British Council Bulgaria online teacher training courses

Teachers of English who live outside Sofia or have a very busy schedule, can now register for the British Council Bulgaria new online courses.
Following the great success of the first online courses in the autumn  of 2011, the British Council Bulgaria are now registering for the second series starting on 13 February 2012. The courses include:

  • Primary Essentials
  • Learning Technologies for the Classroom
  • TKT Essentials Module 2&3.

The courses are very convenient as interaction with the moderators is asynchronous, i.e. conducted over a period of time via email and discussion forums allowing for flexible learning. This means teachers can attend the course during whichever part of the day is most convenient for them.
Check out the British Council website to learn more about registration deadlines, course details and fees.

Official representative call – Belgrade 2012

Dear BETA Member,
This is our next call for an official representative – this time for the 10th ELTA IATEFL Conference ‘Teaching outside the box’ (for reference: http://elta.org.rs/new/elta-conferences/10th-annual-elta-conference/ ). As an official representative, your conference registration fee, accommodation and meals will be covered by ELTA Serbia . The travel expenses (up to 200 BGN) will be reimbursed by BETA. You 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 . You will also be expected to help BETA Committee during the conference next year.
If you are interested in becoming our official representative, please send us your statement of interest and Speaker Proposal Form (downloadable at http://elta.org.rs/new/elta-conferences/10th-annual-elta-conference/ ) to beta.iateflbg@gmail.com .
Please note that the deadline for your proposal is 20th February 2012.
With kind regards,

Zarina Markova
On behalf of BETA Committee

Official representative call – Thessaloniki 2012

Dear BETA Member,

Our partner association TESOL Macedonia-Thrace Northern Greece are preparing for their 19th   Annual International Conference ‘Experimentation – that’s the name of the game’ , which will take place in Thessaloniki on 10-11 March 2012.

(for reference: http://www.tesolmacthrace.org/convention.html ).
According to the partnership agreement, BETA will send one official representative whose conference registration fee, accommodation and meals will be covered by TESOL Macedonia Thrace Northern Greece . 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 . The official representative is also expected to help BETA Committee during the conference next year.
If you are interested in becoming our official representative, please send us your statement of interest and Speaker Proposal Form (downloadable at http://www.tesolmacthrace.org/convention.html )  to beta.iateflbg@gmail.com .
Please note that the deadline for your proposal is 15th January 2012.
With kind regards,

Zarina Markova
On behalf of BETA Committee

European Children's Travelling Language Library

The European Children’s Travelling Language Library http://www.eulib.eu/ is a European Union funded education project. It is targeted at children who have recently started to learn a foreign language to:

  • Exposure them to the rich heritage of European languages and cultures
  • Be motivated to learn languages
  • Build a love of reading as the best form of autonomous lifelong learning
  • Reinforce emerging literacy

Travelling libraries of the most beautifully illustrated children’s books in six European languages (English, Spanish, Turkish, Italian, Czech and Finnish) travel from school to school across Europe. Each school keeps the library for a period and has to carry out a number of educational and collaborative activities before, during, and after the visit of the Library.
The Eurolibs have been used in schools across Europe with great success.
Using the Libraries
The Eurolib libraries and the pedagogic resources are now complete and ready for schools across Europe to use. You can download the documents about using the libraries at: http://www.eulib.eu/teacher_manual.html and book a visit of the library (you will need to pay for transport).

Contact:
Paolo Cremona
Coordinator EuroLib
London, UK
paolo.cremona@eulib.eu
http://www.eulib.eu/

10th Jubilee LATEUM Conference “Linguistics and ELT Today: Tradition and Innovation”

Written by: Zhivka Ilieva, Dobrich College of Shumen University, Bulgaria
Many years ago, at IATEFL East in 2001 in Plovdiv, I received an invitation from the President of LATEUM (Linguistic Association of the Teachers of English at the University of Moscow) to present at their conference. This year I was invited again to participate in their 10th conference. As a member of BETA I applied for and received a partial bursary from our association to attend the conference and to present there my paper entitled “The Modern Technologies and their Contribution to Tourism College Students’ Foreign Language Development”.
I would like to express my gratitude to LATEUM for inviting me to this event and to BETA for supporting my participation at the Conference in Russia.

Lomonosov Moscow State University, where the University halls of residence are and the participants who had chosen to stay there (including me) were lucky to feel the unforgettable atmosphere day and night.

From 28 to 30 September 2011, the 10th Jubilee LATEUM Conference “Linguistics and ELT Today: Tradition and Innovation” was held at Lomonosov Moscow State University. It marked the 20-year anniversary of LATEUM. It is the oldest Russian association of teachers of English founded at the Department of English Linguistics, Philology Faculty, Moscow State University (MSU). MSU is the oldest Russian university with over 250 years of history and LATEUM is an affiliate of IATEFL and a member of the World Federation of Modern Language Associations accredited by UNESCO.
The venue was Moscow State University, Humanities Building 1. The working languages were English and Russian. The organizing committee consisted of young and enthusiastic people working in the field of Linguistics, Literature, Culture and ELT. There were about 100 presentations: plenary sessions, talks, workshops.
The talks and workshops were divided under the headings of the following SIGs:

  • Discourse Analysis and Pragmatics
  • Business English
  • Modern Technologies in ELT and Teacher Development
  • Global English
  • Phonetics and Phonology
  • Semantics and Cognitive Studies
  • Literature Studies
  • Translation and Contrastive Studies
  • Media, Communication and Culture
  • Lexico-Grammar and ESP.

The plenaries were delivered by scientists from MSU and other institutions: Prof. Natalia Gvishiani, Prof. Ronald Carter, Prof. Svetlanna Ter-Minasova, Christian Duncumb, Thomas Santos, Toni Hull, Gavin Dudeney, Prof. Marklin Konurbaev, Prof. Tamara Nazarova, Prof. Vera Zabotkina, Prof. Olga Aleksandrova and covered topics like Corpus Linguistics, Global English, IT in Language Education, eLearning, Teacher Autonomy, etc.
There were more than 200 participants, representatives of about 40 institutions from all over Russia and from different countries in the world.
There was a Book Exhibition and Fair and a rich social programme: a welcoming wine reception, an evening for visiting theatres, concerts, exhibitions, or just walking around Moscow, a conference dinner. All these events together with the very well organized coffee breaks provided opportunities for professional and friendly conversations with colleagues from various universities and ELT associations in Russia and around the world, for exchanging information and invitations for the events we organize.
Overall, the event was impressive! The organization was perfect and the guests received a warm welcome!

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

BETA-IATEFL 2012 Competition

DEAR BETA MEMBERS,
We are happy to announce the FOURTH ROUND OF BETA COMPETITION open to all of you who would like to give it a try. The topic this year will be Cultural Awareness.
We believe that there will be many members of BETA who are ready to prepare a lesson or a teacher training session on this wide-ranged topic and win this year’s prize!

  • 1st prize

One Annual BETA Membership and attending 21st BETA Conference and PCE in 2012 with no fee

  • 2nd prize

One Annual BETA Membership and attending 21st BETA Conference and PCE in 2012 for half price

  • 3rd prize

One Annual BETA Membership
The winning entries will be uploaded on BETA’s website along with the 21st BETA Conference presentations and papers.
Simply choose anything related to Bulgarian, British or any other culture, traditions, customs; make a cultural awareness lesson, try it out with your students / trainees and share your experience with the rest of us afterwards.
To enter the competition you have to prepare a lesson plan (see the attached template) and possibly take pictures or video-record the main stages of the lesson in the classroom.
Please attach the lesson plan, all materials (HO, course book pages…) used during the lesson, pictures / video of the classroom (optional) and email them before 15 January 2012 to Tanya Spahiyska at tspahiyska@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 COMMITEE

Download: LESSON PLAN TEMPLATE

Live video transmission of the ECML conference on 29 September- 1 October 2011


Over 200 language education specialists from all over Europe and from Canada will participate in the closing conference of the “Empowering Language Professionals (2008-2011)” European Centre for Modern Languages Programme that will take place on 29 September – 1 October 2011.
The event will present the results of 23 projects within the Centre’s  programme ‘Empowering language professionals’ (2008-2011) and will launch the 4th medium term ECML Programme “Learning through languages” with about 20 new projects and new thematic strands.
A live video transmission will be provided during the event here
Link to programme outline