ELTA Newsletter: November-December 2015
It seems unreal that a new school/academic year has already started and Christmas is so close! All of us are very busy around this time of the year but it seems that a lot of us do not neglect either to find time for professional development. This explains the amazing number of ELT Flash reports we have received again over the past few weeks!
It is, therefore, such a great opportunity for all of us to read about our colleagues’ experiences. To begin with, our very own Branka Dečković, writes about the IATEFL Hungary Conference in Budapest and the various workshops she attended and the new people she met. Anica Đokić reports on the 1st SKA ELT Conference, Bratislava and she is convinced that conferences are more actually about the people, teachers, because, after all, they are organized by teachers, for teachers! It seems to be so indeed, as other colleagues share their memories of the various conferences they attended the previous months: Marija Lukač of the ELT conference in the Czech Republic, Snežana Filipović remembers the BETA Bulgaria conference, Emeše Both the 24th IATEFL Poland conference and Vladimir Široki the IATEFL conference, one of the largest and most dynamic ELT communities in the world.
In our Feature Article, Tanja Milunović gives an account on the E-Teacher Scholarship Program, TEPT (Teaching English to Pre-teens and Teens), she was nominated to enroll in, and her thoughts about the various stages she had to go through. In the article for the Teacher Development column, Jana Živanović elaborates on different reasons political, economic, social, educational and cultural for learning English and focuses on the ways of promoting global-mindedness among students.
In the Lesson Plan section, there are two lesson plans you can read: one by Valentina Nikolovski on the use of Present Simple Tense and Food and a second one by Nevena Stoilkov who shows us how to revise vocabulary in English with a Power Point Mix presentation. In the First Aid Kit column, Gorica Kostić narrates how she put up a creative show, “Shakespeare at Olimp”, made by hard-working, diligent kids and herself, the teacher, and how the whole experience transformed the children’s experience of learning a language in an unconventional way. Read more about this project which won Extraordinary Award Malala 2015 for universal education. A huge congratulations from ELTA Editorial team to Gorica Kostić and her colleagues from the Primary School “Marija Bursać” who participated in the universal project and won this award!
There is also a new column: the Literature Spot, and the first one to write for it is Tatjana Gojković who gives an analysis of the character of Candace Compson in the novel The Sound and the Fury. Also, in the Bookworms, Olivera Ilić reviews the e-book Creativity in the English Language Classroom, published by the British Council and edited by Alan Maley and Nik Peachey.
Finally, the Upcoming Events are a great reminder for all the future ELT events!