E-Teacher Scholarship Program for Serbia 2013-2014

You can (and should, for that matter) apply for  the E-Teacher Scholarship Program for Serbia. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, October 25, 2013.

E-Teacher Scholarship Program – English Teacher Professional Development Distance Learning Program – is the program of the Office of English Language Programs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. The program offers online courses that train foreign English language professionals in the latest U.S. methods of English language teaching via distance education. Participation is open to teachers worldwide. The 10-week courses will be offered in the spring and summer of 2014. Tuition and materials will be paid by the Office of English Language Programs.

You can apply for the following courses:

  1. Introduction to Pedagogy and Practices for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL Methods)
  2. Building Teaching Skills through the Interactive Web (Web Skills)
  3. English for Specific Purposes, Aligning Context with Practices and Materials (ESP)
  4. Special Education and Differentiated Instruction in EFL Contexts (SpEd EFL)
  5. Teaching English to Pre-teens and Teens (TEPT) New for AY2013-2014
  6. Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL)
  7. Summative and Formative Assessment in Language Learning and Teaching (Assessment)
  8. Critical Thinking in Language Learning and Teaching (CT)

More information here.


Lifelong learning programme for teachers start at Novi Sad University

Starting from 1 October 2013, teachers may enroll into a new LLP at the Faculty of Philosophy, Novi Sad University.

More information about the programme and its four subjects here.

General information here.



Similar LLP is provided by the University of Nis.

Are you an innovative educator expert?

Has your students’ learning been positively impacted through the inclusion of technology in an activity in your classes?

Then perhaps you  could also become a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert.

More info here and here.

Reflective teaching & “Сазнали на семинару, применили у пракси 2013”

Once you are done with your classes and administration, you might want to use your precious time to extend your reflective teaching practice: to pour your thoughts on the CPD events you attended and showcase your own classroom cooking based on the tips and recipes provided at the seminars accredited by the Serbian MoE. And there may be a further incentive: call for submissions by ZUOV ‘Сазнали на семинару, применили у пракси 2013(~ Learnt at a seminar, put into practice 2013).

To view the top forty entries in 2012 click here; and the twenty-three entries for 2011 are awaiting you here.

The deadline is 31 August 2013.

Even if you do not wish to send in your work, putting your thoughts on paper, or whatever device you prefer, might give you the right boost and direction for the next year and maybe even assist you in better planning your further CPD, or – if you cannot let go of Grumpy Cat, Statler & Waldorf – what kind of seminars you actually want to steer away from and why.

E-portfolios for learner and teacher development, with Şirin Soyöz on SEETA

You can still join in a SEETA course on e-portfolios, which starts today.  This free course also includes two webinars with Şirin Soyöz.

“An e-portfolio is a creative means of organizing, summarizing, and sharing artifacts, information, and ideas about teaching and/or learning, along with personal and professional growth. Creating e-portfolios supports the updating of skills and personal development planning.

During the short course, you will be provided with a general overview of electronic portfolio development of ongoing learning. Through taking this course you will also work constructing your own e-portfolio. Before we start, use this “Getting Started” forum to introduce yourself and get to know other participants.”

Source: SEETA

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SEETA – South Eastern Europe Teachers Associations is a networking community of 11 teachers’ associations.

Call for submissions for “Metodički vidici”

The deadline for submission of articles for the fourth issue of Metodički vidici is 1 October 2013. You may send in both articles on methodology of language and literature teaching, or book reviews. Read the applicable submission guidelines here.


Metodički vidici is a journal in the field of methodology of philology, social sciences and humanities published by the Faculty of Philosophy the University of Novi Sad. The journal has been categorized as M53 (scientific journal) by the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development.

You may view the first two issues here and the current, third issue here.

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.