)
  • Das CLIL-STEM-Konzept zur Förderung von Schlüsselkompetenzen (Ivanka Kamburova-Milanova)  (p. 182)
  • The Challenges of ESP Syllabus Design (Violeta Karastateva) (p.190)
  • Studentenpraktikum und Grammatikvermittlung im DaF-Unterricht (Janka Koeva) (p.212)
  • BYU-BNC and Ways of Expressing Inducement in Classroom Language (Temenuzhka Seizova-Nankova, Petranka Ruseva) (p.239)
  • Increasing Communicative Competence in ESP through Small Interactive Projects (Albena Stefanova) (p. 261)
  • Modifiziertes Blended Learning und Fachsprachenunterricht (Dobrinka Toteva) (p. 269)
  • Syntaktische Transformationen in der Übersetzung (Rada Vasileva) (p. 291)
  • Актуални проблеми в обучението по български език (Ганка Янкова)  (p. 305)
  • Brücken schlagen durch Erzählen über-, mit- und füreinander. Playback Theater und dessen Einsatz im Fremdsprachenunterricht (Mihaela Mihova) (p.318)
  • Eine Untersuchung über die Funktionen vom Ghetto-Slang bei Jugendlichen mit oder ohne Migrationshintergrund (Miryam Diko) (p. 327)
  • Using English Fiction in Teaching English as a Second Foreign Language to Future Translators and Interpreters (Maria Demyanenko) (p. 345)
  • Особенности функционирования крылатого выражения-лозунга Je suis Charlie во франкоязычном и англоязычном медийном дискурсе (Александра Макарова)  (p. 350)
  • Innovativer Deutschunterricht mit Comics und Bewegung (Olesya Serebrova) (p. 362)
  • Die interaktive Tafel im Deutschunterricht in Serbien (Aleksandra Breu)  (p. 370)
  • Mindfulness und Performance im DaF-Unterricht
  • (Josefa Contreras Fernández) (p. 382)
  • Writing for the BETA E-Newsletter (p. 398)
  • Notes for Contributors (p. 399)

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Sylvia Velikova (University of Veliko Tarnovo)
Zarina Markova (South-West University)
Marijka Dimitrova (University of Veliko Tarnovo)
Plamen Tsvetkov (University of Sofia)
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