Let your students know about A-SMYLE

An opportunity for your students to live with American host families and attend U.S. high schools – for free:


The competition for scholarships is conducted by American Councils for International Education.

Eligibility Requirements – 2014-2015 Academic Year Program:

  • Proficient in English
  • Currently enrolled in first or second grade
  • Citizen of Republic of Serbia or Republic of Montenegro
  • Meet US J-1 Visa Requirements for high school students
  • Born after January 1, 1997 and before July 15, 1999
  • Have not spent more than 3 months of the past 5 years in the US
  • Demonstrate leadership potential
  • Desire to contribute to community upon return
  • Students with disabilities who were born between March 15, 1996 and July 15, 1999 and who are not in the last year of secondary school are eligible for the competition
  • If an applicant or any other immediate family member has applied at any time to emigrate to the United States or if any other immediate adult family member (whether estranged or not) is a U.S. citizen or green card holder, it may impact negatively on my child’s final selection for the A-SMYLE Program.

More info here and here.

New EFL syllabuses in Serbia on the way

Secondary school teachers should pay attention to three new syllabi for the first grade:

What is new in the syllabuses?

  • The aims finally bring us to the 21st century (I particularly like the fourth one: “Развијање способности за самостално, аутономно учење, тражење, селекцију и синтезу информација до којих се долази самосталним радом и претраживањем изворника различитог типа (писани и електронски извори, самостална истраживања на терену, интервјуи итд.)”);
  • There is an impressive list of quite well-phrased expected outcomes (we can see the link to future achievement standards);
  • In addition to the four skills and mediation, now we have sociocultural competence too (including “учествује у свим видовима модерне комуникације (електронске поруке, смс поруке, дискусије на блогу или форуму, друштвене мреже)”);
  • New topics, such as: consumer society – Потрошачко друштво, labour market – Свет рада (перспективе и образовни системи);, and the EU – Европа и заједнички живот народа.

Source webiste: the National Education Council of the Republic of Serbia:

Министарство је упутило Савету предлог наставног програма за страни језик у гимназији за почетни ниво учења, као и наставне програме за страни језик за 1. разред  гимназије и средњих стручних школа за пету и девету годину учења. Пошто није било примедби,

Национални просветни савет једногласно је усвојио наставни програм за страни језик у гимназији за почетни ниво учења, као инаставне програме за страни језик за 1. разред  гимназије и средњих стручних школа за пету и девету годину учења.

Approved coursebooks for primary schools in Serbia

You can view the official excerpt from the catalogue of approved textbooks for primaryschools in Serbia for the year 2013-2014 here.

Or you can browse this list that was put together based on the official excerpt. So as to be more helpful, the list is grouped per textbook titles, with links to more information about the title or the publisher. Use the filters in this list to select the grade or publisher you are interested in.

If you notice an error, please let us know.

Approved coursebooks for secondary schools in Serbia

You can view the official excerpt from the catalogue of approved textbooks for secondary schools in Serbia for the year 2013-2014 here (general English) and here (ESP).

Or you can browse this list that was put together based on the official excerpt. So as to be more helpful, the list is grouped per textbook titles, with links to more information about the title or the publisher.


If you notice an error, please let us know.

Public hearing on the role of ICT in education in Serbia

There are two ways you could join the public hearing on the advancement/improvement/enhancement/any-other-near-synonym-you-prefer of the role of ICT in education in Serbia:

  • live: attending the public hearing event in Belgrade on 20 June 2013;
  • online: by filling in/out this form.

You can read the draft of the guidelines here. You might want to read the document as it also dwells on cross-curricular competencies, CPD, safety, the digital gap ….

The public hearing is organized by the National Education Council of the Republic of Serbia.


Special Educational Needs Conference: Challenges and solutions

Special Educational Needs Conference: Challenges and solutions, a conference on special educational needs and inclusive classroom, is held in Sava Centre in Belgrade on 7 June 2013. It is organised by the British Council.

The event will be an opportunity to learn from British experience and gain practical insight into relevant regulations, as well as teacher training needs and opportunities. The conference also provides workshops tackling dyslexia, ADHD, general challenges of inclusive learning…

There is no attendance fee. The event shall also be broadcast online.

The conference agenda, as well as some info on the presenters, the plenaries and the workshops can be viewed here.

To register, fill out this form or go to http://bit.ly/118cJDm.

Do a class project and join the Cambridge English exams centenary celebrations!

The end of school year is the perfect time to swing into action and do a project: it is the fun way to revise grammar points and functional exponents, recycle vocabulary, integrate IT and other 21st century skills, and create a tangible memorabilia that your students, their parents or you yourself will cherish.  Student-driven projects usually mean motivated students busy in your classroom, genuinely interested in language and other students’ work.

Class projects are also a great tool for assessment: you can identify not only language areas that need to be worked on, but also what makes your students tick, learn more about their group dynamics – both in class and online, their level of digital literacy. All the data gathered can help a teacher in developing better plans for next year for the particular class.

You might be in for a surprise, a pleasant one: While developing pages for their school diary, a student of mine wrote an apology for his classmate for something that had happened years ago and brought tears in her eyes.  Yes, class projects almost always result in a breakthrough, at some level.


Centenary Competition for Schools 2013

So, if you are already doing a project with your students, why don’t you join the Cambridge English exams worldwide centenary celebrations as one of the Penfriends schools? Or, perhaps, you could get inspired by the range of activities for different ages and language levels provided for the 10 themes to choose from:

  • The world cam
    e to our house today
  • Friends forever
  • How English will improve my future
  • Our class diary
  • Welcome to my home town
  • My street
  • Our class
  • My ideal school
  • Create your own invention
  • Away from home for one year.

Pen Friends

Cambridge English Centenary Competition for Schools 2013 is a worldwide competition open to any school offering compulsory education and teaching English to students between the ages of 5 and 19 years old.

  • Competition deadline: 31 October 2013
  • Register as a Penfriend school, work on a class project (The world came to our house today, Friends forever, How English will improve my future, Our class diary, Welcome to my home town, My street, Our class, My ideal school, Create your own invention, Away from home for one year) and share it with your partner.
  • Only one entry per school.
  • Prizes: The first prize:  educational equipment to the value of £3,000. Two runners-up: educational equipment to the value of £1,000.