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.

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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.

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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.

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If you notice an error, please let us know.

A special Jane Austen treat by the British Council

Although Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice turned two hundred on 28 January 2013,  you might extend the bicentenary celebrations this summer:

Join One must speak a little you know! (or how Lizzie got her man), a British Council seminar, livestreamed on 12 June 2013 (20:00-21:15 CET).

What can you expect?

“Join Jeremy Harmer and the Bingham String Quartet (plus singing) for an evening of Jane Austen’s sparkling conversations together with the music of her age and ideas on how to bring Jane Austen into the English language classroom.”

(I am sure that either you or a very close friend of yours must have been a huge fan of Jane Austen, or Mr. Darcy for that matter.)

 

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.

 

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.