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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EDITORIAL BOARD
Sylvia Velikova (University of Veliko Tarnovo)
Zarina Markova (South-West University)
Marijka Dimitrova (University of Veliko Tarnovo)
Plamen Tsvetkov (University of Sofia)
ISSN 1314-6874

FEATURED SPEAKER: DENIS CUNNINGHAM

Denis Cunningham has been involved in (languages) education in a wide variety of contexts over the last forty years. This has included teaching in Victoria and France, consultancy, and management within the Victorian School of Languages, where he was the Assistant Principal until 2006. He has published 300 and presented 200 papers in thirty countries, collaborated with UNESCO and Linguapaxon projects and policies, was President and Secretary General of the world federation of language teachers, FIPLV. He is currently an FIPLV Honorary Counsellor.

TALK:

Effecting Change in the Classroom…

After a brief historical overview, a consideration of some theories precedes a study of current thinking in and outside Australia. This includes the IBO (International Baccalaureate Organization) and the PEEL (Project for Enhancing Effective Learning) principles for teaching and quality learning, good learning behaviours and the role of ICT (Information Communication Technologies). Current research is used as a premise upon which to reflect on personal classroom practices, which appear to work.