E-Newsletter, Issue 14 (November-December 2014)

In the current issue

  • Editors’ Corner (p. 4)
  • SEETA Small-Scale Research Project (Desmond Thomas, Zarina Markova, Anna Parisi) (p. 5)
  • Action Research in ELT:  Customising Our Classroom and Improving Our Own Practice (Svetlana Dimitrova-Gyuzeleva) (p. 17)
  • An Action-oriented Approach in the Context of Blended Learning (Mariya Neykova) (p. 36)
  • Theory and Practice: How to Make Ends Meet? (Ellie Boyadzhieva) (p. 46)
  • E-CLASSROOM: A Global Ocean of Fluctuating Signs (Gergana Pencheva-Apostolova) (p. 59)
  • Again on Native Language Implementation in English Language Teaching (Boryana Ruzhekova-Rogozherova) (p. 82)
  • A Wonderful American Short Story for Christmas: O. Henry’s ‘The Gift of the Magi’ (Bill Templer) (p. 106)
  • Poetry Corner: The Christmas Way (Fiona James) (p. 111)
  • Writing for the BETA E-Newsletter (p. 114)
  • Notes for Contributors (p. 115)

 
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ISSN 1314-6874
Editors: Zarina Markova and Sylvia Velikova

ELTons 2015 – Call for Applications!

The ELTons, sponsored by Cambridge English, are the only international awards that recognise and celebrate innovation in the field of English language teaching (ELT).
Categories to apply for this year are:
• Excellence in course innovation
• Innovation in learner resources
• Innovation in teacher resources
• Digital innovation
• Local innovation
The Macmillan Education Award for New Talent in Writing is also open to aspiring ELT authors who have not yet published any of their work. The winner receives £1,000 and the opportunity to publish their work.
Applications are judged by a panel of ELT experts, the shortlist announced in March, and the winners are announced at an awards ceremony, held in London in June 2015.
The deadline for applications is 14 November 2014.
Find out more about the categories and how to apply on the ELTons 2015 website.
Any queries should be addressed to eltons@britishcouncil.org.

Call for contributions to BETA-IATEFL E-Newsletter (September – October 2014)

Dear Colleagues,
We would like to invite you to contribute to the September – October 2014 issue of the BETA-IATEFL E-Newsletter (ISSN 1314-6874). https://www.beta-iatefl.org/category/blog-enewsletter/
Please send your contributions to the editors at beta.iateflbg@gmail.com by 10 October 2014. 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;
  • Some problem or 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 Contributors’ Guidelines on pp. 67-68 of the E-Newsletter (July – August 2014) https://www.beta-iatefl.org/5454/blog-news/e-newsletter-issue-12-july-august-2014/
We look forward to hearing from you.
Zarina Markova and Sylvia Velikova
Editors, BETA-IATEFL E-Newsletter

E-Newsletter, Issue 12 (July-August 2014)

In the current issue: 

  • President’s Message (p. 3)
  • Editors’ Corner (p. 4)
  • Mind the Gap: Creative Liberation through Creative Limitation (Andy Thatcher)  (p. 6)
  • Summer Reading’s Awesome! Забавното лятно четене!  (Bill Templer) (p. 9)
  • Self-Determination and Letting Go in Philip Roth (Ivan Angelov) (p. 29)
  • Interview with: Zhivka Ilieva (Tanya Bikova)  (p. 41)
  • ELTA Conference 2014 (Zhivka Ilieva) (p. 46)
  • LACS Workshop “Empowering Language Networks”, European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML), Graz, Austria (Sylvia Velikova) (p. 49)
  • The Fourth Annual KETNET Conference and Teachers’ Associations Strategic Development Training Program (Zhivka Ilieva) (p. 55)
  • Poetry Corner: The Way Things Are (Roger McGough) (p. 58)
  • SEETA News (p. 60)
  • Forthcoming Events in the World of ELT (p. 61)
  • Writing for the BETA E-Newsletter (p. 66)
  • Notes for Contributors (p. 67)

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Editors: Sylvia Velikova (Main Editor of the current issue),  Zarina Markova (Associate Editor)

Official Representative Call – 8th ELTAM – IATEFL-TESOL INTERNATIONAL BIANNUAL CONFERENCE, Skopje , Republic of Macedonia

Dear BETA Member,
The English Language Teachers’ Association of Macedonia (ELTAM) has invited you to participate in their 8th International Biannual Conference entitled:
‘Managing teaching and learning-making the most of both worlds: Enhancing teachers’ and students’ life and organisational skills’ in Skopje on 31st October – 2nd November 2014. For further information visit the following website: http://www.eltam.org.mk/tabs/view/d88ed2b561fe8b78f6ff0fdee1296a5b.
According to the partnership agreement, BETA-IATEFL will send one official representative whose conference registration fee, accommodation and meals will be covered by ELTAM. 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 24th BETA-IATEFL Conference in Sofia. https://www.beta-iatefl.org/scholarships/calls-for-official-representatives/
If you are interested in becoming our official representative, please send us your statement of interest and speaker proposal form to beta.iateflbg@gmail.com
Please note that the deadline for your proposal is 30th July 2014.

IATEFL Business English Special Interest Group (BESIG) Special discount for IATEFL Associate Members for 27th IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference in Bonn, Germany, from 14 – 16 November 2014

Dear IATEFL Associates member
We are delighted to let you know that the IATEFL Business English Special Interest Group (BESIG) are offering a special discount for IATEFL associate members for our 27th IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference in Bonn, Germany, from 14 – 16 November 2014.
Find out more here: http://www.besig.org/events/conferences/annual/Bonn_2014.aspx Online registration opened on 1 July 2014.
Instead of the earlybird non-member rate of 110GBP, your members only need to pay 95GBP if they enter the promo code and register for the IATEFL BESIG conference by 1 September.
From 2 September the non-member rate of 170GBP applies.
NB. If the delegate is already an IATEFL member then they can book in at the IATEFL member rate.
Please contact Albena Stefanova (BETA-IATEFL Membership Secretary) at albena_stefanova@abv.bg to obtain the promo code.
We are looking forward to hearing from you.
Best regards,
Cornelia Kreis-Meyer
IATEFL BESIG Joint Events Coordinator
http://www.besig.org/

Call for contributions to BETA-IATEFL E-Newsletter (July-August 2014)

Dear Colleagues,
We would like to invite you to contribute to the July-August 2014 issue of the BETA-IATEFL E-Newsletter (ISSN 1314-6874).
Please send your contributions to the editors at beta.iateflbg@gmail.com by 10 August 2014. 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;
  • Some problem or 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 Contributors’ Guidelines on pp. 68-69 of the E-Newsletter (May-June 2014) – here.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Sylvia Velikova & Zarina Markova
Editors, BETA-IATEFL E-Newsletter