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Cambridge Day 2013 in Sofia, Bulgaria on Saturday 27th April

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We  are delighted to welcome you once more to the Cambridge Day Bulgaria 2013, focusing again this year on numerous issues that affect your teaching reality on a day-to-day basis.

This free event will take place at the Kempinski hotel Zografski (Serdika Hall) in Sofia on Saturday 27th April 2013 and will feature speakers from Cambridge English Language Assessment, Cambridge University Press and the British Council Bulgaria.


8:30 – 9:00:


9:00 – 9:30:

Opening Addresses 

Vladimir Kolev, KLETT Bulgaria, Managing Director, 

Barbara Barakos, ELT Sales & Business Development Executive, Cambridge University Press and 

Dionysia Ioannou, Cambridge English Language Assessment, Development Manager Greece, Romania, Bulgaria

9:30 – 10:00:

Аnnual English Language Contest Awards ceremony

Vladimir Kolev and Barbara Barakos

10:00 – 10:15:

Performance by the winners of the Creative Works Competition

Students from Cambridge Schools Association

10:15 – 10:30:


Plenary sessions

10:30 – 11:30:

“Shaking up Grammar: A goals and context-based approach  by Leslie Anne Hendra, Teacher trainer, Author, Cambridge University Press

Compare these sentences: ‘If it rains, I’ll stay at home.’ ‘If you like sushi, you’ll love this restaurant.’ The second is a natural, high frequency use of this structure. It’s truly context-based and meets the CEF goal ‘give recommendations’. The aim of this talk is to give you concrete ideas to use or adapt for your own classrooms. We’ll examine ways to make grammar more natural and meaningful and therefore easier for learners to understand, produce and retain. Drawing on examples from English Unlimited, we’ll look at how to use this motivating approach to help learners communicate and achieve real-life goals.

Leslie Anne Hendra is an English language teacher, teacher trainer, and materials writer. She spent fifteen years teaching and writing course materials in Japan, and four years teaching and training at International House London. She is co-author of the elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate and Upper Intermediate levels of the CEF-based adult course English Unlimited (Cambridge University Press). Leslie has given talks and workshops across Europe and in Japan on grammar, the lexical approach, intercultural awareness and conversation strategies. She has an M.A. from the University of Toronto and lives in London and Largs, Scotland.

11:30 – 12:30:

The New Assessment Criteria for Writing (B1 – C2)” by Olga Leondaris, Client Relations Officer, Team Leader and Presenter, Cambridge English Language Assessment SEE

The aim of the session is to present Cambridge English new assessment criteria as well as other features of the unified mark scheme in relation to the Writing Paper of the Cambridge English B1 to C2 level examinations. Specific example of how the new Cambridge English: Proficiency examination is marked will be given during the session. 

Olga Leondaris has taught EFL classes in S. Africa, Dubai, Brussels and Athens. She has worked for the British Council (Dubai, Athens), in state and private schools (South Africa, Athens), The International School and The European Parliament (Brussels). She has done some freelance writing and editing for several publishers in Greece. Olga holds a B.A and Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Wits University, S.A), the RSA DTEFLA Diploma and an MSc in the Teaching of English (Aston University).

12:30 – 13:30:

Coffee Break

Concurrent sessions 

13:30 – 14:45:

1. “Empower your learners with Speaking Strategies!  by Leslie Anne Hendra, Teacher trainer, Author, Cambridge University Press

Speaking strategies address the real-life, immediate needs of learners. They help learners manage cooperative language tasks more effectively and handle unpredictable situations when their linguistic ability is insufficient. Usually neglected in coursebooks, strategies include checking understanding, gaining thinking time, paraphrasing, managing a discussion, etc. This hands-on workshop aims at helping participants create their own speaking strategies lessons (post-secondary/secondary) and looks at selecting useful goals, choosing natural, high-frequency language, and setting that language in realistic contexts.

2. “Chunky Pronunciationby Richard Cherry, Senior Teacher Young Learners, Child Protection Focal Point, Teaching Centre Sofia British Council Bulgaria

The session deals with aspects of pronunciation at sentence level, rather than individual sounds. Aspects of the session include: using coursebook tapescripts to identify stressed and weak syllables at sentence level, ‘chunking’ utterances to enhance comprehensibility, and using punctuation to reflect prosodic features of spoken English in short informal writing tasks.

Richard Cherry has worked in ELT for thirteen years in a range of contexts including secondary schools in the UK and Australia, the Newcastle University language centre, British Council teaching centres in Bulgaria and Vietnam, as sole English language trainer for staff of the Kozloduy nuclear power facility for the UK Department of Trade and Investment, and as training and academic manager for Libyan trainee teachers in the Sahara desert for the British Council and the Libyan Ministry of Education. Richard holds a BA and Masters degree in Teaching (University of Sydney), and DELTA and CELTYL qualifications.

14:45 – 15:00:


15:00 – 16:00:

1. “Writing Workshop on the Cambridge English: First for Schools by Olga Leondaris, Client Relations Officer, Team Leader and Presenter, Cambridge English Language Assessment SEE

A workshop that will show you how B2 scripts are marked and present you with tips that can assist you in the teaching of the FCE for Schools Writing paper.

2. “Engaging Teenagers using everyday tools and technologyby Simon Hadley, AVO-Bell, Sofia, Academic Coordinator, Cambridge English Oral Examiner

Are teenagers now the same as when we were at school? Do they learn in the same way? This seminar aims to show how teenagers view pedagogical methods using ‘modern technology’ and how we can (with the help of Cambridge English materials and Cyber Homework) engage the teenagers in our classes.

Simon Hadley is an EFL teacher and academic coordinator at Avo-Bell, Sofia. He graduated from the University of Sheffield with a degree in English Language and Linguistics and has been teaching at Avo-Bell in Sofia for the last 4 years. He teaches a wide variety of ages but especially enjoys teaching teenagers. He is experienced in using technology in his classrooms and has previously presented a
well-received talk at the BETA conference about using technology with young learners. He is currently working on the implementation of e-learning software platforms into the Avo-Bell teenage programmes. Simon is an accredited Cambridge ESOL Oral Examiner for a number of levels and is always looking to further his professional development.


Raffle and farewell

Please, confirm your participation before April 12th 2013 via phone: + 359 2 843 20 70 or 946 37 75 / 76 via email:

Written by Cambridge English Southern Europe

April 10, 2013 at 3:06 pm

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