TETA CONFERENCE THANK-YOU FOR “CREATING A REAL-WORLD CONNECTION” WITH US!
What better way is there to end the school year than by attending the annual TETA International Conference in Tuzla? The same thought led English Language teachers from all corners of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the region (Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Macedonia, and the colleagues from the associations in these countries – HUPE Croatia, IATEFL Slovenia, ELTA Serbia, and ELTAM Montenegro), to come to our wonderful city and enjoy the amazing learning atmosphere under the motto „Creating A Real-World Connection“, which was the title and our main mantra for this year’s edition of the conference.
We had the supreme pleasure of welcoming and learning from top experts in the English Language Teaching field: Maggie Sokolik, Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, USA; Philip Kerr, teacher trainer, lecturer and materials writer based in Vienna, Austria; George Kokolas, teacher trainer for Express Publishing in Athens, Greece; Višnja Pavičić Takač, a Full Professor at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Osijek, Croatia; and Eric Bergman, trainer representing Pearson, UK.
We also had the opportunity to attend insightful presentations from our colleagues in the field, ranging from teaching cultural awareness, literature, incorporating great games and music into our classroom practice, to understanding modern challenges in teaching. After the first conference day, we all mingled at the special TETA evening, won some prizes and sang our heart out.
Speaking of prizes, we are forever grateful to our partners at SOL – Sharing One Language, and director Grenville Yeo, for always participating in our conference, introducing teachers to their great programmes, and offering a chance to our colleagues to go to Devon and Slovakia/Serbia to attend SOL summer camps for teachers and students. This year, three of our TETA colleagues (two students and a teacher) won SOL prizes and the unique SOL experience – congratulations and thank you, SOL!
Of course, our immense gratitude also goes to our partners: U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, and the wonderful Elizabeta Delalić, RELO – Regional English Language Office for Central and Southeast Europe in Budapest, and especially George Chinnery, RELO Officer, Faculty of Philosophy in Tuzla, publishers, exhibitors, and all our sponsors, for supporting the 3rd TETA International Conference. Many thanks to our dear student helpers for making the conference run smoothly, and for always offering a helping hand – and a smile to boot.
Last but not least, a sincere thank-you to all of you attending and contributing to the conference – in the end, all we try to do is for you, dear colleagues.
Here are some photos from the conference:
We hope to see you all again in Tuzla next year!
TELTS 2015 – ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL EDITION
Tuzla English Language Teaching Seminar – TELTS was organised for the sixth year in Tuzla, attracting more than 80 participants from more than 30 cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the region. The three-day seminar was held from June 14 – 16 at Behram-begova medresa in Tuzla, in cooperation with the Pedagogical Institute of Tuzla Canton, U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, Tuzla Muftiate, Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Tuzla Canton, and TETA – Tuzla English Teachers’ Association.
TELTS was officially opened on June 14 by the officials from the Pedagogical Institute, Muftiate, U.S. Embassy, Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Tuzla Canton, Faculty of Philosophy in Tuzla and RELO – Regional English Language Office in Budapest. Participants had the opportunity to learn valuable teaching methods and practices from Maggie Sokolik, professor at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, as well as three English Language Fellows in the region: Nathan Meyer in Belgrade, Kate Mulvey in Priština, and Jena Engelking in Banja Luka.
Since TETA and TELTS work closely together (TELTS ties in right after our conference, making it easier for our colleagues from outside of the canton to attend), we are pleased to hear another wave of positive feedback from the seminar, and we look forward to our collaboration in the future. Congratulations to our colleague Asmir Dorić, TELTS coordinator, for organising another successful edition of TELTS!
Here are some media reports (in Bosnian) on the seminar:
/Above right: participants, teacher trainers and officials in front of Behram-begova medresa; lower left: George Chinnery from RELO opening the seminar/
/Photos by A.Bajrić/avaz.ba/
THE TASTE OF 21ST CENTURY TEACHING – REPORT ON ATTENDING THE 13TH IATEFL CONFERENCE
A growing number of educators are united around the idea that students need “21st century skills” to be successful today. It’s exciting to believe that we live in times that are so revolutionary that they demand new and different abilities. A Taste of the 21st Century Teaching was the 13th ELTA IATEFL conference, held on 15th and 16th May in Belgrade, Serbia, tried to give a “perfect” recipe to those teachers who are passionate, keen and motivated to keep pace with constant changes in teaching and learning language and thus meet the needs of their learners. As the member of TETA (the Tuzla English Teaching Association), I was honored to represent our association at this conference.
Eight plenary talks and more than fifty workshops provided enough material to learn and relearn teaching strategies which may not be new, but rather wrapped in new technology trends. Rob Dean’s talk questioned common beliefs in ELT methodology, Deborah Healey introduced digital storytelling, Pedro Moura talked about finding our ways as teachers amid virtual forest, Hugh Deller discussed about a Dogme approach to course books, as well as, technology and principles in language teaching. The power of the image was plenary given by Paul Dummett who recognized visual literacy as a key 21st century skill. Biljana Radić-Bojanić opened the question of digital literacies in the English language classroom in Serbia, while Rakesh Bhanot shared his successes and failures in his 42 years long teaching practice.
My workshop on using games in the English language classroom fitted perfectly in the main theme of the 21st century teaching/ learning process whereas the student and the teacher have no more traditional role.
The highlight of the conference was a walking tour through Belgrade organized for international partners. The rich history of Belgrade and its amazing streets and quarts impressed all the partners from Greece, Hungary, FYR Macedonia, Croatia, Slovenia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
ELT conferences give teachers a chance to get together and discuss rather changes or old-fashioned practices in our field. The Taste of the 21st Century Teaching offered to participants not only a number of great speakers with great ideas for great changes to keep the pace with students’ needs and technology in the 21st technology, but also the sense of community within the field. As teachers we all share the same fears and hope no matter if we use only board and chalk or modern technology, no matter if we are novice teachers or experienced ones, no matter if we come from Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, Hungary, Italy, etc.
Report by: Danka Kezunović
Photo courtesy of: Dragana Filipović
TETA CONFERENCE PROGRAMME IS HERE!
here is the official programme for the 3rd International TETA Conference “Creating a Real-World Connection” to be held in June in Tuzla. See you there!
Your TETA team
TETA CONFERENCE – PLENARY SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED!
TETA is proud to announce the plenary speakers for its third International ELT Conference “Creating A Real-World Connection” on June 12-13, 2015 in Tuzla! The plenary speakers are:
Maggie Sokolik, Philip Kerr, George Kokolas, Višnja Pavičić-Takač and Eric Bergman!
OPEN CALL FOR TELTS 2015
English teachers from Tuzla Canton and other regions of Bosnia and Herzegovina are cordially invited to attend the traditional three-day seminar in English language teaching methods “TELTS 2015”, which will be held from June 14 (Sunday) to June 16 (Tuesday) at Behram-begova medresa in Tuzla, in cooperation with the Pedagogical Institute of Tuzla Canton, with support from U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, Tuzla Muftiate, Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Tuzla Canton and TETA – Tuzla English Teachers’ Association.
TELTS 2015 is planned for 80 teachers, 50 of which from Tuzla Canton and 30 guest teachers from other regions of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Accomodation, food and travelling expenses will be covered for guests outside of Tuzla Canton, while those coming from outside of Tuzla will get their travelling expenses covered.
To apply for TELTS 2015, you need to fill our the TELTS 2015 Application Form and send it to Asmir Dorić, Seminar Coordinator, at the following email address: email@example.com. The deadline for submitting the application form is May 15, 2015.
For more information, please take a look at TELTS 2015 Invitation Letter or send an email to the aforementioned email address.
PHILIP KERR AT THE 3RD TETA CONFERENCE!
Philip Kerr is a teacher trainer, lecturer and materials writer who is based in Vienna. His publications include the award-winning ‘Translation and Own-Language Activities’ (CUP, 2014) and the coursebook series ‘Straightforward’ and ‘Inside Out’ (both Macmillan). His current interests include the development of a new vocabulary learning app and an online professional development programme. He blogs about technology and English language teaching at https://adaptivelearninginelt.wordpress.com/
TETA cordially invites all ELT colleagues in Bosnia and Herzegovina and abroad to the 3rd Annual TETA International Conference “Creating a Real-World Connection” on June 12 – 13 in Tuzla, B&H. Early bird registration has been extended till May 1, so fill out this registrationform and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you in June!
3RD ANNUAL TETA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE “CREATING A REAL-WORLD CONNECTION”
TETA cordially invites all ELT colleagues in Bosnia and Herzegovina and abroad to the 3rd annual TETA International Conference in June in Tuzla, B&H! Early bird registration has been extended till May 1, so fill out this registrationform and send it to us at email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing you in June!
ELT Mini Conference “Classroom Instruction” Successfully Held in Bihać
To prove that we have a true spring in our steps, together with American Corner Bihać we have successfully held another ELT Mini Conference in Bihać, this time under the title „Classroom Instruction“. The conference was held on April 4, 2015 in the wonderful ambience of American Corner, and promptly at 10 a.m., after the welcoming remarks from AC’s own Mirela Midžić, our representatives Lejla Šabanović, Azra Muhedinović, Elvira Hodžić and Ramajana Zahirović presented TETA to the ELT colleagues from the Una-Sana Canton. Lejla is currently TETA’s Vice President, and in this function she presented the association with a focus on seminars organised so far, as well as the annual international TETA conference in June. She also gave insight into the newest happenings in the pedagogical surroundings of teachers from the Tuzla Canton, and the present colleagues were invited to join TETA and experience the multitude of benefits the membership would bring them.
Lisa Hundley, former English Language Fellow in B&H, and Ingrid Lechner, both English teachers in Eisenstadt, Austria, presented interesting classroom activities including crosswords, fill-the-gap dialogue prompts and other fun activities for English language classes. Esada Čirić-Delić, teacher at the elementary school „Prekounje“ in Bihać, presented her experience with the E-Teacher Programme and talked about a red-button issue currently in the entire country, and that is special education and differentiated instruction in EFL context, providing examples from her own experience of teaching in a differentiated classroom. Ilhana Škrgić, teacher at the elementary school „25. novembar“ in Velika Kladuša, showed a new approach in teaching idioms through the examples with the component „heart“, focusing on the pervasive figurative aspects of language.
After the three presentations/workshops, Neira Sijamhodžić, Mirzeta Pajalić and Elma Ramić, 2nd and 3rd year students at the Department of English Language and Literature of the Pedagogical Faculty in Bihać, introduced the participants of the mini conference to the project in which they are currently involved. Along with seven other colleagues, these students are part of the „A Learning Friend“ project, which focuses on individual work with children from the elementary school „Prekounje“. The end of this project will also mark the official start of the first English Language Festival, a joint effort of the Pedagogical Faculty and American Corner Bihać, which will be held at the end of May and feature student creativity and various cultural events in Bihać.
This mini conference showed once more that the teachers from the Una-Sana Canton are highly motivated and interested in their professional development, thus proving the necessity of a state-level association of English teachers, which TETA aspires to be in the near future. TETA representative for the Una-Sana Canton is Elma Bešić from Bosanska Krupa, so all those who would like to know more about TETA can contact her for further information.
For the participants and other ELT professionals interested in obtaining the material from the mini conference and other future events, we will post download links of PowerPoint presentations and other useful material on our website. Thank you for participating and see you in June in Tuzla!
Photo gallery (photos courtesy of American Corner Bihać and Jasmina Tevšić):
ELT MINI CONFERENCE IN APRIL IN BIHAĆ!
The programme of the conference/workshop is as follows:
10:00 – 10:05 Mirela Midžić (AC Bihać) – Welcoming remarks
10:05 – 11:25 TETA Representatives (Tuzla) – Presenting TETA
10:25 – 11:05 Lisa Hundley (Gymnasium der Diözese, Eisenstadt, Austria) &
Ingrid Lechner (BG/BRG/BORG, Eisenstadt, Austria) – Classroom Activities
11:05 – 11:20 Break
11:20 – 12:00 Esada Čirić-Delić (Bihać) – Special Education and Differentiated Instruction in EFL Context
12:00 – 12:40 Ilhana Škrgić (Velika Kladuša) – Win Hearts – Teaching Idioms in Classroom
12:40 – 12:55 2nd & 3rd Year Students of ELL (Bihać) – Presenting ELF/ALF Projects
12:55 – 13:00 Elma Bešić (Bos. Krupa) & Mirela Midžić (AC Bihać) – Certificate award/ Closing remarks
Due to the limited number of seats, only the first 40 registered persons may participate in the seminar. Please confirm your presence at the seminar by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, March 30, 2015, at the latest. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance.
The workshop will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2015, at the American Corner Bihać, starting at 10 a.m. See you there!
TETA AT THE 22ND IATEFL CONFERENCE IN SLOVENIA!
English Mobile App Learnathon Event – Call for Participation
IATEFL-Hungary, in cooperation with the Regional English Language Office (RELO) for Central and Southeastern Europe, is proud to announce a Call for Participation in an exciting Learnathon event. The goal of the project is to promote the development of innovative mobile application promoting English language learning through a focus on global issues.
Teams of 3 English language educators from each of RELO’s 17 countries will be invited to participate. At the end of the week, following a series of presentations and hands-on activities, the team with the winning app proposal will be offered the opportunity to 1) have the app actually developed and 2) attend the 2016 TESOL International Convention in Baltimore. All costs for this program will be fully covered by RELO, in cooperation with IATEFL-Hungary.
If you are interested, please visit http://iatefl.hu/learnathon for further information – and don’t forget the submit the online form available at the link (deadline: March 30th, 2015).
3rd TETA Conference in June!
They say an image says a thousand words, so here it is:
More info soon! Please check back!
3RD TETA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ANNOUNCED!
“CREATING A REAL-WORLD CONNECTION”
For all our ELT colleagues who wish to participate, here is the registration form that needs to be filled out and sent to us at For all our ELT colleagues who wish to participate, here is the registration form that needs to be filled out and sent to us at email@example.com:
Call for proposals is included in the document for those colleagues who wish to give a presentation or workshop at the conference.
Await more news on the upcoming conference here and on our FB page. See you in Tuzla!
TETA January 2015 Seminar and Annual Meeting
There was a fantastic meeting of TETA supporters at the traditional seminar, which was held on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. 84 participants took part in the presentation done by Ramajana Zahirović and Elvira Hodžić on the topic of “Different, but Equal“.
After the break, 46 members stayed at the TETA annual meeting.
The new board was elected: Asmir Dorić, Dzenan Mukuć, Azra Muhedinović, Elvira Hodzić, Sanja Berberović, Lejla Šabanović, Azra Smajić and Dijana Marković Hajdarhodžić.
There are also 5 new members of the Supervisory board: Sabina Skenderović, Almir Mustafić, Arijana Mulabećirović, Elmira Redžić and Jasmina Stuhli.
There is a lot of work ahead of us in the next four years.
“ELT MINI CONFERENCE: NEW ASPECTS OF TEACHING” Successfully Held in Bihać – Thursday, January 22, 2015
Thanks to the efficient and smooth organisation by Mrs. Mirela Midžić from the American Corner Bihać, the one-day seminar “ELT Mini Conference: New Aspects of Teaching” was successfully held on Thursday, January 22, in cooperation with the American Corner, TETA and the Pedagogical Institute of Una-Sana Canton. Over forty English language teachers from Bihać and other municipalities of this canton had a chance to learn the basics of teaching with technology, presented by Edin Dupanović, PhD, after which they created their own mind maps and learned about their creative use in the classroom from teacher Nizama Muhamedagić, while her colleague Arjana Kozlica told the participants more about her experience with E-Teacher Program of the American Embassy, as well as the Pestalozzi Program. Ilhana Škrgić and Elma Velić Bešić were there to present the work of TETA – Tuzla English Teachers’ Association, while Ilhana and Mirela also introduced the idea of “English Language festival” to the colleagues at the seminar, and on the RTVUSK channel during their live morning show.
We would like to thank everyone who participated and made this mini conference a great success, with the hope of seeing all our colleagues from this canton very soon!
Here’s the gallery from the seminar:
/photo courtesy of Mirela Midžić/American Corner Bihać/
Here are also a few links from online magazines that reported about the event:
As has been previously reported, American Corner Bihać, Pedagogical Institute of Una-Sana Canton and TETA – Tuzla English Teachers’ Association are organizing a mini conference/workshop under the title “ELT Mini Conference: New Aspects of Teaching“. Guest lecturers are professors of English language from the region of Una-Sana Canton. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance.
The programme of the conference/workshop is as follows:
10:00 – 10:15 Američki kutak Bihać; Pedagoški zavod USK; Ilhana Škrgić – Welcoming remarks
10:15 – 11:15 Edin Dupanović (Bihać): “Teaching with Technology: Basic introduction”
11:15 – 12:15 Nizama Muhamedagić (Velika Kladuša): “Mind Maps 101: Unleash Your Brilliant Mind!”
12:15 – 12:30 Break
12:30 – 13:15 Arjana Kozlica (Bihać): “My experience with E-Teacher Program”
13:15 – 14:00 Ilhana Škrgić Američki kutak Bihać; Presentation of ELF Festival
Our colleagues from this canton were fast in applying for the conference, so the 40 spots we had for them have been filled up in no time. Check out the list of participants here: Ucesnici seminara EJ (courtesy of the Pedagogical Institute).
The workshop will be held on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at the American Corner Bihać, starting at 10 a.m. See you there!
Dear colleagues from the Una-Sana Canton,
we hereby inform you that TETA is organising a one-day seminar for English language teachers at the American Corner Bihać, and also in cooperation with the Pedagogical Institute of USC. The seminar will be held on January 22, starting at 10 a.m. You will have a chance to listen to the following speakers on the topics listed below:
Nizama Muhamedagić – “Mind Maps 101: Unleash Your Brilliant Mind”
Edin Dupanović – “Teaching with Technology (Basic Introduction)”
Arjana Kozlica – “My Experience with E-teacher Program”
Participants will also be informed about current happenings in Bosnia and Herzegovina regarding English language (competitions, student events, etc).
All participants will receive a certificate from the Pedagogical Institute of USC and TETA, which means that the certificates are valid for job applications.
For info on how to apply (the number of participants is limited to 40!), please visit the website of the Pedagogical Institute at www.pzusk.ba next week, as well as the Facebook profiles of TETA and AC Bihać.
See you in the wonderful city of Bihać!