IATEFL Slovenia

Official page of the Slovene Association of Teachers of English IATEFL Slovenia.

Our association is a part of The International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL). It is primarily intended for Slovene teachers of English, but members from other countries and professions are welcomed as well. President: Ms Alenka Tratnik, MA Vice President: Mr Anže Perne Board Members: Ms Janja Čolić, Ms Dolores Malić, Mr Peter Oletič, Mr Anže Perne, Ms Alenka Tratnik, Ms Sandra Vida Secretary: Ms Mateja Kores

Mission: ATEFL Slovenia is above all a community of caring individuals who consider being theachers of English more than a profession. We offer a base for all those teachers who strive to become the best versions of themselves by offering independent, innovative and up-to-date seminars and conferences, regularly keeping our members informed through articles in our newsletters and sharing interesting and relevant information through our social networks on FB and Twitter.

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The Fisherman: A Tale of Passion, Loss, and Hope | Jan Blake | TEDxManchester

Another sneak peek of what awaits us at the conference:

Jan Blake is one of the leading storytellers, and has been performing worldwide for over thirty years. Specialising in stories from Africa and the Caribbean she has a wellearned
reputation for dynamic and generous storytelling. Highlights include being resident storyteller at Hay Festival, curating Shakespeare’s Stories, in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and touring the award-winning The Old Woman, the Buffalo, and the Lion of Manding about the Malian hero king Sundiata Keita. As well as regularly storytelling to
children in school settings, she works with teachers to help them become better storytellers in the classroom. In the Winter Wood, inspired by winter stories from around the world was commissioned by Polka Theatre and Apples and Snakes, and premiered in 2018.

Storytelling is an art form that has recently experienced resurgence in popular culture. It would appear however that whilst people like the idea of telling ...

Plenary speaker Ken Wilson

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REGISTRATION FORM for IATEFL Slovenia conference 2020

3 more days for early bird registrations for our conference!

docs.google.com Dear participants, By submitting this form you are registering for the 27th IATEFL Slovenia conference, which will take place in Terme Vivat, Moravske Toplice, from 12th to 15th March 2020. The conference will take place under the title Teaching... It's a kind of magic! Please read the instructions....

The dream team, preparing the amazing conferences. See what we have in store for you at the next conference in March and be amazed!

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Thom Jones at IATEFL Slovenia 2020 conf

A message from Thom Jones, who will be entertainig us with his wit during his workshop at our conference.

[12/02/19]   Still not sure whether our conference is the right thing for you? In addition to the fantastic lineup of speakers, the conference will offer many ways for you to relax and unwind as well. One of them, Hot Bikram Yoga, presented by Belkisa Bosnič.
Check out her presentation video here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FBNRBFxU7dpnQuqkwJVbHbxC3wB5XhDo/view

This weekend we are working on our 8th year competition papers. Of course, at the same time checking out terme Vivat, our new conference venue. Some of the compositions were really a stroke of genius and the results will be online really soon.

[11/18/19]   List of accepted workshops for 2020

[11/12/19]   45 sessions aimed specifically for secondary schools, 45 sessions aimed specifically for primary schools, 16 sessions aimed at young learners under 10 years and 6 sessions for very young learners under 6. The rest are aimed at all teachers, regardless of the age of their students, 112 of them altogether. Add to that 7 fantastic plenary speakers - what else is there to wish for? A dancing party? A quiz? A swimming pool? A massage? IATEFL Slovenia conference will have all that and more!

IN Magazine
CALL FOR ARTICLES
Deadline: November 25, 2019
Dear teachers,
If you have an idea, a unique perspective on teaching, examples of good practice or a solid grasp of theory, we invite you to share them with the rest of the teaching community.
We accept articles on any topic pertaining to the classroom or the professional life of teachers and the challenges we face. Reviews of print and online materials are also welcome.
IN magazine is a publication of IATEFL Slovenia which strives to promote EFL teaching and the sense of community among our members as well as report on our ongoing activities.
We also offer help if you are unsure of any aspect of your writing. Our submission guidelines can be found here:http://iatefl.si/files/2018/11/IN-submission-guidelines.pdf
Please contact our editor at [email protected]
Yours sincerely,
IATEFL Slovenia

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Speaker proposal for IATEFL Slovenia conference 2020

1 week left for speakers' proposals!

docs.google.com Dear speakers, The deadline for submitting your speaker proposal is Tuesday, 29th October 2019. Any proposal received after the deadline will be placed on the reserve list. You will be notified about the acceptance via email you provide by mid November. PLEASE NOTE that as speakers you will be requi...

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Our very own Marša Jović is starting a fundraiser to fulfill her dream and work as a volunteer in Uganda - help if you can: every contribution counts! 👍🏻💪🏼🐞🙏🏼
PS: sharing is caring! 😉

gogetfunding.com For those who don’t know me already, my name is Marša. I come from a small feisty country - Slovenia, Europe. I am a crazy dancer, a truly good friend, a lovely independent wife, an energetic mother of two and a very diligent 0-12 certified Montessori teacher with a small school of her own, which...

One more week for earliest of birds registration for our conference! Don't miss it! You know you want to be there :)

Have a great day today! 😊

WELCOME BACK IN THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR!

We hope you had a wonderful summer, although we will all agree it was too short.
When planning your new school year, don't forget to plan your seminars, too. We have prepared an invitation letter for our conference you can use to help your principals decide whether to let you go and finance the conference.
All other documents can be found on our webpage as well.
http://iatefl2.splet.arnes.si/next-conference/

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Electronic Village Online / Call_for_Proposals_2020

evosessions.pbworks.com For five weeks in January-February, participants and ESOL experts engage in collaborative, online discussions or hands-on virtual workshops of professional and scholarly benefit. These five-week sessions allow a fuller development of ideas than is possible in convention sessions.

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Electronic Village Online / Call_for_Proposals_2020

evosessions.pbworks.com For five weeks in January-February, participants and ESOL experts engage in collaborative, online discussions or hands-on virtual workshops of professional and scholarly benefit. These five-week sessions allow a fuller development of ideas than is possible in convention sessions.

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REGISTRATION FORM for IATEFL Slovenia conference 2020

For all of you who KNOW you want to come (again). Here is the registration form for participants. Catch the earliest of birds fee :)

Also, it pays to be a member.

docs.google.com Dear participants, By submitting this form you are registering for the 27th IATEFL Slovenia conference, which will take place in Terme Vivat, Moravske Toplice, from 12th to 15th March 2020. The conference will take place under the title Teaching... It's a kind of magic! Please read the instructions....

IATEFL Slovenia

Something to look forward to in the next school year: our annual 27th international IATEFL Slovenia conference. Not only is it going to be great and wonderful again, we are moving to a brand new super location - Terme Vivat. Why? Because we want to grow and make our conference even better and even more cosy. We want to make the best conference possible for you, so an upgrade like this is the only logical way to go. Join us - you will not regret it!

Something to look forward to in the next school year: our annual 27th international IATEFL Slovenia conference. Not only is it going to be great and wonderful again, we are moving to a brand new super location - Terme Vivat. Why? Because we want to grow and make our conference even better and even more cosy. We want to make the best conference possible for you, so an upgrade like this is the only logical way to go. Join us - you will not regret it!

End-of-school workshop with Issiaka Sanou.
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Spring into Action Iatefl Slovenia seminar with Rhonda Petree - happening now! 🙃

Summing up the last few days. 💪
Talks, work shops, pampering, fun ... friends, broadening horizons and dancing - a perfect balance of "work" and pleasure 😍!
We hope you enjoyed your stay and we'd be more than happy to welcome you again next year!
Thank your for your time, thoughts and companionship 😃

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Day 4
The last plenary has started. Maureen McGarvey, who is -among other things - also Chair of the IATEFL Scholarship Committee, will hold the talk "The ABC of CPD", in which she will talk focus on teacher development.
Just like teachers encourage students to learn, so should our workplace make our continuing professional development a priority to ensure that both teachers and students can reach their full potential.

Let's make sure this conference goes out with a bang! 💥

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The night of winners!
Congratulations to the winners of the raffle and the poetry competition 🏅🏅🏅
But most of all, hats off to the participants of the lip sync battle! You were all amazing! However, out plenary speakers, Dorothy Zemach and Maureen McGarvey were the undeniable victors 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
An unforgettable ending to our 26th IATEFL conference!

The internet is undoubtedly a ~magical place~ which also conceals many dangers. But are you digitally literate enough to spot them? 👀🔎💻

Today we had the honour to welcome another amazing plenary speaker at our conference - Sophia Mavridi. In her talk "Digital literacies and the new digital divide", she explained to us that to be digitally literate - nowadays an indispensable skill - it is not only important that we know how to use technology; we also have to, for example, be able to critically evaluate digital content. She also introduced the concept of the new digital divide, which separates those who know how to use technology effectively as well as responsibly, and also gave some ideas about what can be done to close this gap.

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Today we took some time for a pleasant paraffin bath and a chin wag. 👑👸

Upcoming events: social evening with a lip sync battle and the raffle of main prizes! 🎶🎤🍀

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What now?? 😧😧 #fakenews #EmpowerED #IATEFLSlovenia #IATEFLconference #teacherconference #education #usembassyljubljana #regionalenglishlanguageofficebelgrade #termetopolscica

Stop! Raffle time 🍀 (yep, that was a song reference 😉)
Next up: Sophia Mavridi's plenary "Digital Literacies and the New Digital Divide"! All eager to learn something new and interesting, quickly to the plenary hall! 🏃

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Anyone missing something? 👀

You think you can put on a better show than yesterday's Freddie? Well then, we dare you to prove it! 😎🎤
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Silent Lesson by Daniel Starski
What an innovative way to change up the class dynamic! 👍👍👍

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What's the point of organising the conference at a venue with a pool if you're not going to avail yourself of it? Grab your colleague and go splash around! 🏊🌊

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We hear with our ears ... but there is more to it if we want to truly listen!
Who will you chose for your students to listen to?
Uwe Pohl - People Worth Listening To: How to Make the Most of Voices on the Web

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This morning's plenary "Teachers, Students and Total Behaviour" imparted knowledge that is useful in a teacher's private as well as professional life. Mojca Belak, certainly no stranger to IATEFL conferences, provided some examples from her own and others' experiences and got us to engage in conversation with one another. This made her talk dealing with Choice Theory and its application in the teaching profession easier to grasp. According to the theory presented, everyone is in charge of their own behaviour, which consists of four components - acting, thinking, feeling and physiology. We are able to access the first two directly, whereas the last two can only be accessed indirectly (through the first two components). The knowledge shared by the speaker facilitates the teacher's comprehension and analysis of others' behaviour, making it easier for them to deal with angry parents (and ex-teacher grandparents), dissatisfied headteachers or colleagues and unhappy students. 🎓

After that, it was time for some workshops. Now, we may not be pheasant pluckers, but we recognize the importance of speaking in the language learning process. In the workshop "Unattached Speaking", Milan Mandeljc showed us the importance of teaching students how to speak well, and he had us do some entertaining activities that are aimed at developing unattached speaking skills that EFL students should acquire. These activities can be used in the classroom to improve the students' unattached speaking abilities and challenge them. Now, try to say "red leather, yellow leather" very quickly seven times in a row! Easy-peasy? I think not! 😅

Last year, it was the centenary of the end of the First World War. In the workshop "Waltzing With Matilda and Cultural Heritage", Sandra Kozorog-Košuta presented the activities she did with her students connected to WWI. We listened to two songs that served as a starting point to learning about cultural heritage and reflecting about the war. Her students produced original creations (letters from or to the front during WWI and aphoristic texts talking about the war) with striking power of expression. ✉📜

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The Annual General Meeting of IATEFL Slovenia is about to start, so if you want to find out what our plans are for the future, join us in the plenary hall! 📜
Also, the guided walk of Topolščica take place at 13.30 today. Have a good time! 💫

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Sophia Mavridi's talk on creating videos as a part of language learning, "It's Showtime! Filmmaking in the Classroom", is taking place in the plenary hall. We are happy to finally welcome her to our conference!

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Day 3 is here! 😊
You can still get raffle tickets at the registration desk. Are you the next lucky winner? 🍀
You can come to the registration desk until dinner and tell us your pick of 2 songs you would like to peform at today's Lip Sync Battle. Let out your wild side and show us some sick moves!! 💃🎩
The feedback poster is still waiting for your impressions about the conference, comments and ideas for next year. We're eager to hear your thoughts! 💫💭

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Today's changes
Dragica Zdraveska's spot for the talk at 10:15 on the 3rd floor will be replaced by Grenvile Yeo with an interesting topic of hidden meanings.
Do not forget about a newly added joga session at 15:00 and the poetry competition! You can hand in your poems at the registration desk until 18:00.

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Mojca Belak giving a lecture on behaviour; yours as a teacher and the often frightening behaviour of your students. Why do we act the way we do? Come and have a listen in the plenary hall.

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Yesterday evening, Lynda Steyne was greeted with a thunderous applause thanks to her talk "(e)M Power Ed Or The Power of M in Education". 👏🙌
Let's face the facts - there are many misconceptions about the teaching profession and things connected to it that we didn't know about when we first started out as teaching. Nobody warned us that certain things are inextricably linked with it, but only those who have been in the profession for some time are aware of. That is why many new teachers feel overwhelmed because they weren't prepared for these challenges at all, and the rate of teachers who leave the profession after the first five years is consequently (too) high.
Teachers have to get used to many Ms: meetings, mountains of paperwork, monk (barely existent social life), and there is one M in education that is particularly important and should be brought to the fore - mentor. Someone who facilitates and assists development. They should be the one to prepare the mentee for all the unanticipated challenges they will undoubtedly have to confront.
Lynda Steyne explained to us what makes a good mentor and what it takes to be(come) one. A mentor should boost self-confidence, provide support for classroom management and guidance on time and workload management, aid professional development and bring about improvement in the mentee's self-reflection and problem-solving skills. Also, mentor-mentee relationships lead to the formation of professional networks among teachers, thus achieving mutual collegiality - yet another M in education that is much desired but not always present.
The plenary inspired teachers to takes steps that will promote their professional growth, which will consequently result in students' improvement. 🎓

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