30 min
Annual general meeting for ELTA members
  • 09:30 - 10:00

Annual general meeting for ELTA members

Plenary session

60 min
TBA
  • 10:00-11:00
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11:00-11:15 Coffee break (⏲15 min)

7 parallel sessions

45 min
Spice Up Your Teaching with Tarsia
  • 11:15-12:00
  • Nenad Miladinović
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Spice Up Your Teaching with Tarsia

Tarsia is software used to produce rich learning opportunities for students. If you want your students to enhance their 21st-century skills and develop their potentials by taking a central role in their own learning, it is high time you encouraged active learning in your classrooms and started reshaping traditional activities. With this software, teachers have the possibility to transform various types of traditional grammar or vocabulary exercises into more interactive,challenging and effective exercises which increase students’ motivation and develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. If you are interested to learn how you could reshape your traditional grammar or vocabulary exercises into more effective and challenging activities, this workshop is the right place for you. Through the experiential learning at the workshop, you will be able to learn all the benefits of these reshaped activities. By the end of this workshop, all participants will gain basic knowledge of how to use Tarsia in teaching foreign languages on regular basis.

Nenad Miladinović, Teacher, Teacher Trainer, ELTA vice president

Nenad Miladinović holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Belgrade State University and has vast experience in teaching English as a foreign language to students at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels. He has published a considerate number of research papers and presented his research at international and national linguistic conferences. He is also the author of several accredited professional development programs and has worked as a teacher trainer and mentor for almost 10 years. He also works as an educational consultant for the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technological Development.
 
45 min
A TALE and TALE FF Story
  • 11:15-12:00
  • Gordana Klašnja, Jasmina Jakšić Subić
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A TALE and TALE FF Story

Many EFL teachers have taken their students to museums or art galleries since they know that the arts provide a great source of inspiration and motivation for their students. In this practical workshop, we will present the principles of TALE concept and the main outcomes of TALE FF project supported by the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade. TALE approach aims to develop content-based material for learning English that is implemented in a museum. The participants will experience our ‘little art gallery’ – from the curator guidance to getting involved in our TALE activities by exploring practical ways of teaching English and Art together.

Gordana Klašnja, Teacher Trainer, Serbia

Jasmina Jakšić Subić, Senior Curator, Serbia

Jasmina Jakšić Subić graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade at the Art History Department where she started her PhD studies in 2015. She has worked as a curator in the City Museum in Bečej, the Gallery 212 in Belgrade and at The de László Archive Trust in London. Since 2010 she has been engaged in The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection in Novi Sad where she currently acts as a senior curator. She is an author and co-author of several exhibitions based on her research. She has managed various projects promoting cultural heritage, focusing on regional and international cooperation and digitization and data management concerning national heritage. In the field of audience development in the Memorial Collection, she was the project coordinator of theTeach Art Learn English (TALE) and a project manager of Teach Art Learn English Fast Forward (TALE FF) project. She participates in professional and scientific conferences, publishes her research in journals and publications in the country. She is a member of the Museum Society of Serbia and the ICOM Serbia.

Gordana Klašnja is a teacher, YL teacher trainer based in Novi Sad, Serbia. As part of her work, she has frequently acted as a teacher trainer for the British Council, the U.S. Embassy and ELTA ( English Language Teachers’ Association of Serbia) as well as The Ministry of Education of Serbia in joined projects.  As a teacher, she has 24 years of experience working with very young learners age 3-6, primary school children as well as adults in state and private schools. Her main areas of interest are young learners, materials design and professional development. She was a project coordinator of the Teach Art Learn English (TALE) project on behalf of ELTA and a coordinator of EL Teacher Trainers in the Teach Art Learn English Fast Forward ( TALE FF) project. She has been with ELTA ever since its foundation in 2003. In 2012 she became a board member and in 2016 she acted as a vice president.

45 min
Fostering Tolerance in English Language Classroom
  • 11:15-12:00
  • Olivera Ilić, Teacher, Serbia
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Fostering Tolerance in English Language Classroom

One of the goals of teachers everywhere is to prepare their students to communicate and collaborate with people who come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, who differ in race, religion or colour and have different abilities. In this workshop, you will explore and have an opportunity to try out hands-on activities which will provide your students with English language practice and at the same time foster their values of tolerance and respect for diversity.

Olivera Ilić, Teacher, Serbia

EFL teacher with significant experience in using ICT and PBL with primary school students; teacher trainer for various educational institutions and organizations- the Institute for Education Quality and Evaluation, the Institute for the Improvement of Education, British Council, Regional English Language Office, etc.; a member of ELTA newsletter editorial team.

45 min
Curriculum Breakouts
  • 11:15-12:00
  • Jasmina Stuhli
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Curriculum Breakouts

During 15 years of my experience in English language teaching to primary school students, I have applied numerous teaching methods and techniques. We have all learned that young learners mostly prefer activities which involve moving. However, as students get older and have to learn more complex grammar and vocabulary, I have realized that they need breakouts. Therefore, I have decided to provide my students with interesting activities such as organizing singing competitions, dancing lessons, art exhibitions, science projects and different creative workshops in English. Making my lessons fun, I believe I have managed to get students to love learning English.

Jasmina Stuhli, Teacher, Bosnia and Herzegovina

I graduated from the Department of English Language and Literature, University of Tuzla. I gained my Master’s degree with a thesis in contrastive analysis. I have been working in primary school since 2006. I have published a dozen academic papers and given numerous presentations at linguistic conferences and language teaching seminars.

45 min
How I Survived Teaching Online in the COVID Crisis (and Started Liking It)
  • 11:15-12:00
  • Ivana Marković Vasić
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How I Survived Teaching Online in the COVID Crisis (and Started Liking It)

It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has forced all of us to make substantial changes to our daily lives. Consequently, schools have by necessity embraced distance learning, and being teachers (and parents), that has complicated our lives even more. While online teaching and learning carry many positive benefits that make it the preferred choice for millions of teachers and students, it doesn’t come without its challenges, especially for most of us who are more familiar with in-person courses. In this talk, I would like to share some tips and tricks that have saved my teaching, time and sanity.

Ivana Marković Vasić, Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Serbia

My name is Ivana Marković Vasić, an English language teacher with 15 years of experience. I am also a licensed teacher trainer by the British Council. Currently, I enjoy offline and online education of high school and adult students, both through General English and Business English. Also, I am interested in the acquisition of foreign languages at a young age because I am a mother of two children.

45 min
Let's Touch the Future with Virtual Learning
  • 11:15-12:00
  • Jožica Nuč, Mateja Vidovič
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Let's Touch the Future with Virtual Learning

It is imperative to keep learning fun and to provide students with quality education. Having exciting online activities enhances students’ engagement both with one another and with their teachers.
Our workshop will focus on the use of applications in distance learning.
We will introduce activities that we started to use during the lockdown. New distance learning activities for young learners will be presented in a fun, engaging and practical way. Participants of the workshop will be able to experience an example lessonwith the use of language learning applications and gain some valuable activities to supplement their resources for distance language learning.

Jožica Nuč, Teacher, Slovenia

Mateja Vidovič, Teacher, Slovenia

Jožica Nuč has a degree in English and German.  She is the co-author of an English coursebook for primary schools ‘Reach for the Stars’. She has held several workshops at international conferences. In her free time, she collects The Little Prince books and travels around the globe.

Mateja Vidovič has a degree in English and History. The use of technologies and diverse teaching methods interest her the most. Learners’ progress in language learning inspires her the most. She would like to travel with her family and contribute to the progress of teaching English as a second language.

12:00-12:15 Short break (⏲15 min)

6 parallel sessions

45 min
Angels and Demons: The Future of AI in Teaching
  • 12:15-12:45
  • Mary Sousa
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Angels and Demons: The Future of AI in Teaching

This talk compares the positive and negative in Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the teaching profession. Following a survey of AI in online learning and examinations, the floor will be open for discussion.

Mary Sousa, Teacher, Hungary

I teach English as a foreign language to adults. As a member of the IATEFL Hungary committee, my task is coordinating the monthly Creative Cafe workshops on many topics of interest to teachers. Also, I run a weekly discussion group with native speakers of English and Hungarian—unique because we switch languages half-way.

30 min
Learning from e-Twinning Challenges: A Cultural Journey
  • 12:14-12:45
  • Bojana Stankić
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Learning from e-Twinning Challenges: A Cultural Journey

Being faced with challenges is a great way to learn and develop different knowledge and skills. “A CULTURAL JOURNEY” is an international, interdisciplinary, multicultural e–Twinning project, with the aim to raise awareness about our cultural identity, to develop respect, tolerance, solidarity among people of different cultures through cultural wealth and diversity. Other pedagogical aims, and challenges we went through, were to develop ICT skills as well as different “soft” skills: creativity, innovation, teamwork, communication skills, organization and time management, self-confidence etc. In this presentation, I would like to talk about the benefits of our participation in this project.

Bojana Stankić, Teacher, Serbia

Bojana Stankic – an English teacher in a secondary,vocational school, with more than 30 years of working experience; coordination of the professional development team. I have been very active in many interdisciplinary school projects, especially in the fields of multiculturalism and professional development. I love PBL and e-Twinning projects.

30 min
Language Acquisition in Comparison to Different Cultures and Identities
  • 12:15-12:45
  • Ajša Bahović Latifović, Meleka Asotić
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Language Acquisition in Comparison to Different Cultures and Identities

English language acquisition is one of the most researched topics in language studies. Along with language acquisition, the cultural background of the learners seems to be one of the most important factors which direct the course of learning, acquisition time, and language challenges. The paper proposes different perspectives regarding EL by various cultural backgrounds and identities and mechanisms to overcome language acquisition challenges. The paper aims to assist EL teachers in understanding international language learners in order to help them accomplish necessary language level and properly acquire the grammar and vocabulary rules.

Ajša Bahović Latifović, Teacher, Serbia

Meleka Asotić, Teacher, Serbia

Ajša Bahović Latifović has been in the ELT for 8 years at various primary schools. She has been teaching at the International University of Novi Pazar for two years and worked as a collaborator on writing curricula for children with disabilities. She is working as a trainer on the education improvement of Roma children for several years.

Meleka Asotić is an ELT for 4 years at high school. She is a PhD candidate in Pedagogy and has been doing her research work for 10 years so far in terms of language and linguistic studies. She has been a tutor in online ESL with the Centre for European Studies.

30 min
The Benefits of Using Kahoot in Conventional and Online Classrooms
  • 12:15-12:45
  • Jelena Nikolić, Jovana Nikolić, Tijana Gajić
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The Benefits of Using Kahoot in Conventional and Online Classrooms

Since there is widespread use of technology in everyday life, especially when it comes to young learners, the inclusion of ICT (Information and Communications Technology) has become a necessity. There appears to be a huge discrepancy between the learners’ attention span and the traditional process of teaching. Due to a wide variety of ICT tools, it has been a real challenge for teachers to choose the best ones for motivating students to engage in the learning process. One of the best students’ responses is given at the implementation of Kahoot, a free digital game-based tool, in the process of acquiring new knowledge. Playing Kahoot affects the classroom dynamics and boosts students’ motivation and willingness to participate. Furthermore, it has been proven to be especially efficient in virtual settings since online studying is gradually replacing conventional classrooms due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jelena Nikolić graduated from Faculty of Philology, Department of English Language and Literature, University of Belgrade in 1998. From 1999 to 2000 she worked in JAT as a translator in the Department of Foreign Trade, using ESP in everyday business correspondence. From 2000 to 2001 she worked at the Military Academy in Belgrade as an English language teacher, where she also gained some experience using ESP in this field. From 2001 to 2016 she worked at The Institute for Foreign Languages in Belgrade, where she gained significant experience in teaching children all levels of General English.

She has been employed at Singidunum University in Belgrade as an English language teacher since 2016. She has been engaged in teaching English Language 1, 2, 3 and 4 at different faculties (the Faculty of Informatics and Computing, the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management, the Faculty of Business), following the curricula which include General English, levels B2 and C1, as well as ESP in related fields. She also works within the Center for Foreign Languages of Singidunum University and teaches a wide range of courses in General English.

 

30 min
The Change They Want to See in This World
  • 12:15-12:45
  • Marija Kovač
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The Change They Want to See in This World

Let us tickle the question of what ‘education change’ is, and what it needs, both in Serbia and Uzbekistan. Is there much in common? We are reflecting on our experience, actions, and the ideas suggested by master level students in Uzbekistan, also eager to change the world of education. Finally, we are considering what changes might students in Serbia want or need.

Marija Kovač, Teacher,Uzbekistan

Marija Kovač is an Educator and Trainer, with an M.A. in Teaching Methodology, B.A. in English Language Teaching, and a desire to get people to do things differently. She is an Assistant Professor of ESL and TESOL at Webster University in Tashkent where she teaches graduate and undergraduate students.

12:45-13:00 Short break (⏲15 min)

Plenary session

60 min
Dogme ELT Comes of Age
  • 13:00-14:00
  • Scott Thornbury
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Dogme ELT Comes of Age

It’s 21 years since Scott mooted the notion of Dogme ELT, by analogy with the Scandinavian film movement, as a corrective against an overreliance on material resources in second language teaching. So, where are we now, and what has happened since then that might lend support to such an approach?

Scott Thornbury, Author, Spain

Scott Thornbury has taught and trained in Egypt, the UK, Spain, and his native New Zealand. He taught on an online MA TESOL program for The New School in New York until recently. His writing credits include several award-winning books for teachers on language and methodology, including About Language (Cambridge) and The New A-Z of ELT (Macmillan). His latest two books are 30 Language Teaching Methods and 101 Grammar Questions (both Cambridge). He is also the series editor for the Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers and a trustee of the Hands Up Project, which promotes drama activities in English for children in under-resourced regions of the Arab world. His website is www.scottthornbury.com.

14:00-15:00 Lunch break (⏲ 60 min)

6 parallel sessions

30 min
CLIL, Culture & 21st Century Skills in the EFL Classroom
  • 15:00-15:30
  • Tery Lemanis
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CLIL, Culture & 21st Century Skills in the EFL Classroom

Educators often warn that children need to improve 21st-century skills and that if we don’t develop them properly, students won’t be adequately prepared for college and the workforce. But what exactly are 21st-century skills? Are we just talking about computer and technology skills? And who decides which skills make the list? In this session, we will take a look at the key skills seen as pertinent in the EFL classroom and see real examples of exercises and activities that promote 21st-century skills, CLIL, and cultural awareness.

Tery Lemanis – Educational Consultant, Greece

Born in Boston, USA, Tery is an experienced teacher and teacher trainer. Since 2011, he has been working as an ELT consultant and conducts teacher training seminars worldwide. Tery is an engaging speaker who develops a rapport with audiences due to his ability to draw links between theory and practice.

30 min
A Need for More ESP Training
  • 15:00-15:30
  • Broc Bainter
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A Need for More ESP Training

The rise of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) has become apparent by the growing need for domain-specific vocabulary and language functions in language courses. In Serbia, many teachers will work at the high school level and are often given classes specific to certain areas, while having a lack of understanding about the key aspects of ESP. Information was gathered during a series of workshops. Surveys were distributed that identified background training in regards to ESP methodologies. Preliminary findings suggest that there is a greater need for ESP training at the university level and in further professional development opportunities.

Broc Bainter, Teacher Trainer, USA

Broc Bainter is the current English Language Fellow working with the English and Foreign Languages Departments at the University of Niš. Primarily works as a guest lecturer, teacher trainer and researcher.

30 min
Coaching Tools in ESL Classroom
  • 15:30-15:30
  • Nevena Mićović
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Coaching Tools in ESL Classroom

The main goal of this talk is to introduce and implement coaching tools to the field of English language teaching and learning. With the help of two products I designed for my students (My Language Notebook and My Language Journal), I would like to point out the benefits of good organization and inner factors such as: goals, motivation, self-confidence, beliefs, which teachers often tend to neglect (as it is not the part of the curriculum). Not only will the coaching tools presented in the session help ESL teachers draw their students’ attention to the importance of these factors but it will also completely change their perception of the learning process.

Nevena Mićović, Teacher and a Certified Language Coach, Čačak, Serbia

Nevena Mićović gained her Master’s degree at the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade, English language department. As one of the students with the highest GPA during her Bachelor studies, she had the chance to study at the Alpen Adria University in Klagenfurt, Austria. She also volunteered on projects in Italy and the Czech republic. She has been teaching English for 5 years in different language schools in Belgrade. Last August, she started her own business.

15:30-15:45 Short break (⏲15 min)

Plenary session

60 min
5 Steps towards Your Personal Brand as a Language Teacher
  • 15:45-16:45
  • Dr Dragana Vasilijević-Valent

5 Steps towards Your Personal Brand as a Language Teacher

Social media is not only about recipes, cat videos, and catchy dances! As a teacher, you are probably already using social media to connect with your colleagues and students or find inspiration for your classes, but have you ever thought about creating your personal brand? A personal brand helps you not only to stand out from the people with similar skills but also to attract your tribe. In your case, to captivate online students who will be delighted to work with you or join your e-mail program, workshop, video course, etc. During this session, we are going through 5 simple steps that will guide you through the world of personal branding.

Dr Dragana Vasilijević-Valent, Language Teacher, Austria

Dragana Vasilijević-Valent, PhD, is an experienced language teacher and a teacher trainer. Her teaching experience includes language courses at the Faculty of Philology (University of Belgrade), Academy of applied studies, Aviation Academy, University of Innsbruck (Austria), and many private language schools. In 2021, Dragana obtained a PhD degree in CLIL methodology. Since 2019 she has been active as a teacher trainer (accredited webinars for teachers conducted by Klett Serbia and ARGE Tyrol (Austria). Through her online workshop for language specialists, “Monetise your language Skills”, Dragana has encouraged numerous teachers to improve their online presence and launch e-mail programs and video courses. Website: www.dragana.pro