It’s the beginning of a new year and here we are again, the editorial team and our writers, presenting the first issue of 2016, always trying to provide all of our readers with useful and great reads.
In the Borrowed From column, we are proud to host Philip Kerr’s article in which he discusses a contentious issue, which is whether or not we can use the learners’ own language in English language classes. In the Academic Corner, you can read Miljan Janković’s article about adjectives – a major word class in English.
In the First Aid Kit column, there are 2 contributions. The first one is Eva Buyuksimkesyan from Turkey, who suggests some ideas about pairing and grouping students when organising speaking activities for them. In the second article, Tatjana Jancić addresses the difficult problem of motivating learners.
Larissa Albano explains what she considers to be the ten signs of an influential teacher in the What English Means to Me column.
In the IT for ELT column, Vicky Papageorgiou discusses her experience studying for her PGCE in Technology Enhanced Learning.
Zorica Đukić’s lesson plan has a more than intriguing title: My name’s Bond, James Bond! and was her final project for the iTDi course she attended a few months back: “Rethinking the Other Language(s) in the English Language Classroom“.
For the ELT Flash section, Sanja Tasić reports on the past ELTA conference in Belgrade (last May), Svetlana Gavrilović on the The Who Dunnit Quiz that was organized at the Užice Grammar School last November. Also, Ana Štrbac and Vladimir Perić reflect upon the cooperation between the Students’ Cultural Centre Kragujevac and the Secondary Music school “Dr Miloje Milojević” from Kragujevac and the workshops-seminars which resulted from this cooperation.
Last, in our Students’ Corner, students Nikola Bojčić and Doroteja Vukašinović wrote 2 articles, one about their experience attending a MOOC on English language on the FutureLearn platform and the second one about the importance of having ‘learning buddies’ and how this can improve your speech significantly.
Finally, the Upcoming Events are a great reminder for all the future ELT events!